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University of Rhode Island - 2016

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Admissions Information

Graduate Admission to the College of Engineering

B.S. degree in engineering, applied mathematics, or other technical disciplines.

Students with a non-engineering background may be required to make up deficiencies by taking appropriate undergraduate courses. Individual applicants are evaluated on a case-by-case basis by the specific department program they are applying for.

Graduate Admission to an Engineering Department

Same as for College of Engineering.

Entrance Requirements for Foreign Students

Entrance Requirements for Foreign Students:

To be considered for admission to master's or doctoral level graduate programs, the Graduate School requires that you have completed a baccalaureate degree at an accredited institution in the United States OR the equivalent of a four-year degree at an international university. Please note that three-year bachelor's degrees from India and some Asian countries are not considered equivalent; applicants with these degrees must undertake additional coursework before becoming eligible for graduate study at URI.

Language Requirement:

Applicants whose native language is not English must submit an official test report from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) taken with the past two years. You must arrange for ETS to report your scores directly to URI. The ETS institution code for URI is 3919 and you do not need to specify a department. Required scores on the Internet-based (iBT) and Computer-based TOEFL are: An overall score of 80 or more AND meet the minimum in each individual area Reading 20, Writing 22, Listening 17, Speaking 17; the suggested minimum speaking score for international teaching assistants is 23. If a prospective student is below the minimum in one area by two points, or in two areas by one point, but has an overall score of 80 or above, it is at the discretion of the department if they wish to consider the student for admission. Please note that the overall score is not determined by adding the minima of individual areas, it is an overall score that gives prospective students the best chance of success in our graduate programs.The minimum score on the Paper-based TOEFL is 550. Individual programs may require a higher score; please check the graduate catalog for details on specific programs. Some departments may accept scores from the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), the Pearson Test of English, or the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) in place of TOEFL scores; please check with the department. The required minimum score on the IELTS is 6.5. The required minimum ranking on the CEFR is B2. The required minimum scores on the Pearson Test of English are: Reading 53, Writing 59, Listening 47, and Speaking 47; the suggested minimum speaking score for international teaching assistants is 62.

Entrance Requirements for Non-Resident Students

Same as for resident students.

Residency Requirements