Graduate programs provide opportunities for advanced study in an academic discipline, following oneís completion of a bachelorís degree. Graduate study commonly includes completing advanced-level academic courses along with a research project. The most common graduate degrees are either the masterís degree (usually awarded after two years of study beyond the bachelorís) or the doctoral degree (commonly awarded three or more years after completion of the masterís). A limited number of graduate programs combine the masterís and doctoral programs.
The Medical Physics program at URI includes a masterís degree as well as a bachelorís degree in physics. Students will achieve the graduate degree while they complete their undergraduate degree. This program is exciting because it allows students to obtain two degrees in just five years. Most graduate programs for medical physics require an additional two or three years of study. Students are able to graduate from this program sooner because it lets them prepare for their masterís as undergraduates.