'U.S. News' ranks 3 Johns Hopkins online graduate programs among nation's best

Three online graduate programs at Johns Hopkins University have been recognized by U.S. News & World Report as being among the best in the nation.

In its annual lists of top online programs, U.S. News ranked JHU's offerings No. 5 in information technology, No. 6 in nursing, and No. 11 in engineering. The publication ranks the nation's best online graduate programs in seven disciplines in addition to the best online bachelor's programs.

"We are very pleased with this year's U.S. News & World Report rankings," said Dexter G. Smith, an associate dean who oversees Johns Hopkins Engineering for Professionals, a part-time, graduate-level arm of JHU's Whiting School of Engineering. "Our online team works hard to develop interactive courses that, without a doubt, provide students with a top-notch Johns Hopkins University education."

JHU's School of Nursing—home to the nation's No. 2 graduate nursing program, according to rankings released by U.S. News in spring 2015—offers five online master's and post-degree programs.

"In order to build capacity within the profession and meet the health care needs of tomorrow, nursing schools must invest in online programs to increase assess for future nurses," School of Nursing Dean Patricia M. Davidson said, adding that the school is exploring an expansion of its online course offerings.

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