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The 40 Most Affordable Master’s in Library Science Online

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To become a librarian—whether in a corporation, a school, or a public library—requires a master’s degree, and there are some very affordable options to acquire this credential online. There is no reason to pay the highest price to move ahead in library science.

With 52 different schools offering a total of 61 separate master’s in library science online, there is a lot to choose from. With the most affordable schools charging under $10,000 and the most expensive almost $75,000, you could actually save yourself up to $65,000 by choosing one of our Best Buy options for this versatile degree. This guide showcases the most up-to-date information, making it easy to select a program that suits both your needs and your wallet.

Average Cost (In-state): ~$21,000
Least Expensive: East Central University ~$9,232
Most Expensive: University of Southern California ~$74,520

Our data-driven research creates a truly reliable system of scientific rankings. There’s no fancy formulas here. We meticulously calculate total full-time tuition—including any fees—for the most accurate total cost. Our rankings cannot be bought, and therefore factually showcase the cheapest master’s in library science online. The online library science degrees listed above the gray dividing line are official 2018 “Best Buys” and cost less than the national average.

Most Affordable Master’s in Library Science Online

RankSchool / DegreeStatePriceNote
1
East Central University
(OK)
$9,232.00
$20,660.80
In-State
Out-of-State
2
North Carolina Central University
(NC)
$9,294.04
$32,154.04
In-State
Out-of-State
3
Northeastern State University
(OK)
$9,302.70
$9,335.70
In-State
Out-of-State
4
Appalachian State University
(NC)
$9,594.36
$33,300.36
In-State
Out-of-State
5
East Carolina University
(NC)
$9,721.14
$34,858.98
In-State
Out-of-State
6
Fort Hays State University
(KS)
$10,106.28
All Students
7
Southern Arkansas University
(AR)
$10,910.00
$15,470.00
In-State
Out-of-State
8
University of North Carolina at Greensboro
(NC)
$11,035.56
$35,243.76
In-State
Out-of-State
9
Georgia College & State University
(GA)
$11,740.00
All Students
10
University of Colorado Denver
(CO)
$12,310.00
$14,560.00
In-State
Out-of-State
11
University of Central Missouri
(MO)
$13,251.00
All Students
12
Valdosta State University
(GA)
$13,277.00
All Students
13
Western Kentucky University
(KY)
$13,695.00
$23,331.00
$8,250.00
In-State
Out-of-State
Military
14
University of North Texas
(TX)
$14,076.20
$29,016.20
In-State
Out-of-State
15
The University of Alabama
(AL)
$14,184.00
All Students
16
University of West Alabama
(AL)
$14,457.00
All Students
17
Marshall University
Master of Arts in Education / School Library Media
$14,607.00
All Students
18
Valley City State University
(ND)
$14,666.43
All Students
19
Texas A & M University – Commerce
(TX)
$14,968.80
$29,908.80
In-State
Out-of-State
20
Texas Woman’s University
(TX)
$15,356.16
$30,296.16
In-State
Out-of-State
21
Jacksonville State University
(AL)
$15,734.00
All Students
22
University of South Alabama
(AL)
$15,800.00
All Students
23
Lindenwood University
(MO)
$16,265.00
All Students
24
Texas Woman’s University
(TX)
$16,533.74
$32,718.74
In-State
Out-of-State
25
University of Houston – Clear Lake
(TX)
$16,751.00
$33,746.00
In-State
Out-of-State
26
Eastern Kentucky University
(KY)
$16,830.00
$10,725.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
27
University of Missouri-Columbia
(MO)
$16,901.43
$15,467.79
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
28
University of Northern Iowa
(IA)
$17,215.00
All Students
29
University of Southern Mississippi
(MS)
$18,324.00
All Students
30
Minnesota State University-Mankato
(MN)
$18,476.96
All Students
31
McDaniel College
(MD)
$18,500.00
All Students
32
Sam Houston State University
(TX)
$18,517.00
All Students
33
Plymouth State University
(NH)
$18,579.00
$21,219.00
In-State
Out-of-State
34
Auburn University
(AL)
$18,900.00
All Students
35
University at Buffalo
(NY)
$18,960.12
$22,308.12
In-State
Out-of-State
36
University of South Carolina-Columbia
(SC)
$19,115.00
$21,167.00
In-State
Out-of-State
37
Kent State University
(OH)
$19,869.00
$36,667.00
In-State
Out-of-State
38
Middle Tennessee State University
(TN)
$20,268.00
$29,844.00
In-State
Out-of-State
39
San Jose State University
(CA)
$20,382.00
All Students
40
University at Buffalo
(NY)
$20,510.13
$24,137.13
In-State
Out-of-State
NOTE: The following schools did not make our Best Buy ranking but are also great online options.
School / DegreeStatePriceNote
Murray State University
(KY)
$21,252.00
All Students
Fresno Pacific University
(CA)
$22,570.00
All Students
Azusa Pacific University
(CA)
$23,588.00
All Students
University of Kentucky
(KY)
$23,778.00
All Students
Clarion University of Pennsylvania
(PA)
$24,321.60
$27,687.60
In-State
Out-of-State
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
(IL)
$25,440.00
$42,120.00
In-State
Out-of-State
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
(WI)
$28,800.00
All Students
Wayne State University
(MI)
$30,959.64
All Students
University of Arizona
(AZ)
$33,300.00
All Students
St. John’s University
(NY)
$48,128.00
All Students
University of Washington
(WA)
$50,715.00
All Students
Syracuse University
(NY)
$56,124.00
All Students
Drexel University
(PA)
$56,925.00
All Students
University of Southern California
(CA)
$74,520.00
All Students

Accreditation & Licensing Note: As in all careers with state-specific licensure requirements, prospective applicants should contact the education department in their state of residence and ensure the desired program qualifies a graduate for teacher licensure. Not all programs listed lead to licensure. Applicants can also learn more by clicking the links to request information about each degree program. To qualify for a ranking, a program must be regionally accredited. Additional programmatic accreditation is noted in the rank table.

36 Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)
38 American Library Association (ALA)

Rankings Note: These online college rankings are based on a GetEducated Fall 2018 review of regionally accredited master’s in library science online programs. Total cost includes full-time tuition and fees and was valid at the time of collection and specific to the online learning program. School profiles for the online master degree programs in our directory may reflect a slightly different cost based on different editorial update schedules. The published cost is an estimated sticker price for the entire online degree including fees. Actual costs may vary by student. Factors such as transfer credits, prerequisite courses, professional licensing and financial aid availability will affect final cost.

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