#1 Ranking by US News & World Report

Pitt Nursing is consistently ranked in the top 10 by U.S. News & World Report. 

But now the school is number one.

Rankings by U.S. News & World Report and released on Tuesday, January 25, ranked the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Nursing’s Online Master’s Program as number one (tie) in the nation.

“The School of Nursing is thrilled to be ranked #1 in online masters programs, joining our DNP programs, ranked #6, and our BSN program, ranked #7,” said Jacqueline Dunbar-Jacob, PhD, RN, FAAN, Dean and Distinguished Service Professor of Nursing. “Pitt nursing strongly believes in a quality education is important for quality healthcare. 

The Master of Science in Nursing Program at the University of Pittsburgh School offers two areas of concentration: clinical nurse leader and nursing informatics. The Clinical Nurse Leader program started its online program for the 2009-2010 school year, while the Nursing Informatics program started offering an online program for the 2012-2013 school year. The online option was offered to students based on their inquiries and market needs. Students who leave the school of nursing have gone on to pave the way in the delivery of enhanced nursing care, while changing the future of nursing science.

The rankings are based on data reported to U.S. News through statistical and peer assessment surveys in the following categories: engagement, faculty credentials and training, expert opinion, services and technologies and student excellence. The School of Nursing received a perfect score.

More than 13,000 students have graduated from Pitt’s School of Nursing and are changing the face of nursing and health care. Graduates not only treat patients but are at the helms of health care systems and help develop and implement global policies.


The University of Pittsburgh became one of the first schools of nursing to begin educating Clinical Nurse Leader’s in 2005. Three years later, the program became an area of concentration, and in 2021, 100% of Pitt nursing graduates received their CNL certification following a mandatory national exam.

Students in the Nursing Informatics program can participate in interactive online classrooms, with a focus on cognitive, computer, information and nursing science. Informatic nurse graduates work in public, private and corporate environments. The program stresses the development of leadership in nursing.