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 General Information

   -Puerto Rico
The University of Puerto Rico
The University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez
The City of Mayagüez
The Office of Graduate Studies
38 Graduate Programs at UPRM

  -Tests for Admission to Graduate Studies


Puerto Rico

Known as the “The Enchanted Island”, Puerto Rico is a Caribbean island approximately 161 km long by 56 km wide, located in the centre of the Antillean Arch, between the Dominican Republic and the minor Antilles.  Due to its geographic location, the island serves as a crossroad between Hispanic and Anglo-Saxon cultures.

Almost four million people live on the island, with over a million of these living in the metropolitan area of San Juan.  Puerto Rican society is modern and multicultural, molded by African, Spanish and North American influences.  Although Puerto Rico has not belonged to the US since 1898 and Puerto Ricans have been American citizens since 1917, their characteristics and physical traits provide evidence of Hispanic ancestry.

The climate is warm, averaging 72.8°F (22.7°C) in winter and 85°F (29.4°C) in summer.  An ocean breeze refreshes coastal towns and temperatures are cooler in towns higher in the mountains.


The University of Puerto Rico

Founded in 1903, the University of Puerto Rico (UPR) is the oldest university education system in Puerto Rico.  Its first academic year began with the enrollment of 173 students and its first class graduated in June 1907. Today, UPR consists of eleven campuses accredited by Puerto Rico’s Council of Higher Education and the Middle Status Association of Colleges and Schools, and has 70,000 students, 5,200 professors y 14,000 non-teaching staff.  It offers the most complete undergraduate and graduate curriculum in Puerto Rico and three campuses (Rio Piedras, Medical Sciences and Mayaguez) offer PhD programs and conduct research.  UPR is one of the most dynamic cultural and academic centers of the Caribbean and Hispanic world.

The University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez

The University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez (UPRM) was established in 1911 by an application of the Federal Morrill Nelson law in Puerto Rico, which established the college through a land grant (Land Grant Colleges). An amendment to the university law in 1942 transformed the campus to the College of Agriculture and Mechanical Arts. A new law in 1966 which established the current university system also transformed the college to an autonomous campus of the University of Puerto Rico, under the leadership of a chancellor.

UPRM is composed of four academic and three service deanships. The four academic deanships are: Business Administration, Arts and Science, Agricultural Science and Engineering. The three service deanships are: Administration, Academic Affairs and Student Affairs.


The City of Mayaguez

The city of Mayaguez was founded in 1760 and is located to the far western side of Puerto Rico. The city has approximately 150,000 inhabitants. Climate is moderate throughout the year, with an average temperature of 82° F (28°C). On the coldest winter evenings extremes can reach 68°F (23°C) and the hottest summer days can reach 93°F (32°C). A light coat is optional in winter and light summer clothing is adequate for the rest of the year. 

Attractions in Mayaguez include the Juan A. Rivero Zoo, a park “Parque de los Próceres”, the Yagüez Theatre, the Botanical Gardens of the Tropical Agricultural Research Station and the Mayaguez Campus of the University of Puerto Rico.  Night life includes the Hotel Holiday Inn and the Mayaguez Resort and Casino. There are numerous places to rent videos and cable-TV is accessible throughout the area. Internet is available by modem, cable or DSL. Free internet is available from any of the computers at the Mayaguez campus.

Water sports such as swimming, surfing, jet skiing, scuba diving and boat trips become a daily activity for many residents given the proximity of the city to the coast and access to excellent beaches.



The Office of Graduate Studies

The campus of Mayaguez wants to attract the best graduate students from Puerto Rico and other Latin American countries. The office, located in Celis (office 111) is responsible for informing the academic community about the regulations surrounding graduate studies on campus and important events related to graduate studies. The office coordinates and organizes the admission and tuition process of new graduate students, professional development students, visitors and exchange students. In addition, as of December 2003, the graduate studies office publishes electronically all theses and dissertations from RUM graduate students.



37 Graduate Programs at UPRM

UPRM has 22 departments that offer degrees in 37 distinct programs. Five academic grades are conferred: Master of Business Administration (MBA), Master of Arts (MA), Master of Science (MS), Master of Engineering (ME) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).  A master’s degree can include a thesis, a project, or can be without a thesis or project. The following information describes UPRM’s 37 programs.


   -Vídeo: UPRM Graduate Studies Programs

Cuatro Facultades del RUM:

   -Business Administration

   -Arts and Sciences

   -Agricultural Science



Phone Number: 1-787-265-3809, Ext: 3598, 3442, 3809
Fax: 787- 265-5489
Office Hours
Monday to Friday from 7:45 AM to 11:45 AM and from 1:00 PM to 4:30 PM.
Office of Graduate Studies
University of Puerto Rico - Mayaguez Campus
CALL Box 9000 Mayagüez
PR 00681-9000