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Exceptional scholars, big thinkers, bright minds

The Graduate School at URI

Dedicated to research, scholarship and creative work

The Graduate School at URI numbers nine colleges serving 2,000+ students and offering 100 master’s, Ph.D. and professional degree programs.

We are global thinkers with a real-world sensibility, offering part- and full-time programs of study to accommodate your schedule. Small classes, personalized programs and individual attention are the rule, not the exception. And 87 percent of URI’s faculty have doctoral or terminal degrees.

Research and field work opportunities abound at URI with many programs offering experiential learning at some of the country’s leading companies. And URI’s location offers you access to major East Coast cities and the Atlantic Ocean.

For your convenience, we offer an online application process.

Welcome new students!
We look forward to seeing you at Graduate Student Orientation on Tuesday, September 5, 2017.

Professional Development Programs and Information

Student Spotlight

Carrie McDonough

Carrie McDonough
Shampoo makes our hair smell good, but at a price. Sweet-smelling tresses bring polluted waterways.

That’s the conclusion of Carrie McDonough, who will receive her doctorate in oceanography from the University of Rhode Island’s Graduate School of Oceanography this month.

During her five years at GSO, McDonough has distinguished herself by researching how chemicals in products we use every day, like shampoo, are contaminating waterways. Read more »

Faculty in the News

Austin Becker

Austin Becker
Title: Assistant Professor of Coastal Planning, Policy and Design

Expertise: Coastal Climate Adaptation, Maritime Transportation

Austin Becker’s research to make coastal communities stronger and more resilient to the effects of storms, sea level rise, and other hazards just received a big boost. Professor Becker was just named a 2017 Sloan Research Fellow in Ocean Sciences by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, one of the most prestigious fellowships available to early-career scientists in the United States. Read more »


Thomas Farragher

Commencement Speaker
Pulitzer Prize-winner thomas farragher

Journalism is front and center at URI’s 2017 Commencement

Thomas J. Farragher ’77, with the Boston Globe’s Spotlight Team, won the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service for the investigative series on the sex abuse scandal involving the Archdiocese of Boston. Farragher will be the speaker at the graduate commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 20.

Spotlight broke the Boston clergy sex abuse story on January 6, 2002, with the headline “Church allowed abuse by priest for years.” It was to be the first of a two-part story. Instead, it was a watershed event. By the end of that year, Spotlight reporters had written 600 related stories and on December 11, 2002, the head of the Catholic Church in Massachusetts, Cardinal Bernard F. Law, resigned. The story garnered international attention and Hollywood notice. In 2016, Spotlight, the movie, won the Oscar for Best Picture. Read more »

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