FAMU was previously categorized at what is currently “R3: Doctoral Universities – Limited research activity.” The highest research category is “R1: Doctoral Universities – Highest research activity.”
According to the Carnegie Classification definitions, the “Doctoral Universities” classification “includes institutions that awarded at least 20 research/scholarship doctoral degrees during the update year (this does not include professional practice doctoral-level degrees, such as the JD, MD, PharmD, DPT, etc.).”
Past FAMU Presidents Walter L. Smith, Frederick S. Humphries, Fred Gainous, and James H. Ammons all pushed aggressively to increase the number of Ph.D. programs at FAMU in order to help the university climb up the Carnegie Classifications.
The other Ph.D. programs at FAMU are: Physics, Educational Leadership, Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Environmental Science. FAMU also participates in a cooperative Ph.D. program in Entomology with UF. UF officially awards the degree to students.
FAMU and Florida Atlantic University are the two R2 schools in the State University System of Florida (SUS). The SUS has five schools in R1: Florida International University, Florida State University, University of Central Florida, University of Florida, and the University of South Florida-Main Campus.