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

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, including academic units in the College of Arts and Sciences, appears on multiple lists of schools, degree programs and specialty areas newly ranked in 2013 by U.S. News and World Report for the 2014 edition of “America’s Best Graduate Schools.” Following are the new UNC rankings and specialty listings that are currently available from the magazine:

College of Arts and Sciences (social sciences and humanities Ph.D. programs)

  • Sociology, tied for 6th
  • Sociology of population, 3rd
  • African-American history, tied for 6th
  • Developmental psychology, tied for 5th
  • History, tied for 11th
  • Psychology, tied for 12th
  • Political science, tied for 13th
  • English, tied for 15th
  • Economics, 32nd

School of Medicine


  • Primary care, 1st
  • Research, tied for 22nd

Specialty areas

  • Family medicine, 2nd
  • Rural medicine, tied for 5th
  • AIDS, tied for 9th

School of Information and Library Science

Overall (master’s degree program) 2nd

Specialty areas

Archives and preservation, tied for 1st

  • Digital librarianship, 1st
  • Health librarianship, 2nd
  • Information systems, 6th
  • Law librarianship, 4th
  • School library media, tied for 10th
  • Services for children and youth, 8th

Kenan-Flagler Business School


  • 20th (master of business administration degree programs)

Specialty Areas

  • Accounting, tied for 9th
  • Executive MBA, 9th
  • Management, 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 Gillings School of Global Public Health that are ranked as part of a public affairs category. UNC’s listings follow:


  • Tied for 23rd

School of Law


  • Tied for 31st

School of Education


  • Tied for 37th

Complete rankings information will be posted at www.usnews.com/grad starting at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday, March 12. Rankings highlights will be published in the 2014 edition of “America’s Best Graduate Schools” by U.S. News Media Group available on newsstands starting April 9.

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 starting on March 13.

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 – dated 2011 or before – that are based on peer ratings in various health disciplines, nursing schools and Ph.D. programs in the sciences.