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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

Around Campus

  • The Bell Tower in the spring

    Carolina celebrates Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month

    The celebration is led by the UNC Asian American Center, which was founded in 2020 and whose mission is to cultivate a critical understanding of Asian American peoples, cultures and histories.

  • Student sitting in a classroom.

    Easing back into the classroom

    Around a third of Carolina students are enrolled in at least one in-person class. Here’s a look at how it’s going.

  • Chad Pecot sits near a lab bench.

    Muting genetic mutations

    UNC Chapel-Hill Associate Professor Chad Pecot’s startup company EnFuego Therapeutics creates RNA-interference drugs to silence cancer-related gene mutations.