Ready to pursue your degree? Library school programs usually take 3 to 4 semesters to complete. This often includes a period of time spent in an internship - a chance to get some experience working in a library.
Wondering which school to go to? Make sure you're looking at ALA (American Library Association) accredited schools. ALA's Guidelines for Choosing a Master's Program can help you decide what to look for in a school.
When picking a school consider:
Are you limited geographically? are you interested in an on-campus education, distance learning or combination of both?
Fields of Study
Do you want to specialize in a particular area? The Library Journal Directory of Library Schools highlights the major programs at each school. (Explore the Careers section to find out more about different types of library jobs.)
Do you need financial assistance? Look at each schools requirements. Also check out our listing of scholarship sources.
Make sure you consider admission and testing requirements. The GRE (Graduate Record Exam) may be required.
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