Carnegie Foundation reclassifies Eastern Michigan University as doctorate-granting university

Designation highlights continued growth in doctoral and research programs at EMU

YPSILANTI – Eastern Michigan University has been reclassified from a large master’s university to a doctoral university in the 2015 edition of the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education rankings system, a nationally recognized framework for identifying and comparing American institutions of higher education. Doctoral universities award at least 20 research/scholarship doctoral degrees each year (exclusive of professional practice doctoral-level degrees, such as JD, MD, DPT).


EMU regent Mary Treder Lang congratulates Rula Odai Hashem as she receives her doctorate from the College of Technology at the University's recent commencement ceremony on Dec. 19, 2015.

"Our new Carnegie 'Doctoral' designation recognizes that EMU doctoral and research programs continue to advance under the leadership of our outstanding faculty and academic administrators,” said Kim Schatzel, interim president and provost of Eastern Michigan University. “The Ph.D. program in Educational Leadership offered by EMU’s College of Education has led the growth in doctoral degrees awarded and is nationally recognized for its preparation of educational leaders.”

EMU is now classified by the Carnegie Foundation as a Doctoral University with Limited Research Activities (R3). This new designation comes only a year after the foundation also recognized Eastern Michigan University for its deep level of community engagement, designating EMU as one of only 240 institutions of higher education receiving the Carnegie Foundation’s 2015 Community Engagement Classification.

Founded in 1849, Eastern is the second oldest university in Michigan. It currently serves 22,000 students pursuing undergraduate, graduate, specialist, doctoral and certificate degrees in the arts, sciences and professions. In all, more than 300 majors, minors and concentrations are delivered through the University's Colleges of Arts and Sciences; Business; Education; Health and Human Services; Technology, and its graduate school. EMU is regularly recognized by national publications for its excellence, diversity, and commitment to applied education. For more information about Eastern Michigan University, visit the University's website.


January 06, 2016

Written by:
Geoff Larcom

Geoff Larcom