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Doctor’s Degrees in Library & Information Science

39 Yearly Graduations
$47,950 Median Salary
$36,250 Median Debt
There are 13 schools in the United States where you can get your doctor's degree in library science. In recent years, the majority of the students getting degrees in this area were female, and 10% were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group. Also, 17.9% of library science graduates were international students.

Education Levels of Library Science Majors

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 39 students earned their doctor's degree in library science. This makes it the 160th most popular doctor'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
Bachelor’s Degree 99
Doctor’s Degree 39
Associate’s Degree 35
Undergraduate Certificate 3

Earnings of Library Science Majors With Doctor’s Degrees

The median salary for graduates holding a doctor's degree in library science is $47,950. This number may vary for a lot of reasons. For instance, you may decide to move to a location where people with your degree are rare and make more money.

A better approximation of salary is to look at the typical range of salaries. In this case the low is $45,525 and the high is $50,375.

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Student Debt

The median student debt for graduates holding a doctor's degree in library science is $36,250. The length of time it takes you to graduate and what college you attend can affect this number quite a bit.

The chart below shows the range of accumulated debt loads. On the high side of the range, $38,625 is the debt load, and the debt load on the low side is $33,875.

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The median monthly payment of a library science graduate with a 10-year repayment plan is $422.

Student Diversity

More women than men pursue their doctor's degree in library science. About 66.7% of graduates with this degree are female.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 13
Women 26
Gender Diversity of Doctor's Degrees in Library Science

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

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 1
Black or African American 2
Hispanic or Latino 1
White 27
International Students 7
Other Races/Ethnicities 1
Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Library Science Doctor's Degree Students

There are 13 colleges that offer a doctor’s degree in library science. Learn more about the most popular 13 below:

#1

Rutgers University - New Brunswick

New Brunswick, New Jersey
13 Yearly Graduations
54% Women
15% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The most popular school in the United States for library science students seekinga doctor's degree is Rutgers University - New Brunswick. Roughly 50,100 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, 13 people received their doctor's degree in library science from Rutgers New Brunswick. Around 15% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 54% were women.

5 Yearly Graduations
60% Women
20% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 2nd most popular school in the country for library science majors who are seeking their doctor's degree is University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Each year, around 51,600 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.

The library science program at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign awarded 5 doctor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 20% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 60% were women.

#3

University of South Carolina - Columbia

Columbia, South Carolina
4 Yearly Graduations
50% Women
25% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 3rd most popular school in the country for library science majors who are seeking their doctor's degree is University of South Carolina - Columbia. Roughly 35,300 attend the school each year. 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.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 4 doctor's degrees were handed out to library science majors at UofSC. About 50% of this group were women, and 25% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#3

Indiana University - Bloomington

Bloomington, Indiana
4 Yearly Graduations
50% Women

Indiana University - Bloomington is the 3rd most popular school in the nation for students seeking a doctor's degree in library science. Each year, around 43,200 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $9,575 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $9,501 per year.

The library science program at Indiana University - Bloomington awarded 4 doctor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year.

#3

Emporia State University

Emporia, Kansas
4 Yearly Graduations
100% Women

Emporia State University comes in at #3 on our list of the most popular colleges offering doctor's degrees in library science. 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.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 4 doctor's degrees were handed out to library science majors at ESU.

#3

Simmons University

Boston, Massachusetts
4 Yearly Graduations
100% Women

Simmons University comes in at #3 on our list of the most popular colleges offering doctor's degrees in library science. 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 4 doctor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year.

#7

University of Maryland - College Park

College Park, Maryland
2 Yearly Graduations
50% Women

University of Maryland - College Park comes in at #7 on our list of the most popular colleges offering doctor's degrees in library science. Each year, around 40,700 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $8,824 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $13,158 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 2 doctor's degrees were handed out to library science majors at UMCP.

#8

University of Wisconsin - Madison

Madison, Wisconsin
1 Yearly Graduations
100% Women

University of Wisconsin - Madison comes in at #8 on our list of the most popular colleges offering doctor's degrees in library science. 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, 1 people received their doctor's degree in library science from UW - Madison.

#8

Dominican University

River Forest, Illinois
1 Yearly Graduations
100% Women

Dominican University is the 8th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a doctor's degree in library science. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $33,950 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $20,400 per year.

The library science program at Dominican University awarded 1 doctor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year.

1 Yearly Graduations
100% Women

The 8th most popular school in the country for library science majors who are seeking their doctor's degree is University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh Campus. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $18,628 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $23,530 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 1 people received their doctor's degree in library science from Pitt.

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

Major Annual Degrees Awarded

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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