About Duquesne University
Why Consider Duquesne University Graduate Programs?Choosing where to earn your graduate degree is a big process—especially if you’re planning to relocate or study full time on campus. After all, that school community would, in many ways, become a second home while you attend your program. So why should Duquesne University make the list? For one, they have a long history of providing their students with a rigorous and spiritually grounded education. They’ve been doing so since 1878, after all. Plus, they’re located at the heart of Pittsburgh, conveniently located just over the border from Ohio and West Virginia. Need some more reasons to add Duquesne to your list? Here are four.
Duquesne Rankings & ReputationEarning your graduate degree at Duquesne means you could rely on the reputation for quality they’ve earned. You don’t even have to take their word for it—publications like US News & World Report and the Princeton Review have both included Duquesne on their lists of schools that offer value and quality. Here are just a few examples of Duquesne University rankings from 2018:
- US News & World Report: #120 National Universities
- US News & World Report: #75 Best Colleges for Veterans
- US News & World Report: #42 Best Value Schools
- US News & World Report: #45 Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs
- The Princeton Review: Best 382 Colleges
- The Princeton Review: Best Northeastern
An Education that Makes a DifferenceAt Duquesne, you won’t just find an education that helps you hone the skills you need for your career. You’ll also find a school community dedicated to making a difference. Duquesne was founded by Catholic missionaries, with a mission to serve the Pittsburgh community. Today, they honor that heritage by being active and engaged with their local community. Students here could get involved in any number of ways, with project like assisting migrant workers, tutoring inner-city kids, and more. Students and faculty could even get involved with the Community-Engaged Teaching and Research center, which supports scholarship designed to build up the community through stewardship and social justice—all while providing you, the student, with unique educational opportunities.
Academic & Career SupportAs a graduate student at Duquesne University, you’ll be able to rely on the support of your school as you work. For example, Duquesne offers a writing center to help undergrads, graduate students, and even faculty polish their work. You could seek general feedback, help planning or polishing your research paper, or even get help with your resume! There’s also the Center for Teaching Excellence to help you polish any lessons you may need to plan, media services, and educational technology support. And for your needs outside the classroom, there’s also the Center for Career Development. They’re dedicated to helping you choose your path, search for jobs, gain experience, and more. They could even support you in managing your career after you graduate.
Groundbreaking ResearchIf you’re the academic type, you may find a fulfilling experience at Duquesne, by getting involved with cutting-edge research in your field. That may include gaining experience on a research team under faculty or fellow graduate students, or even pursuing unique research of your own! Duquesne even works with community and corporate partners, including Fortune 500 companies. They’ve earned research funding from sources like:
- The National Institute of Health
- The National Endowment for the Humanities
- The National Science Foundation
Mission, Vision and Values
Duquesne University was founded by the Congregation of the Holy Spirit, or Spiritans, and honors that heritage in several ways. They remain committed to core values including: Excellence in education; Moral and spiritual values; Diversity; Service; and Global citizenship.
Admissions:Duquesne has more than 85 campus-based graduate programs, with additional options in online or hybrid formats. In many cases, the application requirements and admissions process may vary according to the area of study. As such, it may be a good idea to follow up with the specific school within Duquesne you plan to attend to learn more about how to prepare. Some requirements you might expect include:
- Application Deadlines: Some programs may process applications on a rolling basis; however, there are still typically deadlines you’d need to meet. Make sure you follow up with your program to find out when you need to submit your application for your desired start-date or semester.
- Resume or Curriculum Vitae: While the specific requirements vary by discipline, you may be asked to submit a resume or CV that shows your professional, academic, and/or research experience relating to the program you plan to attend. It’s possible you may be asked for references as well.
- GPA Requirements: Some programs state a minimum required cumulative GPA to apply. For example, the Health Management Systems program asks for a 2.75, whereas other related programs like Physical Therapy, Speech-Language Pathology, and Occupational Therapy all ask for a 3.0.
- Test Scores: Some programs ask for graduate entrance exam scores such as (but not limited to) the GRE. Non-native English speakers may also need to supply TOEFL or IELTS scores. Follow up with your selected program to find out if and how this may apply to you.
- Special Learning Opportunities: Undergrad Distance, Grad Distance
- Credit Accepted: Dual credit, Credit for life experiences, Credit For Military, Advanced placement(AP) credits
- Carnegie Classification: Research Universities (high research activity)
- Religious Affiliation: Roman Catholic
- There are 1587 full-time faculty
- 686 Part-time instructional faculty
- ROTC Services
- Study Abroad Services
- Weekend Evening College Services
- Remedial Services
- Academic Career Counseling Services
- Employment Services for Students
- Placement Services Completers
- Daycare Services
- Library Services
Enrollment, Attendance, Retention Rates and Graduation
Graduate attendance rate of 11% part-time and 89% full-time
For the years 2017-2018 Duquesne University awarded: 1539 bachelor's degrees, 711 master's degrees, 9 post-master's certificates, 377 doctor's degrees - professional practice, 78 doctor's degrees - research/scholarship
- The American Psychological Association
- The Commission on English Language Program Accreditation
- The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International)
- Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP)
- Educational Leadership Constituent Council (ELCC)
- Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP)
- Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)
- Teachers of English Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
- Association for Education Communications and Technology (AECT)
- National Council for Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM)
- Teachers of International Literacy Association (ILA)
- Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)
- Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE)
- Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE)
- Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA)
- National Association of Schools of Music (NASM)
- Forensic Education Programs Accreditation Commission (FEPAC)
- Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
- Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing
- Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE)
- Pennsylvania State Board of Pharmacy
- American Bar Association (ABA)
- The school is full of many supportive people who genuinely care for each other. You just really need to join something that interests you and then you'll be able to find some great friends. People seem very chill for it being considered a top university. Definitely a calmer atmosphere compared to schools like Stanford and Berkeley.
- The university provides the best of both academics opportunities as well as extracurricular activities in order to help their students explore and/or grow their skills on a specific or variety of fields. Their goal is to get their students involved in what they love in order to grow and expand the students knowledge.
- Overall, I love being a student at USC. On campus, I am a research assistant, a newspaper writer, and a dancer on the competitive hip-hop team. I've met a wide variety of students at USC, some who astound me with their intelligence and hobbies. I love talking to my professors during their office hours. The downsides to being a USC student is that a lot of things are inordinately expensive, the tuition keeps rising (unnecessarily), and the area around it is not super nice.
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