For the second year in a row, the Johns Hopkins University School of Education has been named the top graduate education program in the country by U.S. News and World Report, according to annual rankings released Tuesday.
Johns Hopkins' 8-year-old graduate program beat Harvard University, which came in second, and Vanderbilt and Stanford universities, which tied for third. Johns Hopkins also ranked higher than Teachers College at Columbia University, which came in at No. 7.
Two other Maryland universities were on that list: the University of Maryland College Park at No. 26, and Towson University at No. 104.
"The recognition validates our commitment to recruiting the best and brightest students and assuring them access to world class scholars and extraordinary research opportunities," David W. Andrews, dean of Johns Hopkins' School of Education, said in a statement.
In the last year, Johns Hopkins' School of Education has expanded its doctoral programs and focused on recruiting national and international candidates as students and faculty. The school houses three research centers, which serve more than 300,000 students in 47 states.
The program also operates a new school in East Baltimore, the Elmer A. Henderson: A Johns Hopkins Partnership School, which serves students in kindergarten through the eighth grade, and has an early childhood center.
U.S. News' 2016 Best Graduate Schools report listed several local institutions in various categories. The magazine's rankings are based on a range of factors, including statistics that measure the faculty, research and the opinions of students and experts. The Johns Hopkins program scored a 100.
Among engineering schools, the University of Maryland College Park ranked No. 23 in the nation, two places ahead of Johns Hopkins. The University of Maryland Baltimore County ranked No. 117.
Among schools of medicine, Johns Hopkins was tied for third in medical research, while the University of Maryland tied at No. 37. Johns Hopkins ranked No. 29 among primary care medical schools and the University of Maryland ranked No. 52.
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health retained its No. 1 ranking for public health schools. University of Maryland College Park's School of Public Health was ranked No. 22.
Among nursing schools, Johns Hopkins tied for second with the University of California-San Francisco. The University of Maryland was tied for sixth.
Among law schools, the University of Maryland was tied at No. 47 and the University of Baltimore was tied at No. 122.
Johns Hopkins also placed seventh among schools overall as ranked by high school counselors. The University of Maryland College Park was ranked No. 57.