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Most of the University’s graduate and doctoral students are practitioners in their fields who bring a wealth of practical knowledge and experience to the classroom. These men and women seek to strengthen their academic and professional competence, to develop professional knowledge in their disciplines, and to relate their research to the investigations of other authorities.

Rivier’s innovative programs respond to the social, technological, and economic changes affecting intellectual and professional life. These programs are effective resources for business, social, educational, and cultural development in the region.

Rivier’s network of full-time and part-time faculty are dedicated to the education of socially responsible men and women. Graduate faculty, students, and administrative staff at Rivier University are characterized by their love of learning and their ability to develop and apply their knowledge. Through ethical responsibility, they seek to be transformative leaders in an era of increasing global interdependence and collaboration.

Rivier offers a variety of master’s degrees, certificates, and certifications. See which one is right for you:

A master’s degree is an academic degree awarded for completion of additional study beyond the bachelor’s degree. Master’s degree programs typically call for 36-50 credits, and may also require a comprehensive exam, thesis, or portfolio to be submitted at the completion of the program. 

Master’s degrees at Rivier:

M.A.     Master of Arts
M.A.T.  Master of Arts in Teaching
M.B.A.  Master of Business Administration
M.Ed.   Master of Education
M.S.     Master of Science

certificate gives working professionals an opportunity to increase their knowledge and expertise in a particular area of study. Certificate requirements vary by program; most range from 15-25 credits.

A Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study is awarded for completion of additional study in a particular field beyond the master’s degree. Most programs call for 32-46 credits. 

Certification programs prepare candidates for state certification in various fields in education and counseling. Upon completion of a certification program, students are not automatically granted certification and may have to pass a licensing or certification examination administered by the state governing body for a particular field.    

doctoral degree is an academic degree awarded for completion of additional study beyond the master’s degree and successful defense of a dissertation at the completion of the program. 

Notice of Nondiscrimination

Rivier University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, age, veteran or marital status, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation or disability in admission or access to, treatment in or employment in its programs and activities, and Title IX requires that the University not discriminate on the bases stated above. The following persons have been designated to handle inquiries regarding Title IX and the nondiscrimination policies: Director of Human Resources in Molloy Hall, ext. 8210 for employees; Vice President for Student Affairs in the Dion Center, ext. 8249 for students. You may reach them at their office extensions, email or at TitleIXCoordinator@rivier.edu. Inquiries concerning the application of nondiscrimination policies may also be referred to the Regional Director, Boston Office, Office for Civil Rights, US Department of Education, 8th Floor, 5 Post Office Square, Boston, MA 02109-3921, P: (617) 289-0111, F: (617) 289-0150; TDD: (877) 521-2172, OCR.Boston@ed.gov.