The University of Rhode Island is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. The New England Association of Schools and Colleges is a nongovernmental, nationally recognized organization whose affiliated institutions range from elementary schools to collegiate institutions offering postgraduate instruction.

Accreditation by the New England Association is not partial, but applies to the University as a whole. As such, it is not a guarantee of the quality of every course or program offered, or of the competence of individual graduates. Rather, it provides reasonable assurance about the quality of opportunities available to students who attend the University.

Our program offerings have been evaluated by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and earned the designation as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education (CAE-CDE).

Professional Science Masters programs are designed for working individuals in industry. Unlike traditional master's degrees, these degrees combine a curriculum with business training and hands-on experience, enabling graduates to acquire a new skill set for success in a business environment.