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Wilmington, N.C. ­– The University of North Carolina Wilmington’s master’s degree programs in nursing and public administration each moved up 12 places on the U.S. News & World Report list of “2020 Best Graduate Schools,” the university announced today.

Three other programs – social work, education and part-time M.B.A. – also made the Best Graduate Schools list.

“UNCW’s commitment to growth with quality is exemplified by our graduate programs which aim to meet the needs of the current and future workforce in North Carolina and beyond,” said Chancellor Jose V. Sartarelli. “With the recent elevation to the Carnegie classification ‘Doctoral Universities: High Research Activity,’ we fully expect to continue this trajectory of success.”

For this ranking, U.S. News considered graduate programs that are not conducted exclusively online. The nursing, education and part-time M.B.A. rankings were based on academic and institutional data submitted by the schools, as well as peer assessment. The public administration and social work programs were ranked based on peer assessment.

UNCW has consistently been recognized for excellence and value – cornerstones of the university’s Strategic Plan. The university earned other laudable recognitions from U.S. News for 2019, ranking 8th in the nation among “2019 Best Online Bachelor’s Programs,” 6th among public universities and 15th overall on a list of “Best Regional Universities in the South”; 5th most innovative public university in the South; and 9th in the region among “Best Colleges for Veterans.”

In addition to the U.S. News rankings, UNCW was named a Best Southeastern School by The Princeton Review and was one of only four UNC System schools featured in the Fiske Guide to Colleges 2019, a publication that highlights the nation’s “best and most interesting” colleges and universities.

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