By Childs Walker, The Baltimore Sun
6:21 PM EDT, March 13, 2012
The Johns Hopkins University and the University of Maryland continue to boast some of the best graduate programs in the country, according to rankings released Tuesday by U.S. News & World Report.
The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine rose one spot to a tie for No. 2 with the University of Pennsylvania in the magazine's annual ranking of research-oriented medical programs. The University of Maryland School of Medicine also moved up a spot to No. 37 on the list, which was topped by Harvard.
A survey of medical deans and professors also praised numerous research specialties at Hopkins, ranking the school No. 2 in geriatrics and internal medicine, No. 3 in AIDS and women's health and No. 4 in pediatrics.
The biggest rankings leap at Hopkins came not in medicine, however, but at the school of education, which rose from No. 18 to No. 6, pushed by substantial increases in admissions selectivity and research funding. The University of Maryland's education school in College Park finished No. 26, and its program in counseling education was listed No. 1 in the magazine's survey of deans and faculty leaders.
In the law school rankings, the University of Maryland rose three spots to No. 39 and the University of Baltimore rose four spots to No. 113.
The University of Maryland School of Social Work rose two spots to No. 16 in the rankings.
Among engineering schools, the University of Maryland's Clark School in College Park finished No. 18, up four spots from last year, and Hopkins finished No. 26.
The Smith School of Business in College Park finished No. 44 in the business school rankings, up one spot from last year, and its information systems program was ranked No. 6 in a survey of faculty leaders and deans.
The Maryland Institute College of Art finished No. 7 in the magazine's ranking of master's of fine arts programs, down three spots from last year.
The U.S. News rankings incorporate a range of factors, including a school's reputation among peers, the quality of admitted students, research funding and the professional success of graduates.
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