Bristol, RI
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Tuition Cost $29,448
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August 1
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Master of Science in Criminal Justice at Roger Williams University

The Master of Science (MS) in Criminal Justice program at Roger Williams University trains students to develop justice system policies and effectively serve as administrators in the United States justice system. Offered through the School of Justice Studies, the program was designed for individuals with diverse backgrounds, career goals, and academic needs.

Students can complete the program on a full-time or part-time basis. They can take courses online or on-ground at the university's main campus in Bristol, Rhode Island and Metro Campus in Providence, Rhode Island.

MS in Criminal Justice Curriculum

The MS in Criminal Justice enables students to explore the fields of criminology and justice system management. Criminology examines the characteristics and causes of crime. Justice system management focuses on contemporary administrative theory, legal issues concerning personnel management, and management of criminal justice agencies.

The program's 36-credit curriculum includes thesis and non-thesis options. The thesis option has seven core courses including the thesis and four to six elective courses. The non-thesis option includes six core courses, six elective courses, and a comprehensive examination.

MS in Criminal Justice/Juris Doctorate Program

The MS in Criminal Justice/Juris Doctorate is a collaborative program offered through the School of Law and School of Justice Studies. Its curriculum includes 78 credits of law courses and 24 credits of criminal justice courses.

Each school accepts 12 transfer credits from the other school's program. This allows students to complete both programs in three-and-a-half years of full-time study, a year shorter than needed to complete the programs separately.

Faculty Members in the School of Justice Studies

Criminal justice faculty members are highly skilled, experienced, and credentialed educators and scholars with real-word experience. They teach all classes and serve as mentors and advisers who help students achieve their academic and professional goals.

For example, Associate Professor of Criminal Justice Sean Varano has expertise in evaluation research, gang reduction programs, policing, prescription drug misuse, and youth violence. He collaborates with local communities in applying and evaluating evidence-based approaches to public health and crime. He also serves as the co-principal investigator/evaluator for the City of Providence's Project Safe Neighborhoods (gang reduction program) and the Olneyville Housing Corporation1s Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation grant program.

Associate Professor of Criminal Justice Julie Coon conducts research on crime prevention, policing, and school security. Her research experience includes mapping crime for police departments, observing police officers, examining law enforcement's role in schools, assessing citizens' satisfaction with local police departments, and examining high school principals' perceptions about the effectiveness of school safety initiatives. Courses she teaches include "Crime Prevention," "Criminal Justice System Overview," "Policing in America," and "Research Methods in Criminal Justice."

Research at Roger Williams University

The School of Justice Studies facilitates research that aids in solving problems, making decisions, and creating best practices related to the justice system. Faculty members conduct research to address some of the nation's most relevant issues including the following:

- Bike patrol
- Community violence reduction strategies
- Police stress
- School safety
- US courts
- Victim advocacy
- Youth gangs

This wide-variety of research allows students to collaborate with faculty members in examining problems and topics of interest to them.

In addition, the school operates the Roger Williams University Justice System Training and Research Institute. It provides high quality, academically rigorous training for public safety personnel. It also offers the criminal justice community applied research resources and information that enhance professionalism among public safety workers and promote effective policing of communities.

Roger Williams University

Founded in 1956, Roger Williams University is committed to strengthening "society through engaged teaching and learning." It offers more than 5,000 students 43 majors and 19 graduate programs in the liberal arts and professions. It also provides an abundance of co-curricular activities; project-based, experiential education; and rewarding study abroad opportunities. This commitment to academic excellence has earned the university recognition as one of the top colleges in the northern region and nation from "Forbes," "The Princeton Review," and "US News & World Report." The University is also home to the only law school in Rhode Island, offering unparalleled professional externships for students.


The University's main campus is located in Bristol, Rhode Island, one of New England's most charming and historic towns. It offers a variety of local attractions including antique shops, boutiques, historic sites, museums, and restaurants. It also has several parks and numerous miles of coastline for recreational opportunities on both land and sea.

Bristol's close proximity to Providence, Rhode Island (30-minute drive), Boston, Massachusetts (60-minute drive), and New York City, New York (three-hour drive) provides easy access to some of the northeast's most exciting cities.

The University also offers graduate and continuing education programs at its Metro Campus in Providence.

Location & Contact

Roger Williams University

Office of Graduate Admission

1 Old Ferry Road
Bristol, RI 02809
United States

Marcus Hanscom

Director of Graduate Admissions

Phone: 401-254-6200

Degrees & Awards

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Criminal Justice And Criminology Master's
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 15
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? Yes
    • Evening/weekend programs available? Yes
    • Distance learning programs available? Yes
    • Terminal master's degree available? No

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees *
    • Tuition & Fees$29,448
    • *Average dollar amount (tuition & fees) required to complete the degree
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitFAFSA
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsAugust 1
    • Types of financial support availablePublic Service Discounts, Student Loans


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