Some schools with online master's degree programs in library science include the University of Pittsburgh, Kent State University, Drexel University and Texas Woman's University, with all these schools having American Library Association accreditation. Some schools with bachelor's degree programs in this field online include Ashford University and the University of Nebraska. It is important to note that online library science programs may have offline requirements such as a practicum or internship.
A master's degree in library science is most common for working in public libraries, museums, school libraries and professional libraries, notes TheBestSchools.org. The University of Pittsburgh's master's degree program has some offline requirements and includes courses in areas like library management, digital libraries and information architecture. Kent State University's program, on the other hand, is completely online with opportunities to pursue a specialization such as academic librarianship or museum studies and do a final project or thesis. Drexel University's program also has concentrations in areas like digital libraries, digital curation and youth services, while Texas Woman's University's program includes a practicum and final portfolio or exam.
Bachelor's degree programs in library science can prepare graduates for master's degree programs in the field or for positions that do not require a master's degree with American Library Association accreditation. For example, Ashford University's bachelor's degree program is for those who want to work in the education field, but it does not offer certification as of 2015, while the University of Nebraska's bachelor's degree program is for those who plan to continue with a library science master's degree program.