Try a Google search for “Top MSN degree programs in the country” and you’ll come up with dozens of sites with top 10 lists. Many of these sites, however, are sites that market one or more master of science in nursing (MSN) degree programs.

USNews.com has once again comes to the rescue with its objective (in that it’s not trying to entice you to sign up for any one program) 2012 “best” nursing programs listing.

The 10 best nursing master’s programs are:

  • Johns Hopkins University
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of Washington
  • University of California, San Francisco
  • University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  • University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • Duke University
  • Oregon Health and Science University
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • Yale University

(Note: Duke, Oregon, Pitt and Yale tied for 7th)

USNews.com reports it conducted surveys in fall 2011. The results, it says:

…”are based solely on the results of peer assessment surveys sent to deans, other administrators, and/or faculty at accredited degree programs or schools in each discipline. All schools surveyed in a discipline were sent the same number of surveys. Respondents rated the academic quality of programs on a scale of 1 (marginal) to 5 (outstanding). They were instructed to select “don’t know” if they did not have enough knowledge to rate a program. Only fully accredited programs in good standing during the survey period are ranked. Those schools with the highest average scores appear in the rankings.”

Thirty-three (33) percent of the 467 master’s nursing programs contacted for the survey responded to it. All programs were either accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education or the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission.

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