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Supply Chain Management, Marine Affairs & Ocean Engineering Education at URI

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The University of Rhode Island (URI) is a medium-sized state university with its primary campus in the southern part of Rhode Island in the village of Kingston. In part because of its unique location near the ocean and six miles from Narragansett Bay, the University has developed strong marine programs and has been designated a national Sea Grant institution. The University enrolls about 13,500 undergraduate and 2,500 graduate students, and has a full-time tenure-track teaching faculty of approximately 600.

As a pioneer in business education, research and outreach for the State of Rhode Island, the College of Business Administration (CBA) is the only institution with accredited programs at the undergraduate, Master's and PhD levels. With its emphasis on innovation and small class sizes, CBA is committed to quality education to prepare the business leaders of tomorrow. Centrally located on the URI Quad, Ballentine Hall, a state-of-the-art building equipped with the latest in educational technology, is home to over 1,500 undergraduate students, 60 full-time and 175 part-time graduate students and 56 faculty members.

The Department of Ocean Engineering is one of only a handful of Ocean Engineering programs in the United States and offers special expertise in ocean robotics and instrumentation, underwater acoustics, wave and coastal processes, marine geomechanics, ocean structures and offshore renewable energy.

Marine Affairs is the multi-disciplinary, systematic study of the human uses of coastal and ocean space and the resources found there and the myriad factors that influence that pattern of use. Central to marine affairs are concerns relating to conflict of use and the need to maintain the sustainability of the natural environment. To this end, the Department of Marine Affairs focuses on the governance of coastal and ocean uses, the need for and development of integrated approaches to governance, and the potential for governance systems and mechanisms to incorporate consideration of relevant ecosystems and their dynamics. Through their coursework, independent research and internships, students develop the research, communication, and leadership skills necessary to make important professional contributions in the sustainable management of ocean and coastal resources.

Academic Programs

Undergraduate Programs



  • BS in Supply Chain Management: The supply chain management major is a comprehensive program covering the basic and advanced topics necessary for designing, implementing, operating, and improving global supply chains. Careers in supply chain management span every industry. Career options also include a diverse list of positions including inventory management, customer relationship management, scheduling, purchasing, and facilities management. On completion of the SCM major, students earn the prestigious professional certification of Certified Transportation & Logistics (CTL) professional awarded by the American Society of Transportation and Logistics (AST&L), the premier supply chain professional organization.
  • BA or BS Marine Affairs: The primary objective of the major is to educate students in the interdisciplinary analysis needed for effective marine and coastal management. Students gain familiarity with issues confronting the policymaker and manager at the local, state, regional, national, and international levels. Students also develop an understanding of the socioeconomic, political, and legal effects of decisions and their implications. Specialty areas in this major include: fisheries and marine ecosystems management, coastal management, maritime transportation and ports, and ocean policy.
  • BS in Ocean Engineering: The Department of Ocean Engineering offers a curriculum leading to the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in ocean engineering, and is open to qualified students under the New England Regional Student Program. The Ocean Engineering Program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.
  • Accelerated BS/MS Degree Program: The Ocean Engineering Professional Practice Degree Program is built on the existing BS and MS degrees and addresses the need for a five-year degree program that prepares students to practice engineering at the highest possible level.

Graduate Programs

  • MBA with Supply Chain Management Concentration (Evening): The University of Rhode Island's Providence Evening MBA Program prepares you for careers as effective leaders and managers. The program is designed to emphasize conceptual, analytical, technical, and interpersonal skills. Material for this non-thesis program is presented through lectures, discussions, case studies, and both individual and group projects. You can choose the elective Supply Chain Management and also choose to participate in an international opportunity during the summer, unique to the URI program, called the Global MBA Program. This allows you to obtain the needed six credits while spending two weeks each in France, China and Korea learning about global supply chain management.
  • Master of Marine Affairs (MMA) and MA in Marine Affairs: In this area, students acquire knowledge and analytical skills through required and elective courses. The core courses are: Ocean Uses and Marine Science, Economics of Marine Resources, International Ocean Law, and the Marine Affairs Seminar. The fall Seminar is the focus of interdisciplinary exchange. It relies heavily on outside speakers and resident faculty members and requires student presentations on specific selected problems.
  • MS in Ocean Engineering: Specilizations include - Ocean instrumentation and seafloor mapping, underwater acoustics and data analysis, marine hydrodynamics and water-wave mechanics, coastal and nearshore processes, marine geomechanics, coastal and offshore structures, and offshore wind, wave, and current energy systems.
  • Joint Degree JD / MMA (with Roger Williams University Law): A joint program between URI and Roger Williams University Law School for students wishing to earn a law degree with a marine affairs specialization. Learn more.

PhD Program

  • PhD in Operations and Supply Chain Management: The operations & supply chain management faculty conducts research in the fields of transportation, logistics, operations and supply chain management, and the doctoral program in Operations & Supply Chain Management is designed to produce outstanding scholars in these fields.
  • PhD in Marine Affairs: The focus of the Ph.D. program is on coastal/ocean management, policy, and law and will concentrate on the following areas, which are not mutually exclusive: coastal management, fisheries management, marine ecosystem management, maritime transportation and ports, national and international ocean policy and marine human ecology.
  • PhD in Ocean Engineering: Program requirements include - a total of 42 credits beyond the M.S. degree (or 72 credits beyond the B.S. degree), composed of at least 18 credits of course work and 24 credits of dissertation research. Courses must include one in advanced applied mathematics, one in engineering or oceanography, and a minimum of two in ocean engineering. Qualifying, written, and oral comprehensive examinations are required for all doctoral students. OCE 605 and 606 are required for all full-time students.

Academic Programs



URI is the only public institution in Rhode Island offering undergraduate, graduate, and professional students the distinctive educational opportunities of a major research university. Our undergraduate, graduate, and professional education, research, and outreach serve Rhode Island and beyond. Students, faculty, staff, and alumni are united in one common purpose: to learn and lead together.

  • Campus: The University has a spacious rural campus at Kingston 30 miles south of Providence in the northeast metropolitan corridor between New York and Boston. The center of campus is a quadrangle of handsome, old granite buildings surrounded by newer academic buildings, student residence halls, and fraternity and sorority houses.
  • Accreditation: The University of Rhode Island is accredited byNew England Association of Schools & Colleges, Inc. (NEASC). The College of Business Administration programs are accredited by American Assembly of Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).
  • Research: Research conducted by the University of Rhode Island wields a major impact on issues that affect the region, the nation, and the world. In 2009, the university was awarded over million for sponsored research projects; .1 million of these funds came from federal sources.
  • Housing: Residence halls and boarding facilities are available to URI students during the regular academic year and during summer sessions. Some students prefer the option of living in a fraternity or sorority or off campus. There are 22 residence halls, an undergraduate apartment complex, and multiple theme houses on campus offering a variety of living accommodations.
  • Career Services: Offering both “high tech” and “high touch” approaches, URI’s centralized Career Services Department assists URI undergraduates, seniors, grad students, and alumni assess their career goals, develop job search and decision-making skills, and implement career objectives. From the first year on, Career Services helps students choose majors, explore options, and find direction through professional one-to-one personal assessment.
  • Center for Student Leadership Development: The Center for Student Leadership Development offers for-credit classes, internships/teaching assistant positions, workshops, conferences, and programs designed to enhance students’ leadership skills. The credit classes count toward the academic minor in leadership. Other academic opportunities include individually designed internships, as well as tracks in Peer Leadership, Activism, Athletics, Fraternity and Sorority Leadership, and Emerging Leadership.
  • Capstone Experiences: A capstone experience integrates course work throughout the undergraduate major program. Capstone experiences include courses, internships, portfolios, senior theses, research/design projects, etc. They are scheduled for the senior year. Capstone experiences may be either required or simply recommended.

LAST UPDATED ON March 23, 2017