University Reaches Research Milestone

Montclair State has achieved yet another milestone in its ascension to the ranks of the nation’s top public universities. In the latest reclassification of the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, the University has earned the designation of R2: Doctoral University – High Research Activity.

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The reclassification comes just three years after the University earned an initial Research Doctoral University (R3) designation, and signifies a continued expansion of its research portfolio and doctoral program offerings.

“Our new designation as a Carnegie R2 institution is a well-deserved validation of what we have already known – that we are a dynamic research university with faculty and students who are producing cutting-edge research,” says Vice Provost for Research and Dean of The Graduate School Scott Herness.

Since its initial R3 designation in 2016, the University has not only added new doctoral-level programs such as its PhD in Clinical Psychology, but it has also increased the breadth of funding for its research, creating a diverse portfolio on topics ranging from youth character development to promoting representation of underrepresented students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) professions.