2019 Most Affordable Master's in Library Science Online

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This list contains 25 colleges, each offering a low-cost master's degree in library science. The average cost of a degree in library science from these schools is $10,150. Valdosta State University is ranked #1, with an annual tuition of $5,860, whereas Dominican University, with an annual tuition of $15,300, is ranked #23. Those interested in library sciences in a school setting can look to the programs offered at University of Colorado Denver and Minnesota State University at Mankato, among others. University of Southern Mississippi also offers a licensure option, with an annual tuition of only $8,218.

You can read more about our ranked schools below or browse our 2018 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 Valdosta State University Annual Tuition $5,860
#2 #2 University of Central Missouri Annual Tuition $6,273
#3 #3 University of Colorado Denver Annual Tuition $6,780
#4 #4 Minnesota State University at Mankato Annual Tuition $6,993
#5 #5 University of Alabama Annual Tuition $7,092
#6 #6 University of North Texas Annual Tuition $8,100
#7 #7 University of Southern Mississippi Annual Tuition $8,218
#8 #8 University of Missouri Annual Tuition $8,392
#9 #9 Southern Arkansas University Annual Tuition $8,406
#10 #10 University of Northern Iowa Annual Tuition $8,653
#11 #11 Sam Houston State University Annual Tuition $8,842
#12 #12 McDaniel College Annual Tuition $9,500
#13 #13 University of North Carolina at Greensboro Annual Tuition $9,569
#14 #14 University at Buffalo Annual Tuition $9,990
#15 #15 Clarion University Annual Tuition $10,026
#16 #16 San Jose State University Annual Tuition $10,428
#17 #17 Western Kentucky University Annual Tuition $10,605
#18 #18 Texas Woman's University Annual Tuition $10,792
#19 #19 Saint Cloud State University Annual Tuition $12,075
#20 #20 Middle Tennessee State University Annual Tuition $12,744
#21 #21 University of Kentucky Annual Tuition $13,052
#22 #22 University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Annual Tuition $14,400
#23 #23 Dominican University Annual Tuition $15,300
#24 #24 University of Houston-Clear Lake Annual Tuition $15,793
#25 #25 University of South Florida - Main Campus Annual Tuition $15,864
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  • Annual Tuition: $5,860
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 2,595
  • Example Classes:
    Cataloging and Classification; Electronic Resources in the Library; Information Sources and Services; Management of Libraries and Information Centers
  • Annual Tuition: $6,273
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 4,202
  • 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: $6,780
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 9,338
  • Example Classes:
    Information Literacy; Managing School Libraries; Media Literacy; Promoting Literature in Schools; Research in Schools; School Libraries in the Digital Age
  • Annual Tuition: $6,993
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,973
  • 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: $7,092
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 5,100
  • Example Classes:
    Information Technologies; Management Theory and Practice; Public Libraries; Research Methods; School Media Centers; User Center Information Services

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  • Annual Tuition: $8,100
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 6,904
  • Example Classes:
    Information Access and Knowledge Inquiry; Information and Knowledge Professions; Management of Information Agencies; Metadata and Networked Information Organization/Retrieval
  • Annual Tuition: $8,218
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 2,773
  • Example Classes:
    Cataloging and Classification; Library Instruction; Library Management; Literature and Related Media for Young Adults; Reference and Information Services; Reference and Information Sources
  • Annual Tuition: $8,392
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 7,362
  • Example Classes:
    Collection and Access Management; Copyright in Libraries; History of Books and Media; Management of Information Agencies; Reference Sources and Services; Scholarly Communication
  • Annual Tuition: $8,406
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,484
  • Example Classes:
    Collection Management and Development; Information Access; Instructional Design and Production; Integration of Library Resources into the Curriculum; Library Materials for Children and Young Adults; Management and Evaluation of Media Programs
  • Annual Tuition: $8,653
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,801
  • Example Classes:
    Administration of the School Library Program; Library Resources for Children; Reference Services and Information Retrieval; Research in Library and Information Science; School Library Curriculum Development; Technologies for Libraries

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  • Annual Tuition: $8,842
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 2,575
  • 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: $9,500
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,183
  • Example Classes:
    Collection Development; Information Sources: Retrieval, Dissemination and Utilization; Literature for Children; Literature for Young Adults; Organization and Access; School Library Administration

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  • Annual Tuition: $9,569
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 3,366
  • 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: $9,990
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 9,772
  • 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: $10,026
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 894
  • 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: $10,428
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: WASC WSCUC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 5,722
  • Example Classes:
    Automated Library Systems; Design and Implementation of Instructional Strategies for Information Professionals; Issues in Academic Libraries; Issues in Public Libraries; Marketing of Information Products and Services; School Library Media Centers
  • Annual Tuition: $10,605
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 2,676
  • Example Classes:
    Children's Literature; Creative Media Experiences for Children; Introduction to Educational Technology; Literature for Young Adults; Storytelling; Technology Applications in Education
  • Annual Tuition: $10,792
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 5,248
  • Example Classes:
    Collection Development; Information and Communication Technology; Information Retrieval; Information Sources and Services; Library Management
  • Annual Tuition: $12,075
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,866
  • 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: $12,744
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 2,357
  • Example Classes:
    Collection Development and User Services; Digital Library Collections; Information Searching Strategies; Management of Libraries; Materials for Literacy of Children; Skills and Issues in the Library

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  • Annual Tuition: $13,052
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 7,160
  • Example Classes:
    Information in Society; Information Representation & Access; Information Seeking, Retrieval & Services; Management in Library Information Science
  • Annual Tuition: $14,400
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 4,633
  • Example Classes:
    Competitive Intelligence & Business Information; Digital Information Services; Electronic Publishing & Web Design; Legal Information Sources & Services; Metadata; Music Librarianship

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  • Annual Tuition: $15,300
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,216
  • Example Classes:
    Big Data and Competitive Intelligence; Core Values, Ethics, and Issues in the Library and Information Professions; Facilitating User Learning and Information Needs; Metadata for Digital Resources; Social Media and Emerging Technologies; System Analysis and Design
  • Annual Tuition: $15,793
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 3,099
  • Example Classes:
    Administration of School Library Services; Librarians as Instructional Partners; Media and Technology Selection and Applications; School Library Collection Development and Management; School Library Systems and Services; Selecting Literature and Materials for Young Adults
  • Annual Tuition: $15,864
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 11,400
  • 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
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