Students in Rhode Island who are interested in pursuing studies in criminal justice will find six school options. A variety of programs are offered, including associate's, bachelor's and master's degree programs, as well as graduate certificate programs. Programs might include a capstone course, externship, portfolio experience or community service; master's degree-seeking students might be able to choose between thesis and non-thesis tracks.
Below are summaries of the six schools with a table showing the programs and tuition information.
Community College of Rhode Island
Located in Warwick, Rhode Island, the Community College of Rhode Island offers both academic and vocational and technical programs in many fields of study. The school's Criminal Justice and Legal Studies Department offers an associate's degree program in law enforcement. Students pursuing this 2-year degree are required to complete 39 credits of major coursework, studying subjects such as criminal law, procedure, law and society and criminalistics. A 3-credit case study in criminal law acts as a capstone course to this program.
Johnson and Wales University - Providence
The Providence campus of Johnson and Wales University provides options for undergraduate and graduate programs in criminal justice. The bachelor's degree program in criminal justice combines coursework in criminal justice, business, technology and liberal arts subjects. In addition to major coursework in criminal justice, students also take general education and business courses in accounting and management. The master's degree program mixes criminal justice and management education. Students in this program build a broad base of criminal justice knowledge as well as the analytical skills necessary to secure positions in management.
New England Institute of Technology
The East Greenwich-based New England Institute of Technology offers both associate's and bachelor's degree programs in criminal justice. Students in the associate's degree program begin by building a foundation of criminal justice knowledge in their first quarter, then spend the remaining five quarters focusing on specialty areas of study in the field. In addition to coursework in areas such as cyber crimes, gang issues, forensic science and firearm skills, students also participate in a criminal justice portfolio experience, which entails working on a simulated investigation and presenting the findings. An externship opportunity is also available.
In order to complete the bachelor's degree program, students complete an 18-month continuation of the associate's degree program. Students follow a program of intensive study of criminal justice subjects and complete a senior capstone project that takes students through a mock crime and subsequent investigation in real time.
Rhode Island College
Providence's Rhode Island College offers a bachelor's degree program in criminal justice through its Sociology Department. Students in the program explore topics in ethics, sociology of crime, victimology, public policy, and the American judicial process. Rhode Island College also offers a 5-course minor in criminal justice for students enrolled in other major programs.
Roger Williams University
Roger Williams University is an independent, private university located in Bristol, Rhode Island. Recognized by Forbes as one of the best colleges in the United States, it offers bachelor's and master's degree programs in criminal justice. The 120-credit bachelor's degree program covers theoretical and practical concepts in criminal justice and emphasizes liberal arts courses as well as coursework in the field. A minor in criminal justice is available, as is a continuing education program for adult learners who wish to pursue professional development in criminal justice.
The school's master's degree program in criminal justice prepares graduates to work as justice systems administrators with courses in criminological theory, research methods and legal issues of justice systems. Both thesis and non-thesis options are available. This program is available on its own or as an accelerated 5-year bachelor's and master's degree combination program. Students can also earn a joint Master of Science/Juris Doctor degree in cooperation with the School of Law.
Salve Regina University
Located in Newport, Salve Regina University lies on an 80-acre campus comprised of seven contiguous, historical estates. The Department of Administration of Justice offers bachelor's and master's degrees in administration of justice, as well as a minor and two graduate certificates. Students in the bachelor's degree program have the option to pursue a concentration in juvenile justice; the program also features a required juvenile justice course with a community service component. Students in the master's degree and graduate-level certificate programs can choose to focus on leadership in justice or cyber security and intelligence. In addition to the traditional classroom experience, extracurricular activities such as the National Criminal Justice Honors Society and the Administration of Justice student club are available.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type & Setting||Criminal Justice Programs Available||Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2015-2016)|
|Community College of Rhode Island||2-year, public; small city||Associate in Science in Law Enforcement||$4,266 in-state; $11,496 out-of-state*|
|Johnson and Wales University - Providence||4-year, private not-for-profit; midsize city|| Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice,
Master of Science in Criminal Justice
|New England Institute of Technology||4-year (mostly associate's degrees) private not-for-profit; small city|| Associate in Science in Criminal Justice,
Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice
|Rhode Island College||4-year, public; large suburb|| Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice,
Minor in Criminal Justice
|$8,197 in-state; $19,858 out-of-state*|
|Roger Williams University||4-year private not-for-profit; large suburb|| Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice,
Minor in Criminal Justice,
Master of Science in Criminal Justice
|Salve Regina University||4-year private not-for-profit; large suburb|| Bachelor of Arts in Administration of Justice,
Minor in Administration of Justice,
Master of Science in Administration of Justice
Source: *NCES College Navigator.