Prominent higher education resource guide ranks NU’s program first in Upstate NY

Niagara University’s online master’s degree program in special education is among the top 50 in the nation, according to, a trusted resource for higher education program rankings and planning. Niagara ranked first in Upstate New York, and second throughout New York state.

“This ranking is a testament to our ability to engage graduate candidates in meaningful online learning, despite their very busy professional lives,” said Dr. Chandra Foote, dean of NU’s College of Education. “We strive to make our high-quality, nationally accredited programs accessible to those who want to pursue a fulfilling career as educators.”'s institutional rankings, which are set apart from other conventional ratings, are deemed the benchmark of academic evaluations for online and hybrid programs. An exclusive methodology is used to rank each institution on a scale from 0 to 100 across six categories. Evaluations are based on quantitative measures such as academic quality, graduation rate, cost and ROI, and student resources. Top picks are highly regarded, affordable, and offer the tools and resources students need to successfully graduate and excel in their fields. To access the complete ranking, please visit

In addition to its online master’s degree programs in special education, grades 1-6 or grades 7-12, Niagara University offers online master’s degree programs in early childhood/early childhood special education (birth through grade 2), in elementary and secondary education, and in educational leadership school district/building. provides unbiased research to help students make informed decisions about higher education programs. The website offers curated guides that include the best degree programs as well as information about financial aid, internships, and even study strategies. With comprehensive, user-friendly guides and hundreds of program rankings, is a trusted source among students and prospective students. To learn more, please visit