Admission Requirements for all Graduate Degree Programs

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These Admissions Requirements Apply to All of Our Graduate Degree Programs

  1. A completed application form accompanied by a $50 nonrefundable application fee. Applications must be completed within one year.  After that time applicants will need to reapply or update their application. 
  2. Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate records. The Dean’s office will obtain any Rhode Island College transcripts.
  3. A minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of B (3.00 on a 4.00 scale) in all undergraduate course work. Applicants with undergraduate GPAs less than 3.00, but not less than 2.00, may be admitted to degree candidacy upon the submission of other evidence of academic potential, for example, satisfactory performance in postbaccalaureate work, professional experience as evidenced by publications or letters of recommendation and/or high scores on standardized tests.
  4. An official report of scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) for some programs.   
  5. Three letters of recommendation attesting to the candidate’s potential to do graduate work. Placement references are generally not applicable.
  6. Some programs have additional admission requirements and may include an interview.   

Provisional Admissions

An applicant for a Master’s program who does not meet the program’s admission standards but who demonstrates the potential to successfully complete graduate work may be considered for provisional admission, when this option is available in the department of application. The provisionally admitted student will be matriculated into the program and must earn at least a 3.0 GPA in the first 9 credits. . The student’s coursework for these 9 credits is drawn from the Plan of Study for the graduate degree.  Individual programs may have additional retention standards.  Details of provisional admission will be specifically outlined at the time a Plan of Study is developed. Failure to meet the provisional admission requirements is sufficient cause for dismissal from the program.

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