Medicine Retains No. 2 Spot in Primary Care; 19 Other UNC Graduate Programs Ranked

Carolina appears on more than 15 lists of schools, programs and specialty areas newly ranked by U.S. News & World Report for its 2011 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 in parentheses. Note that not every program is ranked every year.

School of Medicine

  • Primary care, second; also was second in 2009, 2008 and 2007
  • Research, tied for 20th; same as in 2009

Specialty areas:

  • Family medicine, third; was second in 2009
  • Rural medicine, seventh; was sixth in 2009
  • AIDS, eighth, up from ninth in 2009
  • Women’s health, tied for 10th; was ninth when last ranked, in 2008

Kenan-Flagler Business School

  • Master of business administration degree programs, tied for 21st; was tied for 20th in 2009

Specialty areas:

  • Accounting, tied for 10th; not ranked in previous two years
  • Executive MBA, 10th; not ranked in previous two years

School of Law

  • Tied for 28th; tied for 30th in 2009
  • Diversity: Among the national law schools included in a chart identifying schools where students are most likely to encounter classmates from a different racial or ethnic group, Carolina’s score was 0.41 out of 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.

School of Education

  • 30th; 23rd in 2009

College of Arts and Sciences doctoral programs:


  • Tied for 10th (for a biostatistics department, part of the Gillings Global School of Public Health)
  • Tied for 22nd (the statistics and operations research department in the College of Arts and Sciences)


  • Tied for 13th, up from 16th when last ranked, in 2007

Specialty areas:

  • Analytical, first
  • Inorganic, eighth

Computer Science:

  • Tied for 20th, same as when last ranked, in 2007

Biological Sciences:

  • Tied for 24th; 26th in 2007


  • Tied for 30th; tied for 28th in 2008


  • Tied for 36th, same as when last ranked, in 2008

Following are recent rankings of programs not ranked this year:

New rankings will appear in the May issue of U.S. News & World Report magazine, which will hit newsstands April 27, and in the “America’s Best Graduate Schools” guidebook. Details will be available online.

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. 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 magazine 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 only on the ratings of academic experts.

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