About Duquesne University

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:

  • The first university in the nation to offer an online Ph.D. in Nursing (1997)
  • The 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.


Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE)

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.

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing, master’s degree program in nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice program and the post-graduate APRN certificate program at Duquesne University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org). The School is also a member of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing and the National League for Nursing.


Our programs are fully approved by the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing, available for contact at: P.O. Box 2649 Harrisburg, PA 17105-2649 Phone: 1.717.783.7142

Duquesne University is accredited by: The State Board of Education of the Pennsylvania Department of Education 333 Market Street Harrisburg, PA 17126 Phone: 1.717.783.6788


No. 2 “Master’s in Nursing Education” for 2023
No. 4 “Family NP Master’s Programs” for 2023
No. 9 “Master’s in Nursing Administration” for 2023
No. 9 “Master’s in Nursing for Veterans” for 2023
No. 37 “Master’s in Nursing” for 2023



Military Friendly Gold award 2022

Our School of Nursing is recognized as a Gold‑Level Military Friendly School by Victory Media
No. 7 “Military Friendly” for 2022 -2023
No. 9 “Military Spouse School” for 2022-2023

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”