Roger Williams University

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Type: Private

Campus Locations: Bristol, Rhode Island; Providence, Rhode Island; and online

Master’s Degree Programs: 12

Student-Faculty Ratio: 5:1

Degrees Offered: JD, JD/MS, MA, MArch, MBA, MPA, MS, MSL

Programs: Architecture, Business Administration, Construction Management, Criminal Justice, Cybersecurity, Forensic & Legal Psychology, Forensic Mental Health Counseling, Historic Preservation, Law (JD), Leadership, Literacy Education, Public Administration, and Studies in Law

Backed by more than 50 years of academic rigor and an outstanding reputation as one of the area’s top universities, Roger Williams University offers more than a dozen master’s and certificate programs in a variety of disciplines, including Architecture, Historic Preservation, and Urban & Regional Planning; Business Administration; Construction Management; Criminal Justice and Cybersecurity; Forensic & Legal Psychology and Forensic Mental Health Counseling; Law; Leadership; Literacy Education; and Public Administration.  

Applied learning with a wealth of internship, study abroad, and research opportunities is at the heart of an RWU education. You can expect individual attention, personalized advising, course work tailored to your interests, and access to all the resources the University has to offer. In addition, RWU offers a number of graduate assistantship and scholarship opportunities, along with flexible scheduling to accommodate students who wish to study full time, part time, or online.

Built on ideals
The principles and philosophies carried throughout the University date back to our namesake, Roger Williams, founder of the state of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations. The University has dedicated itself to the ideals advocated by Roger Williams himself—education, freedom, and tolerance—and honors his legacy by modeling a community in which diverse people and diverse ideas are valued, intellectual achievement is celebrated, and civic responsibility is expected. 

Our students
Graduate students at RWU come from across the US and around the globe to study alongside a faculty that is equally as geographically and culturally diverse. Take advantage of the opportunity to interact with students outside of your discipline and gain insight into other cultures and viewpoints, critical parts of the graduate student experience at RWU. Our students also come with a variety of personal and professional experience—recent undergraduates, young professionals, and mid-career students all call RWU home. We are also proud to have a strong active-duty military and veteran population. 

Situated on a peninsula overlooking the picturesque Mount Hope Bay, RWU’s main campus in Bristol, Rhode Island, is conveniently located only 20 miles from Providence, Rhode Island, and 60 miles from Boston, Massachusetts. Whether you’re looking to enjoy the beach, take your surfboard out on the water, grab a lobster roll, or take in a concert or WaterFire in Providence, there’s something for everyone only minutes from campus. And you can’t miss trying some of our local culinary favorites—Del’s lemonade, PVDonuts, Rhode Island clam chowder, and even coffee milk!

If you’re looking to stretch your wings, an hour’s drive can take you to Boston, a city rich in history with an abundance of things to do—great nightlife, food, concerts, and more. If you’re into sports, Red Sox, Patriots, Celtics, and Bruins games are all just a short drive or train ride away. 

Degree programs
All graduate programs at Roger Williams University share a few common traits: they prepare our graduate students to serve others with purpose and vision and provide learning experiences that stretch far beyond a traditional classroom.

 For students with undergraduate Business degrees from AACSB-accredited schools, save time and money with our innovative one-year Master of Business Administration program. Not only will you earn your MBA in a year, but you’ll also take part in an internship and study abroad experience during the year. The program is offered at our Metro Campus in Providence, offering convenient access to top corporations like CVS, Hasbro, Fidelity Investments, and more.

Want to take advantage of the construction and real estate boom? Earn your MS in Construction Management in a hybrid format on campus or fully online in as little as one year on a full-time basis. Learn the critical management, financial, and supervisory skills to effectively lead teams and oversee critical projects in residential, commercial, and industrial construction.

Want to serve and protect our communities? Consider our MS in Criminal Justice or MS in Cybersecurity programs. While our Criminal Justice program has a dynamic on-campus option, both programs are also offered online. What makes these programs stand out? Take a quick look around the police units across Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island, and you’ll be hard-pressed to find one without a law enforcement professional from one of our cutting-edge programs.

Have an eye for design or an appreciation for preserving the past? Look no further than our School of Architecture, Art, and Historic Preservation (SAAHP). Our NAAB-accredited Master of Architecture program has produced award-winning and world-renowned architects working around the globe. While our Architecture students focus on creating, students in the MS in Historic Preservation program look to preserve and restore structures, monuments, and parks that are lasting symbols of our past. Want some good reasons to study in the SAAHP? The School offers competitive scholarship opportunities, guaranteed paid internship and project placements for all students as part of the Career Investment Program, practicing “firms in residence” who teach our students, study abroad experiences, a women’s leadership network, and more.

Interested in studying human behavior and analyzing it in a justice system setting? Take a look at our MA in Forensic & Legal Psychology and MA in Forensic Mental Health Counseling programs. Among our most competitive and academically challenging offerings, our Forensic Psychology programs have an extremely high job placement rate—nearly 100% within six months of graduation—and place students in a wide range of internships and practica as well as nationally competitive PhD and PsyD programs. Study alongside nationally recognized researchers and practitioners who will prepare you for both future doctoral study in our 45-credit thesis program and licensure as a mental health counselor or professional counselor in the 60-credit licensure program. 

Do you have a passion for shaping government policy or leading organizations to be more effective? Learn more about our MS in Leadership or Master of Public Administration (MPA) programs. Offered in a hybrid format, these programs are offered in the evenings and online through our Providence campus or can be undertaken fully online, making them ideal for working professionals juggling personal and work commitments. Courses are taught by faculty who are both academically and professionally qualified, bringing a wealth of experience to the classroom. 

Ready to make a deeper impact in the classroom? For students who already possess initial teaching certification, our MA in Literacy Education program offers advanced course work for students who wish to earn a master’s-level credential and obtain certification as a PK-12 Reading Specialist/Consultant in Rhode Island and in member states of the Interstate Certification Compact (ICC). The program is built on a cohort model in which students follow the course sequence together as a group, and courses are delivered in a hybrid format. In-class study is complemented by a series of field experiences to provide optimal applied learning opportunities for our students. 

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16 Graduate Programs Offered

Program Certificate Master's Doctorate
Campus Hybrid Online Campus Hybrid Online Campus Hybrid Online
Computer Security                
Criminal Justice            
Forensic Psychology                
General MBA                
Historic Preservation                
JD / Law Programs                
Public Admin          
Urban Planning                


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133 part-time




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