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Clarion University's online Master of Science in Library Science program has earned a spot on GetEducated.com's "Best Buy" ranking of online MSLS programs. The rankings were calculated by comparing tuition and distance education fees for 16 different master's degree programs in the area of library science. Being ranked as a Best Buy indicates that the degree program has been independently reviewed and found to offer a high quality online degree at a cost well below the national average.

The Get Educated online university rankings were objectively calculated by comparing tuition and distance education fees for 16 different master's degree programs in the area of library science. Tuition for Clarion's program is $19,191 for Pennsylvania residents and $19,839 for non-residents. GetEducated.com used 2011 tuition figures to calculate the rankings.
Being ranked as a Best Buy indicates that the degree program has been independently reviewed and found to offer a high quality online degree at a cost well below the national average.

Dr. John Groves, dean of Clarion University College of Education and Human Services, which houses the library science programs, said several factors set Clarion's MSLS apart:

  • It's accredited by the American Library Association, one of only three ALA-accredited library science schools in Pennsylvania;

  • It's the fourth largest online MSLS program in the country;

  • The faculty are diversified, highly skilled and experienced;

  • Clarion attracts an academically strong student body;

  • Price-wise, it's a very good deal.

The undergraduate library science degree feeds right into the master's degree, and the master's can be handled at the student's pace.

"Most of the students are part-time - they're working librarians," Groves said.

Within the MSLS program, Clarion University offers a generalist tract and is developing an information management tract.

There is more and more of a job market for people who graduate with the MSLS," Groves said. There are opportunities within law enforcement, the FBI and CIA and Homeland Security, to name a few. "These are people who have highly developed skills to categorize and evaluate information. They are viewed as very valuable."

Clarion University's program was among the first to use distance learning, according to Groves. Dr. Bernard Vavrek, now retired from Clarion's library science faculty, is well known in the field of rural librarianship and founded the National Rural Library Center. Before the Internet facilitated distance learning, Clarion faculty traveled the actual distance to teach rural librarianship. Even as recently as a couple of years ago, Clarion faculty continued to teach at off-site locations in Philadelphia and Harrisburg to meet student demand. The MSLS is now completely online.

Clarion University is the high-achieving, nationally recognized, comprehensive university that delivers a personal and challenging academic experience.

Published
9/21/2012 9:00 AM

Online MSLS program earns ‘Best Buy’ ranking