Graduate Degree Program Descriptions

This section describes the admission and degree requirements for the University’s graduate programs, which are included within the general requirements set forth previously, and do not reduce those requirements.

The specific program requirements that follow are also minimum requirements; additional course credits may be required for students whose academic background is considered insufficient.

For example, in nonthesis master’s degree programs, all students must take at least one course requiring a substantial paper involving significant independent study, and all Ph.D. students who do not hold an earned master’s degree in a closely related field are required to take the Ph.D. qualifying examination even if it is not listed in the individual program requirements.

The standardized test scores admission requirement is also specific to each particular program. For programs requiring a standardized test, applications will not be reviewed until scores have been received. In all other cases, scores may be submitted if applicants believe the test results will enhance their application. However, the test results should be submitted as early as possible. If an application is received before test results, the admission decision may be made without the scores.

Successful completion of any course of study at URI does not guarantee that the student will find either a specific kind or level of employment. Graduate students interested in the career opportunities related to their program of study are encouraged to discuss their interests with the appropriate department chair or director of graduate studies, the Graduate School’s dean, or Career Services staff. Students uncertain about career choices are also invited to use the services offered by the Counseling Center.

The availability of these programs of study and areas of specialization, administrative locations, requirements, and titles, are subject to change without notice.

For information on the background of your program’s faculty, refer to the directories section of this catalog or visit the website of the relevant department(s) at

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