Maryland universities' graduate and professional programs gained high rankings in U.S. News & World Report's review, an annual rite that offered few surprises.
The magazine's March 20 issue rated the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine No. 2 in the nation. That's the third straight year Hopkins has finished second to Harvard University -- but it's heady company.
"Whenever anyone ranks you in the top cadre of medical schools, you're pleased to be there," said Dr. Michael E. Johns, dean of Hopkins' medical school.
The education program at the University of Maryland College Park ranked 21st overall and UM's business school ranked 29th.
While the rankings often prompt grumbling on college campuses, they are considered the most definitive marriage of objective and subjective data. They include campus resources, research funding, faculty-to-student ratios and opinions of peers.
The University of Maryland at Baltimore's School of Nursing tied for sixth with the University of Illinois at Chicago and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. It represents UMAB's highest standing ever in the reputation-based survey. The relatively young master's program in nursing at Hopkins tied for 14th.
University of Maryland College Park took first in the education doctorate of counseling and personnel, and top honors in counseling psychology. Hopkins took first in biomedical engineering among Ph.D. programs in engineering.
University of Maryland College Park's College of Engineering placed 25th, up from 37th last year.
"It represents what I think is a culmination of a lot of hard work by our faculty and staff," said William Destler, dean of the UMCP engineering school. "I was surprised we jumped so quickly. It will bring much-needed and much-warranted attention."
In further surveys of deans and senior faculty: Hopkins medical school ranked second in internal medicine, third in geriatric care, third in the field of AIDS, and tied for fourth in drug and alcohol abuse as well as women's health.
The University of Maryland law school took fifth in health law, sixth in clinical training and seventh in environmental law.
In liberal arts, Hopkins tied for 21st in economics, while College Park tied for 23rd.
Hopkins tied for ninth in English (and tied for third in the field of critical theory) and tied for 10th in history (and second in the field of U.S. Colonial history).