• Application Deadline
  • 12 months


As a student in the Criminal Justice program taught at Roger Williams University you will make substantive connections between the study and practice of criminal justice education with opportunities to immerse yourself in the applied nature of the field while also conducting high quality research. 

The program is anchored by two core study areas: criminology, which examines the nature and causes of crime, and justice system management, which focuses on modern administrative theory, legal issues in personnel administration, and management of criminal justice agencies. You’ll learn from faculty who are actively involved in research and public safety projects across the region.

The Master of Science in Criminal Justice:

  • Is available full-time, part-time and online 
  • A comprehensive thesis option is available for students who wish to conduct research
  • Is taught by expert faculty who bring current experience to the classroom 
  • Provides opportunities for research and collaboration with RWU’s School of Justice Studies, a dynamic learning environment that encompasses all aspects of the justice system.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Criminal Justice System Overview
  • Survey of Research Methods
  • Legal Issues in the U.S. Justice System
  • Crime and Public Policy
  • Criminological Theory
  • Analysis of Criminal Justice Data

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 12 months
    • Duration description
      1-2 years
  • Credits
    36 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus, Online
  • More information Go to the programme website

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks. Read more about TOEFL®PBT.

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Applicants with an overall GPA below 3.00 (B) are strongly encouraged to take either the GRE or MAT.

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

To be considered for admission to the Master of Science in Criminal Justice degree program, applicants must hold an earned Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university. To apply, submit the following:

  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate coursework.
  • Letter of Intent (two double-spaced pages maximum) describing your interest in Criminal Justice, relevant past experiences and career goals.
  • Two letters of recommendation attesting to your potential to succeed in graduate school.
  • If your first language is not English, an official report of TOEFL or IELTS results.
  • Completed application form accompanied by the $50 application fee.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    951 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 951 USD per credit and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    951 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 951 USD per credit and a duration of 12 months.
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Living costs for Bristol

  • 1000 - 1500 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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