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Graduate Programs Ranked by U.S. News

Carolina appears on more than 20 lists of schools, degree programs and specialty areas newly ranked in 2014 by U.S. News & World Report for the 2015 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:

School of Medicine

Overall:

  • Primary care, second (first in 2013; second in 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008 and 2007)
  • Research, tied for 22nd (also tied for 22nd in 2013; tied for 21st in 2012, 20th in 2011; also was 20th in 2010 and 2009)

Specialty areas:

  • Family medicine, second (second in 2013, 2012 and 2011; third in 2010)
  • Rural medicine, tied for sixth (fifth in 2013; sixth in 2012 and 2011, seventh in 2010)
  • AIDS, tied for eighth (tied for ninth in 2013; 10th in 2011, eighth in 2010)

Kenan-Flagler Business School

Overall (master of business administration degree programs):

  • 19th (20th in 2013; tied for 19th in 2012 and 2011; tied for 21st in 2010)

Specialty areas:

  • Accounting, 10th (tied for ninth in 2013; 10th in 2012 and 2011; tied for 10th in 2010)
  • Executive MBA, tied for ninth (ninth in 2013; 11th in 2012, 10th in 2011 and 2010)
  • Management, not ranked (12th in 2013 and 2012)

College of Arts and Sciences (doctoral programs in the sciences)

Chemistry:

  • Overall, tied for 15th (last ranked in 2010, when overall was tied for 13th, up from 16th when previously ranked in 2007)
  • Analytical chemistry, second (last ranked in 2010, when was first)

Statistics:

  • Tied for 12th (for a biostatistics department, part of the Gillings School of Global Public Health; last ranked in 2010, when was tied for 10th)
  • Tied for 20th (the statistics and operations research department in the College of Arts and Sciences; last ranked in 2010, when was tied for 22nd)

Computer Science:

  • Tied for 25th (last ranked in 2010, when was tied for 20th, same as when ranked in 2007)

Biology:

  • 26th (last ranked in 2010, when was tied for 24th; was 26th in 2007)

Mathematics:

  • Tied for 28th (last ranked in 2010, when was tied for 30th; tied for 28th in 2008)

Physics:

  • Tied for 39th (last ranked in 2010, when was tied for 36th; also tied for 36th in 2008)

Public affairs

UNC has master’s degree programs and specialty areas within several units based in the School of Government, the College of Arts and Sciences and the Gillings School of Global Public Health that are ranked as part of a public affairs category.

Overall:

  • Tied for 23rd (also tied for 23rd in 2013 and 2012)

School of Law

In a new category, the UNC School of Law was listed among “the most diverse law schools.”

Overall:

  • Tied for 31st (also ranked 31st in 2013, up from 38th in 2012; was 30th in 2011 and was tied for 28th in 2010)

School of Education

Overall:

  • Tied for 36th (up from being tied for 37th in 2013; was tied for 34th in 2012, 29th in 2011 and 30th in 2010

Gillings School of Global Public Health (schools of engineering)

Overall:

  • Tied for 78th

(Although UNC has no engineering school, the department of environmental sciences and engineering is based in the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and perennially appears on this list of top engineering programs.)

Specialty areas

  • Environmental/environmental health engineering, tied for 14th (tied for 11th in 2011 and tied for ninth in 2009)
  • Biomedical engineering, tied for 34th

Following are recent rankings of programs not ranked this year:

  • Eshelman School of Pharmacy: Doctoral program, second in 2008;
  • School of Social Work: Master’s degree program, tied for eighth in 2008;
  • School of Information and Library Science: Overall second in 2013; tied for first in 2009 and 2006;
  • School of Nursing: Fifth in 2007; and
  • Gillings School of Global Public Health: Tied for second in 2007

Complete rankings information are posted at www.usnews.com/grad. Highlights of the rankings will be published in the 2015 edition of “America’s Best Graduate Schools.”

U.S. News first ranked graduate program 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, including deans, program directors and faculty.

In addition to the new rankings, U.S. News republishes, on its website and in the guidebook, older rankings that are based on peer ratings in various health disciplines, nursing schools and doctoral programs in the sciences.


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