The Johns Hopkins School of Nursing is Ranked the No. 1 Nursing Master’s Program in the U.S.


For the third consecutive year, the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing (JHSON) is the No. 1 accredited master’s nursing program in the country, according to 2021 U.S. News & World Report rankings. It is ranked No. 3 for its Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program and top-ranked across the board within specialty rankings.

“We are truly proud of this ranking and the spotlight it puts on the hard work that is the backbone to our success in education, research, and practice,” says JHSON Dean Patricia Davidson, PhD, MEd, RN, FAAN. “Our continued No. 1 ranking shows stability in the quality and excellence of our programs, mission, and opportunity for students.”

In specialty categories, the school ranked:

  • No. 1 in DNP Nurse Practitioner Adult Gerontology Primary Care

  • No. 2 in DNP Nurse Practitioner Administration; Family; Leadership (tied)

  • No. 2 in Master’s Administration

  • No. 4 in DNP Adult Gerontology Acute Care

  • No. 4 in Master’s Nurse Practitioner Adult Gerontology Acute Care

  • No. 5 in Master’s Nurse Practitioner Adult Gerontology Primary Care (tied)

  • No. 6 in Master’s Nurse Practitioner Mental Health (tied)

Throughout 2019, JHSON’s research continued to grow with increasing numbers of faculty publications in areas including aging, pediatrics, family health, infectious disease, social determinants of health, violence, cardiovascular care, and numerous other areas. The school was named a National League for Nursing (NLN) Center of Excellence in Nursing Education.

To further expand its DNP program, JHSON launched a nurse anesthesiology advanced practice option and continued to expand its online presence across programs. It was recognized as a 2019 Best School for Men in Nursing and a HEED Award winner for excellence in diversity, equity, and inclusion. The school also remained top-ranked within QS World University global nursing school rankings and for online education in the U.S.

Within faculty, eight were inducted as American Academy of Nursing fellows, many received global and distinguished health care awards, and Assistant Dean Kenneth Dion, PhD, MBA, RN, FAAN, became President-elect of Sigma, one of the world’s most prestigious health care organizations.

“Now in 2020, the Year of the Nurse and the Midwife, we have a strong foundation to build on in leading the bright future of the profession,” says Davidson.


Located in Baltimore, the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing is a globally-recognized leader in nursing education, research, and practice. In U.S. News & World Report rankings, the school is No. 1 nationally for its master’s programs, No. 3 for DNP and online programs, and No. 2 for online MSN Health Systems Management options. In addition, the school is ranked by QS World University as the No. 3 nursing school in the world, No. 1 by College Choice for its master’s program, and No. 1 by for its DNP program. For more information, visit

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