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Resources for Graduate Students

Resources are available to graduate students at a number of University offices. The offices and organizations included below do not make up a complete or exhaustive list, but do offer services that many graduate students find to be useful.

Professional development and career advising services

The Graduate School provides PhD and master’s students with resources and assistance to create a professional development plan and opportunities to define and develop skills, explore career resources and options and help students attain and thrive in their chosen careers.  The Professional Development Director assists in creating and improving CVs and resumes, cover letters, devising strategies for job searching and interviewing, bolstering digital presence,  identifying opportunities for academic and industry careers, funding, skill building and more.  To reach Professional Development Director Cara Mitnick: or (401) 874-4266.
In addition, the Center for Career and Experiential Education provides assistance to all URI students as well as workshops and career fairs.

Disability Services

Disability Services for Students works with students and all units of URI to foster an inclusive, welcoming, and accessible environment.  DSS works with students to support academic success and self-advocacy.


URI believes deeply in the value of celebrating differences. The mission of the Division of Student Affairs is to foster students’ individual and interpersonal development, contributing to their success as learners both in and out of the classroom. We do this by creating a diverse, safe and supportive community. We encourage students to become effective citizens and leaders, and to celebrate their achievements and independence.

Financial Aid

We understand how critical funding is to our students. Financial Support is available for Graduate Students and described here.

Graduate Student Association

The Graduate Student Association (GSA) is a government body maintained by and for the graduate students of the University with the purpose of enhancing the academic, intellectual, and social opportunities of its members. We encourage you to get involved!

Graduate Assistants United

Graduate Assistants United (GAU) is the legally recognized bargaining unit for the approximately 600 graduate research and teaching assistants at the University of Rhode Island. GAU is a democratically run organization with the ability to bargain for benefits for all graduate assistants at the University and to protect employment rights as defined by their contractual agreement.


Graduate housing is available on campus as well as off campus. Be sure to look through the Housing and Residential Life website and contact HRL with any questions or concerns.

Office of International Students and Scholars

Students joining us from abroad will need to be in contact with the University Office of International Students and Scholars as this office will be helping you with items such as the I-20. They also have other information geared specifically towards international students.


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