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

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