3 Johns Hopkins online graduate programs ranked among nation's best

Three Johns Hopkins online graduate programs are among the best in the nation, according to new rankings released today by U.S. News & World Report.

JHU ranks No. 3 nationally among graduate nursing programs, up from No. 24 a year ago. Computer Information Technology (No. 5, up from No. 13) and Engineering (No. 12, up from No. 14) were also included in the publication's annual Best Online Programs rankings, which rank the nation's best online graduate programs in seven disciplines in addition to the best online bachelor's programs.

"We are pleased that we've made such a tremendous jump," said Patricia M. Davidson, dean of the School of Nursing. "We've taken a thoughtful and strategic approach in this fast-moving learning space and will continue our commitment to provide our online students with the Johns Hopkins excellence in faculty, content, and delivery."

Both of the engineering programs recognized are administered by Johns Hopkins Engineering for Professionals, a part of the university's Whiting School of Engineering.

"Our online courses are specifically developed for the virtual environment by a team of highly skilled instructional designers who work with faculty to ensure that our programs meet the needs of our online students while maintaining the academic rigor of Johns Hopkins University," said Dexter G. Smith, associate dean of Johns Hopkins Engineering for Professionals.

The U.S. News & World Report rankings are determined by five weighted criteria—student engagement, faculty credentials and training, student services, technology, peer reputation, and admissions selectivity.