How to Apply to MAF Graduate Programs at URI

Please review the information below before beginning the application process.

Deadlines for Fall admission

  • Jan 15 – Applicants wishing to be considered for URI teaching or research assistantship funding
  • Feb. 1 – International student applicants
  • April 15 – All applicants wishing to be considered for Fall admission

You do not need a MAF faculty advisor when you are applying for admission, though you are encouraged to contact potential advisors before you apply (especially if you are applying to the Ph.D. program). You will meet many of the faculty active in the program in your first semester and will discover then who works on issues of interest to you.

Submit your application online through the URI Graduate School.

See additional information for international applicants


The URI Graduate School uses the Centralized Application System (CAS) for all online applications. Detailed instructions are provided in the CAS system once you create an account.

To complete the online application, you will need to provide the following:

  • Personal contact and demographic information
  • Residency status (refer to Residency Guidelines if you are unsure of your status)
  • Intended start term
  • Plan of study to which you seek admission (MMA, MAMA, PhD)
  • Educational background (undergraduate institution, major, GPA, etc.)
  • Resume/CV – Showing education, work, volunteer, teaching, service experience, and publications (as appropriate). Add as an attachment to your application.
    • Note that MMA applicants must show five years of experience in a maritime-related field OR an existing masters degree.
  • Testing information – the GRE is not considered in applications for MAF graduate programs.
    • International students whose native language is not English are required to submit official results of the TOEFL or IELTS exam taken within the past 2 years.
  • Personal statement – you should prepare your 1-3 page statement in a word processing program and then copy and paste your statement directly into the space provided. Tell us about:
    • your professional goals
    • where you want to be when you complete the MAF program
    • what your passions are
    • what attracts you to the program
    • who on the faculty you might like to work with (and why)
    • why you are an exciting candidate for MAF.
    • MMA applicants who do not have a masters degree should include a note about how they meet the requirement for three years of professional experience.
    • See additional guidelines to help you prepare your statement
  • Letters of Recommendation – two letters are required.
    • Enter the names, e-mail addresses and date of your request for each referee.
    • The referees will receive instructions for uploading their letters to the online system.
    • Referees will receive this message from the application system immediately after you save your application with their names and e-mails entered.
    • We recommend you notify your recommenders beforehand because the messages sometimes go to SPAM or Trash folders if security settings are high.
    • If for some reason your referees are unable to use the online system, they may mail a hard copy directly to the MAF department or email a copy to the graduate programs director (
  • Unofficial Transcripts – Please attach your unofficial transcripts as PDFs. Official transcripts will be required upon admission.
  • Writing Sample for PhD Applicants only – Please attach PDF(s) of at least one example of your writing (e.g., masters thesis, published article)
  • Signature – type your name and the submission date to verify your application.
  • Application Fees – The Graduate School requires a nonrefundable $65 application fee, plus Centralized Application System (CAS) fees.

2) SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS If accepted, you will need to mail to the MAF program:

  • Official Transcripts – one copy of an official, sealed and stamped transcript from your undergraduate institution and graduate institution (if applicable)
  • Residency affidavit – if you are a Rhode Island resident seeking to be billed at the in-state tuition rate, you will need to provide documentation of your residency status as outlined in the Rhode Island Residency Guidelines.

Address all supplemental materials to:

University of Rhode Island
200 Coastal Institute in Kingston
1 Greenhouse Road
University of Rhode Island
Kingston, RI 02881