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Online and Hybrid Nursing Graduate Programs

Master's and doctoral degrees as well as post-master's certificates

Student-centered scholarship and innovation define the Duquesne University School of Nursing. We are pioneers in graduate nursing education and the opportunities of online learning: we offered the first online First online PhD in Nursing program in the U.S. in 1997, the first graduate online MSN in Forensic Nursing in 2002, and the first online PhD in Nursing Ethics in 2017.

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.

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.Master of Science in Nursing

Master of Science in Nursing

Take the next step from your BSN with one of Duquesne's online Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) programs. With several practice specializations and optional nursing concentrations, you'll hone your passions and pursue your career goals. At Duquesne, you can focus on aspects of the human lifespan, mental health, forensic nursing, leadership and management, or nursing education.

Post-Master's Certificates

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.

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). You'll grow your career prospects among the less than 1% of all U.S. nurses who hold highly sought-after doctoral credentials.


Lead teams and inspire invested futures with a DNP in clinical leadership or executive nurse leadership and health care management. Duquesne's online doctoral studies are available to both BSN-to-DNP and MSN-to-DNP students.


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.


Become a rigorous, respected researcher in nursing or nursing ethics through Duquesne's fully online nursing PhD programs. Our three- and four-year programs offer versatility with your schedule and responsibilities outside of doctoral research. You can also extend your studies in our DNP to PhD track.

Learn more about Duquesne's graduate programs in nursing

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The online graduate nursing degrees and certificates at Duquesne University prepare you as a leader and innovator in patient care, nursing practice, and healthcare management. Receive additional information to further explore the School of Nursing graduate programs. 

Call 412.392.9859 to ask a specific question about a nursing graduate program. For detailed queries about our PhD programs, please contact Nursing Recruiter Brian Bost at bostb@duq.edu or 412.396.6539.

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Learn more about Duquesne University's graduate programs and online learning set-up.

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Helpful Documents

Graduate Student Handbook
University Graduate Catalog
Technology Requirements

Become a Preceptor for Graduate Students

icon of nurse Access professional benefits and Duquesne University resources as a preceptor for our graduate students. We are seeking preceptors in family practice, psych-mental health, adult-gerontology acute care, women's health, pediatrics, forensics, and nursing education.  Learn more about becoming a preceptor.