U.S. News Recognizes Pharmacy, Other UNC Programs in Grad School Rankings

The U.S. News & World Report’s new rankings that placed UNC’s Eshelman School of Pharmacy as No. 1 in the country also included the University on multiple lists of schools, degree programs and specialty areas.

U.S. News ranks business, education, engineering, law, nursing and medicine programs annually, while other disciplines and specialties in the sciences, social sciences, humanities and other areas, including selected health specialties, are ranked only periodically. Carolina’s pharmacy school had been ranked second since 2008.

The rankings appear in U.S. News’ 2017 edition of America’s Best Graduate Schools, which became available in March at and are expected to be on newsstands in April. The complete UNC rankings and specialty listings are:

Eshelman School of Pharmacy

Overall: First (doctoral program) (second in 2008)

 School of Medicine


  • Primary Care, second (second in 2015, 2014; first in 2013; second in 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008 and 2007)
  • Research, 22nd (tied for 22nd in 2015, 2014 and 2013; tied for 21st in 2012, 20th in 2011; also was 20th in 2010 and 2009)

Specialty Areas:

  • Family medicine, tied for second (second in 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012 and 2011; third in 2010)
  • Rural medicine, tied for second (fifth in 2015; tied for sixth in 2014; fifth in 2013; sixth in 2012 and 2011, seventh in 2010)

Health Disciplines:

  • Audiology, tied for fourth
  • Occupational therapy, tied for ninth
  • Speech-Language pathology, tied for 12th
  • Physical therapy, tied for 15th

 College of Arts and Sciences

Social Sciences and Humanities Doctoral Programs:

  • Clinical psychology, tied for second

 School of Social Work


  • Tied for seventh (master’s degree program) (tied for eighth in 2008)

 Kenan-Flagler Business School

Overall Full-Time Programs:

  • Tied for 16th (master of business administration degree program) (18th in 2015; 19th in 2014; 20th in 2013; tied for 19th in 2012 and 2011; tied for 21st in 2010)

Specialty Areas:

  • Executive MBA, 10th (10th in 2015; tied for ninth in 2014 and 2013; 11th in 2012, 10th in 2011 and 2010)
  • Accounting, 10th (10th in 2015 and 2014; tied for ninth in 2013; 10th in 2012 and 2011; tied for 10th in 2010)

Best Online Programs:

  • Master in business administration degree programs, third (tied for first in 2015)

 School of Nursing


  • Tied for 21st (doctor of nursing practice degree program)
  • Tied for 21st (master’s degree program)

Specialty areas:

  • Administration, fourth
  • Nurse practitioner: Family, tied for 10th

 School of Government/Public Affairs

  • Tied for 25th

 School of Education


  • Tied for 35th (33rd in 2015; tied for 36th in 2014; 37th in 2013; tied for 34th in 2012; 29th in 2011; 30th in 2010)

 School of Law


  • Tied for 38th (tied for 34th in 2015; tied for 31st in 2014 and 2013; 38th in 2012; 30th in 2011; tied for 28th in 2010)

 U.S. News first ranked graduate programs in 1987 and has done so annually since 1990.

Its annual business, education, engineering, law, nursing and medicine rankings are based on expert opinion on program excellence and statistical indicators that measure the quality of a school’s faculty, research and students, according to U.S. News officials. Its periodic rankings of additional disciplines and specialties in the sciences, social sciences, humanities, health area and other areas are based solely on the ratings of peer academic experts, including deans, program directors and faculty.

The data come from statistical surveys sent to administrators at more than 1,900 graduate programs and from reputation surveys sent to more than 18,400 academics and professionals in the disciplines. Surveys for the 2017 rankings were conducted during the fall of 2015 and in early 2016.

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