The Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education released its final 2015 classification today, marking UMass Dartmouth’s ascension to the Doctoral University – Higher Research Activity category. This major milestone for the university and region elevates UMass Dartmouth from its previous designation as a Master’s University. UMass Dartmouth is the only Bay State research university located south of Boston.
Doctoral University – Higher Research Activity (R2) is the second of three levels for research classifications. UMass Dartmouth joins the following New England research universities with this designation: UMass Boston, UMass Lowell, University of Maine, University of Rhode Island, and University of Vermont.
UMass Dartmouth’s research enterprise has grown from $21.2 million to $28.2 million since 2005, with most of the sponsored research activity in marine science and engineering. The university now offers 12 doctoral programs, and the number of annual PhDs awarded has grown from 3 to 26 since 2010.