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Many DU Graduate Programs Join US News ‘Best Graduate Schools’ List

Duquesne University has been consistently included in the top-tier of U.S. News & World Report rankings for its undergraduate programs, but this year, a dozen of its programs and specialties have been selected for the U.S. News & World Report Best Graduate Schools rankings, which were released on Tuesday.

“Earning national recognition from U.S. News for so many of our graduate programs further validates our stature among the country’s best graduate schools,” said Duquesne President Dr. Charles J. Dougherty. “This focus also supports our Strategic Plan priority to continue to advance our graduate school offerings.”

School of Law Specialty Breaks Into Top 10

The School of Law’s legal research and writing program made an impressive jump in the rankings from No. 22 last year to No. 10, making it the fourth consecutive appearance in the Best Law Schools Specialty Rankings: Legal Writing List.

“It is a great honor for the law school to receive this sort of national recognition in an area that is truly at the core of legal education,” said Dean Ken Gormley. “It is also a great testament to the talent of Professor Jan Levine, the director of the program who built it from the ground up, as well as Assistant Professors Julia Glencer, Erin Karsman and Tara Willke, who have worked tirelessly to create this world-class legal research and writing program at Duquesne.”

Two Rangos Programs in Top 25

The Rangos School of Health Sciences had the most Duquesne programs included in the rankings, which looked at graduate programs offered at 600 institutions across the nation. The occupational therapy graduate program is ranked No. 24 in the country and the physician assistant program is No. 25, according to the list.

“The rankings are a testament to the good work of the faculty and staff of the Rangos School,” said Dean Greg Frazer. “The programs are continually evolving, striving to maintain their contemporary relevance and evidence-based foundation. The national standing of our programs is a direct result of the successful partnership between our facuty, students, clinicians and clinical sites.”

Mylan School of Pharmacy Among Top 50

The Mylan School of Pharmacy has been ranked No. 46. For more than 85 years, the school has been a leader in preparing graduates to deliver comprehensive pharmaceutical care that promotes positive patient health outcomes. It provides numerous initiatives designed to prevent disease and improve the health and well being of community residents, particular the underserved.

The school recently opened the nation’s first university-owned and pharmacy school-operated community pharmacy in the neighboring Hill District, which is working to help set a new model for future pharmacists.

School of Education among Top 100

The School of Education, which offers an array of 22 different master’s and master’s certification programs as well as five doctoral programs, was listed No. 91.

Other ranked graduate programs include:

  • English, No. 110
  • Physical Therapy, No. 115
  • School of Nursing, No. 127
  • Speech-Language Pathology, No. 128
  • Part-time MBA, No. 138
  • Clinical Psychology, No. 153
  • Psychology, No. 195

Overall, demand has been growing for Duquesne’s graduate programs. Since 2005, graduate applications have increased 104 percent, while graduate enrollment has increased 13 percent.

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