U.S. News & World Report ranking Fact Sheet

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Updated Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at 11:15 a.m.


For immediate use: Tuesday, March 11, 2014



Multiple UNC graduate programs ranked by U.S. News & World Report

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill appears on multiple lists of schools, degree programs and specialty areas newly ranked in 2014 by U.S. News and World Report for the 2015 edition of “America’s Best Graduate Schools.” Following are the new UNC rankings and specialty listings that are currently available from the magazine:


School of MedicineUS news

•    Primary care, 2nd
•    Research, 22nd

Specialty areas
•    Family medicine, 2nd
•    Rural medicine, tied for 6th
•    AIDS, tied for 8th
•    Women’s health, tied for 15th
•    Internal medicine, tied for 20th

*Biomedical engineering (UNC/NCSU joint program), tied for 34th in schools of engineering

Kenan-Flagler Business School

•    19th (master of business administration degree programs)

Specialty Areas
•    Executive MBA, tied for 9th
•    Accounting, 10th
•    Management, 12th
•    Marketing, 13th
•    Entrepreneurship, tied for 14th
•    Production/operations, 15th


College of Arts and Sciences (Ph.D. programs in the sciences)
•    Chemistry, tied for 15th
Analytical chemistry, 2nd
Inorganic chemistry, tied for 8th
•    Statistics, tied for 20th
•    Computer science, tied for 25th
•    Biology, 26th
•    Mathematics, tied for 28th
•    Physics, tied for 39th
•    Earth sciences, tied for 54th


School of Law

In a new category, the UNC School of Law was also listed among “the most diverse law schools.”

•    Tied for 31st

Specialty areas:
•    Environmental law, 23rd


School of Education

•    Tied for 36th

Specialty areas:
•    Curriculum and instruction, 12th
•    Education administration and supervision: tied for 13th
•    Special education: 16th
•    Education policy: 19th


Gillings School of Global Public Health (schools of engineering)

Although UNC has no engineering school, the department of environmental sciences and engineering is based in the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and perennially appears on this list of top engineering programs. Biomedical engineering, a joint program of the School of Medicine and the N.C. State University College of Engineering, is also included in the engineering school rankings.

•    Tied for 78th (in engineering schools, not in schools of public health)

Specialty areas:

  • Biostatistics, tied for 12th
  • Environmental/environmental health engineering, tied for 14th
  • Biomedical engineering, tied for 34th (School of Medicine and N.C. State University College of Engineering)




Complete rankings information will be posted on the U.S. News Graduate School Compass starting at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday, March 11. Rankings highlights will be published online at http://grad-schools.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-graduate-schools and in the 2015 edition of “America’s Best Graduate Schools” by U.S. News Media Group, available on newsstands at the end of March.
Note:  In past years, numerous UNC-Chapel Hill specialty areas have been ranked among specialty areas appearing in the top 25. The current advisory is based on available information in advance of the embargo lifting. News Services will update this posting online, www.unc.edu/news/ as any new information becomes available.
Methodology:  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 that are based on peer ratings in various health disciplines, nursing schools and Ph.D. programs in the sciences.
UNC-Chapel Hill contact: Susan Hudson, (919) 962-8415, susan_hudson@unc.edu
U.S. News contact:  Education-PR@usnews.com