Are you equipped to help patrons at libraries across the world? You will be when you complete the University of Central Missouri’s affordable, 100% online Librarian master's degree program. Since our Master of Library Science and Information Services is exclusively online, you can adapt your graduate studies to fit your lifestyle while earning your graduate degree.
Books are for everyone
Our graduate courses in the Master of Library Science program emphasize diversity and accessibility for all. Your classmates may include students from Germany, South Korea and rural China — as well as all over the United States.
Our faculty bring answers directly from libraries to you, sharing real-world challenges and solutions from their industry experience. Once you graduate, you'll be a 21st-century librarian. Your skills and experience will stand out from the competition graduating from other library science colleges.
Our Library Sciences master’s degree is recognized by employers everywhere, because we’re accredited by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) and the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).
Master of Library Science program accreditation
Our Library Sciences degree program also has pre-candidacy status for accreditation with the American Library Association (ALA)*. This will benefit you in your career, especially if you’re interested in a job at a public, state or academic library, rather than a school library. We’ve already updated the program curriculum, so our graduate students are prepared to work anywhere.
*UCM's Master of Science in Library Science program has been granted precandidacy status by the Committee on Accreditation of the American Library Association. Precandidacy status is an indication that UCM has voluntarily committed to participate in the ALA accreditation process and is actively seeking accreditation. Precandidacy does not indicate that the program is accredited nor does it guarantee eventual accreditation of the program by ALA.
Every Library Sciences degree program course will enhance your favorite skill: connecting people with books. We offer a couple of program options to choose from based on your career goals and interests:
Whichever Library Sciences degree option you choose, your training will be informed by real-world experience. Our instructors bring industry knowledge into the virtual classroom and directly to you, passing on lessons from their days as school librarians, public librarians, academic librarians and more.
Some of our most popular courses include:
Our master's in Library and Information Science gives you the real-world experience you need to hit the ground running after graduation.
As a graduate from the University of Central Missouri’s master’s in Library and Information Science program, you will be equipped to:
By earning your Master of Library Sciences degree from the University of Central Missouri, you can increase your job security. Librarians are needed in all 50 states and all over the world, in nearly every K–12 school, every university and every community. Library Science master’s jobs are always in demand, in big cities and small towns alike.
Beyond job security, our Librarian master's degree can also lead to advancement in your career. Our master’s in Library and Information Science degree can help you qualify to be a branch manager. The potential for a better salary with our Library Science and Information Services degree may surprise you — many school districts offer raises to employees with additional college credit hours.
As one of the most affordable online library science degrees among library science colleges, the University of Central Missouri’s Master of Science in Library Science and Information Services ensures you have the support you need to succeed.
Explore our financial aid options to get help paying for college, such as program scholarships for Library Science grad students:
A Library Sciences master's degree from the University of Central Missouri is a valuable investment in a lifetime career. You'll get a high-quality, future-focused education at an affordable cost.
Do your career goals include teaching at library science colleges? You may benefit from our collaborative LIS graduate program with Murray State University. Your graduate studies will be targeted and streamlined to get your advanced degrees faster than if you had completed them at different times. You’ll complete specialized coursework, research, internship and dissertation courses across both universities to simultaneously earn two additional graduate degrees alongside your Master of Library Science:
Is your goal to be a leader in your field? Do you want to be the one patrons and staff turn to for answers? Are you a lifelong learner, always interested in strengthening your technology and research skills? You may be interested in exploring another UCM degree program:
Our current retention rate from our 2020-2021 cohort is 76%. Most students graduate
from the program in 2-3 years, but UCM allows up to 8 years.
Our students are often busy, working adults and a majority are part-time students.
Our most recent placement rate from the Career and Life Design Center is 100%.
|1 year to grad||6%||9%||12%||8%||7%|
|Cont to Year 2||75%||81%||71%||69%||76%|
|2 years to Grad||21%||24%||24%||10%|
|Cont to Year 3||63%||57%||47%||51%|
|3 years to grad||21%||12%||10%|
|Con. to year 4||30%||21%||18%|
|4 years to grad||3%||3%|
|Cont to year 5||6%||12%|
|5 years to grad||3%|
|Cont to Year 6||3%|
|6 years to grad|
Source: UCM Academic Digital Innovations and Analytics
UCM is the longest continuously CAEP accredited public institution in Missouri
Nationally recognized by the American Association of School Librarians
2018 Most Affordable Online Colleges for Library Science Degrees