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Rhode Island School of Design
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  • Graduate School
  • PROVIDENCE, RI

About

Address
20 WASHINGTON PL
PROVIDENCE, RI 02903
Telephone
(401) 454-6100
From Rhode Island School of Design

RISD (pronounced “RIZ-dee”) is a creative community founded in 1877 in Providence, Rhode Island. Today, we enroll 2,620 students hailing from 59 countries. Led by a committed faculty, they are engaged in 44 full-time bachelor's and master's degree programs and supported by a worldwide network of over 31,000 alumni who demonstrate the vital role artists and designers play in today’s society.

Beyond facts and figures, what is the spirit of this community? Through a cross-disciplinary curriculum of studio-based learning and rigorous study in the liberal arts, RISD students are encouraged to develop their own personal creative processes, but they are united by one guiding principle: in order to create, one must question. In cultivating expansive and elastic thinking, RISD seeks to activate a critical exchange that empowers artists, designers and scholars to generate and challenge the ideas that shape our world.

Upcoming Events

Admissions

Application Deadline
January 5
Deadline for International Students
January 5
Admissions Website
Application Fee
$60

Scholarship

Masters Programs

The graduate experience

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At RISD graduate students interact meaningfully with both the world and one another. Through studio courses, interdisciplinary seminars and public programs, they engage in provocative discourse and cultivate critically informed creative practices. In the immersive atmosphere they find here, degree candidates discover that taking the time to question and probe can lead to unexpected outcomes.

Applying

Acceptance Rate
No data available  
Total Graduate Students
512
GRE
Accepted
GMAT
Not Accepted
LSAT
Not Accepted
MCAT
Not Accepted
TOEFL
Accepted
IELTS
Accepted
Interview Required
No
Personal Statement Required
Yes
Academic Transcripts Required
Yes
Application Fee Waivers Available
Yes
Letters of Recommendation Required
3

Academics

Part-time Classes Available
No data available  
Weekend Classes Available
No data available  
Evening Classes Available
No data available  
Poll
100%
of students took their classes full time. 3 responses
33%
of students completed the program in the time they expected. 3 responses
67%
of students agree the program difficulty was manageable. 3 responses
33%
of students agree that the online courses were positive experiences. 3 responses

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Graduate Students

Total Graduate Students
512
Part-Time Grad Students
0
Research Assistants
17
Teaching Assistants
155
Racial Diversity
  • International (Non-Citizen)
    51.2%
  • White
    27.1%
  • Hispanic
    7.4%
  • Asian
    6.4%
  • African American
    3.9%
  • Unknown
    2%
  • Multiracial
    1.8%
  • Native American
    0.2%
  • Pacific Islander
    0%

Student Life

Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the students at this school?
Based on 3 responses
  • Driven
    33%
  • Friendly
    33%
  • Intellectual
    33%
Poll
What word or phrase best describes your program?
Based on 3 responses
  • Competitive and intense
    67%
  • Supportive/helped me grow
    33%

Professors

Poll
67%
of students agree that professors care about their students' success. 3 responses
Poll
100%
of students agree that professors are engaging and easy to understand. 3 responses
Poll
100%
of students agree that professors helped connect them to future opportunities. 3 responses

Tuition & Financial Aid

Full-Time In-State Tuition
$58,690 / year
Full-Time Out-of-State Tuition
$58,690 / year
Part-Time In-State Tuition
No data available  
Part-Time Out-of-State Tuition
No data available  
Received Financial Aid
No data available  
Average Financial Aid
No data available  
Work Study Program Available
Yes
Teaching/Research Fellowship Available
Yes

Campus Resources

International Students Office
Yes
International Office URL
Disability Services
Yes
Veterans Services
No
Childcare Services
No
33%
of students agree they had access to good mental health resources. 3 responses
0%
of students agree the program offered accessible childcare. 3 responses
67%
of students agree they felt supported as an international student. 3 responses
33%
of students agree they felt supported as a veteran. 3 responses

Outcomes

Average Salary After Graduation
No data available  
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
No data available  
Career Placement URL
Poll
67%
of students are confident they will graduate. 3 responses
Poll
100%
of students are confident they will find a job after graduation. 3 responses

Return On Investment

Poll
How much did you spend on your degree in total?
Based on 3 responses
  • $75,000 - $100,000
    33%
  • More than $100,000
    67%
Poll
How much did you make post-graduation?
Based on 3 responses
  • $100,000 - $125,000
    33%
  • Did not graduate yet
    67%
100%
of students feel the degree they are getting at this school is worth the time and money. 3 responses

Living in the Area

grade A minus
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Cost of Living
    grade C minus
  2. Crime & Safety
    grade unavailable
  3. Nightlife
    grade A+
Median Household Income
$76,979
National
$75,149
Median Rent
$1,747
National
$1,268
Median Home Value
$532,695
National
$281,900

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