About Duquesne University School of Nursing Online

Our foundation in nursing can build your future.

Who we are today has a lot to do with who we were yesterday. Founded more than 140 years ago by the Congregation of the Holy Spirit, Duquesne was built on a core set of values that guides us even now.

As one of the nation’s top Catholic universities, our Spiritan tradition means a lot to us. You’ll see it in the way we treat one another, in the way we learn and in how we view the world. We strive to provide a well-rounded education that will challenge you academically while nourishing your spiritual and ethical development.

Today, Duquesne is home to nine schools of study and serves nearly 10,000 students. We boast a 14:1 student-faculty ratio, with 80 undergraduate programs, 90 master’s, doctoral and professional programs, and 20 post-graduate certificate programs.

About the Duquesne School of Nursing

Compassion and service are at the core of our nursing curriculum and remain a critical component in our approach to education. No matter where you are in your career, we have the experience and drive to ensure you grow as a person, care provider and nursing leader.

We’ve spent over 80 years serving as a pioneer in nursing education:

  • First university in the nation to offer an online Ph.D. in Nursing (1997)
  • First university in Pennsylvania to grant a BSN degree (1937)

Today, our school is recognized by the National League for Nursing as a Center of Excellence, and our nursing degree programs are consistently ranked among the nation’s best by U.S. News & World Report.


Duquesne University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) — an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

Duquesne’s MSN, DNP and Post-Master’s Certificate programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org) — a specialized accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (USDE). The School is also a member of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing and the National League for Nursing.

Duquesne University is consistently recognized for excellence:



  • No. 38 in the nation for “Best Online Master’s Nursing Programs” for 2021
  • No. 3 in the nation for “Best Online Master’s in Nursing Education” for 2021
  • No. 4 in the nation for “Best Online Master’s in Nursing Administration Programs” for 2021
  • No. 5 in the nation for “Best Online Master’s in Nursing-Family Nurse Practitioner” for 2021
  • No. 12 among the “Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs for Veterans for 2021”
  • No. 132 in the nation for “National Universities”

NLN - National League for Nursing

  • Designated 3 times for Outstanding Achievements in “Student Learning and Professional Development” by the NLN as a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education

The Princeton Review

  • Ranked among the “Best 380 Colleges” — which profiles only 15 percent of America’s 2,500 four-year colleges


  • Named as one of “America’s Top Colleges” and listed among “Best Value Colleges” and “Best Value Private Colleges”

Military Friendly 2020 - 2021 Top 10 School Badge


  • Our School of Nursing is recognized as a Gold‑Level Military Friendly School by Victory Media