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Fast Facts

Each year, the Marine Affairs Institute takes RWU Law students on an educational cruise on Narragansett Bay. This trip helps first year students  better understand many of the marine and maritime issues affecting Rhode Island and New England.

First Impressions

Burnside Memorial Building


At Roger Williams University, the JD program requires 90 semester hours or credits which can be completed, on a full-time basis, within three years. The Master of Marine Affairs (MMA) degree, at the University of Rhode Island, requires 30 credits, which can be completed, on a full-time basis, in one year.

A student matriculated in the joint program will transfer some credits taken in courses of study to help satisfy the overall credit requirements of the other degree program as well.

The School of Law will accept 9 credits from select Marine Affairs courses toward the overall total of 90; thus, the student in the joint degree program would need to register and pay for 81 law credits at the School of Law.

Please refer to the Graduation Requirements Table below for more information:

Graduation Requirements Table

The Department of Marine Affairs accepts 6 credits from select law courses toward the M.M.A.; thus, the student pays for a total of 24 Marine Affairs credits.