Roger Williams University

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Type of School: 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, Preservation Practices, Law (JD), Leadership, Public Administration, Special Education, 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, Business Administration, Construction Management, Criminal Justice, Cybersecurity, Forensic & Legal Psychology, Forensic Mental Health Counseling, Law, Leadership, Preservation Practices, Public Administration, and Urban & Regional Planning.

Applied learning with a wealth of internship, study abroad, and research opportunities are all at the heart of an RWU education. You can expect individual attention, personalized advising, coursework tailored to your interests, and access to all the resources the University has to offer. In addition to all this, Roger Williams University 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 Williams himself—education, freedom, and tolerance—and honors his legacy by modeling a community in which diverse people and ideas are valued, intellectual achievement is celebrated, and civic responsibility is expected.

Our students
Graduate students at RWU come from across the United States and around the globe to study alongside faculty who are equally as geographically and culturally diverse. Take advantage of the opportunity to interact with students outside your discipline and gain insight into other cultures and viewpoints, which are critical parts of the graduate student experience at RWU. Our students also come with a variety of personal and professional experiences—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 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 waves, 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 our 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 International–accredited schools, you can save time and money with our innovative one-year Master of Business Administration program. Not only will you earn your MBA in a year, you’ll also take part in an internship and study abroad experience during that 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 on campus 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 completely 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 Preservation Practices 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 future doctoral study in our 45-credit thesis program, or earn your 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. Available in a hybrid format, these programs are offered in the evenings and online through our Providence campus. These programs can also be undertaken fully online, making them ideal for working professionals who are 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. 

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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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Student Body

323 students

190 full-time

133 part-time




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