Few Changes in UNC's Grad School Rankings

Carolina appears on more than 20 lists of schools, programs and specialty areas newly ranked for 2011 by U.S. News & World Report for the 2012 edition of “America’s Best Graduate Schools.”

Following is a summary of the new rankings, as well as specialty areas listed in the top 10. Recent previous rankings are noted; not every program is ranked every year.

Gillings School of Global Public Health


  • Second in master’s and doctorate degree programs (tied for second in 2007)
  • Health care management, third (master’s degree program)

Specialty areas

  • Environmental/environmental health, tied for 11th (tied for ninth in 2009)

(U.S. News listed environmental/environmental health under engineering schools. UNC has no engineering school, but related programs are based in public health.)

School of Medicine


  • Primary care, second (second in 2010, 2009, 2008 and 2007)
  • Research, 20th (same as in 2010 and 2009)

Specialty areas

  • Family medicine, tied for second (third in 2010)
  • Rural medicine, sixth (seventh in 2010)
  • AIDS, 10th (eighth in 2010)



  • Tied for fourth (School of Nursing) (fifth in 2007)

Specialty areas

Clinical nurse specialist:

  • Third in community/public health (Gillings School of Global Public Health)
  • Tied for fourth in psychiatric/mental health (School of Nursing)

Nurse practitioner

  • 10th in nurse practitioner, pediatric (School of Nursing)
  • Sixth in nursing service administration (School of Nursing)

Kenan-Flagler Business School


  • 19th (tied for 21st in 2010)

Specialty Areas

  • 10th in accounting (tied for 10th in 2010)
  • 10th in executive MBA (10th in 2010)

School of Education


  • Tied for 29th (30th in 2010)

School of Law


  • Tied for 30th (tied for 28th in 2010)

UNC tied for 25th in a category called “When Lawyers Do the Grading,” a new ranking of law schools based on the opinions recruiters hiring graduates from the nation’s top law firms from a reputation survey.

In a chart identifying schools where students are most likely to encounter classmates from a different racial or ethnic group, Carolina’s score was 0.45 in an index that ranges from 0.0 to 1.0. The closer a school’s number is to 1.0, the more diverse is the student population. At 10 percent, Hispanics were reported as UNC’s largest minority in the school. Carolina scored1.41 in 2010.

Rankings information are posted at Highlights of the rankings will be published in the 2012 edition of “America’s Best Graduate Schools.”

U.S. News first ranked graduate programs in 1987 and has done so annually since 1990. Business, education, engineering, law and medicine are ranked annually based on expert opinion about program quality and statistical indicators that measure the quality of a school’s faculty, research and students, according to U.S. News officials. Other disciplines and specialties in the sciences, social sciences, humanities and other areas, including selected health specialists, are ranked periodically. Those rankings are based solely on the ratings of peer academic experts.

In addition to the new rankings, U.S. News republishes, on its website and in the guidebook, older rankings that are based solely on peer ratings in various health fields, doctoral programs in the humanities and social sciences, master’s of public affairs and public policy, master’s of fine arts, and master’s of library and information studies programs.

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