U.S. News Recognizes UNC Schools, Graduate Programs

UNC appears on multiple lists of schools, programs and specialty areas newly ranked in 2008 by U.S. News & World Report magazine for its 2009 edition of “America’s Best Graduate Schools.” Following is a summary of newly ranked UNC schools and programs, as well as specialty areas listed in the magazine’s top 10. Previous rankings, and the year most recently ranked, are included.

School of Medicine

  • Primary care, tied for second; also was tied for second in 2007
  • Research, 19th; up from 20th in 2007

Specialty areas

  • Family medicine, fifth; also was fifth in 2007
  • Rural medicine, eighth; down from fourth in 2006
  • Women’s health, ninth; down from eighth in 2007
  • AIDS, 10th; down from ninth in 2007

Health Disciplines
These programs offering master’s and doctorate degrees are based in the School of Medicine; clinical psychology is in the College of Arts and Sciences.

  • Occupational therapy, tied for fifth; also was fifth in 2004
  • Audiology, tied for sixth; up from 13th in 2004
  • Clinical psychology, tied for sixth; up from eighth in 2004
  • Physical therapy, tied for 11th; down from eighth in 2004
  • Speech-language pathology, tied for 18th; had been tied for 13th in 2004

School of Pharmacy

  • Doctoral program (PharmD), second; up from third in 2005

School of Public Health
Specialty area

  • Environmental/environmental health, tied for 10th; down from eighth in 2007

(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 Social Work

  • Master’s degree program, tied for eighth; down from seventh in 2004


  • MBA degree programs, 19th; down from 18th in 2007

Specialty area

  • Entrepreneurship, 10th; not ranked in past five years

College of Arts and Sciences (doctoral programs)
Computer Science

  • Overall, tied for 20th; up from 22nd in 2006


  • Overall, tied for 28th; up from 29th in 2006

Specialty area

  • Statistics, third; up from fourth in 2006


  • Overall, tied for 36th; up from 38th in 2002

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.

  • Master’s of public administration program, tied for 14th; down from 10th in 2004

Specialty areas

  • City management, fifth; up from sixth in 2004
  • Environmental policy and management, eighth; up from 10th in 2004

School of Education

  • Overall, tied for 22nd; also was tied for 22nd in 2007

School of Law

  • Overall, tied for 38th; was tied for 36th in 2007

These are the most recent rankings of programs not ranked this year:

  • School of Information and Library Science Overall, tied for first in 2006
  • School of Nursing Overall, fifth in 2007
  • School of Public Health Overall, tied for second in 2007
  • Biological Sciences Doctoral programs, 26th in 2007
  • Chemistry 16th in 2007

New rankings will appear in the April 7-14 issue of U.S. News & World Report magazine, which is on newsstands now, and in the “America’s Best Graduate Schools” guidebook, available April 1. Details also are available online.

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. 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 specialties, are ranked periodically. Those rankings are based on the ratings of academic experts.

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