Criminal Justice

In addition to learning foundational theories and analyzing data in the School of Justice Studies (SJS), students develop close relationships with our faculty experts and put their learning into practice. As an SJS student, you’ll be exposed to a variety of networking opportunities and hands-on internships getting you out into the field. Careers in the justice field are exciting, rapidly developing, constantly evolving, highly sought-after, and growing faster than average. Your RWU experiences will prepare you to get hired in private industries or public service careers at the state or federal level.

RWU’s program is ranked in the top 10% of CJ programs in New England by College Factual for 2022.

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Degree Requirements 


This program allows exceptional undergraduate, criminal justice majors the opportunity to earn six graduate credits during their senior year and the remainder of the course requirements for the Master’s of Science in Criminal Justice in a single, post-graduate year. This is an accelerated program for students who intend to study criminal justice full-time at the graduate level.

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Cutting-Edge Technology

In the Forensics and Networking Security (FANS) lab, students work with cutting-edge technology to learn how to solve issues around hacking and cyberattacks and discover how to acquire, analyze and manage evidence collected from computers or mobile devices. 

Get a Great Internship  

Our strong industry connections guarantee opportunities for internships or co-op experiences at a variety of agencies and companies including:

  • U.S. Marshals Service
  • R.I. Office of the Attorney General
  • R.I. State Police
  • Naval Investigative Service
  • M.A. State Crime Lab
Learning Across Programs 

The interdisciplinary Forensic Science program works closely with RWU’s School of Social and Natural Sciences, including utilizing high- tech lab facilities. Many students choose to pursue certification in biotechnology, developing mastery of technical skills and boosting their resumes.  

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The Foundation for a Successful Career in Criminal Justice

Joseph Mckenna, RWU Class of 2011
Criminal Justice

Joseph McKenna says it was his hand-on, personalized experience in the Roger Williams' Criminal Justice program that laid the foundation for his success as an associate director of research and evaluation for the Texas School Safety Center.

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