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Our focus is on promoting excellence in research and scholarship. Our faculty, staff, and students engage in creative and collaborative research opportunites to engage and enhance our community at large.

After decades of foundational work, transformative research achievements and scientific study, in May 2017, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan signed into law a bill designating Morgan State University as the state’s Preeminent Public Urban Research University. Since that time the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education has advanced Morgan from a moderate research classification of R3 (a ranking it’s held since 2006), to an elevated classification of R2, a status reserved for doctoral universities with high research activity. As a high research university Morgan’s faculty and staff engages in a proactive and concerted effort to increase research contracts and grant amounts, while also graduating more students and expanding the types of research conducted on campus as well as in the community. Morgan is now set upon a path to becoming a top research R1 doctoral university, a first among Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).

The Pathway to R1

President David K. Wilson sits down for a candid conversation on Morgan's momentum and how its transformative force permeates all aspects of the University — particularly in the realm of Research and MSU's quest to attain R1 high research status. President Wilson shares insights on the impact of Morgan becoming an R1 research institution, its benefits to the greater community of Baltimore and State of Maryland, as well as setting a path forward to R1 classification.


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Doctoral Degrees Awarded

U.S. Patents Awarded

$314 Million+
In Contracts and Grants Awarded


Research at Morgan

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Cross School Research Programs/Centers

Morgan's Cross School Research Programs/Centers are important cross-disciplinary efforts that address research and manufacturing challenges too complex for single-investor programs.

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Office of Undergraduate Research

It is our responsibility and honor to cultivate student success through innovative approaches to enhancing undergraduate research

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Division of Research & Economic Development

The division works with the deans and department chairs to develop and support institutional and cross-disciplinary research initiatives

Patuxent Environmental & Aquatic Research Laboratory

Research conducted is designed to increase the understanding of coastal ecosystems so it may be properly managed and protected.