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Special Instructions for Current MPA/MBA Students

Some students matriculating in other graduate programs supplement their professional education by earning one of the SLRC Graduate Certificates while earning their MPA, MBA or MS degrees. Depending on the number of free electives in your program, you may be able to earn a graduate certificate without taking additional courses. It is your responsibility to check with your graduate program advisor to develop a program of study for your MPA, MBA or MS degree.

  1. You must apply to URI again for the new degree program

    1. Use the same application procedure you used for applying to the graduate school for your certificate. However, you must create a new application account and use an email address that is different from the one used on your previous application. For example, if you used a gmail address when applying to the Certificate, you can use your address for the second application. You can fill out an application here:
    2. You do not have to supply transcripts again. We have access to the transcripts you supplied for your graduate degree. However that is a required field in the application, if you have a copy, submit it there, if not, please submit a blank word document in its place.
    3. If you are applying for a graduate program and paid the graduate application fee within the past 3 years, the application fee will be waived. Please select that you are currently in a graduate program here, this will waive your application fee. Then email Shandra Pellagio ( ) with your name, ID#, current program and residential address.
    4. You do not have to request new reference letters, however you will have to put an email address in the reference section of the electronic application. Enter this email address:
    5. If you are claiming RI residency you will need to resubmit these documents to us, please see link below for more information:
  2. Once your have submitted your application, you will be blocked from registering for courses on eCampus until an admission decision is made by the Graduate School. Therefore, if you are applying close to the beginning of a semester, make sure you can complete all portions of the application and all application support documents arrive in time for a decision prior to the first day of classes. Please allow two weeks for the application to be processed once all material is received. Alternatively, please enroll in the course you need to take for the next semester prior to submitting your application.
  3. If you do apply and are not accepted into the Graduate Certificate Program prior your to last semester in your master’s degree, you will have to enroll in a semester after completing your master’s degree. Example: You are finishing your MPA degree in Spring 2017. This includes your fourth course for the Labor Relations certificate. Your application for the LR Certificate is not in time to be admitted to the LR certificate for Spring 2017. Since you must be enrolled in the semester in which a degree or graduate certificate is awarded, you will have to pay a Continuous Registration Fee (CRG 999- about $333) for either Summer 2017 or Fall 2017. Lesson: Make sure you apply for the Graduate Certificate program prior to your last semester.
  4. If you are admitted to one of the Graduate Certificate Programs, you will have to file a Program of Study (POS) with the Graduate School for the Certificate. Please contact the Director ASAP to do this.
  5. In both the MPA and MBA programs, there is currently one required course that can be used to satisfy the four-course certificate requirement,
    1. MPA: LRS/PSC 503- Problems in Public Personnel Administration
    2. MBA: MBA 502- Organizational Behavior

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