2018 Most Affordable Online Colleges for Library Science Degrees

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Students seeking affordable online master's degrees in library science will find exceptional value in these 25 schools. The University of Central Missouri is ranked #5 with an annual tuition of $6,124, offering diverse classes such as action research in school libraries and library media administration. Clarion University, ranked #24 with an annual tuition of $9,720, offers many different specializations within its online MS in Library Science program, including information access, management of information agencies, and school library media.

You can read more about our ranked schools below or browse our 2017 rankings of the most affordable online master's programs. View our methodology or learn more about SR Education Group.

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Rank College Annual Tuition
#1 #1 Salem State University Annual Tuition $4,491
#2 #2 Georgia College & State University Annual Tuition $5,184
#3 #3 University of West Georgia Annual Tuition $5,616
#4 #4 East Central University Annual Tuition $5,988
#5 #5 University of Central Missouri Annual Tuition $6,124
#6 #6 Marshall University Annual Tuition $6,318
#7 #7 University of Alabama Annual Tuition $6,750
#8 #8 Valley City State University Annual Tuition $6,915
#9 #9 Clayton State University Annual Tuition $6,930
#10 #10 University of Colorado Denver Annual Tuition $7,220
#11 #11 Jacksonville State University Annual Tuition $7,258
#12 #12 University of West Alabama Annual Tuition $7,293
#13 #13 Minnesota State University at Mankato Annual Tuition $7,341
#14 #14 University of South Alabama Annual Tuition $7,500
#15 #15 McDaniel College Annual Tuition $7,840
#16 #16 Southern Connecticut State University Annual Tuition $7,987
#17 #17 Eastern Kentucky University Annual Tuition $8,500
#18 #18 Northwestern State University of Louisiana Annual Tuition $8,550
#19 #19 Sam Houston State University Annual Tuition $8,705
#20 #20 University of Nebraska at Kearney Annual Tuition $9,036
#21 #21 The University of Tennessee - Martin Annual Tuition $9,210
#22 #22 Saint Cloud State University Annual Tuition $9,475
#23 #23 University of North Carolina at Greensboro Annual Tuition $9,619
#24 #24 Clarion University Annual Tuition $9,720
#25 #25 Plymouth State University Annual Tuition $10,115
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  • Annual Tuition: $4,491
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NEASC CIHE
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,716
  • Example Classes:
    Administration of the School Media Center; Electronic Technologies for Information Retrieval; Emerging Technologies for Libraries; Information Literacy and the School Curriculum; Instructional Resource Selection and Curriculum Development K-12; Reference Materials and Research
  • Annual Tuition: $5,184
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 853
  • Example Classes:
    Children's Literature in Media Center; Information Technology in the Media Center; Operation of the Library Media Center; Selection of Library Media; Technology for Teachers; Young Adult Literature/Media Center

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  • Annual Tuition: $5,616
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 2,081
  • Example Classes:
    Administration of the School Media Center; Cataloging and Automating; Instructional Design; Online Reference Sources and Services; Technology for Media Services
  • Annual Tuition: $5,988
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 762
  • Example Classes:
    Administration and Use of Instructional Media; Cataloging and Classification; Literacy in the Media Center; Multimedia Technology; Survey of Emerging Technologies; Survey of Intellectual Property
  • Annual Tuition: $6,124
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 4,394
  • Example Classes:
    Action Research in School Libraries; Children’s, Adolescent & Young Adult Literature; Children’s, Adolescent, & Young Adult Literature; Curriculum & the Media Center; Developing & Managing Collections; Library Media Administration
  • Annual Tuition: $6,318
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 4,103
  • Example Classes:
    Cataloging & Reference for School Librarians; Children’s Literature; Libraries & the Learning Process; Library Materials for Adolescents; Library Organization & Administration; Technology & the Library
  • Annual Tuition: $6,750
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 5,140
  • Example Classes:
    Information Technologies; Management Theory and Practice; Public Libraries; Research Methods; School Media Centers; User Center Information Services
  • Annual Tuition: $6,915
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 144
  • Example Classes:
    Collection Development for 21st Century School Library; Exceptionality, Diversity, and Difference; Issues in School, Community, and Family; Research in Education; Supervision and Assessment of Teachers & Learners; Using Information Resources
  • Annual Tuition: $6,930
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 425
  • Example Classes:
    Archival Appraisal/Resource Selection and Evaluation; Archives and Technology; Archives and the Web; Intermediate Database Design for Archives; Law, Ethics and Archives; Reference and Outreach Programs for Archives

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  • Annual Tuition: $7,220
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 9,635
  • Example Classes:
    Information Literacy; Managing School Libraries; Media Literacy; Promoting Literature in Schools; Research in Schools; School Libraries in the Digital Age
  • Annual Tuition: $7,258
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 931
  • Example Classes:
    Collection Management, Cataloging & Reference; Learning through Interactive Technologies; Librarian as Instructional Partner; Psychological Principles of Learning; Research in Education; Trends, Issues, Innovation & Leadership in Libraries & Schools
  • Annual Tuition: $7,293
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 2,117
  • Example Classes:
    Critical Issues in School Library Services; Instructional Media; Libraries and Legal Issues; Library Media Cataloging and Classification; Literature for Children and Young Adults
  • Annual Tuition: $7,341
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 2,044
  • Example Classes:
    21st Century Multiple Literacies; Foundations of Information Centers; Information Resources; Library Leadership and Management; Materials for Young Adults; Technology for the School Librarian
  • Annual Tuition: $7,500
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 4,687
  • Example Classes:
    Curriculum Media for Children; Curriculum Media for Young Adults; Information Literacy; Library Media Programs; Media Center Management; Microcomputing Systems in Education
  • Annual Tuition: $7,840
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,336
  • Example Classes:
    Collection Development; Information Sources: Retrieval, Dissemination and Utilization; Literature for Children; Literature for Young Adults; Organization and Access; School Library Administration
  • Annual Tuition: $7,987
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NEASC CIHE
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 2,367
  • Example Classes:
    Collection Development; Information Resources Organization and Management; Information Science and technology; Management of Library and Information Agencies; Research in Library and Information Science; User Services
  • Annual Tuition: $8,500
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 2,517
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Children’s Literature; Educational Technologies; Information Literacy Resources & Services; Literature/Related Material for Young Adults; Organization & Administration of School Media Center; P-12 School Media Librarian Practicum
  • Annual Tuition: $8,550
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,120
  • Example Classes:
    Administration and Organization of the School Media Center; Information, Media and the Curriculum; Literature and Related Materials for Children; Literature and Related Media for the Young Adult; Technical Processes for the School Media Center
  • Annual Tuition: $8,705
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 2,630
  • 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

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  • Annual Tuition: $9,036
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,639
  • Example Classes:
    Administration of the School Library; Collection Development and Management; Organization of School Library and Technology Resources; Reference Services and Resources
  • Annual Tuition: $9,210
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 392
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Educational Media Production; Children’s Literature; Information Representation, Access, and Retrieval; Information Resources and Services; Literature for Children and Young Adults; School Library Administration and Management
  • Annual Tuition: $9,475
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,863
  • 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: $9,619
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 3,302
  • Example Classes:
    Emerging Technological Trends in Information Access; Information Organization and Access; Information Sources and Services; Library Administration and Management; Media Production Services for Library Programs
  • Annual Tuition: $9,720
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 813
  • Example Classes:
    Administration and Management of Libraries; Advanced Cataloging and Classification; Basic Information Sources & Services; Informational Sources and Services; Integrated Technologies in Libraries; Organization of Information
  • Annual Tuition: $10,115
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NEASC CIHE
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,050
  • Example Classes:
    Accessing and Organizing Information; Administration of Media; Reading, Listening, and Viewing Guidance and Selection of Resources for Children; Reading, Listening, and Viewing Guidance and Selection of Resources for Youth; The Library Media Program

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