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GCU’s Graduate Education Programs Named to Best Campus & Online Colleges by GradReports

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Several of Georgian Court University’s graduate education degrees have been ranked by Optimal (formerly SR Education Group) on GradReports’ 2020 Best Campus & Online Colleges lists. Optimal’s rankings are the first to be based on median early-career salary data of over 5 million graduates from the U.S. Department of Education’s resource, College Scorecard.

Georgian Court’s online graduate education programs, which includes master’s degree programs in areas like autism spectrum disorders, English as a second language, and teacher of students with disabilities, were ranked #13 on GradReports’ 25 Best Online Master’s in Education Degree Programs 2020 list. Graduates from these GCU programs had a median starting salary of $53,700.

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Georgian Court’s highly successful M.A. in Administration and Leadership program, which has trained hundreds of school principals, supervisors, and other administrators, landed at #23 on GradReports’ 25 Best Master’s in Educational Leadership Programs 2020 list. Graduates of the program, which is offered both in person and fully online, had a median starting salary of $70,000.

All salary numbers are representative of graduates from the subject area and degree level specified. The GradReports rankings also include the median total debt from College Scorecard, which represents the debt accumulated by student borrowers of federal loans who completed a degree in the indicated field of study. Both salary and total debt data are based on school-reported information about students’ program of completion.

Optimal’s comprehensive collection of data-driven college rankings on is the first to incorporate the Department of Education’s recently released data on median alumni salary and median alumni debt by program at each university. This allows students to make a cost-to-benefit analysis before choosing a school and program.

“Ultimately, our students and those they lead in their own schools benefit the most from GCU’s online graduate education programs,” said Amugelang Magaya, Ph.D., GCU associate professor of education and chair of the administration and leadership program (pictured at top). “We deliver an education that is convenient and led by highly qualified instructors. All of the credit for this recognition goes to the faculty—more than 40 percent of them are uniquely trained to teach online. They provide an experience that is interactive and effective, and they’re up to speed on all the training that is needed to deliver what students need. When it comes to online programs, the faculty—and our students—understand that you cannot rest on your laurels.”

About Optimal™

Optimal helps prospective students make informed, data-driven decisions to improve their collegiate experience and their post-college careers. The company provides over 85,000 in-depth student reviews and college rankings for every major based on alumni salaries and manually researched tuitions. Optimal’s tools and services provide accessible and transparent financial data regarding cost and earning potential that give students educational paths that lead them to success, without burdening them with insurmountable debt.

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About Georgian Court University

Georgian Court University is a leading regional university that provides a transformative education, preparing students for ethical leadership and service in the Catholic Mercy tradition. Founded in 1908 and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Georgian Court University is Central and South Jersey’s only Catholic university. The university has a strong liberal arts core and a historic special concern for women.

As a forward-thinking university that supports diversity and academic excellence, GCU is known for expanding possibility for more than 1,900 students of all faiths and backgrounds in 35+ undergraduate majors and 10+ graduate programs. The GCU Lions compete in 16 NCAA Division II sports in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC). In 2020, GCU was named a Best Value College by and a Best Bang for the Buck (Northeast) by Washington Monthly. High student retention and graduation rates make GCU a Top Performer on Social Mobility on U.S. News & World Reports rankings, and in 2024, GCU was named one of the best Online Master’s Colleges in New Jersey.

The main campus is in Lakewood, New Jersey, on the picturesque former George Jay Gould estate, a National Historic Landmark. Georgian Court, which is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, also serves students through its Center for Professional Studies, and at other locations, including GCU at Brookdale, and through multiple online degree and certificate programs.