Graduate Programs

Backed by more than 50 years of academic rigor and an outstanding reputation as one of the area's top colleges, Roger Williams University offers more than a dozen graduate and certificate programs. Small classes taught by experienced faculty members lead to a personalized educational experience, which is at the heart of an RWU education. Whether you choose to pursue your education through a full-time, in-class program or through part-time, online courses, RWU has a program to fit into your busy schedule.

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  • Architecture

    A degree in Architecture combines rigorous professional training in design, history, planning and technology with a broad liberal arts education. Our students have the opportunity to study Architecture in Europe and get their work critiqued by accomplished professionals through RWU’s one-of-a-kind Teaching Firm in Residence Program. When you complete this accredited program, you’ll be prepared to take the next step toward becoming a professional architect.

    In Person


  • Business Administration (MBA)

    Designed for RWU undergraduates or students with undergraduate business degrees from AACSB-accredited institutions, this accredited, one-year Master of Business Administration program offers a convenient and time-efficient way to earn your MBA. In just one year, you will gain the strategic thinking, problem solving and leadership skills to prepare you for the competitive business environment. The program combines classes in core business disciplines at our state-of-the-art Metro Campus in Providence with a required internship and international study to give you practical real-world experience both at home and on the global stage.

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  • Criminal Justice

    RWU’s interdisciplinary Criminal Justice program combines courses in policing, corrections and procedure with studies in the social sciences to introduce you to the theory and practice of criminal law and the moral complexity of the criminal justice system. Along with internships and the guidance of our faculty of experienced practitioners, you’ll be prepared for careers such as law enforcement, counseling and probation or to advance into graduate study or law school.

    In Person, Online
  • Cybersecurity

    As technology threats continue to grow worldwide, so does the demand for highly trained cybersecurity experts. RWU’s Cybersecurity degree combines technical skills, situational management and problem solving to train you for a career in information security. Created in partnership with industry professionals, this cutting-edge program is taught online using virtual environments to simulate the operating systems that you’ll monitor on the job.

  • Cyberspecialist

    This certificate allows individuals the opportunity to explore cybersecurity without the technical requirement commitment. Applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university in order to be eligible for Graduate Certificate Admission.



  • Digital Forensics

    Study the growing field of Digital Forensics at RWU, where students learn how to solve computer crimes like viruses, data sabotage and financial fraud. Through hands-on study in our Forensics and Networking Security lab, you’ll discover how investigators acquire, analyze and manage evidence collected from computers and mobile devices, as well as how to present this evidence in court.



  • Forensic Mental Health Counseling

    A two-year, full-time, 60 credit-hour program, the Master of Arts in Forensic Mental Health Counseling is designed for students who wish to provide mental health services in forensic or legal settings. Rooted in clinical practice, this program provides students with more than 200 hours of practicum work and 600 hours of internship experience. The Program also provides the appropriate foundation for future doctoral study in a Psy.D. program.​

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  • Leadership

    When you study Leadership at RWU, you aren’t just investing in your communication, negotiation and accountability skills. Our Leadership students go on to create high-performance organizations that use creativity, innovation and improvisation to adapt to the new challenges of our globalized, technological 21st century world. The dynamic leadership techniques and methods you learn through this program can help any organization succeed.

    Hybrid, Online


  • Middle School Certification

    When you become certified to teach middle school, you’ll learn how to help students at this critical age build upon fundamentals learned in elementary school and prepare for high school. RWU’s Middle School Certification provides Elementary and Secondary Education graduates with additional tools to succeed in the middle school classroom, including how to build a curriculum, instruct students and assess their development.

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  • Preservation Practices

    As one of the oldest historic preservation programs of its kind in America, Preservation Practices at RWU couples multidisciplinary coursework in subjects like history, architecture, law and economics with rigorous field-based professional workshops and internships. Because preservation is as much about people and place as it is about history, you’ll study historic buildings, landscapes and communities both here in New England and abroad in Florence, Italy.

    In Person
  • Public Administration (MPA)

    Uniquely set in the School of Justice Studies, RWU’s Public Administration program emphasizes accountability, transparency, ethics, privacy and participation -- values that will define your management career in government or nonprofits. By analyzing public policy, you’ll learn how to bring together diverse groups and find solutions to critical social issues, preparing you to work in a broad range of fields including healthcare, environment, fundraising and homeland security.

    Hybrid, Online
  • Public Management

    When you study Public Management at RWU, you’ll gain the foundational knowledge to become a manager in the public sector. The program offers classes in a range of areas, from ethics and public law to grant writing and program evaluations. Whether you earn this certificate on its own or as part of the Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree, you’ll develop the values of accountability, transparency, ethics, privacy and participation that are core to any government or nonprofit career.

    Hybrid, Online


  • Real Estate

    The Graduate Certificate in Real Estate prepares students and professionals to embrace the full spectrum of real estate theory and practice.

    Hybrid, In Person


  • Special Education

    The Master of Arts in Special Education program is designed to prepare teachers for supporting students of all abilities. Available with full-time and part-time options, the program provides flexibility for both recent graduates and working educators who seek additional licensure in elementary special education or secondary special education.



  • Urban and Regional Planning

    The Graduate Certificate in Urban & Regional Planning provides students with the option of deepening knowledge of urban, regional, and community planning principles and processes that will complement existing skills and knowledge.

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