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Spotlight: Graduate Programs Get National Praise

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Spotlight: Graduate Programs Get National Praise

Date Published:
Tuesday, March 29, 2011

More than a dozen UNC Charlotte graduate programs and colleges are ranked among the top in the nation in the 2012 edition of U.S. News and World Report's Best Graduate Schools.

The latest rankings, released March 15, are further recognition of the emerging prowess of UNC Charlotte’s graduate programs. Counseling, special education and nursing anesthesia all ranked in the top 25 in their specialty fields, with the Belk College of Business’s part-time MBA program ranked at No. 59.

The College of Education ranked as one of the Best Education Schools, further reflecting its commitment to serving education professionals. Other ranked programs include civil, electrical, and mechanical engineering; computer science; math; social work; public affairs; nursing; healthcare management; and the biological sciences.

Prospective students frequently use the U.S. News rankings when deciding where to pursue their graduate education. Applicants also seek out programs that fit their needs regarding curricula opportunities, advising, research, service, mentoring and career development.

“Quality mentoring is the distinguishing factor in a graduate student’s education,” said Tom Reynolds, associate provost for graduate programs and dean of the graduate school. “Graduate students learn best in settings where they can develop personal relationships with professors and fellow students.”

The University currently offers 19 doctoral programs, 61 master’s programs, and more than 90 bachelor's degree programs.

Some highlights include:

  • The College of Education garnering the highest rankings on this year’s list is recognition not only of the faculty but also of the many working teachers and principals in the Charlotte area. The college is currently celebrating its 40th anniversary.
  • The Belk College of Business enrolls nearly 300 students in their part-time MBA program. With the numerous companies located in Charlotte and the vicinity, business professionals seek a way to further their career while still working. This is the first time the part-time MBA program has appeared on the list.
  • UNC Charlotte’s School of Nursing received two mentions on this year’s list – No. 22 for the Nursing-Anesthesia program and No. 127 for Overall Nursing Schools. The program is offered in conjunction with the Carolinas Medical Center. The program has a 94 percent passage rate on first attempt.

“UNC Charlotte goes beyond the course work in all that we offer our graduate students,” said Provost Joan Lorden. “No longer is it just which university offers the best program. Students are looking for programs that provide excellent research resources, committed faculty, breadth of training and support for professional development.”

Click here for more information about UNC Charlotte’s Graduate School and the programs offered.

Photo of Dr. Jeanneine Jones of the College of Education by Wade Bruton.