Five Northwestern programs ranked in the top 10 in the nation

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Five online programs in Northwestern State University’s Department of Criminal Justice, History and Social Sciences have been ranked among the nation’s top 10 programs for quality and affordability according to two higher education websites.

The bachelor’s in criminal justice was ranked fifth by guidetoonlineschools.com and sixth by onlineu.org. Guidetoonlineschools.com ranked the pre-law and paralegal studies program sixth while onlineu.org ranked the program ninth. The degree in history was rated ninth by guidetoonlineschools.com.

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“We are pleased to have online programs that are ranked among the best in the nation for quality and affordability,” said Joe Morris, head of the Department of Criminal Justice, History and Social Sciences. “The rankings are due to the work of our department’s faculty who created the programs and continually work to enhance them. Our faculty are dedicated to student success and preparing our students for the workforce.”

The criminal justice and history program were also ranked by other websites.

Guidetoonlineschools.com ranks bachelor’s programs that offer at least 10 programs online.

Tuition rates were manually researched and reflect the lowest tuition rate available at the specified degree level. Out-of-state tuitions were used unless in-state tuition is offered to all online students. Academic strength scores were calculated using standardized average SAT and ACT exam scores with respect to the total points possible. Tuition data and academic strength scores were then entered in an internal algorithm to determine value scores and rank order.

Onlineu.org determines a base level degree requirement for each subject. This degree level requirement reflects, per subject, which degree is most important for employment within a given subject.

To be considered for these subject rankings, schools need to be regionally accredited and need to offer at least one fully online degree in a given subject for the degree level that was required, or higher. Tuition rates were manually researched and reflect the degree level requirement tuition if offered, or the next level tuition cost. Out-of-state tuitions were used unless in-state tuition is offered to all online students.

Program data including available degrees, tuition rates, and details about program coursework were collected from official school websites, reflecting data for the 2017-2018 school year. This data was collected in July of 2017. Acceptance rates, programmatic accreditation, and profit status of schools were collected from official websites of the accreditation agencies or from the National Center for Education Statistics.

For more information on Northwestern State’s Department of Criminal Justice, History and Social Sciences, go to cjhss.nsula.edu. To learn about online programs at NSU, go to nsula.edu/ensu.