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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. 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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Excellence in graduate education

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 its students from admission to academics—all to ensure career readiness and future success.

Facts & Figures

  • 1,329master’s degrees awarded in 2021
  • 486doctoral degrees awarded in 2021
  • 21%of Carolina students are enrolled in programs administered by The Graduate School
  • 281external fellowships and awards received by graduate students in 2021-2022
  • 104National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellows in 2021-2022
  • 11Impact awardees in 2022, for graduate student research benefiting North Carolina
  • 14%of graduate students are international students
  • 87%of graduating students satisfied with their program’s overall quality
  • 1,000+graduate students participate in professional development workshops and courses each year

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