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The history of graduate studies at the University of Sharjah began with the establishment of the Center for Research and Studies in 1999, which offered its first graduate program (Master of Executive Business Administration) in 2000.

The College of Graduate Studies was founded in 2006 in order to promote and develop research and graduate studies at the University of Sharjah and realize the vision of its founder and president. This vision calls for developing the University of Sharjah as a leading institution of excellence in research, research publication, and graduate studies programs.

In 2014, the University separated research administration from graduate studies affairs. Therefore, The College of Graduate Studies became a single unit and strive to achieve the followings:

  1. Promote and publish academic research to enrich human knowledge in all areas by connecting graduate studies to specialized research
  2. Train specialized scientists and professionals in the various theoretical and applied fields of knowledge required to implement the comprehensive plans for development in the United Arab Emirates
  3. Enhance our scientific capabilities and promote innovation to keep pace with rapid scientific and technical progress
  4. Enable outstanding students to continue their graduate studies locally
  5. Endeavor to improve undergraduate programs to serve as a strong foundation for graduate studies

The University currently offers two higher diploma programs, thirty-eight master programs, and fifteen Ph.D. programs from 12 colleges. As a part of the 2020-2024 University Strategic Plan, we plan to offer additional programs in departments with the necessary resources to realize the University's vision. The work of the College of Graduate Studies is supported by an academic council, the Graduate Studies Council, which is chaired by the Vice-Chancellor for Research and Graduate Studies. The council represents all of UoS colleges that offer graduate programs. It makes decisions and recommendations to ensure the development of these programs and their continued excellence.

The College of Graduate Studies is responsible for:

  1. accepting students on graduate-studies programs and following up on their administrative affairs until they graduate
  2. arranging academic supervision for students' master's theses and Ph.D. dissertations
  3. offering teaching assistant scholarships to distinguished students
  4. developing existing and new programs
  5. recommending the implementation of any necessary regulations that guide the organization and development of graduate studies courses