The School of Nursing, a longtime pioneer in online graduate nursing education, moved up 10 spots to No. 35. The School of Education was ranked No. 100 compared to No. 173 last year, marking the most significant jump of Duquesne schools. The Palumbo-Donahue School of Business advanced 12 spots to No. 82.
"Online programs can offer a flexible learning environment for students who have to balance classes with working a full-time job, caring for their family or other responsibilities," said Anita Narayan, managing editor of education at U.S. News and World Report. "The Best Online Programs rankings allow students to compare accredited programs and find those that best fit their education interests and career goals."
Using data gathered from each institution, U.S. News and World Report is the only publication that evaluates online degrees at the program level rather than the school level. The methodologies are based on factors such as student engagement, faculty credentials, and student services and technology. Only degree-granting programs that are offered primarily online at regionally accredited institutions that are offered primarily online were considered.