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International Transfer Credit

Coursework completed at institutions recognized by a U.S. Department of Education accrediting agency or international Ministry of Education is eligible for transfer credit; however, transfer credit is not guaranteed.

Please see the appropriate section for detailed transfer credit policies.

Applicants with transfer credit should submit official college transcripts from any colleges and universities previously attended prior to enrolling at the university. It is the responsibility of those candidates who are currently attending other colleges to have their updated official transcripts sent to Johnson & Wales University as soon as final grades become available and no later than the first term of enrollment. In some cases, an official course outline or syllabus will be required for evaluation.  

All non-English documents must be accompanied by certified word-for-word English translations. In addition, course descriptions/syllabus (subject details or content outline) are required for transfer credit evaluations of all courses taken at foreign universities.

In order to be eligible for transfer credit, courses must be similar in level, content and duration to JWU courses in the student’s intended program of study. Additionally, only courses with earned grades of C or higher (2.00 GPA) will be accepted. Courses that carry grades of “pass” are also acceptable for transfer provided credit was awarded, and a grade of P carries a numeric GPA value of 2.00 or greater. Credits earned in developmental and remedial, English as a Second Language courses, or CEUs (continuing education units) are nontransferable. 

Upon completion of the transfer credit evaluation, accepted students will receive a copy of their degree audit (international students receive a transfer credit allowance) showing the credit accepted toward their program of study. Students with domestic transfer credit wishing to review such credits must contact a transfer advisor in Student Academic & Financial Services. Those with transcripts from foreign institutions must contact International Admissions.

JWU has a number of articulation agreements and transfer credit equivalencies in place that facilitate student transfers to Johnson & Wales University. The university works closely with all colleges who wish to articulate with JWU and continuously works to develop new partnerships. The Transfer Evaluation System provides students with information on courses (domestic institutions only) that have previously been evaluated and accepted by Johnson & Wales University. 

The university reserves the right to substitute courses at the discretion of the department chairs, directors or deans.

The transfer of credit is not guaranteed.

Master's degree applicants with graduate-level coursework taken at approved colleges and universities may be eligible for transfer credit. A maximum of 20 percent of the program's credits (two graduate-level courses) can be awarded as transfer credit for courses completed with a grade of B or better (3.00 GPA). Courses must be similar in level, content and duration to JWU courses in the student's intended program of study. In some cases, an official course outline or syllabus will be required for evaluation. Courses will be approved by the dean.

Applicants with transfer credit should submit official college transcripts from any colleges and universities previously attended prior to enrolling at the university. It is the responsibility of those candidates who are currently attending other colleges to have their updated official transcripts sent to Johnson & Wales University as soon as final grades become available and no later than the first term of enrollment. In some cases, an official course outline or syllabus will be required for evaluation.  

All non-English documents must be accompanied by certified word-for-word English translations. In addition, course descriptions/syllabi (subject details or content outline) are required for transfer credit evaluations of all courses taken at foreign universities.

Upon submission of all of the required documents and completion of the transfer credit evaluation, accepted students will be notified that the evaluation is complete and that the degree audit is available for review.  Students with domestic transfer credit wishing to review such credits must contact a transfer advisor in Student Academic & Financial Services. International students wishing to review transfer credits should contact a graduate student academic counselor in Student Academic & Financial Services upon enrollment into the graduate school major. Those with transcripts from foreign institutions may be referred to the director of international credentials.

Once enrolled in a JWU master's degree program, a student may not take courses elsewhere and apply them for transfer credit. Transfer credits should be requested prior to initial matriculation into a JWU master’s degree program.

The university reserves the right to substitute courses at the discretion of the department chairs, directors or deans.

Prerequisite and Foundation Courses

Prerequisite courses are required undergraduate classes for students who need to prepare for graduate study. Course descriptions for undergraduate prerequisite courses are listed in the university's undergraduate catalog.

Foundation courses are graduate-level courses that may be required of some students whose previous academic background does not reflect the course content described. Foundation courses with grades below a C will need to be repeated.

For possible exemption from prerequisite and/or foundation courses, candidates must ensure that all official college and university transcripts are submitted prior to enrollment at JWU. In some cases, the official course outline or syllabus will be required in order to complete the evaluation. Only courses similar in level, content and duration to JWU's prerequisite courses, and for which the student has earned a grade of C or higher (2.00 GPA), may be used to exempt the student from the respective prerequisite. Specific graduate degree program prerequisite and foundation requirements are listed in the catalog under each program of study.

Upon transcript review, domestic students will be sent a copy of their degree audit reflecting any prerequisites and/or foundation courses met as well as the remaining requirements of their program of study. International students who enroll in a JWU program can also access their degree audit online. Students with domestic transcripts wishing to review prerequisite or foundation course credits must contact a transfer advisor in Student Academic & Financial Services. International students wishing to review transfer credits should contact a graduate student academic counselor in Student Academic & Financial Services upon enrollment into the graduate school major. Those with transcripts from foreign institutions may be referred to the director of international credentials. 

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