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Master’s Degree Requirements

The master’s degree must be completed within a period of five calendar years. Students must take at least four-fifths of the credits required for the degree at the University of Rhode Island. Some departments offer both a thesis and a nonthesis option, while others offer only one plan.

General requirements:

Thesis option

The minimum requirements for a master’s degree are as follows:

  •  Completion of 30 credits, including six thesis research credits
  • Comprehensive exams (required toward the end of the course work)
  • Thesis and the passing of an oral examination in defense of the thesis. One copy of the thesis prepared in accordance with Graduate School requirements must be submitted to the Graduate School.

Nonthesis option

Depending on departmental requirements, some master’s degrees may be earned without a thesis. The minimum requirements for a nonthesis master’s degree are as follows:

  • Completion of 30 credits
  • Practicums, internships, or a culminating experience.

For Information on Your Program

Visit Academics or contact a graduate program director to explore our programs in depth. Other resources include:

Master’s Program Forms

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ProgramForm
All DegreesGraduate School Petition to Appeal the Add or Drop Deadline
All DegreesLeave of Absence Application
All DegreesPermanent Withdrawal Application
All DegreesPrior Approval for Off-Campus Study
All DegreesRequest for Intellectual Opportunity Credits
All DegreesRequest to Add Credits Beyond the Maximum of 15
All Degrees Re-Enrollment Application
All DegreesRequest to Change or Add a Degree Program

ProgramForm
All Thesis-BasedChecklist for Final Submissions
All Thesis-BasedRequest to Change Graduate Program Committee

ProgramForm
All MastersResults of Oral Masters Examination
All MastersResults of Written Masters Examination
Thesis-BasedCertification that Mandatory Corrections were Made to a Successfully Defended Thesis
Thesis-BasedEstablishment of a Masters Committee
Thesis-BasedNomination for Graduation – Masters Degree
Thesis-BasedProgram of Study Masters Thesis
Thesis-BasedRequest to Schedule an Oral Defense of a Masters Thesis
Thesis-BasedThesis Format Guidelines
Thesis-BasedThesis Proposal Approval Form
Non-ThesisNomination for Graduation
Non-ThesisProgram of Study

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