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UCM online masters degree in library science, information services nationally ranked

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WARRENSBURG — Intelligent.com has ranked the Master of Science in Library Science and Information Services at the University of Central Missouri as second in the nation among other Masters in Library Science degree programs. 

Being recognized as one of the best and as the program with the most flexible admissions, the program was ranked highly due to low cost, academic quality and 100% online delivery format.

The program at UCM teaches students about pedagogical processes, different library applications and current technologies. 

The UCM Master of Science in Library Science and Information Services is the longest continuously accredited public university program in Missouri by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation. 

It also offers opportunities for students to achieve the requirements needed to achieve initial teacher certification. 

The requirements for certification in school librarianship can be fulfilled by courses available online at UCM.

This program takes a dynamic approach to its curriculum by teaching students modern and viable approaches to library science, according to Assistant Professor Dr. Rene Burress, assistant professor of library science and information services.

“My colleague, Dr. Jenna Kammer, and I have worked very hard to keep the library science program current and practical,” Burress said. “Our 100% online master's degree program is focused on being responsive to students and the unique learning needs of adults with families and careers. UCM keeps the tuition affordable and this has let us become leaders not only in Missouri but also around the nation and world. Students in our program live not only in Missouri but Iowa, California, Germany, and China.”

Library science is a growing field of study with more than 150,000 jobs expected to be available by 2029. 

For graduate students, the average income of librarians with a master’s degree is $29,000 more than non-degree library technicians and assistants. 

The field of library science is also diverse with opportunities present in public services, academia, as well as medical and corporate industries.

Students wanting to enroll in the program must possess an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution and have a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.75, in addition to participating in a personal interview. 

The program curriculum includes research classes, foundational classes and practicum opportunities.

For more information, contact Burress at burress@ucmo.edu or visit ucmo.edu/academics/programs/masters-degrees/library-science-and-information-services-ms-53-775/index.php.

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