Three Johns Hopkins master's programs—two in engineering specialties and one in nursing—are among the top online programs in the country, according to new rankings released today by U.S. News & World Report.
New to the rankings this year were several engineering programs at approximately a dozen schools which were evaluated exclusively by peer review. The Whiting School's engineering management program earned the No. 1 spot, and its electrical, mechanical, and systems engineering programs all were ranked No. 3.
More than 3,000 students across the country are enrolled in the Engineering for Professionals online and part-time programs. Dan Horn, associate dean for Engineering for Professionals, says these courses are particularly attractive to students because they are designed specifically and exclusively for the online educational environment and are not adapted from curricula meant for classroom use.
"As always, our focus is on creating and providing innovative and relevant programs and courses that provide students with the knowledge and experiences they need to advance their careers," Horn said.
The Johns Hopkins School of Nursing's online master's programs are collectively ranked No. 3 overall. Its online MSN Health Systems Management and Health Systems Management/MBA Dual Degree options were ranked No. 2 by peer institutions in the administration specialty category.
"With our No. 1 ranking in master's and DNP programs, No. 2 peer ranking in the online administration specialty area, and No. 3 for online master's programs, we are proud to be top-ranked across the board in U.S. News & World Report rankings," says Patricia Davidson, dean of the School of Nursing.
U.S. News rankings for online graduate programs are categorized into seven disciplines and are based on 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.