RIC Will Host Graduate Studies Open House on Jan. 7


Rhode Island College Graduate Studies will host an open house on Tuesday, Jan. 7, from 3-6 p.m. in the RIC Student Union Ballroom, where potential students can learn more about RIC’s advanced-degree programs from graduate faculty and current students.

Rhode Island College offers 35 nationally recognized graduate degree programs in such areas as nursing; educational studies; public accountancy; media studies; social work; and counseling, educational leadership and school psychology.

RIC also offers 13 graduate certificate programs designed for improving professional knowledge and skills in accounting, autism education, biological sciences, financial planning, health psychology, math education, public history and literature.

RIC, in collaboration with the University of Rhode Island, also offers a Ph.D. in education.

“Our graduate programs give students high-quality education and training with enthusiastic faculty in a variety of disciplines,” said Christine Marco, director of the master’s in psychology program. “We offer both beginning and seasoned professionals flexible program schedules, a mix of face-to-face and online learning formats and stimulating academic study.”

Rhode Island College offers graduate assistantships for full-time students, as well as scholarships, student employment and need-based financial aid. The Master of Social Work program offers student traineeships and scholarships for full-time students.

All five of RIC’s schools – the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, the Feinstein School of Education and Human Development, Management, Nursing and Social Work – offer graduate programs.

Marco added that RIC graduate programs play an important role in supporting the state's workforce. “About 92 percent of RIC graduate students are from Rhode Island and are working to enhance their careers here,” Marco said. “They graduate having built meaningful networks with their peers.”

RIC advanced-degree recipients have gone on to make remarkable contributions to their professional fields: Rep. Maria Cimini, MSW,is secretary of the House Health, Education and Welfare Committee; David Upequi, MS biology, is the 2013 Amgen Award for Science Teaching Excellence winner; and Regina Kilday and Clare Ornburn received 2013 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.

The graduate studies open house will offer career development sessions to improve application essays and the opportunity to register for spring courses. Attendees will receive a graduate application fee ($50) waiver.

Established in 1854 as the state’s first public higher education institution, Rhode Island College serves approximately 9,000 students and offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in liberal arts, business and professional programs.