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

March 13, 2012

The latest rankings for "America's Best Graduate Schools" were released today by US 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 2012 by U.S. News and World Report for the 2013 edition of “America’s Best Graduate Schools." 

The School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill retains its #1 ranking in the nation tied with University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and it is the only school ranked #1 on the UNC at Chapel Hill campus. Library and Information Studies programs were last ranked in 2009 for the 2010 edition of the magazine. In addition to placing #1 overall, SILS placed in six of the specialty areas including:

  • First in Digital Librarianship
  • Second in Health Librarianship
  • Fifth in Archives and Preservation
  • Sixth in Services for Children and Youth
  • Seventh in Information Systems
  • Thirteenth in School Library Media

Following are the new UNC rankings and specialty listings that are currently available:

School of Medicine

Primary care, 2nd
Research, tied for 21st
Specialty areas

Family medicine, 2nd
Rural medicine, 6th
Health disciplines

The doctorate program in clinical psychology is based in the College of Arts and Sciences; the other programs offering master’s and doctorate degrees are based in the School of Medicine:

Clinical psychology, tied for 2nd
Audiology, tied for 3rd
Physical therapy, tied for 9th
Occupational therapy, tied for 10th
Speech-language pathology, tied for 11th

School of Pharmacy

Pharm.D., 2nd
School of Social Work

Master’s program, tied for 5th
Kenan-Flagler Business School


tied for 19th (master of business administration degree programs)
Specialty Areas

Accounting, 10th
Executive MBA, 11th
Marketing, 12th
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:

Tied for 23rd

School of Education


Tied for 34th

School of Law



Complete rankings information is available at Rankings highlights will be published in the 2013 edition of “America’s Best Graduate Schools” by U.S. News Media Group available on newsstands starting April 3.

Methodology:  U.S. News & World Report 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 & World Report republishes, on its Web site and in the guidebook, older rankings – dated 2011 or before – that are based on peer ratings in various health fields, Ph.D. programs in the humanities and social sciences, master's of public affairs and public policy, master's of fine arts and master's of library and information studies programs.