Residency Requirement

Residency requirement refers to the number of credits students must take at JWU to be eligible for a degree or certificate, whether they are transfer students or JWU students acquiring an additional degree. Please see the appropriate section for information regarding residency requirements.

The residency requirement for all students pursuing an associate degree is a minimum of 31.5 quarter credit hours, half of which must be within the major field.

For students pursuing a bachelor’s degree, the minimum is 45.0 quarter credit hours, half of which must be within the major field.

Students pursuing a certificate program will be allowed to transfer a maximum of 9.0 quarter credits (including JWU courses) toward certificate program requirements.

Upon review, certain related professional studies courses and program electives may be considered when determining residency. Standardized testing credits are not considered when determining residency requirements.

Additional Degrees

Students may pursue 1 additional associate degree in a program that has a minimum of 31.5 credits which are not in their primary major (there must be a 31.5-credit difference between the 2 associate degrees). Half of the credits must be within the major field of the additional associate degree. Classes in the additional associate degree may not be used as electives in the primary major if residency requirements have not been met.

Students may pursue 1 additional bachelor's degree in a program that has a minimum of 45 credits which are not in their primary major (there must be a 45-credit difference between the 2 bachelor’s degrees). Half of the credits must be within the major field of the additional bachelor’s degree. Classes in the additional bachelor’s degree may not be used as electives in the primary major if residency requirements have not been met.

Note: Students pursuing additional degrees may also incur additional tuition and fees. 

A maximum of 20% of the program’s credits can be awarded as transfer credit in accordance with the university's Graduate Transfer Credit Policy.

Additional Degrees

Due to the overlap in core curriculum, students who complete an MBA at Johnson & Wales University are not eligible to complete a second MBA at Johnson & Wales University. However, any student who received a master’s degree from Johnson & Wales University may apply for admittance to another MS, MAT or MEd program at the university through Graduate Admissions. A maximum of 20% of coursework may be shared between the graduate programs. Students must meet the entrance requirements for the prospective program to gain admittance.

Only one doctoral degree is allowed.

Note: Students pursuing additional degrees may also incur additional tuition and fees.