Online Nursing Programs Recognized by U.S. News & World Report in 2021 Rankings

A number of Duquesne University online programs have been named among the 2021 U.S. News & World Report Best Online Programs, including five programs from the School of Nursing.

The Master's in Nursing ranked at No. 38-up seven spots from last year and one of the top three programs ranked in Pennsylvania in this category.

The School of Nursing, a recognized pioneer in online graduate nursing education, also ranked in four specialties:

  • Master's in Nursing Education at No. 3
  • Master's in Nursing Administration at No. 4
  • Master's in Nursing-Family Nurse Practitioner at No. 5
  • Master's in Nursing for Veterans at No. 12

"Duquesne University School of Nursing is a pioneer in online nursing education," said Nursing Dean Dr. Mary Ellen Glasgow. "I want to express my continued appreciation to the faculty for their innovation, technological expertise, and dedication to student learning."

In addition, Duquesne jumped 71 spots in the rankings from last year to No. 42 in the Bachelors Programs category, making the University among the top three Pennsylvania schools ranked in this category.

Online programs from the Palumbo-Donahue School of Business ranked at No. 80, and the School of Education ranked No. 142.

"As in-person gatherings remain limited, we might see more interest in online degrees than in pre-pandemic years," said Anita Narayan, managing editor of Education at U.S. News. "But online degrees aren't only practical in the short term-distance education can also be conducive to a schedule that includes full-time work or other commitments."

U.S. News, considered a global authority in education, evaluated more than 1,600 online bachelor's and master's degree programs. These rankings do not include degree programs that were delivered temporarily online in 2020 as many colleges shifted to remote instruction. The methodologies for the rankings consider factors such as student engagement, faculty credentials, and student services and technology.

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Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic universities for its award-winning faculty and horizon-expanding education. A campus of nearly 9,500 graduate and undergraduate students, Duquesne prepares students by having them work alongside faculty to discover and reach their goals. The University's academic programs, community service, and commitment to equity and opportunity in the Pittsburgh region have earned national acclaim. 

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