George Mason Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) ranks #2 nationally, Master of Science in Nursing ranks #10 - climbing to new heights

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College of Public Health rankings soar in U.S. News & World Report - breaking the top 10 for graduate nursing programs

The George Mason College of Public Health has achieved major advancements in the latest U.S. News & World Report rankings, marking a moment of recognition for its commitment to academic excellence and innovation in health education. The institution proudly announces that two distinguished graduate degrees—the Master of Nursing (MSN) and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)—securing positions within the top 10 -- and five of its programs are now ranked among the top 100 in their respective fields.

Melissa J. Perry, Sc.D., MHS, Dean of the College, emphasized, "At Mason, our focus is clear: to foster excellence and innovation in public health education, research, and practice. As the pioneering College of Public Health in Virginia, we are setting the standard for interprofessional education in this vital field. Our programs are designed to equip the next generation of health professionals with the knowledge and skills to address the complex health challenges of our time." 

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The report showcases the remarkable progress for the College as well as specific programs. The College ranks #53 for public health schools, climbing 23 spots from last year. The DNP program has climbed 37 places to rank #2 nationally and claimed the top position among public institutions. The MSN program now stands at #10 nationally and #4 among public universities, reflecting significant strides forward in these categories. The  MSW ranked #67 nationally, up 12 positions, signaling continuous growth and impact in the realm of public health and social work education. 

 Furthermore, the College's Master of Health Administration (MHA) program maintains its strong position at #32, consistently ranking within the top 50—a status last affirmed in the 2023 rankings. 

 As a pioneering institution for public health education, George Mason College of Public Health offers an extensive array of undergraduate and graduate programs, including five undergraduate degrees, 13 graduate degrees, and eight certificate programs. This diverse range of offerings underlines the College’s commitment to developing a workforce that is well-prepared to address the evolving challenges in public health and beyond. 

The community is encouraged to explore the opportunities available at the College of Public Health, where leadership in innovation, excellence, and a dedication to improving public health outcomes continue to be the guiding principles.