Advanced Nursing Degrees and Certificates

Student-centered scholarship and innovation define the Duquesne University School of Nursing.

In our leading-edge online nursing graduate programs, you will have flexibility to study from anywhere on a schedule that you choose. You'll learn alongside fellow students with curious minds, compassionate hearts, and collaborative hands. Duquesne's distinguished faculty will share their expertise and mentorship far beyond the classroom to help support your growth and professional advancement.

Online Programs

Several graduate courses involve a clinical preceptorship, which allows you to apply the knowledge, skills and theories from your coursework to clinical practice in a supervised setting.


National Rankings

We help all nurses achieve bigger goals through online graduate programs. Our online graduate nursing programs are among the nation's highest ranked programs for current and veteran service members, as well as their dependents.

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#1 Military-Friendly Ranking

In 2023-24, we have risen to the top; we were designated the #1 Military Friendly graduate school on March 7, 2023. For more than a decade, Military Friendly ratings have set the standard for companies and colleges demonstrating positive employment and education outcomes for veterans and their families. We're here to help you advance your goals.

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#9 Best Online Program for Veterans

In 2023, U.S. News & World Report ranked our Graduate Nursing Program #9 in the nation for veterans. Consider which pathway is best for you to achieve your nursing goals.

#37 Best Online Program

In 2023, U.S. News & World Report ranked our Online Graduate Nursing Program #37 in the nation. Choose to advance your goals with one of our online programs.

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

Expand your knowledge of nursing practice and patient care. Get your online MSN and specialize your education.

Focus on delivering acute, chronic and preventive health care services across the adult continuum.

MSN: Adult-Gerontology NP

Prepare to advance your career as a primary care provider with expertise to diagnose and develop advanced treatment plans for individuals of all ages and in a variety of settings, including independent practice.

MSN: Family NP

Develop the skills necessary to assess, diagnose and provide treatment options to patients with mental illness, substance abuse and mental health among vulnerable populations.

MSN: Mental Health NP

Collaborate with healthcare professionals and learn to effectively manage the business side of health care as a nurse executive.

MSN: Executive Leadership

Graduate from one of the few programs in the country to offer in-depth study in all areas of forensic practice.

MSN: Forensic Nursing

Prepare and help shape the future of nursing by playing a pivotal role in your community and around the world.

MSN: Nursing Education

Post-Master's Certificate

Earn a post-master's certificate to build on your MSN degree with specialized skills in areas like gerontology, family, and forensic nursing. By earning an online certificate in nursing, you'll prepare for formal certification from professional organizations and advance your career opportunities.

Better position yourself to deliver exceptional service to adult patients with acute or chronic illnesses.

This program is designed for working professionals to complete in as few as 2.5 years and can prepare you for the Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Certification – Adult Gerontology (ACNPC-BC) certification exam.

Post-Masters' Certificate: AGACNP

Learn how to deliver primary care and provide diagnoses and treatment plans to individuals of all ages in a variety of settings, including independent practice. Work closely with faculty experts to complete your clinical hours and prepare for the national Family Nurse Practitioner licensure exam.

Post-Masters' Certificate: FNP

Enhance your ability to provide compassionate care for people with issues such as mental illness and substance abuse.

This program is designed for working professionals to complete in as few as 2.5 years and can prepare you for the PMHNP-BC certification exam.

Post-Masters' Certificate: PMHNP

Gain the skills to lead innovative health care systems by collaborating with other health care professionals, analyzing data to make data-driven decisions and promoting complex care services to people across the lifespan.

Post-Masters' Certificate: Executive Nurse Leadership

Gain the skills to collaborate with other professionals for the care of victims and prosecution of the perpetrators. This certificate connects you to expert forensic nurses and prepares you with formalized training to sit for the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) certification exam.

Post-Masters' Certificate: Forensic Nursing

This is your opportunity to shape and inspire the next generation of nurses.

Post-Masters' Certificate: Nursing Education

Doctoral Degrees

Set yourself apart in a field with increasing demand for doctorates. At Duquesne, you can earn a clinical practice Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) or Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice (DNAP) degree, or a research-focused Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).

Developed for those seeking a long-term career in the nursing field, our online DNP in Clinical Leadership is heavily invested in practical, hands-on education and experiential learning.

DNP: Clinical Leadership

Developed in partnership with Duquesne’s Palumbo-Donahue School of Business, this online DNP will teach you how to apply your leadership experience toward the business and administrative side of health care. Choose from two tracks: BSN to DNP or MSN to DNP.

DNP: Executive Nurse Leadership

Duquesne University School of Nursing and Allegheny School of Anesthesia's three-year DNAP program will prepare you to be a patient-centered, knowledgeable and safe nurse anesthetist.


Prepare to be a nurse scholar through research courses in qualitative, quantitative and mixed methodologies will prepare you to function as an independent researcher upon graduation.

PhD in Nursing

Learn to think and debate about ethics in a rigorous and rational manner. With intellectual skills and practical ethics knowledge, graduates will be prepared and empowered to stand up for what they know is right.

PhD in Nursing Ethics

Leverage your DNP Project into a PhD by expanding on your research evidence to improve patient care and practice in 2.5 years.

DNP to PhD

Contact Us

Brian Bost

Nursing Recruiter

School of Nursing

Scott Copley, Ed.D.

Director of Admissions

School of Nursing


MSN, Post-Master's Certificates and DNP