The history of graduate studies at the University of Sharjah began with the establishment of the Center for Research and Studies in 1999, whereupon it offered the first graduate studies program in the field of Executive Business Administration in 2000.
The College of Graduate Studies was founded in 2006 in order to organize and develop research and graduate studies at the University of Sharjah and realize the vision of its founder and president. This vision calls for elevating the University of Sharjah as a leading institution of excellence in the fields of research, publishing research, and graduate studies programs.
In 2014, the University administration separated the 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 research to enrich human knowledge in all areas by connecting graduate studies to specialized research.
2. Highly prepare and qualify specialized scientists and professionals in the various theoretical and applied fields of knowledge required to implement comprehensive plans for development in the United Arab Emirates.
3. Encourage scientific capabilities to keep pace with rapid scientific and technical progress and promote innovation.
4. Enable outstanding students holding undergraduate degrees 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 program, 30 master programs, and 13 Ph.D. programs distributed across 12 colleges. As a part of the 2020-2024 University Strategic Plan, future plans are underway to offer additional programs from departments with the resources necessary 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 the UOS colleges that have graduate programs. The council takes decisions and makes recommendations to ensure the development of these programs and their continued excellence.
The College of Graduate Studies assumes the following responsibilities:
1. Accepting students to graduate-studies programs and following up on their administrative affairs until they graduate.
2. Arranging the process of academic supervision for master's theses and Ph.D. dissertations.
3. Providing teaching assistant scholarships to distinguished students.
4. Developing existing and new programs.
5. Recommending the necessary regulations for organizing and developing the course of graduate studies.