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Graduate Programs Ranked Among Nation’s Best 

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Debbie Farris
November 27, 2023

UNC has distinguished itself in the latest U.S. News & World Report Best Graduate Schools rankings. In these influential 2023-24 rankings, The College of Natural and Health Sciences and College of Education and Behavioral Sciences graduate programs rank in the top 100 in the nation in their respective fields. A total of five UNC graduate programs rank in the top 100 of their fields.  

 Most notably, the Rehabilitation Counseling program in the College of Natural and Health Sciences was ranked #13 in the nation among 94 other specialty graduate programs.  

 In the past 10 years, the Rehabilitation Counseling program has earned recognition as a top-rated program in the nation. It is the only such graduate program in Colorado accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs.   

 Other graduate programs ranked in the top 100 of U.S. News Best Graduate Schools: Public Health ranked #17, Audiology #40, Nursing #78, Speech-Language Pathology #92 and Statistics #99.  

 “These rankings illustrate UNC’s focus on advancing the quality of our academic programs as we prepare students to excel in their lives, communities and workplaces,” said Kirsten Fleming, Ph.D., provost and executive vice president for Academic Affairs. “I am grateful for the faculty’s focus on excellence and commitment to teaching and learning and to elevating UNC’s scholarly impact.”   

 Other UNC graduate programs recognized for national excellence this year are Best Education Schools, Best Nursing Schools: Doctor of Nursing Practice, Biological Sciences, Mathematics and Psychology.   

 UNC's master’s and doctoral programs are critical in addressing Colorado’s workforce shortages and fostering job growth in high-demand fields such as education, science and health care.  

Earlier this year, U.S. News & World Report ranked UNC among the best online master’s in Education and online MBA programs.