January 11, 2018
By Greg Peters
The University of Kansas School of Nursing's online master's degree program nudged up one spot to No. 18 in the latest Best Online Master's in Nursing Program rankings released recently by U.S. News & World Report.
In the latest rankings posted Jan. 9, KU is tied with the University of Missouri-Kansas City, Oregon Health and Science University, Stony Brook University and University of Texas Medical Branch-Galveston. The top three programs overall in the ranking are St. Xavier University, Ohio State University and the Medical University of South Carolina.
"I was very pleased with our movement up in rankings of our online master's program," said Sally Maliski, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, dean and professor of the KU School of Nursing. "It is testament to the excellence for which our faculty strives."
"We're absolutely delighted that the KU School of Nursing's online master's program has been recognized nationally," said Cynthia Teel, Ph.D., FAAN, associate dean for academic affairs for KU School of Nursing. "We have known about the excellence of our program, the faculty, the students and graduates for a long time. To have this national recognition is quite an honor, and we're quite pleased."
Among other area schools, St. Louis University checks in at No. 35 and the University of Missouri-Columbia is ranked 98th.
U.S. News & World Report used five key criteria in creating is list, with student engagement (30 percent) having the greatest influence. The categories include: student engagement; faculty credentials and training; student services and technology; peer reputation; and admissions selectivity.
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 96 students enrolled in the program, which can be completed in two years of full-time study or three to four years part-time.