Online Master’s Degrees in Rhode Island

Rhode Island, the smallest state in the union and most definitely not an island, is home to some prestigious colleges, including Ivy League member Brown University and the highly regarded Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). Rhode Island’s three public institutions, the University of Rhode Island, Rhode Island College, and the Community College of Rhode Island, are operated by the Rhode Island Board of Governors for Higher Education. The rest of the universities in Rhode Island are private, including the state’s one technical college the New England Institute of Technology. Although online courses, certificates, and associate’s and bachelor’s degrees are offered at many of these institutions, only a couple of schools offer online master’s degrees.

Salve Regina University

The private, not-for-profit Salve Regina University, founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1947, offers five master’s degrees that can be completed entirely online, including a master’s in administration of justice and homeland security, business administration, humanities, international relations, and management. This coeducational university provides what it describes as a “comprehensive … liberal arts education in the Catholic Tradition” and seeks to provide for the unique needs of adult students with its online programs. All of Salve Regina University’s graduate programs are fully accredited.

Roger Williams University

Roger Williams University, also a private, not-for-profit institution, offers an online accelerated delivery option for their master’s in criminal justice and master’s in public administration. Each course is condensed from a typical 16-week to an eight week long schedule to better suit the needs of nontraditional, adult, and active military students. Interaction with full-time teaching faculty and access to year round advising provide RWU’s online students with a level of personal attention that’s essential for a successful online learning experience.


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