Medicine Retains No. 2 Spot As Grad Programs Ranked

Carolina appears on 18 lists of schools, degree programs and specialty areas newly ranked in 2012 by U.S. News & World Report for the 2013 edition of “America’s Best Graduate Schools.”

Following is a summary of the new rankings as well as specialty listings that are currently available from the magazine. Recent previous rankings are noted; not every program is ranked every year.

School of Medicine


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

Specialty areas

  • Family medicine, second (was tied for second in 2011; was third in 2010)
  • Rural medicine, sixth (sixth in 2011, seventh in 2010)

Health disciplines

The doctorate program in clinical psychology is based in the College of Arts and Sciences; the other programs offering master’s and doctorate degrees are based in the School of Medicine:

  • Clinical psychology, tied for second (up from being tied for sixth in 2008, the last time it was ranked; was eighth in 2004)
  • Audiology,tied for third (also was tied for third in 2008, the last time it was ranked)
  • Physical therapy, tied for ninth (also was tied for ninth in 2008, the last time it was ranked)
  • Occupational therapy, tied for 10th (also was tied for 10th in 2008, the last year it was ranked)
  • Speech-language pathology, tied for 11th (also was tied for 11th in 2008, the last year it was ranked)

School of Pharmacy

  • Pharm.D., second (also was second in 2008, the last time it was ranked)

School of Social Work

  • Master’s program, tied for fifth (up from being tied for eighth in 2008, the last time it was ranked)

Kenan-Flagler Business School


  • Tied for 19th (master of business administration degree programs; was 19th in 2011, was tied for 21st in 2010)

Specialty Areas

  • Accounting, 10th (also was 10th in 2011 and tied for 10th in 2010)
  • Executive MBA, 11th (down from 10th in 2011 and in 2010)
  • Marketing, 12th

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 School of Public Health that are ranked by U.S. News as part of a public affairs category. UNC’s listings are: 


  • Tied for 23rd

School of Education


  • Tied for 34th (down from 29th in 2011 and 30th in 2010)

School of Law


  • 38th (down from 30th in 2011; was tied for 28th in 2010)

Complete rankings information are available online at Rankings highlights will be published in the 2013 edition of “America’s Best Graduate Schools” by U.S. News Media Group, available on newsstands starting April 3.

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 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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