Division of Research and Graduate Studies
Research is the cornerstone of graduate education. From its earliest days, the Graduate College has supported graduate-level research and continues to encourage graduate students to pursue scholarly and creative activity. In 2002, an administrative reorganization integrated the Graduate College with campus research units to form the Division of Research and Graduate Studies. This strategic move advanced the university goal of strengthening research by enhancing the graduate studies.
Independent Graduate College
Acting President Donald Snyder and Executive Vice President and Provost John Valery White moved the Graduate College out from the Division of Research and Graduate Studies and established it as an Independent College in July of 2013. As the University actively commits to pursuing a Carnegie Research Very High designation, this organizational change was a move to strategically support the development of a Tier One Graduate College.
Preparing Tomorrow's Leaders
Graduate education plays an integral role in preparing leaders in society. Today, more than 6,000 graduate and professional students are enrolled at UNLV. Nearly 120 graduate-level programs — including 36 doctoral and professional programs — are offered, representing a wide variety of disciplines. More than 16,000 graduate degrees have been conferred since 1967, including nearly 500 doctorates.
In the years ahead, the college will continue its mission: to support and advance high-quality graduate education and research; strategically develop graduate programs; support graduate faculty; encourage superior mentorship; and train and graduate students and scholars who contribute regionally, nationally, and internationally.