Law School Rises as Grad Programs Ranked

UNC’s law school made a significant jump — to 31st from 38th— in the annual rankings of graduate programs by U.S. News & World Report.

Carolina appears on multiple lists of schools, degree programs and specialty areas newly ranked in 2013 and to be published in the magazine’s 2014 edition of “America’s Best Graduate Schools.”

The law school had been 30th in 2011 and was tied for 28th in 2010.

Following are the new UNC rankings and specialty listings from the magazine:


School of Medicine


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

Specialty areas

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


School of Information and Library Science

Overall (master’s degree program)

  • Second (tied for first in 2009)

Specialty areas

  • Archives and preservation, tied for first
  • Digital librarianship, first
  • Health librarianship, second
  • Information systems, sixth
  • Law librarianship, fourth
  • School library media, tied for 10th
  • Services for children and youth, eighth


Kenan-Flagler Business School

Overall (master of business administration degree programs)

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

Specialty areas

  • Accounting, tied for ninth (10th in 2012 and 2011, tied for 10th in 2010)
  • Executive MBA, ninth (11th in 2012, 10th in 2011 and 2010)
  • Management, 12th (12th in 2012)


College of Arts and Sciences

(social sciences and humanities doctoral programs; none were ranked last year)

  • Sociology, tied for sixth; sociology of population, third
  • History, tied for 11th; African-American history, tied for sixth
  • Psychology, tied for 12th; developmental psychology, tied for fifth
  • Political science, tied for 13th
  • English, tied for 15th
  • Economics, 32nd


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. UNC’s listings:


  • Tied for 23rd (tied for 23rd in 2012)


School of Education


  • Tied for 37th (tied for 34th in 2012, 29th in 2011 and 30th in 2010)

Complete rankings information is posted at Rankings highlights will be published in the 2014 edition of “America’s Best Graduate Schools,” available on newsstands starting April 9.

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 — dated 2011 or before — that are based on peer ratings in various health disciplines, nursing schools and doctoral programs in the sciences.

UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health was last ranked in 2011, when it was No. 2 in the U.S. in master’s and doctoral degree programs; Johns Hopkins was No. 1.

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