Bachelor's Plus Programs

Pursuing your graduate degree shouldn’t have to take a lot of time or cost a lot of money. That’s why Roger Williams University offers a number of programs in the Bachelor’s Plus portfolio to provide a convenient, affordable option to pursue your master’s degree.

How does it work?

Depending on your undergraduate program, you may pursue graduate coursework during your senior year at RWU for many of the Bachelor’s Plus offerings. Some programs allow for courses to count for credit at both the undergraduate and graduate level, saving you considerable money and time to start your master’s degree. Once you complete your bachelor’s degree, you’ll complete your master’s degree in a condensed amount of time, save money on  your tuition, and start in the workforce more quickly than pursuing degrees elsewhere.  

  • Save Money
    In addition to offering scholarships in some programs, the Bachelor's Plus programs allow students to start graduate coursework during the senior year or limit the number of credits needed at the graduate level following graduation from certain undergraduate degree programs. Students also save on housing and related costs with a shorter duration of graduate study.
  • Save Time
    While most graduate degrees take two years to complete, many Bachelor’s Plus options cut as much as a year from graduate study, allowing students to enter the workforce and begin earning sooner than other programs.
  • Early acceptance and advisement
    Most students participating in a Bachelor’s Plus program will apply during the junior year and start some graduate coursework in the senior year. The early courses provide a no-risk opportunity to take graduate classes without a significant financial commitment.
  • Experiential
    Much like undergraduate study at RWU, nearly all of our graduate programs provide an experiential education with required internships, student research, study abroad, service learning opportunities, and more.                                                                                       
  • Convenience
    Students end up loving Roger for one reason or another. By pursuing a Bachelor’s Plus program, you can choose to continue to have the same great experience with a graduate degree program here.                

Select from one of the available Bachelor's Plus programs below:

4+2 in Architecture (M.Arch)

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Prepare for practice with an in-depth understanding of the discipline, guaranteed scholarships and paid internships, and opportunities to learn from practicing firms in residence. The M.Arch provides the necessary credential for students to pursue licensure in the United States. Students in the undergraduate program take up to two graduate courses during the senior year before starting the graduate program. 

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4+1 in Business Administration (M.B.A.)

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Drawing from the depth of the academic and professional experience of the Gabelli School of Business faculty, the 36-credit M.B.A. program provides a strong foundation across core business disciplines with practical applications through required internship and international experiences. The program is designed to enable students to become strategic thinkers, problem solvers and leaders. RWU students take one MBA course during the undergraduate senior year, allowing the course to count toward undergraduate and graduate course requirements.

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4+1 in Construction Management (M.S.)

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Offered in a hybrid format in Bristol or fully online, the M.S. Construction Management program is results-oriented, emphasizing the development of strong student competencies in financial and planning expertise for complex construction projects; optimizing change in the global marketplace; managing interdisciplinary teams; and research and problem-solving skills appropriate for executive level construction management responsibilities. RWU undergraduates complete only 30 credits to complete the degree in one year starting in the summer following graduation. 

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4+1 in Criminal Justice (M.S.)

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Structured with two graduate courses taken during the senior year, the 36-credit M.S. in Criminal Justice is designed to help you make substantive connections between the study and practice of criminal justice education. The program provides you with opportunities to immerse yourself in the applied nature of the field while also conducting high quality research.

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4+1 in Historic Preservation (M.S.)

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For RWU students who complete the B.S. in Historic Preservation (Path 1 students), the M.S. in Historic Preservation can be completed in just 32 credits over one calendar year. The program provides you with a strong educational foundation in preservation, archival research, planning, architectural conservation, economics, law, and heritage management. To mirror the environment we help preserve and to prepare students for diverse careers, the program couples a multi-disciplinary approach with a rigorous core of field-based professional preservation offerings, community-based work, and electives in architecture, art history, historic preservation, and planning.

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3+3 Juris Doctor/Legal Studies (J.D.)

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Superior-performing undergraduate students who pursue the undergraduate Legal Studies major and a companion major program in the Feinstein College of Arts & Sciences are eligible to apply for the Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree in the junior year. Accepted students will take first-year courses in the School of Law along with legal electives to fulfill undergraduate fourth-year requirements.

This program is administered through the School of Law. All students interested in applying to the program must adhere to published admission requirements by the School of Law. 

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3+3 Juris Doctor/Business Administration (J.D.)

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Superior-performing undergraduate students who pursue a general Business Administration curriculum at the undergraduate level are eligible to apply for the Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree in the junior year. Accepted students will take first-year courses in the School of Law along with legal electives to fulfill undergraduate fourth-year requirements.

This program is administered through the School of Law. All students interested in applying to the program must adhere to published admission requirements by the School of Law. 

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Ready to Apply?

Applications to most Bachelor’s Plus programs are due by April 1st of the second semester of your junior year. Please note that students applying to the J.D. 3+3 programs must apply through the RWU School of Law. 

For students interested in master's degrees as part of the Bachelor's Plus programs, please submit the following items to the Office of Graduate Admission:

  1. Completed application form online at grad.rwu.edu/apply
  2. Letter of Intent (two double-spaced pages maximum) describing your interest in your intended program, career goals, and how you can positively contribute to the graduate program at Roger Williams University
  3. Two (2) letters of recommendation from professional sources or academic faculty attesting to your potential to succeed in graduate school.
  4. Official RWU Transcripts (The Office of Graduate Admission will request these on your behalf).

Your letter of intent and letters of recommendation may be emailed directly to us at gradadmit@rwu.edu. Emailed letters of recommendation must come directly from your recommenders.