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Master’s Degrees in Library & Information Science

5,044 Yearly Graduations
$41,200 Median Salary
$34,737 Median Debt
A master's degree in library science is offered at 64 colleges in the United States. In recent years, the majority of the students getting degrees in this area were female, and 21% were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group. Also, 1.2% of library science graduates were international students.

Education Levels of Library Science Majors

In 2018-2019, 5,044 earned their master's degree in library science. This makes it the 39th most popular master's degree program in the country.

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 Master’s Degrees

The median salary for graduates holding a master's degree in library science is $41,200. 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 $38,450 to a high of $43,800.

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Student Debt

The median student debt for graduates holding a master's degree in library science is $34,737. 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, $41,000 is the debt load, and the debt load on the low side is $29,037.

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The median monthly payment of a library science graduate with a 10-year repayment plan is $405.

Student Diversity

More women than men pursue their master's degree in library science. About 82.0% of graduates with this degree are female.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 906
Women 4,138
Gender Diversity of Master's Degrees in Library Science

The racial-ethnic distribution of library science master’s degree students is as follows:

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 142
Black or African American 271
Hispanic or Latino 450
White 3,614
International Students 60
Other Races/Ethnicities 507
Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Library Science Master's Degree Students

There are 64 colleges that offer a master’s degree in library science. Learn more about the most popular 20 below:

#1

San Jose State University

San Jose, California
554 Yearly Graduations
84% Women
31% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The most popular school in the United States for library science students seekinga master's degree is San Jose State University. 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.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 554 people received their master's degree in library science from San Jose State. Of these students, 84% were women and 31% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#2

University of North Texas

Denton, Texas
296 Yearly Graduations
85% Women
34% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 2nd most popular school in the country for library science majors who are seeking their master's degree 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, 296 people received their master's degree in library science from UNT. About 85% of this group were women, and 34% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#3

Simmons University

Boston, Massachusetts
274 Yearly Graduations
83% Women
12% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 3rd most popular school in the country for library science majors who are seeking their master's degree is Simmons University. 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 274 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 83% were women and 12% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

236 Yearly Graduations
77% Women
13% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 4th most popular school in the country for library science majors who are seeking their master's degree is University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign. Each year, around 49,700 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $14,188 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $14,997 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 236 master's degrees were handed out to library science majors at UIUC. Around 13% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 77% were women.

197 Yearly Graduations
82% Women
11% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 5th most popular school in the country for library science majors who are seeking their master's degree is Kent State University at Kent. 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 197 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 11% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 82% were women.

#6

Texas Woman's University

Denton, Texas
195 Yearly Graduations
95% Women
30% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Texas Woman's University is the 6th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in library science. 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.

The library science program at Texas Woman's University awarded 195 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 95% were women and 30% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#7

Rutgers University - New Brunswick

New Brunswick, New Jersey
163 Yearly Graduations
67% Women
26% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 7th most popular school in the country for library science majors who are seeking their master's degree is Rutgers University - New Brunswick. Roughly 50,200 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $12,230 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $17,736 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 163 people received their master's degree in library science from Rutgers New Brunswick. Around 26% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 67% were women.

#8

Wayne State University

Detroit, Michigan
141 Yearly Graduations
84% Women
6% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Wayne State University comes in at #8 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in library science. 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.

The library science program at Wayne State University awarded 141 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 6% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 84% were women.

#9

Emporia State University

Emporia, Kansas
138 Yearly Graduations
78% Women
3% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Emporia State University comes in at #9 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees 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, 138 people received their master's degree in library science from ESU. Around 3% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 78% were women.

#10

Clarion University of Pennsylvania

Clarion, Pennsylvania
137 Yearly Graduations
81% Women
14% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Clarion University of Pennsylvania is the 10th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in library science. Roughly 4,800 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $7,716 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $9,288 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 137 master's degrees were handed out to library science majors at Clarion University. Around 14% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 81% were women.

124 Yearly Graduations
79% Women
23% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Washington - Seattle Campus comes in at #11 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in library science. Roughly 47,400 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $10,370 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $18,198 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 124 people received their master's degree in library science from UW Seattle. About 79% of this group were women, and 23% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#12

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Greensboro, North Carolina
116 Yearly Graduations
87% Women
20% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 12th most popular school in the country for library science majors who are seeking their master's degree is University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Roughly 20,100 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $4,422 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $5,219 per year.

The library science program at University of North Carolina at Greensboro awarded 116 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 87% of this group were women, and 20% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#13

University of South Carolina - Columbia

Columbia, South Carolina
113 Yearly Graduations
88% Women
13% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 13th most popular school in the country for library science majors who are seeking their master's degree is University of South Carolina - Columbia. Each year, around 34,700 students seeking various degrees attend the university. 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.

The library science program at University of South Carolina - Columbia awarded 113 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 88% were women and 13% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#14

The University of Alabama

Tuscaloosa, Alabama
107 Yearly Graduations
79% Women
12% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 14th most popular school in the country for library science majors who are seeking their master's degree is The University of Alabama. Each year, around 38,300 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $10,780 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $10,780 per year.

The library science program at The University of Alabama awarded 107 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 79% were women and 12% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#15

Syracuse University

Syracuse, New York
106 Yearly Graduations
78% Women
19% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Syracuse University is the 15th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in library science. Roughly 22,800 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $50,616 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $38,880 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 106 people received their master's degree in library science from Syracuse. Of these students, 78% were women and 19% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

94 Yearly Graduations
74% Women
30% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 16th most popular school in the country for library science majors who are seeking their master's degree is University of South Florida - Main Campus. Each year, around 43,800 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $4,559 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $8,350 per year.

The library science program at University of South Florida - Main Campus awarded 94 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 74% were women and 30% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#17

CUNY Queens College

Queens, New York
92 Yearly Graduations
66% Women
38% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

CUNY Queens College is the 17th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in library science. Each year, around 19,700 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $6,930 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,090 per year.

The library science program at CUNY Queens College awarded 92 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 66% of this group were women, and 38% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#18

Valdosta State University

Valdosta, Georgia
90 Yearly Graduations
83% Women
20% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 18th most popular school in the country for library science majors who are seeking their master's degree is Valdosta State University. Each year, around 11,200 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $4,371 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $4,572 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 90 people received their master's degree in library science from VSU. Around 20% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 83% were women.

#19

University of Wisconsin - Madison

Madison, Wisconsin
87 Yearly Graduations
75% Women
5% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Wisconsin - Madison is the 19th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in library science. Each year, around 43,400 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $9,273 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $10,728 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 87 people received their master's degree in library science from Wisconsin. Of these students, 75% were women and 5% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

85 Yearly Graduations
81% Women
13% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Indiana University - Purdue University - Indianapolis comes in at #20 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in library science. Each year, around 29,500 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $8,580 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $8,826 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 85 people received their master's degree in library science from IUPUI. About 81% of this group were women, and 13% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

Below are some popular majors that are similar to library science that offer master’s degrees.

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
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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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