In the 2005 rankings of graduate schools by U.S.News & World Report, the schools of law, medicine, and pharmacy at the University of Maryland, Baltimore, continue to receive national recognition.
The ranking for the School of Law is its highest ever. The School of Law placed 41st among 177 law schools, placing it in the top tier. The School of Law has three specialty programs ranked in the top ten in the country. Its Law and Health Care Program is ranked third in the country, its Environmental Law program sixth, and its Clinical Law Program is ranked seventh. The law school is ranked 18th among all public law schools in the country.
"Of course, we are gratified by this ever-increasing positive national attention. But as a public law school, we consider the educational experience at Maryland to be unique. National rankings don't begin to tell the story of why we are such a great law school," says Karen Rothenberg, JD, MPA, dean of the School of Law. "Our commitment to access to justice, the diversity of our school community, creative scholarship by our outstanding faculty, extensive experiential learning opportunities, and our state-of-the-art facility with the latest technology are just some of the reasons we are a national leader. These things aren't captured by the numbers."
The School of Pharmacy was ranked eighth in the nation for the quality of its doctor of pharmacy education, maintaining its ranking as one of the best schools in the country. The rankings are based upon a survey of deans and department heads of the nation's 89 pharmacy schools. Maryland alumnus Steve Wienner, PharmD, was featured in the story accompanying the magazine's list of the top 24 schools.
"It is good news to learn that our colleagues in schools across the country think highly of our program here at Maryland," comments Dean David A. Knapp, PhD. "As the only pharmacy school in the state, it is significant to know that the excellence of the School is recognized and appreciated far beyond our borders. And it is a tribute to our faculty and staff that our reputation as a top 10 school has been maintained in the face of our significant program expansion and declining state resources over the past few years. What our folks have accomplished is awesome!"
The School was among the nation's leaders in pioneering the doctor of pharmacy curriculum in the early 1990s, a full decade before the degree became mandatory throughout the country. Doctoral education for pharmacists is essential because of the vital roles played in improving and promoting the safe, effective, and economical use of medicines. The demand for Maryland's pharmacy graduates is soaring because of the widening scope of clinical pharmacy practice and research as well as the aging of the population.
The School of Medicine placed 27th out of 123 schools for instruction in primary care and maintained its place as 43rd in research. The School's ranking among public medical schools increased from 22nd to 18th in primary care and from 20th to 19th in research. Established in 1807, the School of Medicine is the first public and the fifth oldest medical school in the United States, and the first to institute a residency training program. The School of Medicine was the founding school of the University of Maryland; today it is an integral part of the 13-campus University System of Maryland. It serves as the foundation for a large academic health center that combines medical education, biomedical research, patient care, and community service. While its tradition of excellence remains constant, the School of Medicine and its reputation for academic achievement continue to grow under the leadership of its dean, Donald E. Wilson, MD, MACP, vice president for medical affairs.
In 2005, U.S.News & World Report did not rank the schools of Nursing and Social Work. National rankings for the University of Maryland School of Nursing and School of Social Work remain at 10th and 19th, respectively. U.S. News does not rank dental schools.