Nursing School Doctoral Program Tops US News Rankings List

Magazine ranks select graduate and professional programs

Duke University School of Nursing was once again the No. 1 program in the nation for its Doctor of Nursing Practice degree, according to the U.S. News & World Report 2019 rankings released this week. 

The Duke nursing school's Master of Science of Nursing program was also ranked among the best, at No. 2 out of 296 master's programs rated by the magazine. 

Several nursing specialty areas were also included among the magazine's top 10: Nurse Practitioner-Family (first); Nurse Practitioner-Pediatric (second); Nurse Practitioner-Adult/Gerontology, Primary Care (third); Nursing Informatics (fourth); Nurse Practitioner-Adult Gerontology, Acute Care (sixth); Nursing Administration (eighth).

"The outstanding work being done today, coupled with our legacy of excellence is what allows us to be counted among the elite nursing schools in the nation," said Marion E. Broome, dean and Ruby Wilson Professor of Nursing, Duke University School of Nursing. "We aren't one of the best nursing schools because of our rankings, we are one of the best nursing schools because of what we do."

Here’s where the magazine ranked other graduate and professional programs at Duke:


The magazine also ranked Duke's School of Medicine among the nation's best programs, placing it 10th out of the 124 medical schools included in the magazine's annual analysis. 

Duke's medical school also had six specialty programs ranked in the top 10:

  • Anesthesiology (5th)
  • Internal Medicine (5th)
  • Surgery (5th)
  • Radiology (6th)
  • Psychiatry (8th)
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology (9th)
  • Pediatrics, 15th.


The Fuqua School of Business ranked 11th.


The Pratt School of Engineering ranked 26th, its highest score ever.  Among the subfields:

  • Biomedical engineering/bioengineering (4th)
  • Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering (11th)
  • Civil Engineering (32nd)
  • Materials Engineering (30th)
  • Computer Engineering (17th)
  • Mechanical Engineering (28th)
  • Electrical Engineering (26th)


The School of Law tied for 11th with Northwestern.

Each year the magazine also ranks select graduate program fields:

  • Public Affairs (18th)
  • Biology (10th)
  • Chemistry (32nd)
  • Computer Science (25th)
  • Earth Sciences (46th)
  • Mathematics (16th)
  • Statistics (12th)
  • Physics (28th)