February 13, 2017
By Greg Peters
The University of Kansas School of Nursing's online master's degree program took a major leap into the top 20 in the latest Best Online Graduate Programs rankings released recently by U. S. News & World Report. KU's program jumped from 31st nationally a year ago to No. 19 in this year's overall rankings. And it is No. 13 among public universities.
"It's exciting for the KU School of Nursing to be recognized nationally," said Sally Maliski, RN, Ph.D., FAAN, dean of the KU School of Nursing. "The credit goes to the outstanding work that our faculty and students are doing."
KU received the highest ranking of any school in the metropolitan area and the state of Kansas. The University of Missouri-Kansas City tied for the 21st spot with the University of Southern Indiana. In Kansas, KU was also tops with Fort Hays State University next after jumping from No. 95 a year ago to No. 29.
It's great to be in the top 20 of a well-recognized national ranking," said Cynthia Teel, RN, Ph.D., FAAN, associate dean for academic affairs. "We have terrific faculty, who work very hard on creating a curriculum that is current, evidence-based and pushes the edge of where we are in the field, so that students are learning the most current information. It's all about preparing our students for excellence in practice, so they can positively influence the care of individuals, families and communities."
KU began offering online graduate coursework in the late 1990s. Today, coursework for the KU master's degree program, which is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, is offered entirely online and completion requires between 37 to 39 credit hours, depending on the emphasis area. There are currently 94 students enrolled in the program, which can be completed in two years of full-time study or three to four years part-time.