The Board of Governors voted on Thursday to create the new School of Graduate Studies, which will serve about 5,100 students.
It will include 63 doctoral programs and 75 master’s degree programs in humanities, social sciences, physical sciences, mathematical sciences, biological and medical sciences and engineering.
There will be 2,659 graduate faculty members on staff.
The merger between the two schools at Rutgers — which is among the 60 leading research universities in the United States that make up the prestigious Association of American Universities — will become official on July 1.
"There are great advantages to becoming one graduate school for the students and faculty,” said Jerome Kukor, dean of the Graduate School-New Brunswick and the new dean for the School of Graduate Studies.
“A comprehensive, integrated graduate school can bring together scholars from all disciplines and create an environment where we learn what is best for our students as they move forward and plan for their future careers.”
Kukor and Kathleen Scotto, dean of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, who will become the vice dean of the new School of Graduate Studies, have been working together to make this happen since 2013, immediately after the New Jersey Medical and Health Sciences Restructuring Act signed by Gov. Chris Christie went into effect.
The measure led to the incorporation of UMDNJ, the Cancer Institute of New Jersey and University Behavioral Health Care into Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences.