Online Graduate Programs

For many students, studying on campus just isn't feasible due to personal or work commitments. That's why RWU offers a number of master's degree and graduate certificate programs that can be completed fully online.

Particularly during these challenging times dealing with COVID-19, many students are looking for flexibility in how they pursue a graduate education. Whether you are working full-time or juggling family and home commitments, online graduate programs can provide a great option for you to make progress on a graduate degree or certificate without disrupting your life. 

Online graduate programs at RWU are part of the regular fabric of academic life at the University. Though many universities rely on outside companies to serve online students and even hire different faculty, online graduate students at RWU work with our campus-based staff and learn from RWU faculty right alongside on-campus students. You will receive the same high quality instruction that is the hallmark of a Roger Williams education.

Here's why you should pursue an online graduate education at RWU: 

  • Convenience
    Many programs offer 100% asynchronous learning, so you can participate with class discussions and course material on your own schedule. 
  • Flexibility
    Programs that are traditionally offered in a hybrid format allow for you to participate live virtually in classes that meet synchronously. If your schedule doesn't allow you to participate, you can watch course recordings at a later time on our learning management system, Bridges. You can also opt to study full-time (typically three courses per semester) or part-time depending on your needs and schedule. 
  • High Quality
    Online graduate students at RWU participate in the same program as campus-based students learning from RWU faculty and working with RWU staff. 
     

Learn more about one of the available online graduate programs below:

Building on the resources of an ACCE-accredited undergraduate Construction Management program as well as extensive interaction with the construction industry’s most vibrant companies, the M.S. program offers 30 credits of coursework that can be completed in as little as one year for qualified students. The 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.

The M.S. Construction Management program is available on campus in Bristol, RI, or fully online (synchronous study only).

Learn more about the M.S. Construction Management program

The Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice program (36 credit hours) prepares graduates to formulate justice system policy and serve effectively as administrators to United States justice system agencies. The master’s program permits students to explore the fields of Criminology, examining the nature and causes of crime, and Justice System Management, which focuses on modern administrative theory, legal issues in personnel administration, and the management of criminal justice agencies. 

The M.S. Criminal Justice program is available in a hybrid format in Bristol, RI, or fully online.

Learn more about the M.S. Criminal Justice program

As technology threats continue to grow worldwide, so does the demand for highly trained cybersecurity experts. RWU offers both an M.S. in Cybersecurity, for students who wish to gain the technical skills, situational management, and problem solving to train for a career in information security, and an M.A. in Cybersecurity for working professionals to understand the intersections of Cybersecurity with their work.

The M.A. and M.S. Cybersecurity programs are offered fully online. 

Learn more about the M.A. and M.S. Cybersecurity programs

The School of Justice Studies offers three graduate certificate programs in Cybersecurity:

  • Cybersecurity
  • Cyberspecialist
  • Digital Forensics

Students may opt to complete and stack all three certificates together along with a graduate thesis to automatically earn the M.S. in Cybersecurity. 

All three graduate certificates can be completed fully online. 

Learn more about each of these programs below:

Cybersecurity Certificate

Cyberspecialist Certificate

Digital Forensics Certificate

The School of Justice Studies offers a 36-credit M.S. in Leadership program and a 15-credit Graduate Certificate in 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.

The M.S. Leadership and Leadership Graduate Certificate programs are available in a hybrid format in Providence or fully online.

Learn more about the Leadership graduate programs

The Public Administration program at Roger Williams University prepares students for careers in the education, nonprofit, government, for-profit, private and public sector management or consulting, environmental agencies, healthcare, policy analysis, homeland security and more. Uniquely set in the School of Justice Studies, RWU’s MPA program emphasizes accountability, transparency, ethics, privacy and participation -- values that will define your management career in government or nonprofits.

The M.P.A. program is available in a hybrid format in Providence or fully online.

Learn more about the M.P.A. program