Carolina Graduate Schools Included in Latest U.S. News Rankings

UNC continues to post high rankings in public health, medicine, nursing, business and chemistry in U.S. News & World Report‘s assessments of U.S. graduate schools.

U.S. News first ranked graduate programs in 1987, and business, education, engineering, law and medicine have been ranked annually since 1990. Those rankings are based on expert opinion about program quality and statistical indicators that measure the quality of a school’s faculty, research and students, according to the magazine. Other disciplines and specialties in the sciences, social sciences, humanities and other areas, including selected health specialties, are ranked less frequently. Those rankings are based on the ratings of academic experts.

The following programs are newly ranked by the magazine:

School of Public Health

  • 2nd (tied with Harvard University for master’s and doctorate programs)

Health care management

  • 3rd (master’s degree program)

Environmental/environmental health

  • Tied for 8th

School of Medicine

  • Primary care, 2nd
  • Research, 20th

Specialty areas

  • Family medicine, 6th
  • Women’s health, tied for 8th
  • AIDS, 9th

Nursing (master’s programs)

  • School of Nursing, 5th
  • School of Public Health, tied for 12th

Nursing specialties

  • Community/public health, 3rd (School of Nursing)
  • Community/public health, 4th  (School of Public Health)
  • Psychiatric/mental health, tied for 6th (School of Nursing)

Nurse practitioner

  • Family, 8th (School of Nursing)
  • Pediatric, 8th (School of Nursing)

Nursing service administration

  • 3rd (School of Nursing)

Kenan-Flagler Business School

  • Tied for 18th (master of business administration degree programs)

Specialty areas

  • Accounting, 9th
  • Executive MBA, tied for 10th

School of Education

  • Tied for 22nd

Specialty areas

  • Administration/supervision, 10th

College of Arts and Sciences
Sciences Doctoral Programs
Biological Sciences

  • Tied for 26th


  • Tied for 16th

Specialty areas

  • Analytical, 1st
  • Inorganic, 10th

School of Law

  • Tied for 36th

New rankings will appear in the April 9 issue of U.S. News & World Report magazine and the magazine’s “America’s Best Graduate Schools” guidebook.

Carolina has had a number of programs ranked in the periodic rankings that were not reviewed this year. Those include the School of Information and Library Science, overall, tied for first (among programs with accredited master’s degrees), ranked in 2006; and public administration: city management and urban policy, ranked sixth in 2004.


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