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Hopkins No. 1 in education; state law programs slip

Johns Hopkins University’s School of Education is the best graduate program in the country for aspiring teachers, according to U.S. News & World Report’s “2015 Best Graduate Schools” list.

The publication’s widely watched annual list, released publicly on Tuesday, includes rankings of the five largest professional grad school disciplines: business, law, education, engineering and medicine. It also ranks specialty programs within each field. Several Maryland schools earned spots on the list.

Hopkins’ education program jumped to the No. 1 spot from No. 2 last year and from a tie for sixth in 2012.

“Over the past few years, we’ve made great strides in our goal to transform the very nature of education across the nation and across the globe,” David W. Andrews, dean of the School of Education, said in a statement. “I am thrilled that our new ranking reflects the quality of our efforts in teaching, research and the development of evidence-based models of instruction.”

Hopkins made the list many more times, receiving recognition for programs such as internal medicine (No. 1), biomedical engineering (No. 1) and statistics (No. 5).

The University of Maryland was also well-represented. The A. James Clark School of Engineering on the College Park campus landed at No. 22, beating out Hopkins’ G.W.C. Whiting School of Engineering, which was ranked No. 27.

But the Francis King Carey School of Law on UM’s Baltimore campus slipped to No. 46, down from No. 41 last year and No. 39 the year before.

The University of Baltimore School of Law landed at No. 135, one spot away from its rank of No. 134 last year.

The ranking methodology varies a bit across disciplines, but criteria include acceptance rates, expert opinions on program quality and the standardized test scores of newly enrolled students. Here are more Maryland highlights from this year’s list:

Business:

No. 41 – UMCP’s Robert H. Smith School of Business (tied with three others)

No. 116 – Towson University (tied with nine others)

Business, Information Systems:

No. 6 – UMCP (tied with one other)

Part-time MBA:

No. 22 – UMCP (tied with one other)

No. 125 – Loyola University Maryland’s Sellinger School of Business and Management (tied with 6 others)

Education:

No. 1 – Johns Hopkins University

No. 26 – University of Maryland, College Park (tied with one other)

No. 116 – Towson University (tied with nine others)

Education, counseling/personnel services:

No. 1 – UMCP

Medicine:

No. 3 – JHU School of Medicine

No. 34 – UM School of Medicine (tied with 5 others)

Part-time JD programs:

No. 7 – UM Carey School of Law (tied with two others)

No. 29 – UB School of Law (tied with one other)


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