Jul 01, 2022  
2020-2021 University Catalog 
2020-2021 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Cybersecurity, M.A./J.D.

Offered with the RWU School of Law.

Drawing on the strengths of the Roger Williams University School of Justice Studies and School of Law, RWU offers a concentrated joint degree program for students interested in cybersecurity. The dual degree program allows matriculated students to complete the Master of Arts in Cybersecurity (MA Cyber) and Juris Doctor (J.D.) in an accelerated period of study. The School of Justice Studies and the School of Law will each accept 12 transfer credits from the other. The effect of these credit transfers between the School of Justice Studies and the School of Law would be to reduce the overall time needed to complete both degrees in a shortened amount of time, assuming full-time study.

Applicants applying for the Joint M.A./J.D. degree must apply to and earn acceptance into the Graduate School of Justice Studies and the School of Law separately. Applicants who intend to pursue the joint degree must so indicate on the application for admission. Applications should be submitted sufficiently in advance of the application deadline to assure adequate processing time at both Schools. Ordinarily, applications to each school would be filed simultaneously, even if the student will not be taking courses at both schools during the first year of study. However, a student matriculated in either the M.A. or J.D. program could apply to the other school in order to pursue the joint degree prior to the end of the first year of study.

Program Requirements

Transferrable Course Requirements for the Joint MA Cyber/J.D. Degree Program

The Four School of Law Courses that are Transferrable* to the School of Justice Studies are Four Courses from the Below List:

  • LAW 627 - Criminal Procedure: Investigation
  • LAW 677 - Privacy
  • LAW 740 - Intellectual Property
  • LAW 760 - Constitutional Law II
  • LAW 794 - National Security
  • LAW 797 - Corporate Counsel Externship & Corporate Counsel Seminar


*Students must earn a grade of B or better in these courses for them to transfer to the MA Cyber program.

Students must contact either the program director or dean for a course degree plan.