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NCCU Library Science Online Degree Ranked Top-Three


An online master’s degree in library science at North Carolina Central University is among the three most affordable programs in the country, according to rankings recently released by BestMastersDegrees.com.

The Philadelphia-based company examined online library science programs recognized for quality and affordability in 56 rankings of schools by publications such as Forbes magazine, The Princeton Review and U.S. News and World Report.

NCCU came in third in the country out of the 30 programs, just behind Valdosta State University and No. 1, Texas A&M University.

“Being ranked No. 3 is very gratifying since the NCCU School of Library and Information Sciences is a pioneer in online education at the university and in the state,” said Irene Owens, Ph.D., dean of the School of Library and Information Sciences. “We have made continuous improvement in our program by expanding our degree offerings with quality and consistency.”

The NCCU School of Library and Information Sciences offers a Master of Library Science degree with six concentration areas, including academic librarian, archives and records manager, law librarian, public librarian, school media coordinator, and special librarian.

At $6,627 per year, the program provides students with a solid foundation in research methods, information organization and services. The most expensive of the 30 universities listed as most-affordable in the online master’s of library science category were nearly double the cost of NCCU tuition.

According to the BestMastersDegree.com website, the listings are published to help prospective students find programs that best meet their educational needs and career goals.

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