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Graduate programs for teachers and educators are among the region's most affordable.
Online degree programs ranked Best Buy
Consumer group compares NSU programs to other schools
Leah Jackson

NATCHITOCHES – Northwestern State University’s online graduate school has been ranked as a “Best Buy” for teachers and educators who seek affordable on-line education degrees. Rankings were published by, a consumer group that researches and collects data on college rankings and university ratings based on cost and credibility.

The Best Buy rankings are based on a comprehensive review of 367 online education master’s degrees offered by 129 regionally accredited universities. Compared to peers, Northwestern State ranked second for its graduate program in special education, fourth for its graduate program in education curriculum, eighth for its graduate program in educational technology, tenth for its graduate in adult education and 16th for its graduate program in early childhood education.

According to, the average cost of an online graduate degree in education is $16,730, compared to Northwestern State’s programs, where the average cost is $9,522.

"It is affirming to be recognized as one of the nation's most cost efficient universities in online graduate education,” said Dr. Vickie Gentry, dean of the College of Education and Human Development. “The rising cost of a college degree and the insurmountable financial debt that many college students accrue are national economic issues that are debated daily. We've known for many years that a graduate degree in education from Northwestern is affordable, but having confirmation from should enhance our recruiting efforts in these programs.”

The ranking indicates that Northwestern State’s graduate programs have been independently reviewed, compared to national peers and found to offer one of the “Best Buys” at a cost below the national average. gathers data from 3,000 accredited online programs as a service to help students locate the highest-quality online education programs in selected career areas.

"This ranking is a tribute to faculty who are committed to providing instruction that is current, relevant, and rigorous to their field of study,” Gentry said. “In NSULA's most recent NCATE review (fall 2011), graduate education programs were rated highly effective by external reviewers and met national and state accreditation standards."

To learn more about on-line graduate degree programs in Northwestern State’s College of Education and Human Development, visit