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423 Yearly Graduations
$37,100 Median Salary
$35,078 Median Debt
There are 39 colleges and univerities across the nation that offer a graduate certificate in library science. In recent years, the majority of the students getting degrees in this area were female, and 23% were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group. Also, 0.5% of library science graduates were international students.

Education Levels of Library Science Majors

In 2018-2019, 423 graduate certificates were awarded to library science majors. This earns it the #41 spot on the list of the most popular graduate certificate programs in the nation.

The following table shows the number of diplomas awarded in library science at each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Master’s Degree 5,044
Graduate Certificate 423
Doctor’s Degree 39

Earnings of Library Science Majors With Graduate Certificates

The median salary for graduates holding a graduate certificate in library science is $37,100. However, this can depend on a number of factors, such as where you live and the number of years experience you have.

To get a better picture, earnings for this category of people can range from a low of $36,750 to a high of $39,850.

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Student Debt

The median student debt for graduates holding a graduate certificate in library science is $35,078. The school you go to and how long it takes you to graduate, among other things, can cause this number to vary.

The chart below shows the range of accumulated debt loads. On the high side of the range, $37,079 is the debt load, and the debt load on the low side is $33,076.

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The median monthly payment of a library science graduate with a 10-year repayment plan is $408.

Student Diversity

More women than men pursue their graduate certificate in library science. About 88.4% of graduates with this degree are female.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 49
Women 374
Gender Diversity of Graduate Certificates in Library Science

The racial-ethnic distribution of library science graduate certificate students is as follows:

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 5
Black or African American 12
Hispanic or Latino 69
White 296
International Students 2
Other Races/Ethnicities 39
Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Library Science Graduate Certificate Students

There are 39 colleges that offer a graduate certificate in library science. Learn more about the most popular 20 below:

#1

Texas Woman's University

Denton, Texas
125 Yearly Graduations
99% Women
30% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Texas Woman's University tops the list of the most popular school in the U.S. for library science majors who are seeking their graduate certificate. Each year, around 15,500 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $5,430 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $4,973 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 125 graduate certificates were handed out to library science majors at TWU. Of these students, 99% were women and 30% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#2

University of North Texas

Denton, Texas
59 Yearly Graduations
93% Women
27% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 2nd most popular school in the country for library science majors who are seeking their graduate certificate is University of North Texas. Roughly 38,200 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $8,295 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $5,900 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 59 people received their graduate certificate in library science from UNT. About 93% of this group were women, and 27% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#3

LIU Post

Brookville, New York
55 Yearly Graduations
76% Women
7% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 3rd most popular school in the country for library science majors who are seeking their graduate certificate is LIU Post. Roughly 15,100 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $36,452 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $22,482 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 55 people received their graduate certificate in library science from LIU Post. Of these students, 76% were women and 7% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#4

Wayne State University

Detroit, Michigan
33 Yearly Graduations
88% Women
3% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 4th most popular school in the country for library science majors who are seeking their graduate certificate is Wayne State University. Each year, around 27,000 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $13,024 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $16,285 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 33 people received their graduate certificate in library science from Wayne State. About 88% of this group were women, and 3% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

31 Yearly Graduations
94% Women
13% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College comes in at #5 on our list of the most popular colleges offering graduate certificates in library science. Each year, around 30,900 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $8,038 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $9,132 per year.

The library science program at Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College awarded 31 graduate certificates during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 94% were women and 13% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#6

University of Southern Mississippi

Hattiesburg, Mississippi
20 Yearly Graduations
80% Women
10% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 6th most popular school in the country for library science majors who are seeking their graduate certificate is University of Southern Mississippi. Each year, around 14,500 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $8,786 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $8,786 per year.

The library science program at University of Southern Mississippi awarded 20 graduate certificates during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 10% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 80% were women.

#7

Pratt Institute - Main

Brooklyn, New York
19 Yearly Graduations
84% Women
26% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Pratt Institute - Main is the 7th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a graduate certificate in library science. Roughly 5,000 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $51,754 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $33,246 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 19 graduate certificates were handed out to library science majors at Pratt Institute. About 84% of this group were women, and 26% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#8

University of Arizona

Tucson, Arizona
12 Yearly Graduations
83% Women
33% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Arizona comes in at #8 on our list of the most popular colleges offering graduate certificates in library science. Roughly 44,000 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $10,990 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,938 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 12 people received their graduate certificate in library science from Arizona. Of these students, 83% were women and 33% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#8

Simmons University

Boston, Massachusetts
12 Yearly Graduations
75% Women
17% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Simmons University comes in at #8 on our list of the most popular colleges offering graduate certificates in library science. Each year, around 6,000 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $40,850 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $21,654 per year.

The library science program at Simmons University awarded 12 graduate certificates during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 75% were women and 17% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#10

Emporia State University

Emporia, Kansas
9 Yearly Graduations
78% Women
11% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Emporia State University is the 10th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a graduate certificate in library science. Roughly 5,700 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $5,154 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $6,394 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 9 people received their graduate certificate in library science from ESU. About 78% of this group were women, and 11% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

8 Yearly Graduations
50% Women
50% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Oklahoma Norman Campus comes in at #11 on our list of the most popular colleges offering graduate certificates in library science. Roughly 28,500 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $4,788 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $6,583 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 8 graduate certificates were handed out to library science majors at University of Oklahoma. About 50% of this group were women, and 50% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#11

San Jose State University

San Jose, California
8 Yearly Graduations
88% Women
62% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

San Jose State University comes in at #11 on our list of the most popular colleges offering graduate certificates in library science. Roughly 35,400 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $5,742 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $7,176 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 8 graduate certificates were handed out to library science majors at San Jose State. Of these students, 88% were women and 62% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#13

University of Memphis

Memphis, Tennessee
7 Yearly Graduations
100% Women
29% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Memphis comes in at #13 on our list of the most popular colleges offering graduate certificates in library science. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $8,208 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $9,216 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 7 graduate certificates were handed out to library science majors at U of Memphis. Of these students, 100% were women and 29% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#13

University of Puerto Rico - Rio Piedras

San Juan, Puerto Rico
7 Yearly Graduations
71% Women
86% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Puerto Rico - Rio Piedras comes in at #13 on our list of the most popular colleges offering graduate certificates in library science. Each year, around 14,900 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $3,968 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $3,420 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 7 people received their graduate certificate in library science from UPR - RP. Around 86% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 71% were women.

5 Yearly Graduations
60% Women

Kent State University at Kent is the 15th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a graduate certificate in library science. Roughly 28,100 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $10,602 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,766 per year.

The library science program at Kent State University at Kent awarded 5 graduate certificates during the 2018-2019 school year.

#16

Illinois State University

Normal, Illinois
3 Yearly Graduations
100% Women

Illinois State University comes in at #16 on our list of the most popular colleges offering graduate certificates in library science. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $10,547 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $7,956 per year.

The library science program at Illinois State University awarded 3 graduate certificates during the 2018-2019 school year.

#17

University of South Carolina - Columbia

Columbia, South Carolina
2 Yearly Graduations
100% Women

University of South Carolina - Columbia comes in at #17 on our list of the most popular colleges offering graduate certificates in library science. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $12,288 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $13,737 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 2 people received their graduate certificate in library science from Carolina.

#17

Northeastern State University

Tahlequah, Oklahoma
2 Yearly Graduations
100% Women
50% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 17th most popular school in the country for library science majors who are seeking their graduate certificate is Northeastern State University. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $5,913 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $4,500 per year.

The library science program at Northeastern State University awarded 2 graduate certificates during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 50% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 100% were women.

#19

University of Southern California

Los Angeles, California
1 Yearly Graduations
100% Women

University of Southern California comes in at #19 on our list of the most popular colleges offering graduate certificates in library science. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $57,256 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $46,272 per year.

The library science program at University of Southern California awarded 1 graduate certificates during the 2018-2019 school year.

#19

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill, North Carolina
1 Yearly Graduations
100% Women

The 19th most popular school in the country for library science majors who are seeking their graduate certificate is University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $7,019 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $10,552 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 1 people received their graduate certificate in library science from UNC Chapel Hill.

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References

*The racial-ethnic minority student count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the percentage of racial-ethnic minorities.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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