The Duquesne University School of Nursing experienced an eight-spot jump in U.S. News and World Report's 2020 Best Graduate School rankings. The school is now ranked No. 64 nationally out of 189 schools.

In addition, the Doctor of Nursing Practice program climbed 29 spots to No. 57 this year, while the Master of Science in Nursing Family Nurse Practitioner specialty program debuted at No. 22.

"I am very proud of the nursing faculty for our climb in the US News and World Report rankings in the master's program category from #127 in 2013 to #64 this year," said Duquesne Dean of Nursing Dr. Mary Ellen Glasgow. "We are also nationally ranked in two other categories. This continued upward trajectory reflects the hard work and dedication of the nursing faculty while simultaneously significantly growing our enrollment during this time. Increasing volume while increasing quality is not an easy task!"

Other Duquesne University graduate programs ranked this year include:

School of Law

  • Ranked No. 14, legal writing programs (up eight spots from 2019)
  • Ranked No. 40, part-time law programs (up six spots from 2019)
  • Ranked for the first time in the following specialty programs: clinical training, environmental law, health care law, intellectual property law, international law and trial advocacy.

School of Education

  • Ranked No. 163.

School of Business

  • Ranked No. 188. Physician's Assistant Program
  • Ranked No. 93.

The U.S. News and World Report's 2020 Best Graduate School rankings are based on two types of data: expert opinions about program excellence and statistical indicators that measure the quality of a school's faculty, research and students. Data for the rankings in all disciplines come from statistical surveys of more than 2,054 programs and from reputation surveys sent to more than 22,018 academics and professionals.


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March 12, 2019