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Two WCSU graduate degree programs rank highly in lists

DANBURY, Connecticut — Western Connecticut State University has been awarded top ranking for two online graduate degree programs by in its Higher Education Resource Guide for 2021.

WCSU’s Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) program was ranked No. 1 overall – “Intelligent Pick” and No. 10 for “Most Affordable.” The ranking can be viewed at WCSU’s M.F.A. in Creative and Professional Writing was ranked No. 17 and “Most Flexible” in the list of Online Master’s in Creative Writing degree programs. The ranking can be viewed at

Anthony D’Aries, coordinator of the M.F.A. in Creative and Professional Writing program, said “I’m so thrilled that our M.F.A. program received national recognition for its flexibility and student-centered focus. Our writers have a unique opportunity to co-design their courses under the guidance of professional writers who specialize in their genres. By blending their study of both creative and professional writing, students graduate prepared to publish their work and to pursue a wide range of careers in fields like journalism, grant writing, copywriting, and speech writing.”

ABA Coordinator Dr. Stephanie Kuhn responded to the news of the No. 1 ranking by saying, “We are really happy about the ranking with as it draws attention to the great program we have developed and grown over the past several years. The recognition will be helpful in bringing new students to the program who may not have otherwise found us, which is great for the program and for WCSU as a whole. We are fully committed to continuing in our goal of striving for excellence in online education with a caring and supportive approach to teaching.”

The comprehensive research guide is based on an assessment of 1,280 accredited colleges and universities. Each program is evaluated based on curriculum quality, graduation rate, reputation and post-graduate employment. The 2021 rankings are calculated through a unique scoring system that includes student engagement, potential return on investment and leading third-party evaluations. The methodology algorithm then collects and analyzes multiple rankings into one score to easily compare each university. analyzed thousands of schools with comparable online programs on a scale of 0 to 100, with WCSU making it to the final list for its online graduate-level ABA and Creative and Professional Writing programs. provides unbiased research to help students make informed decisions about higher education programs. The website offers curated guides which 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.

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