2018-2019 Graduate and Continuing Education Catalog 
    Jul 06, 2022  
2018-2019 Graduate and Continuing Education Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Administration of Justice

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Classes are held at our Newport campus, our Center for Adult Education in Warwick and online.

Program Director:

J. David Smith, M.S., C.A.G.S.
(401) 341-3210

About the Programs

The administration of justice and homeland security programs endeavor to address the professional requirements of justice leaders and practitioners in an increasingly technological and global environment. As a University community that recognizes its responsibility to impart and expand knowledge, develop skills, and cultivate enduring, well-informed, reflective values, the objective of the graduate program is to develop professionals who are morally imbued individuals and will serve their communities guided by the principles of equal respect. The courses and this program will focus on:

  1. The philosophical, historical, ethical, behavioral, technological, legal, and policy dimensions of the discipline;
  2. An analytical approach to practice within the criminal justice system;
  3. Practical tools to improve effectiveness shared by the various professional roles;
  4. The most current and relevant information in a structure that is dynamic and adaptable to rapidly evolving trends.

These objectives enable practitioners, managers, and leaders to design a program of study that best serves their career goals. Students pursue a Master of Science degree in administration of justice and homeland security, and may choose between three concentrations: leadership in justice or cybersecurity and intelligence and digital forensics. The concentration in leadership in justice focuses on strategic management in a multicultural, technological, and collaborative environment. The concentration in cybersecurity and intelligence focuses on the conceptual aspects of what steps need to be taken so that managers can lead and interact in a technological environment and bridge the communication gap between management and technicians. The concentration in cybersecurity and intelligence highlights theory, policy, and problems in this emerging field.  The concentration in digital forensics encompasses an array of skills including acquiring, extracting, and analyzing data that is often useful for criminal investigation and civil litigation cases. In addition to criminal and civil investigations, it also plays a major role in intelligence and counterterrorism matters.

The concentrations are structured to offer flexibility in scheduling, allowing graduate students to take some courses on campus and some online. This combination of learning opportunities allows the student to study on a schedule that fits the various time demands of administration of justice professionals. The professional demands of some students along with the desire to provide global access to our coursework requires total on-line access in some cases. Students may elect to take any or all of our courses on-line. We have successfully supported students from around the world and enabled them to complete their program of study remotely. Students not selecting an area of concentration may select electives from any of the graduate programs (with approval of the graduate program director) to develop an individualized program of study that meets their personal and professional goals.

Certificates of Graduate Studies in cybersecurity and intelligence, leadership in justice, and digital forensics will offer students the opportunity to broaden and enhance their professional careers with topics that are current and relevant in today’s administration of justice and homeland security environment. Certificates of Graduate Studies may be earned entirely online.  This will accommodate learners who may not be able to attend classes in Newport.  This program emphasizes current and relevant analysis of ethical, legal, cultural, and technological issues that pose threats to a global society that is increasingly interdependent.  The integration and collaboration of private sector, public sector, and academe creates a shared responsibility in the environment of homeland security and resiliency.  Current and future leaders understand that an interdisciplinary approach to all hazards that require prevention, mitigation, protection, response, and recovery is the most successful. The integration of private sector partnerships creates a shared responsibility in a homeland security and resiliency. Current and future leaders understand that an interdisciplinary approach is the most successful.

One of the greatest challenges facing justice practitioners and the field of public safety is the creation and maintenance of a values-based organization consisting of an ethical cadre of professionals that represent their values in a technological society. All professionals are asked to respond to increased citizen concerns and fears, to local and national security, and to social conditions beyond their control. The evolving role and mission of the professional in the justice system demands innovative leadership that creates the atmosphere for a strong foundation in ethics and integrity. This program is designed to allow the professional to gain and enhance the knowledge and skills necessary to manage change, solve problems, plan strategically, develop employees, foster innovation and trust, and establish and maintain integrity.

On Campus or On-Site

The Master of Science in Administration of Justice and Homeland Security may be earned by taking courses on campus, at our Center for Adult Education in Warwick and online or by participating in specially designed programs, if available, on-site at the workplace. Salve Regina University recognizes the demands of working professionals and the deployments necessary in a global and technical workspace. It is now possible for students working with their advisor to complete either a Certificate of Graduate Study and/or a graduate degree completely on-line. This allows for flexibility and accessibility for all students regardless of residency, shift work, deployment to foreign lands or a combination of the above.  The development of our new Digital Forensics Lab in the completely refurbished O’Hare Academic Center has created a secure and isolated technical environment. Salve Regina University has invested in the future of our students by creating the state-of-the-art environment that features hardware and software linked internally and through a secure network to a cloud-based virtual sandbox. The lab and virtual space was designed and created to provide lecture based instruction or on-line access from anywhere in the world and without risk to personal, agency, or business networks.

Accelerated Bachelor’s/Master’s Degree Program

Salve Regina University offers an accelerated program of study that leads to both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree within five years. This program is designed for the University’s highly motivated, academically talented and qualified undergraduates with a recommended grade point average of 3.30 or higher. Current undergraduates must complete the application process by February 15 of their junior year.

Undergraduate students considered for the five-year program are conditionally accepted into the master’s degree and take four graduate courses (12 credits) during their senior year. Of these 12 credits, six are applied to the undergraduate degree. Final program acceptance is contingent upon successful completion of the undergraduate degree and four graduate courses in the senior year. The total number of credits required to complete the five-year program is 150, 24 of which are graduate credits taken in the fifth year.  In order to be matriculated into the graduate program, undergraduate students who are conditionally accepted must achieve grades of B or better in each of their four graduate courses, successfully earn their undergraduate degree and demonstrate through their maturity and work ethic, the ability to succeed at the graduate level.

Program and Course Listings


    Master of ScienceCertificate of Graduate StudiesCertificate of Advanced Graduate Studies


      Administration of Justice

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