Johns Hopkins grad programs ranked among nation's best by 'U.S. News'

Programs in biomedical engineering, nursing, internal medicine all claim top spots in annual rankings

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Image caption: Johns Hopkins University's biomedical engineering graduate program is again ranked No. 1 in the country by U.S. News and World Report.

Credit: Will Kirk / Johns Hopkins University

Johns Hopkins University graduate programs in biomedical engineering, nursing, and medicine are once again among the country's very best, according to the annual U.S. News & World Report ranking of the nation's Best Graduate Schools.

The biomedical engineering program landed again in the No. 1 spot, which it has long held. The School of Nursing's master's degree programs rose to first place, while the School of Medicine moved up to second place among research-oriented medical schools. Its internal medicine program is tied with Harvard University for the No. 1 spot.

In the Science categories, the Department of Biostatistics at the Bloomberg School of Public Health moved up to a tie for third among all statistics programs, and tied for first among biostatistics programs.

The School of Education ranked 17th and the Whiting School of Engineering moved up for the fourth consecutive year to 18th overall.

Other disciplines, such as public health, humanities, and social sciences, were not newly ranked this year. U.S. News will continue to use rankings from earlier years in those fields until they are ranked again.

The U.S. News Best Graduate Schools rankings, released today, are based on a number of indicators, including an institution's global and national reputation, publications and citations, research statistics, admitted student information, and other factors.

Biomedical Engineering

The Hopkins biomedical engineering graduate program returned to its traditional sole possession of the No. 1 spot in the rankings after sharing the top spot a year ago.

"As home to one of the founding departments in the field, Johns Hopkins has a strong tradition of excellence in biomedical engineering," said Michael Miller, director of the Department of Biomedical Engineering, which is part of both the School of Medicine and the Whiting School.

"Our pioneering faculty and students are pushing the boundaries of discovery in emerging fields, and these advances in neuroengineering, data science, regenerative engineering, computational medicine, and genomic engineering form the heart of our undergraduate and graduate curricula. In this way, Johns Hopkins is training the next generation of leaders who will engineer the future of medicine."


In addition to the School of Nursing's top-ranked master's program—which had ranked second last year after a first-place listing in 2016—the school's doctor of nursing practice program was ranked second for the third year in a row. The school's programs in several nursing specialties made the U.S. News top five:

  • Administration
  • Nurse practitioner adult/gerontology: acute care
  • Nurse practitioner adult/gerontology: primary care
  • Nurse practitioner family
  • Nurse practitioner psychiatric/mental health across the lifespan

"We are proud to be named the No. 1 school of nursing in the country and recognized for our leadership, excellence, and innovative work," said Patricia Davidson, dean of the School of Nursing. "The rankings reflect the unwavering work of our faculty, students, and staff and keep us purposeful to our commitment to education and improving the health of our communities locally and globally."


The university's School of Medicine earned second place among research-oriented medical schools, a move up from third place the previous five years. Johns Hopkins ranked among the top five in:

  • Radiology (Tied for 2nd)
  • Pediatrics (5th)
  • Surgery (2nd)
  • Obstetrics/gynecology (3rd)
  • Anesthesiology (3rd)
  • Psychiatry (Tied for 5th)

"It is always nice to be ranked highly, but, more importantly, we have always in our 125-year history been committed to training the best physicians and physician-scientists here at Johns Hopkins," said Paul B. Rothman, dean of the medical faculty and CEO of Johns Hopkins Medicine.

Additional rankings

Johns Hopkins has programs ranked in 10 science categories or subcategories:

  • Biology (Tied for 6th)
    • Cell biology (Tied for 2nd)
    • Neuroscience/neurobiology (Tied for 3rd)
  • Chemistry (Tied for 24th)
    • Biochemistry (12th)
  • Computer science (Tied for 25th)
  • Earth sciences (Tied for 31st)
  • Mathematics: Tied for 22nd
  • Physics (Tied for 17th)
  • Statistics (Bloomberg School of Public Health's Department of Biostatistics tied for 3rd; Whiting School of Engineering's Department of Applied Mathematics and Statistics tied for 31st)

In addition to the top-rated biomedical engineering program, other ranked specialties in engineering included:

  • Chemical engineering (20th)
  • Civil engineering (23rd)
  • Computer engineering (23rd)
  • Electrical, electronic and communications engineering (21st)
  • Materials engineering (18th)
  • Mechanical engineering (15th)

Environmental and environmental health engineering ranked 23rd. Those programs are part of the Department of Environmental Health and Engineering, a joint program of the Whiting School and the Bloomberg School of Public Health.

The university ranked 34th for public affairs, tied with nine universities. Ranked specialties in this program included:

  • Public policy analysis (26th)
  • Health policy and management (4th)
  • International/global policy (6th)

Correction: An earlier version of this article omitted new rankings for programs in the sciences. The Hub regrets the error.