UPSA program ranked best in nation; two other programs in top 10

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Northwestern State University’s Bachelor of Science degree in Unified Public Safety Administration was named the best overall law enforcement program in the nation and the second most affordable by collegechoice.net.

The Masters of Arts in Art was ranked fourth by thebestschools.org and fifth by bestcolleges.com. The Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems was ranked eighth in the country by the bestschools.org.

The degree program in Unified Public Safety Administration prepares students for professional careers in fire and emergency medical service administration, law enforcement administration, emergency management administration and related public safety careers.

“We are proud and honored by this ranking,” said Unified Public Safety Administration Coordinator Jack Atherton. “Graduates of this program make significant contributions to the field of public safety in Louisiana and beyond.”

The Master of Arts in Art degree is an on-campus or a low residency online program. The on-campus version allows the student to interact with faculty and facilities. The online version allows the student to work from home. Most classes are available online, however the student is required to attend two three-week summer sessions or one semester at the beginning of their degree. The student will get to know the faculty and facilities which will foster a more personal online learning experience. At the end of the degree, the student will return to campus to set up an art exhibit.

“These honors are a recognition of our wonderful art faculty and graduate school staff,” said Department of Fine and Graphic Arts Department Chair Matt DeFord. “They are dedicated to these students that come to us from around the country seeking to further their art practices and careers.”

The degree program in Computer Information Systems is a combination of business and technology. Students can enter careers such as software developer, systems analyst, network analyst, security analyst and many other information technology fields. Students take required class in software development, network design & hardware, database systems, web development, systems analysis & design, and advanced systems development. They also choose one of five concentrations: application development, networking and systems management, web development, core programming and cyber security. NSU offers the CIS degree program online, on-campus and through a competency-based program.

“These rankings provide external validation that our program provides an excellent value to our students,” said Coordinator of CIS Curtis Penrod. “We work hard to make sure our curriculum meets the needs of industry through conversations with alumni, industry partners, and other groups. By ensuring a relevant curriculum related to workforce needs, we ensure students are prepared for their post-graduate life. These rankings show we are doing a good job in that area.”

Each college or university in the rankings is an accredited public or private institutions. The rankings are based on an institution’s quality, reputation, affordability, value and student satisfaction.

The websites used sources including the U.S. Department of Education’s Integrated Post-secondary Education Data System, College Navigator, U.S. News and World Report’s reputation score and the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics.