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Master’s Degrees in Library & Information Science

5,044 Yearly Graduations
$41,200 Median Salary
$34,737 Median Debt
There are 64 colleges and univerities across the nation that offer a master's degree in library science. Among those who recently graduated from the schools offering this degree, the majority were women, and 21% were students from underrepresented racial-ethnic groups. Also, 1.2% of library science graduates were international students.

Education Levels of Library Science Majors

In 2018-2019, 5,044 master's degrees were awarded to library science majors. 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
Bachelor’s Degree 99
Doctor’s Degree 39
Associate’s Degree 35
Undergraduate Certificate 3

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. 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.

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 36,000 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, 554 master's degrees were handed out to library science majors at San Jose State. About 84% of this group were women, and 31% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#2

University of North Texas

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

University of North Texas is the 2nd most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in library science. Roughly 39,300 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.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 296 master's degrees were handed out to library science majors at UNT. Around 34% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 85% were women.

#3

Simmons University

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

Simmons University is the 3rd most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in library science. Each year, around 6,500 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.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 274 people received their master's degree in library science from Simmons. About 83% of this group were women, and 12% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

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. Roughly 51,600 attend the school each year. 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 236 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 77% were women and 13% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

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

Kent State University at Kent is the 5th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in library science. Roughly 27,700 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.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 197 people received their master's degree in library science from Kent State. Of these students, 82% were women and 11% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#6

Texas Woman's University

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

Texas Woman's University comes in at #6 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in library science. Roughly 15,800 attend the school each year. 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.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 195 people received their master's degree in library science from TWU. About 95% of this group were women, and 30% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#7

Rutgers University - New Brunswick

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

Rutgers University - New Brunswick is the 7th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in library science. Each year, around 50,100 students seeking various degrees attend the university. 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.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 163 master's degrees were handed out to library science majors at Rutgers New Brunswick. Of these students, 67% were women and 26% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#8

Wayne State University

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

The 8th most popular school in the country for library science majors who are seeking their master's degree is Wayne State University. Each year, around 26,800 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, 141 people received their master's degree in library science from Wayne State. Of these students, 84% were women and 6% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#9

Emporia State University

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

The 9th most popular school in the country for library science majors who are seeking their master's degree is Emporia State University. Each year, around 5,800 students seeking various degrees attend the university. 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, 138 master's degrees were handed out to library science majors at ESU. Of these students, 78% were women and 3% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#10

Clarion University of Pennsylvania

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

Clarion University of Pennsylvania comes in at #10 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in library science. Roughly 4,700 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.

The library science program at Clarion University of Pennsylvania awarded 137 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 81% were women and 14% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

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

The 11th most popular school in the country for library science majors who are seeking their master's degree is University of Washington - Seattle Campus. Each year, around 47,500 students seeking various degrees attend the university. 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.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 124 master's degrees were handed out to library science majors at UW Seattle. Around 23% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 79% were women.

#12

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

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

University of North Carolina at Greensboro is the 12th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in library science. 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.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 116 people received their master's degree in library science from UNC Greensboro. Around 20% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 87% were women.

#13

University of South Carolina - Columbia

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

University of South Carolina - Columbia is the 13th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in library science. Each year, around 35,300 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. About 88% of this group were women, and 13% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#14

The University of Alabama

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

The University of Alabama is the 14th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in library science. Each year, around 38,100 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.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 107 people received their master's degree in library science from UA. About 79% of this group were women, and 12% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#15

Syracuse University

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

Syracuse University comes in at #15 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees 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.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 106 master's degrees were handed out to library science majors at Syracuse. About 78% of this group were women, and 19% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

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

University of South Florida - Main Campus is the 16th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in library science. Roughly 44,200 attend the school each year. 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.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 94 people received their master's degree in library science from USF Tampa. About 74% of this group were women, and 30% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#17

Queens College

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

Queens College comes in at #17 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in library science. Roughly 19,900 attend the school each year. 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 Queens College awarded 92 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 38% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 66% were women.

#18

Valdosta State University

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

Valdosta State University is the 18th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in library science. 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.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 90 master's degrees were handed out to library science majors at VSU. Of these students, 83% were women and 20% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#19

University of Wisconsin - Madison

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

University of Wisconsin - Madison comes in at #19 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in library science. Roughly 44,200 attend the school each year. 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.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 87 master's degrees were handed out to library science majors at UW - Madison. About 75% of this group were women, and 5% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

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

The 20th most popular school in the country for library science majors who are seeking their master's degree is Indiana University - Purdue University - Indianapolis. 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.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 85 master's degrees were handed out to library science majors at IUPUI. Around 13% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 81% were women.

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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