The Graduate School

Graduate students and programs are crucial to UNC-Chapel Hill’s tradition of excellence in research, undergraduate teaching and community-engaged scholarship. The Graduate School supports the recruitment, admission and enrollment of a diverse community of graduate students within more than 80 programs offering more than 160 graduate degrees.

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Professional success and contributions to society

The Graduate School provides leadership to envision, shape and support the highest quality education for a diverse community of graduate students whose contributions will have global impact. Through research, teaching and public service, graduate education generates knowledge and innovative solutions that address critical needs. Graduate students and alumni improve lives through their leadership, professional expertise and civic engagement in North Carolina and beyond.

Facts & Figures

  • 2,406master's degrees awarded in 2018-19
  • 537doctoral degrees awarded in 2018-19
  • 28%of Carolina students are enrolled in graduate programs
  • 14%of graduate students are international students
  • 345external fellowships and awards received by graduate students in 2018-19
  • 114National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellows in 2018-19
  • 20Impact and Horizon awardees in 2019, for graduate student research benefiting North Carolina
  • 89%of graduating students satisfied with their program's quality
  • 1,300graduate students participate in professional development each year