The University of Miami was chartered in 1925 by a group of citizens who felt an institution of higher learning was needed for the development of their young and growing community. Supporters of the institution believed that the community offered unique opportunities to develop inter-American studies, to further creative work in the arts and letters, and to conduct teaching and research programs in tropical studies. in 1962 new facilities and resources were added to keep pace with student enrollment as well as to increase the research strength of the institution. The University also added an undergraduate honors program, expanded the graduate programs to the doctoral level in a dozen fields, established a core curriculum for undergraduates, and vastly increased its research activity.
Miami offers bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees, as well as certificates at undergraduate and graduate levels. The Division of Continuing and International Education at the University of Miami offers pre-college, undergraduate, graduate, non-degree courses and certificates, and credit degree programs for the non-traditional student, adult learner, and professional. Most programs are completely online.