Johns Hopkins University's online programs in nursing have moved up to No. 1 in the nation in the new U.S. News & World Report rankings of degree-granting online graduate programs released today. Two Whiting School of Engineering programs were also ranked among the best in the country.
The School of Nursing's online graduate nursing programs, ranked No. 5 last year, offer an immersive online curriculum, and in 2018 the school made strategic investments to enhance the quality, diversity, and accessibility of its online programs. In total, the school's online offerings include Doctor of Nursing Practice tracks, Master of Science in Nursing degrees, and nursing certificates, as well as prerequisite courses.
"Our online education is accessible and flexible yet characterized by high-quality methods and rigorous academic work for students seeking to become nursing leaders," said School of Nursing Dean Patricia Davidson, who joined the school in 2013 and was reappointed to a second five-year term last year. "High-quality online education will be a game changer for addressing the nursing shortage nationally and internationally, and we will continue to lead the way."
The Whiting School is ranked No. 5 among online computer information technology programs for the second year in a row and jumped to No. 14, up from No. 19, in rankings of online engineering programs. More than 3,100 students across the country are enrolled in Engineering for Professional's online and part-time programs, and nearly 1,000 of them study information technology.
"Johns Hopkins Engineering provides novel online courses and programs that focus on emerging, industry-specific topics, giving our students the knowledge they need for a competitive advantage in their careers," according to Dan Horn, associate dean for the Engineering for Professionals program at the Whiting School. "We are constantly refining our programs and courses to reflect the latest in technologies that students can apply to real-world situations to solve complex problems."
U.S. News ranks the nation's best online graduate programs in seven disciplines, as well as the best online bachelor's programs. Rankings are determined by assigning programs scores in five weighted areas: opportunities for student engagement, faculty credentials and training, expert opinion of the program, student services and available technologies, and student excellence.