U.S. News Recognizes UNC Schools, Graduate Programs

UNC programs in public health, medicine and business again were ranked highly in U.S. News & World Report‘s annual evaluation of U.S. 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:

School of Medicine

  • Primary care, tied for 2nd; last year’s ranking also was 2nd
  • Research, 19th, up from 20th last year

Specialty areas

  • Family medicine, 5th, up from 6th last year
  • Rural medicine, 8th
  • Women’s health, 9th, from 8th last year
  • AIDS, 10th, from 9th

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 5th
  • Audiology, tied for 6th
  • Clinical psychology, tied for 6th
  • Physical therapy, tied for 11th
  • Speech-language pathology, tied for 18th

School of Pharmacy

  • Doctoral program (Pharm.D.), 2nd, up from 3rd when it was last ranked in 2005

School of Public Health

  • Environmental/environmental health, tied for 10th, from 8th last year
    (Note: 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 8th
    (Note: listed under health disciplines by U.S. News)

Kenan-Flagler Business School

  • 19th (for master of business administration degree programs), from 18th last year

Specialty area

  • Entrepreneurship, 10th

College of Arts and Sciences (doctoral programs)

Computer science

  • Tied for 20th


  • Tied for 28th

Specialty area

  • Statistics, 3rd


  • Tied for 36th

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 follow:

  • Master’s of public administration program, tied for 14th

Specialty areas

  • City management, 5th
  • Environmental policy and management, 8th

School of Education

  • Tied for 22nd; last year’s ranking also was 22nd

School of Law

  • Tied for 38th, from 36th last year

New rankings will appear in the April 7 issue of U.S. News and World Report magazine, which hit newsstands Monday, March 31 and in “America’s Best Graduate Schools” guidebook, available Tuesday, April 1. Details are available at

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.

Notable UNC programs that retain rankings from previous years include the School of Information and Library Science, which was tied for first among programs with accredited master’s degrees when it was last ranked in 2006 and the Schools of Nursing and Public Health, which were fifth and 12th respectively when they were last ranked in 2007.

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