Admissions Requirements

Please see the appropriate section for information regarding admissions requirements.

For students entering as first-year students, a high school transcript is required for admission review.

For students entering as transfer students, high school and college transcripts are required for admission review.

Test Scores

JWU is test optional but students are strongly encouraged to submit SAT or ACT scores. The SAT or ACT is required for home-schooled students.

Candidates for the university’s Honors program must submit SAT or ACT scores for acceptance consideration. Admission standards for honors students may vary for international and transfer students

Minimum Grade Requirements

There are certain majors that may have grade point average, course, academic or other requirements. For further information, please contact the Admissions office.

Program Requirements

Certain programs of study include technical standards as part of academic requirements essential to the program. Students with disabilities should contact the Center for Academic Support for information regarding the feasibility of reasonable accommodations and the technical standards. See Technical Standards for descriptions of the applicable technical standards. Copies of the technical standards applicable to various programs are also available from the Center for Academic Support.

For additional admissions requirements please review the other topics listed in the Applying section of this catalog.

To be considered for admission into a JWU graduate program, the following documents must be submitted:

  1. A completed application for admission
  2. Official or certified transcripts/mark sheets from all institutions attended, including bachelor’s degree and master's degree (if applicable) conferral. When a graduate program application is submitted prior to completing requirements for the bachelor's degree, Graduate Admissions will consider the application and, if admissible, will offer an acceptance pending submission of final transcript verifying bachelor degree conferral. Without such verification, students will not be allowed to register for the current term or continue enrollment and will be in jeopardy of losing their academic status with the university.
  3. 2 letters of recommendation from individuals qualified to acknowledge the applicant’s potential for successful completion of the graduate program. These letters may be emailed or faxed to 303-256-9333.
  4. Statement of Purpose: a short essay explaining your motivation, aptitude and goals related to graduate-level study
  5. Current résumé or CV

Please note: The minimum grade point average (GPA) and additional requirements for each program offered at the Denver Campus are noted below.

Students who do not meet the minimum GPA requirements of any graduate business program (excluding 4+1) as indicated below will be given consideration for admittance to the program desired if acceptable GMAT/GRE scores are also submitted.

Conditional acceptance to certain graduate business programs may be extended to domestic students who are at least 24 years of age, have a 2.50–2.84 cumulative undergraduate grade point average and demonstrate significant evidence of professional success. Students granted conditional acceptance may take a maximum of 2 JWU graduate courses. If a grade of B or better is earned in each course, the student will be granted full admission to that program. Students who do not earn a B or better grade in each course will be dismissed from the program and unable to apply to any JWU graduate program.

Program Selection Min GPA Required Degree Additional Requirements
MBA PROGRAMS
General MBA2.85Bachelor's degree in any majorStatement of Purpose is required. The statement should not exceed 500 words and must be submitted in printed form.
MBA with Hospitality concentration2.85Bachelor's degree in any majorStatement of Purpose is required. The statement should not exceed 500 words and must be submitted in printed form.
MBA with Human Resource Management concentration2.85Bachelor's degree in any majorStatement of Purpose is required. The statement should not exceed 500 words and must be submitted in printed form.
MBA with Nonprofit Management concentration2.85Bachelor's degree in any majorStatement of Purpose is required. The statement should not exceed 500 words and must be submitted in printed form.
MBA with Operations and Supply Chain Management concentration2.85Bachelor's degree in any majorStatement of Purpose is required. The statement should not exceed 500 words and must be submitted in printed form.
4+1 PROGRAMS FOR JWU UNDERGRADUATES
4+1 BS/MBA3.0Business bachelor's degree or bachelor's degree in a business-related program (e.g., Hospitality)Senior status (full-time day school student); grade of C or better in undergraduate equivalents of the following graduate foundation courses: FISV5000 Corporate Financial Accounting (Level II) and ECON5000 (microeconomics or macroeconomics). Acknowledgement checklist from SAS. Statement of Purpose is required. The statement should not exceed 500 words and must be submitted in printed form or email.

Mail completed documents to

Denver Campus

Graduate Admissions
Johnson & Wales University
7150 Montview Boulevard
Denver, CO 80220

Transcripts and test scores must be originals, official, or certified true copies by a university official. Official US transcripts must be from an accredited institution and submitted in a sealed envelope with the appropriate seal or signature.

Letters of recommendation, current résumé/CV and Statement of Purpose are not considered original documents and therefore may be emailed or faxed to 303-256-9333.

MBA Programs

To be considered for acceptance into the program, applicants must possess a bachelor’s degree along with the minimum GPA and additional requirements.