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Administration of Justice and Homeland Security


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Our cutting-edge master’s degree in administration of justice and homeland security cultivates leaders and practitioners ready to tackle the security issues of today’s increasingly technological and global environment. Using an analytical approach to practice, our program meets the world’s ever-changing demand for experts in security, intelligence, threat analysis and management, technology and leadership.

Our Program

Guided by the principles of equal respect, our program focuses on the philosophical, historical, ethical, behavioral, technological, legal and policy dimensions of the discipline.

Our flexible curriculum offers three options for specialized concentrations: cybersecurity and intelligence, digital forensics or leadership in justice. Coursework covers justice theory and process along with a range of contemporary issues such as race-based policing and psychological profiling.

While this degree may be completed entirely online, evening courses are also offered at our Newport and Warwick campuses and in a hybrid classroom/online format.


Program Spotlight: Thomas Wagner

Thomas Wagner '18, '19 (M) always loved working with computers as a kid, but he didn't realize he could turn that hobby into a career until he enrolled in Salve Regina's administration of justice and homeland security program. As he began to learn, cybersecurity is a growing field and one that is ripe for opportunity – and he saw a career path emerge from his own childhood interests.

 I can say that the options are limitless. It is not an easy career field, but it is a very beneficial one. I'm not only financially secure for the rest of my life, but I have plenty of career opportunities. 


Time to Complete

18 to 24 months

Program Format

Online or evening classes

Application Deadline

Rolling admission

Our Faculty

Courses are taught by seasoned professionals who are experts in their field. Instructors work one-on-one with students to meet their individual needs while serving as career-focused mentors. Faculty also assist students in landing worthwhile internships that may provide key networking and career opportunities.​


Meet Our Faculty

Program Spotlight: Alexis Smith

Alexis Smith '18, '19 (M), who works as a contractor for Rite-Solutions, Inc. as a cyber analyst at the Naval Undersea Warfare Center in Newport, recently received a $24,000 Boren Fellowship to fund a year of immersion studies in Arabic at Sijal Institute in Amman, Jordan. She first learned about the Boren Fellowships, which fund language study in world regions critical to U.S. interests, while researching immersion opportunities for graduate students.

The Boren Fellowship, an award focused on language and cultural immersion for students with a commitment to national security, was a perfect fit for me, as I already work in the national security sector and intend to have a lengthy career in national security.


Administration of Justice and Homeland Security (M.S.)

12 courses | 36 credits

Required courses:

  • ADJ505: Constitutional Issues
  • ADJ506: Theories of Justice
  • ADJ518: Public Policy in the Global Environment
  • ADJ521: Management Issues in the Justice System
  • ADJ524: Homeland Security: The National Incident Management System
  • ADJ536: Cultural Competency
  • ADJ563: Criminal Justice Research Methods
  • INR552: Terrorism and Transnational Crime

For the remaining four courses, students choose an area of concentration or select electives from any of the graduate programs (with approval from the program director) to develop an individualized program of study that meets their personal and professional goals.

Concentration in Cybersecurity and Intelligence

The concentration in cybersecurity and intelligence highlights theory, policy and problems in this emerging field and responds to the interests, knowledge requirements and needs of law enforcement and justice professionals at the local, regional, state and international levels.

Additional required courses:

  • ADJ519: U.S. Intelligence or ADJ543: Cyber Intelligence
  • ADJ576: High Technology Crime

Students also choose two of the following:

  • ADJ526: Principles of Digital Forensics
  • ADJ530: Cyberthreat Analysis
  • ADJ531: Cyberthreat Management
  • ADJ532: Cyberterrorism
  • ADJ555: Challenges to Counterterrorism
  • ADJ565: Analytic Methods
  • ADJ579: Advanced Persistent Threat: Tactics, Techniques and Procedures
  • ADJ581: Special Topics (with permission from the program director)
  • HCA530: Cybersecurity and Resiliency in Health Care Administration
  • MGT558: Management of Cyber Opportunities and Threats

Concentration in Digital Forensics

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.

Additional required courses:

  • ADJ526: Principles of Digital Forensics
  • ADJ529: Advanced Digital Forensics

Students also choose two of the following:

  • ADJ537: Network Forensics
  • ADJ545: Mobile Forensics
  • ADJ546: Insider Threat
  • ADJ547: Malware Basics
  • ADJ581: Special Topics (as available for relevant technical advancements)

Concentration in Leadership in Justice

Leaders in the justice field must reshape departments that have been highly centralized, over-specialized and conventional in their approach to solving community issues and problems. The concentration in leadership in justice focuses on strategic management in a multicultural, technological and collaborative environment.

Additional required course:

  • ADJ535: Budget Realities and Grant Opportunities
  • HLL520: Leading Holistically: Cross-Cultural Awareness

Students also choose two of the following:

  • ADJ581: Special Topics (with permission from the program director)
  • HCA530: Cybersecurity and Resiliency in Health Care Administration
  • HLL519: Introduction to Holistic Leadership Perspectives
  • MGT502: Managing in a Global Economy
  • MGT509: Human Resources Management
  • MGT554: Business Foresight and Futuring