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UCM Online Library Science Master’s Degree Program Achieves National Rankings

By Mike Greife, February 8, 2018

WARRENSBURG, MO – The University of Central Missouri online Master of Science degree in Library Science has earned recognition by College Choice, a leading authority on college rankings, for quality and affordability among the top 30 online programs in the nation.

UCM’s program ranked 29th among the top 30 in the category of Best Online Master’s in Library Science Degree programs, and 20th of 30 in the category of Most Affordable Online Master’s Degree programs.

The UCM program is the only online graduate library science programs in Missouri to be ranked in the top 30.

UCM’s longstanding Library Science master’s degree program has been accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation and nationally recognized by the American Association of School Librarians since 2002. The program was first offered as a fully online graduate degree in 2011 to allow library and information services professionals to gain access to the graduate degree program while working. It also allows educators to attain the coursework to satisfy the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education requirements for school library media certification.

Coursework is delivered online with support from faculty members who offer a variety of assignments activities, participate in online discussions, access digital resources through UCM’s James C. Kirkpatrick Library, gain experience in web technologies and collaborate with fellow students.

“Our program is thrilled to receive this national recognition,’ said Rene Burress, program coordinator. “We have a rapidly growing body of students worldwide, and we use digital tools to connect and collaborate at times that are convenient for working adults.Through online discussion and personalized instructor feedback, every student has a front seat in the classroom. Our instructors have real-world experience working in libraries and they care about the success of each student.”

“The College of Education is pleased to hear that our Library and Information Services program is nationallyrankedin the top 30,” said Robert Lee, dean of the UCM College of Education. “The recognition is well-deserved, and we are very proud of our dedicated faculty and students. UCM and the College of Education pride ourselves on offering high-quality programs that are accessible to busy adults while providing professional skills grounded in real-world experience.”

According to College Choice, the ranking is based on regional accreditation and tuition data. The information comes from university websites,, U.S. News & World Report, and the National Center for Education Statistics.

For more information about UCM’s online Master of Science degree in Library Science and related programs, visit


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