PennWest Clarion was the first in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education to offer a master’s degree in the field of Library Science. Now PennWest is offering the same expertise in a 100% online format. With the online Master of Science in Information and Library Sciences program, you can earn the degree you want on your terms and in your timeframe.
Earn your M.S.L.S. and you’ll be ready to jump into the ever-expanding world of information collection and management. Learn how current and emerging information technologies are used in libraries, and how to become an effective library manager and administrator. You’ll have the opportunity to participate in a capstone internship that will further enhance your experience.
These days, flexibility is key to success. PennWest’s Global Online programs allow you to carve time out of your busy schedule to continue your education or get the degree you’ve always wanted.
All of PennWest’s online Master of Library Sciences programs and concentrations are fully accredited by the American Library Association.
Learn from faculty with diverse professional backgrounds and research experience. They will help prepare you for a range of emerging careers in libraries and all types of information agencies.
PennWest Clarion’s Library Science programs are ranked the best in the nation by Study.com based on the array of programs, the success of students, online formats and the way the coursework prepares students for employment.
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Job opportunities for library science graduates reach outside of schools and can be found in a number of different industries including technology, finance, healthcare and government institutions. As digital libraries and technology-focused methods for storing library materials increases, so does the demand for library and information science skills. The job outlook in the United States is expected to grow 7% in the next decade.
The average salary for those with a master's in library sciences is $84,000 per year with potential for growth over time. Here are just a few career options available to graduates:
Conditional admission may be granted to prospective students with a regionally accredited bachelor's degree and a GPA between 2.9 and 2.75. Prospective students with a cumulative undergraduate GPA under 2.75 must also provide evidence of their ability to successfully complete the program, which could include a graduate degree in another discipline and/or substantive work at a library or other related profession. If admitted, students must earn a 3.0 in their first term to stay in the program.
PennWest’s three campuses, California, Clarion and Edinboro universities, have been delivering award-winning online programs for more than 20 years. You’ll graduate with a degree from Pennsylvania Western University, completely supported by the expertise and community of learners on our brick-and-mortar campuses.