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U.S. News Ranks Online Graduate Nursing Programs Top 20  

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Seton Hall is ranked 17th in the nation for online graduate nursing programs, making it the top in New Jersey and third among all Catholic universities in the country.

U.S. News and World Report has once again recognized Seton Hall University as one of the top programs in the nation for Online Graduate Nursing Programs for 2020. Seton Hall ranked 17th in the nation, making it the top online graduate nursing program in New Jersey and third among all Catholic universities in the country. 

U.S. News notes that "a master's degree in nursing can pave the way for more advanced roles in administration and leadership,"and ranks schools "according to their performance across a set of widely accepted indicators of excellence." For the 2020 edition of the Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs rankings, U.S. News ranked schools using the following five categories:

  • Engagement (30%): In a quality program, aspiring advanced practice nurses can readily collaborate with fellow students in their classes and clinical settings. In turn, instructors are not only accessible and responsive, but they are also tasked with helping to create an experience rewarding enough for students to stay enrolled and complete their degrees in a reasonable amount of time. 
  • Faculty Credentials and Training (20%): Strong online nursing programs employ instructors with academic credentials that mirror those of instructors for campus-based programs, and they have the resources to train these instructors to teach distance learners. 
  • Expert Opinion (20%): A survey of high-ranking academic officials in nursing helps account for intangible factors affecting program quality that statistics do not capture. Also, employers may hold in high regard degrees from programs that academics respect. 
  • Services and Technologies (20%): Programs that incorporate diverse online learning technologies allow greater flexibility for students to take classes from a distance. Outside of classes, strong support structures provide learning assistance, career guidance and financial aid resources commensurate with quality campus-based programs. 
  • Student Excellence (10%): Student bodies entering with proven aptitudes, ambitions and accomplishments can handle the demands of rigorous coursework. Furthermore, online degrees that schools award judiciously will have greater legitimacy in the job market. 

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U.S. News & World Report's 2020 Best Graduate Schools guide also ranked the Master of Science in Nursing and Doctor of Nursing programs at #56 and #50, respectively.

U.S. News & World Report's 2020 Best Graduate Schools guide also ranked the Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.) and Doctor of Nursing (D.N.P.) programs at #56 and #50, respectively.

"We are honored to be recognized by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top graduate Nursing programs in the United States,"said Marie Foley, Ph.D., R.N., dean of the College of Nursing. "Peers, employers, doctors and the medical profession as a whole have long known the value of a Seton Hall nursing degree. This ranking serves as a further acknowledgement of what great minds can do at Seton Hall." 

The College of Nursing offers the following graduate programs online: 

About the College of Nursing
As New Jersey's first college to offer a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) program, Seton Hall's College of Nursing has educated approximately one-third of all New Jersey nurses and is one of the few universities in the country to be an approved College of Nursing for Army ROTC nursing candidates. U.S. News & World Report ranks Seton Hall University College of Nursing as one of the top graduate nursing programs in the country. Offering educational opportunities from B.S.N. degree through the Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P.) and Ph.D., the College's mission is to educate baccalaureate-prepared generalists and advanced practitioners of nursing who aspire to be innovators and leaders in the nursing profession with a commitment to lifelong learning, service and leadership for the greater good of the global society.

Learn more about the graduate programs the College of Nursing offers. 

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