Charlotte graduate programs garner higher marks in U.S. News rankings

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UNC Charlotte’s graduate programs received increased recognition in the U.S. News & World Report, according to the publication’s 2023-24 Best Graduate Schools rankings, which were released Tuesday, April 25.

In total, 11 Charlotte graduate programs or specialties increased their rankings this year.

“At UNC Charlotte, we are keenly focused on building the reputation and visibility of our graduate programs,” said Chancellor Sharon L. Gaber. “Our top-notch faculty are committed to providing our master’s and doctoral students world-class teaching, mentoring, research training and professional development opportunities. It’s great to see this work recognized by our peers in the latest U.S. News rankings.”

Charlotte’s Master of Public Administration, offered through the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, increased three spots from last year to its highest ranking ever at No. 46 in the Best Public Affairs Schools ranking. The MPA program ranks second among all UNC System universities’ public affairs programs and in the top 17% of all ranked programs nationally. The Gerald G. Fox MPA program includes ranked concentrations in local government management (No. 13) and public finance (No. 26).

The Charlotte MBA, offered through the Belk College of Business, climbed to No. 47, placing the program first among all public part-time MBA programs based in North Carolina and in the top 15% of all U.S. ranked programs.

Also, public health graduate programs in the College of Health and Human Services increased four spots over the previous year to No. 67, placing Charlotte among the top third of ranked U.S. programs.

Other graduate programs receiving national rankings are:

Designed for prospective students looking to further their education beyond college, the U.S. News Best Graduate Schools rankings evaluate programs in a variety of disciplines, including business, education, engineering, science and math, law, medicine and nursing.

Including Best Online Master’s Degrees that were released in January and other rankings previously released by U.S. News, Charlotte now has 19 graduate programs or specialties listed among the top 100 in the country.

This is one of several national rankings that illustrate the University’s rise as an emerging top-tier research university. Last fall, the University jumped 25 spots overall in the U.S. News Best Global Universities rankings and increased 136 spots in the 2023 Forbes America’s Top Colleges rankings.

Learn more about UNC Charlotte’s 150-plus graduate programs, and request information about applying to Graduate School.