UNC-Chapel Hill graduate programs receive high rankings by U.S. News & World Report

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UNC-Chapel Hill graduate programs receive high rankings by U.S. News & World Report


(Chapel Hill, N.C. – March 14, 2017) – The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill received high ratings on multiple lists of schools, degree programs and specialty areas newly ranked by U.S. News & World Report’s 2018 edition of “America’s Best Graduate Schools.”


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 only ranked periodically. In recent years, the University has received high rankings in a number of these periodically ranked areas. A comprehensive list of all UNC-Chapel Hill rankings, both graduate and undergraduate, can be found here.


Following are the complete UNC-Chapel Hill rankings and specialty listings that will be available in the “Best Graduate Schools 2018” guidebook and usnews.com/store in early March and on newsstands in April.


School of Medicine



  • Primary care, 2nd
  • Research, 24th


Specialty areas


  • Family medicine, 6th
  • Rural medicine, 5th


Library & Information Studies



  • 3rd (master’s degree)


Specialty areas


  • Digital librarianship, tied for 1st
  • Health librarianship, tied for 1st
  • Archives and preservation, tied for 3rd
  • Law librarianship, 3rd
  • Services for children and youth, 3rd
  • Information systems, 7th
  • School library media, 8th


School of Nursing



  • 17th (master’s degree)
  • Tied for 20th (doctor of nursing practice)


Specialty areas


  • Nurse Practitioner: Family, tied for 11th


Kenan-Flagler Business School



  • 18th (MBA programs)


Specialty areas


  • Executive MBA, 11th
  • Accounting, tied for 9th


School of Law



  • Tied for 39th


Specialty area


  • Legal Writing, tied for 18th


School of Education



  • 31st


Specialty areas


  • Secondary Teacher Education, tied for 20th
  • Special Education, tied for 17th


Social Sciences & Humanities


  • Economics, tied for 29th
  • English, tied for 18th
  • History, tied for 11th
  • African-American History, tied for 2nd (specialty)
  • Political Science, 11th
  • Psychology, tied for 13th
  • Sociology, tied for 6th
  • Sociology of Population, 3rd (specialty)



Methodology: 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 1,970 graduate programs and from reputation surveys sent to more than 16,500 academics and professionals in the disciplines. Surveys for the 2018 rankings were conducted during the fall of 2016 and in early 2017.


In addition to the new rankings, U.S. News republishes older rankings – dated 2011 or before – on its website and in the guidebook. These older rankings are based on peer ratings in various health disciplines, nursing schools and Ph.D. programs in the sciences.


Scoring system: U.S. News examined the data for individual indicators and standardized the value of each one about its mean. The weight applied to each reflects their judgment about its relative importance, as determined in consultation with experts in the field. Final scores were rescaled so the highest-scoring institution was assigned 100; the others’ scores were recalculated as a percentage of that top score. Scores were then rounded to the nearest whole number. Schools with a score of 100 accumulated the highest composite score. An institution’s rank reflects the number of schools that sit above it; if three are tied at No. 1, for example, the next will be ranked 4. Tied schools are listed alphabetically.


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 About the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the nation’s first public university, is a global higher education leader known for innovative teaching, research and public service. A member of the prestigious Association of American Universities, Carolina regularly ranks as the best value for academic quality in U.S. public higher education. Now in its third century, the University offers 77 bachelor’s, 113 master’s, 68 doctorate and seven professional degree programs through 14 schools and the College of Arts and Sciences. Every day, faculty – including two Nobel laureates – staff and students shape their teaching, research and public service to meet North Carolina’s most pressing needs in every region and all 100 counties. Carolina’s more than 308,000 alumni live in all 50 states and 150 countries. More than 167,000 live in North Carolina.


Office of University Communications contact: Thania Benios, (919) 962–8596, thania_benios@unc.edu
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