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Graduation Requirements for Graduate Students

Master’s Degree Requirements

  1. Satisfactory completion of all published course credit requirements with a cumulative grade-point average of not less than 3.00, with the exception of M.ARCH and MLA candidates who need a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher.
  2. Fulfillment of the minimum on-campus residency requirements.
  3. MA in Global Arts and Cultures, MA in Nature-Culture-Sustainability Studies
    (1.5-year)
    MFA, MID, MDes, MLA (2-yr) and M.ARCH (2-yr)
    2-years
    M.ARCH, MLA (3-yr) and MFA (3-yr)
    3-years
    MAT, MA in Art + Design Ed, MA in Interior Architecture
    1-year
    MID (2.5 yrs)
    2.5 years
  4. Successful completion of the following course credit requirements:
  5. MA in Art + Design Education
    (1-year)
    33 credits
    MAT in Art + Design Education
    (1-year)*
    36 credits
    MA in Interior Architecture
    (1-year)*
    45 credits
    MA in Global Arts and Cultures, MA in Nature-Culture-Sustainability Studies
    (1.5-year)
    39 credits
    M.ARCH
    (2-year)
    69 credits
    M.ARCH
    (3-year)
    111 credits
    MLA-I
    (3-year)*
    111 credits
    MDes
    (2-year)*
    75 credits
    MLA-II
    (2-year)*
    72 credits
    MFA, MID

    66 credits
    MID
    (2.5-year)
    84 credits
    *indicates that the program begins in the summer prior to the first fall semester


  6. Payment of all financial obligations to the College, or arrangements for such payment satisfactory to the College.
  7. Filing an Graduation Application early in the final year.
  8. Graduate Thesis. Typically, the completion of a graduate thesis or degree project is a final requirement for a graduate degree at RISD. The thesis requires basic standards of excellence and high-quality professional appearance. Note that formats may vary within departments, as criteria must be developed specifically with each student. The thesis is composed in relation to the pedagogy of each department and the nature of the specific thesis work. Each graduate student convenes a thesis committee (generally of three members) in the final year of a degree program. The final bound document must be submitted to the thesis committee for signatures and ready for delivery to the Fleet Library one week before Commencement.