Graduate study at the University was inaugurated in 1907 with Master of Science degrees in chemistry and engineering. The Master of Arts degree was first awarded in 1951, and in 1960 the University awarded its first Doctor of Philosophy degree. Graduate work for professional degrees was initiated in 1962, when the degree of Master of Public Administration was first awarded. Today, students may earn the following degrees:
Master of Arts
Master of Science
Master of Business Administration
Master of Environmental Science and Management
Master of Library and Information Studies
Master of Marine Affairs
Master of Music
Master of Oceanography
Master of Public Administration
Professional Science Masters in Cyber Security
Doctor of Nursing Practice
Doctor of Philosophy
Doctor of Physical Therapy
The University also offers a joint program with Roger Williams University, the M.S./J.D. in labor relations and human resources. Additionally, the University cooperates with Rhode Island College in offering a joint Ph.D. degree in education.
The Graduate School has primary responsibility for administering policies and procedures relating to advanced study at URI. Graduate School policy is formulated by graduate faculty members, acting through their delegate body, the Graduate Council, which includes student members. Only the Graduate School or the Graduate Council can grant exceptions to the regulations for graduate study, which are explained in detail in the Graduate Programs section of this catalog and in the Graduate School Manual.
The University’s graduate programs of study are listed in Majors and Fields of Study. Study and research in a combination of special areas is often possible, and some graduate programs actively encourage collaborative multidisciplinary work. Specific mention of these opportunities is included in individual program descriptions. Graduate-level course work applicable to a number of programs is offered in several locations throughout the state by the Alan Shawn Feinstein College of Continuing Education. In most cases, however, a portion of the courses must be taken on the Kingston Campus.
Students with a bachelor’s degree from URI or another university with equivalent requirements and accreditation may be admitted for graduate study, providing their credentials meet the standards set by the Graduate School and the department in which they wish to study, and that facilities for study are available in their field of interest. Among the standards required for admission are an approximate undergraduate average of B or better and, where required, satisfactory scores on a nationally administered examination.