UNCW Ranked Among Best in Nation for Graduate School Programs

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

The University of North Carolina Wilmington has five graduate programs on the new U.S. News & World Report list of 2019 Best Graduate Schools.

UNCW’s part-time M.B.A. program; public affairs M.P.A. degree; and master’s degree programs in education, nursing (up 22 spots from last year) and social work (up 28 spots) all received recognition on this prestigious list. 

Among the UNC System institutions, UNCW’s master’s in social work program ranks behind only UNC Charlotte and UNC Chapel Hill.

“Our graduate programs in nursing and social work have a proud history of providing quality learning experiences,” said College of Health and Human Services Dean Charles Hardy. “The continued improvements we see in our rankings from last year to this year are a strong endorsement of the quality of our faculty and their dedication to the pursuit of excellence.”

For the annual graduate school rankings report, U.S. News utilizes data from statistical surveys of more than 2,012 programs and from reputation surveys sent to more than 20,500 academics and professionals. According to the U.S. News & World Report, this peer reputation data is gathered by asking deans, program directors and senior faculty to judge the academic quality of programs in their field. To determine the business and education rankings, surveys were also given to professionals who hire new graduates.

UNCW has consistently been recognized for academic excellence by the U.S. News & World Report and was recently ranked 7th in the nation on their Best Online Bachelor’s Programs list. UNCW also ranked 6th among public universities and 14th overall in the U.S. News’ list of Best Regional Universities (South) for 2018. The pursuit of excellence and the advancement of academic programming are key priorities of UNCW’s Strategic Plan.

 -- Christina Schechtman