NC Universities Offering PhD Programs

There are 23 schools within North Carolina that offer PhD programs. Read about the schools with the lowest net cost, highest graduation rate and largest student body to find the school for you.

You can enter a PhD program at many colleges in North Carolina, both public and private. Keep reading to learn which schools are near cities, have the lowest average tuition and more, per the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).

North Carolina Schools Near Large Cities

A number of colleges with PhD programs are located within large and mid-sized cities across North Carolina. You can choose to study in any of the five biggest cities in the state: Charlotte, Raleigh, Greensboro, Durham or Winston-Salem. Below are just a few of your options in those urban areas.

  • University of North Carolina at Charlotte (Charlotte)
  • North Carolina State University (Raleigh)
  • North Carolina A & T State University (Greensboro)
  • Duke University (Durham)
  • Wake Forest University (Winston-Salem)

Largest Schools in North Carolina

In North Carolina, about half of the schools offering PhD programs are public and half are private not-for-profit, according to the NCES. Similarly, half of these schools have more than 10,000 total students in attendance. Below are the 5 largest schools in the state offering PhD programs, all of which are public universities. The total enrollments for graduate and undergraduate students at the schools are:

  • North Carolina State University (33,989)
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (29,135)
  • East Carolina University (27,511)
  • University of North Carolina at Charlotte (27,238)
  • University of North Carolina at Greensboro (18,647)

Lowest Average Graduate Tuition

The NCES notes that the costs for graduate programs can be higher than $30,000 per year, but many schools offer less expensive options. The lowest average graduate tuition can be found at Fayetteville State University, which averages $3,281 for the 2015-2016 academic year. Located in a mid-sized city, this school has a graduate student population of about 650. Below are the five other North Carolina schools with the lowest average tuition for graduate students for 2015-16. These figures do not include fees.

  • Winston-Salem State University ($3,758)
  • University of North Carolina at Charlotte ($4,128)
  • Western Carolina University ($4,221)
  • University of North Carolina at Wilmington ($4,329)
  • East Carolina University ($4,434)

Highest Graduation Rate

The NCES calculates a school's graduation rate as the percentage of students who graduate or transfer out of their program within 150% of 'normal time.' The NCES does not report on graduate-level graduation rates, and the figures below represent the rates for undergraduate, full-time students who began college in fall 2009.

  • Duke University (95%)
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (90%)
  • Wake Forest University (88%)
  • Elon University (83%)
  • North Carolina State University (75%)

As you can see, you should consider several factors when deciding on where to complete a PhD program, whether you want a private, urban college like Duke University, or a large public school like the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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