Two Northwestern State programs ranked in top 10 for affordability

NSU-online program rankings

Two online programs in Northwestern State University’s Department of Criminal Justice, History and Social Sciences have been ranked in the top 10 most affordable in the country, according to the website guidetoonline

Northwestern State’s pre-law and paralegal studies certificate program was ranked third in the country and the bachelor’s in criminal justice was ranked seventh.

The website analyzed accredited online schools across the nation, taking into consideration academic strength factors along with annual tuition rates in order to provide a list of colleges offering the best value to students. Inclusion on these lists shows high academic standards and a commitment to affordability.

“The rankings of the criminal justice and pre-law and paralegal studies program are directly related to the quality of faculty within the Department of Criminal Justice, History and Social Science,” said department head Joe Morris. “All have appropriate academic credentials and have real world experience within the field of criminal justice that brings a wealth of experience into the classroom that cannot be obtained from textbooks.  Faculty embody the student first attitude and that is what makes the program great. It provides students a quality education and makes the Criminal Justice program attractive to prospective students.”

Northwestern State has 2 + 2 agreements with 17 institutions and systems allowing students who complete an associate degree to transfer all credit hours to Northwestern State in partial fulfillment of a bachelor’s in criminal justice of unified public safety administration. Participating institutions are Arkansas Tech University, Baton Rouge Community College, Bossier Parish Community College, The Bush School of Government & Public Service at Texas A&M University, Columbia (Washington) Basin College, Community College of the Air Force, Louisiana Community and Technical College System, Louisiana Delta Community College, Frederick (Maryland) Community College, Louisiana State University at Eunice, Northshore Technical Community College, River Parishes Community College, South Louisiana Community College, SOWELA Technical Community College, Texas Engineering Extension Service, A Member of the Texas A&M University System, University of Texas at El Paso and Yakima Valley (Washington) Community College.

A commissioned full-time law enforcement officer or public safety officer, which includes firemen and EMS personnel, may be eligible for a reduction in fees in several degree programs including criminal justice.

For more information on the certificate in pre-law and paralegal studies or the bachelor’s in criminal justice, go to