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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 Medicine


  • 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

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 is posted on U.S. News Graduate School Compass. Rankings highlights are published online 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.

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.

Compiled by Susan Hudson, UNC News Services

Published March 11, 2013