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Facts and Rankings

We offer 85 undergraduate majors across nine schools and highly respected professional programs with numerous accolades and rankings, including the No. 1 ranked Sustainable Business Practices MBA—which is why we're ready with an education that's everything you need, and more than you imagined.

Meet Alec

He says. "I couldn't be more impressed with my professors and cohort at Duquesne. This program is truly one of the best things to happen to me." Alec is a student in the No. 1 ranked MBA Sustainable Business Practices Program in the Palumbo-Donahue School of Business.

Alec always knew he wanted to pursue a master's degree, but it took having a job in the oil and gas industry, and a road trip out west to connect his passion for and the importance of sustainability with his future aspirations.

"I'm a rock climber and was out climbing one day with [a friend who] asked about my wind turbine tattoo I have on my ankle and I told her I was passionate about sustainability. She was, at that time, a student in Duquesne's MBA Sustainability program and suggested I check it out."

At Duquesne, we've added depth, discipline, professionalism, and a greater sense of purpose to Alec's aspirations, so he could have the focus to move forward without narrowing his ambitions.

"I want to be part of a change and have meaning in my work." he says. "We can't dismiss climate change issues to a future generation anymore. Every decision we make today is a decision that impacts the future."

Like Alec, we'll help you discover what you're good at and why that's good for the world. We want you to become the kind of problem solver who always thinks bigger.


At Duquesne, we have the breadth and depth to make the most of your goals, as evidenced by just some of our achievements below. As mentioned, Alec is enrolled in the program Corporate Knights magazine has ranked as the No. 1 MBA Sustainable Business Practices program  in the United States and No. 4 in the world in its 18th annual Better World MBA Rankings, which represents the top 40 programs from 10 countries. Other notable rankings include:

U.S. News and World Report

Princeton Review

Other Rankings of Note

  • ranks Duquesne at No. 27 among its Best Catholic Colleges in America, and No. 3 in Pennsylvania with overall grade of A-, and Best College Locations in America A+ at No. 72.
  • Money Magazine recognizes Duquesne on 2019 Best Colleges for Your Money list.
  • Duquesne University (#7) and the School of Nursing (#1) achieves Top 10, Gold-level ranking as Military Friendly Schools. (20-21)
  • One of three universities in Pennsylvania with a public safety department accredited by the Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association. (2009)
  • First university in the nation to offer combined biomedical engineering and nursing dual degree (BS-BSN)
  • First university in the nation to offer an online Ph.D. in nursing (1997) and first in Pennsylvania to grant a BSN degree (1937).