2016 Most Affordable Online Colleges for a Master's in Library Science

0% of users found this page helpful Was this page helpful?
Library Science-Most Affordable Online Colleges-2016-Badge

These 23 schools offer the most affordable online degrees in library science, all with tuitions below $18,000. Tuition at our most affordable school, University of Central Missouri is just $5,832 for a Master of Science in Library Science and Information Services. University of Wisconsin - Madison, ranked fourth, offers a variety of degree concentration options with their MA in Library Science and Information Systems, including librarianship and digital archives. All schools considered for this ranking offer fully online library science degrees at the master's level.

You can read more about our ranked schools below or see our Overall Most Affordable Colleges. View our methodology or learn more about SR Education Group.

Find an Online Degree:
All tuition numbers were manually collected and verified
Rank College Annual Tuition
#1 #1 University of Central Missouri Annual Tuition $5,832
#2 #2 Valdosta State University Annual Tuition $5,860
#3 #3 University of Alabama Annual Tuition $6,606
#4 #4 University of Wisconsin - Madison Annual Tuition $8,617
#5 #5 University of North Texas Annual Tuition $9,034
#6 #6 Saint Cloud State University Annual Tuition $9,180
#7 #7 University of Southern Mississippi Annual Tuition $9,951
#8 #8 University of South Carolina-Columbia Annual Tuition $11,105
#9 #9 Southern Connecticut State University Annual Tuition $11,495
#10 #10 University of Kentucky Annual Tuition $12,236
#11 #11 Wayne State University Annual Tuition $12,330
#12 #12 Texas Woman's University Annual Tuition $13,385
#13 #13 Kent State University at Trumbull Annual Tuition $15,338
#14 #14 Kent State University at Kent Annual Tuition $15,338
#15 #15 University of South Florida - Main Campus Annual Tuition $15,448
#16 #16 North Carolina Central University Annual Tuition $15,570
#17 #17 Appalachian State University Annual Tuition $15,804
#18 #18 University of Washington - Seattle Annual Tuition $16,065
#19 #19 Sam Houston State University Annual Tuition $16,484
#20 #20 University at Buffalo Annual Tuition $16,650
#21 #21 University of North Carolina at Greensboro Annual Tuition $16,779
#22 #22 University of Arizona Annual Tuition $17,100
#23 #23 East Carolina University Annual Tuition $17,532
Find an Online Degree:
  • Annual Tuition: $5,832
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 81%
  • Example Classes:
    Action Research in School Libraries; Children’s, Adolescent & Young Adult Literature; Developing & Managing Collections; Library Media Administration; Reference Sources & Services
  • Annual Tuition: $5,860
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC and ALA
  • Acceptance Rate: 55%
  • Example Classes:
    Cataloging and Classification; Electronic Resources in the Library; Information Sources and Services; Management of Libraries and Information Centers
  • Annual Tuition: $6,606
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC and ALA
  • Acceptance Rate: 57%
  • Example Classes:
    Information Technologies; Public Libraries; Research Methods; School Media Centers; User Center Information Services
  • Annual Tuition: $8,617
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 68%
  • Example Classes:
    Digital Tools, Trends and Debates; Information Visualization; Information: Perspectives and Contexts; Services to Diverse Populations; Topics in Information Agency Management; Topics in Library and Information Studies
  • Annual Tuition: $9,034
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 60%
  • Example Classes:
    Information Access and Knowledge Inquiry; Information and Knowledge Professions; Management of Information Agencies; Metadata and Networked Information Organization/Retrieval
  • Annual Tuition: $9,180
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 87%
  • Example Classes:
    Developing Skills for Online Teaching and Learning; Information Media: Theory, Research, and Practice; Media Selection and Evaluation for Children and Young Adults; Technologies in the Workplace
  • Annual Tuition: $9,951
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC and ALA
  • Acceptance Rate: 66%
  • Example Classes:
    Cataloging and Classification; Reference and Information Services; Sources of Information for a Multicultural Society; Special Problems in Librarianship; Systems Analysis for Librarians; Web Design and Evaluation
  • Annual Tuition: $11,105
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC and ALA
  • Acceptance Rate: 61%
  • Example Classes:
    Curricular Role of the School Librarian; Design and Management of Databases; Digital Libraries; Planning Library Facilities; Problems in Library and Information Agency Administration; Strategic Intelligence for Information Professionals
  • Annual Tuition: $11,495
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NEASC CIHE
  • Acceptance Rate: 75%
  • Example Classes:
    Collection Development; Digital Preservation and Archives; Management of Library and Information Agencies; Technical Services and Information Management; User Services

Online Master's Degrees (1)

Learn More
  • Annual Tuition: $12,236
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC and ALA
  • Acceptance Rate: 69%
  • Example Classes:
    Information in Society; Information Representation & Access; Information Seeking, Retrieval & Services; Management in Library Information Science
  • Annual Tuition: $12,330
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC and ALA
  • Acceptance Rate: 76%
  • Example Classes:
    Access to Information; Information Technology; Research for the Information Profession; School Library Media Programs
  • Annual Tuition: $13,385
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC and ALA
  • Acceptance Rate: 86%
  • Example Classes:
    Collection Development; Information and Communication Technology; Information Retrieval; Information Sources and Services; Library Management
  • Annual Tuition: $15,338
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: Open Admissions
  • Example Classes:
    Information Institutions and Professions; People in the Information Ecology; Research and Assessment in Library and Information Science; The Information Landscape
  • Annual Tuition: $15,338
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC and ALA
  • Acceptance Rate: 83%
  • Example Classes:
    Access to Information; Information Technology for Library and Information Professionals; Management of Libraries and Information Centers
  • Annual Tuition: $15,448
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC and ALA
  • Acceptance Rate: 45%
  • Example Classes:
    Basic Information Sources and Services; Collection Development and Maintenance; Information Science in Librarianship; Preparing Instructional Media; Technical Services in Libraries; Technical Services in Small Libraries
  • Annual Tuition: $15,570
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC and ALA
  • Acceptance Rate: 50%
  • Example Classes:
    Administration of Media Centers; Family & Community Relations; Indexing & Abstracting; Management and Systems Analysis; Selection & Use of Info Sources; Uses and Users of Information
  • Annual Tuition: $15,804
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 63%
  • Example Classes:
    Building Connections Through Community and Culture; Collaborative Media Program Planning and Evaluation; Critical Issues in Literature and Media; Integrating Literature and Media into Instruction; Technology and Libraries: Tools, Resources, and Issues
  • Annual Tuition: $16,065
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NWCCU and ALA
  • Acceptance Rate: 55%
  • Example Classes:
    Information and Society; Information Behavior; Instructional and Training Strategies for Information Professionals; Management of Information Organizations; Research, Assessment and Design
  • Annual Tuition: $16,484
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 65%
  • Example Classes:
    Computer Science Application Librarianship; Digital Technology for the School Library; Information Services & Resources; Literature For Children; Literature For Young Adults; School Library Administration

Online Master's Degrees (1)

Learn More
  • Annual Tuition: $16,650
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE and ALA
  • Acceptance Rate: 57%
  • Example Classes:
    Curriculum Role of the Media Specialist; Intellectual Freedom; Management of Libraries and Information Agencies; Music Librarianship; Pedagogy for School Librarians; Reference Sources and Services
  • Annual Tuition: $16,779
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC and ALA
  • Acceptance Rate: 60%
  • Example Classes:
    Emerging Technological Trends in Information Access; Information Sources and Services; Library Administration and Management
  • Annual Tuition: $17,100
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC and ALA
  • Acceptance Rate: 77%
  • Example Classes:
    Equity of Access; Ethics for Library and Information Professionals; Government Information; Preserving Digital Collections; Research Methods for Library and Information Professionals; Scholarly Communication
  • Annual Tuition: $17,532
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC and ALA
  • Acceptance Rate: 62%
  • Example Classes:
    Collection Development; Genealogy for Librarians; Materials for Children; Research Literacy in Library Science; Special Topics: Cataloging Non-Print Materials; Technology for Library Services
0% of users found this page helpful Was this page helpful?
Recommendation rate refers to the percent of students who said they would recommend this school based on reviews submitted to our partner site, GradReports.com.
This indicates that a school has an annual tuition of $15,000 or less as reported to the National Center for Education Statistics or based on the school's website.