With the release of the 2023-24 U.S. News & World Report Best Graduate Schools rankings this week, Rutgers–Camden now has two graduate programs ranked among the top 100 in the nation. The doctor of nursing practice (DNP) program is ranked at #69, while the public affairs program is ranked at #85.
"To be recognized by U.S. News & World Report for premier graduate programs is both humbling and validating," said Chancellor Antonio D. Tillis. "For the second consecutive year, these programs are ranked among the best in the country, which reflects our faculty's commitment to empowering our students and enriching our community.”
The Rutgers–Camden DNP program prepares its students to take on leadership roles as nurse practitioners, a profession that is projected for 31% growth by 2026. The program has moved swiftly and effectively to address the crises brought on by a nationwide nursing shortage and has marked numerous milestones over the past year. In 2022, it held an inaugural white-coat ceremony for graduates and provided free physical exams to hundreds of underserved Camden High students. Earlier this year, the program entered a partnership with AtlantiCare to pilot programs aimed at mitigating an epidemic of stress and burnout in the nursing profession.
The public policy and administration graduate program offers a master of public administration along with master of science and doctoral degrees in public affairs and community development. The program is home to the influential Senator Walter Rand Institute of Public Affairs, the Center for Urban Research and Education, and the Community Leadership Center. This year, two members of the program—one doctoral student and one alumna—qualified for the highly selective Presidential Management Fellowship, the federal government’s flagship leadership development program for holders of advanced degrees.
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