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/or college transcripts are required for admission review.

Test Scores

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

Students must submit SAT or ACT scores in order to be considered for acceptance into the university's Honors program. Admission standards for honors students may vary for international and transfer students

Minimum Grade Requirements

Conditional Acceptance includes academic support structures such as advising and supplemental instruction. Satisfactory academic progress must be maintained.

In general, JWU seeks a minimum grade average of C+ for admission. A lower grade average and curriculum level require a more intensive review of the total application package.

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 Accessibility Services/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 Accessibility Services/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 graduate 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. Statement of Purpose: a short essay explaining your motivation, aptitude and goals related to graduate-level study
  4. Two 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.
  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 Accelerated Master's) 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 2.41–2.84 cumulative undergraduate grade point average and demonstrate significant evidence of professional success. Students granted conditional acceptance may take a maximum of three JWU graduate courses (students may not enroll in two 8-week courses at the same time). If an overall GPA of 3.0 is earned in the first conditional semester, the student will be granted full admission to that program. Students who do not earn an overall GPA of 3.0 will be dismissed from the program and will not be accepted to any JWU graduate program. 

Program Selection Min GPA Required Degree Additional Requirements
MBA PROGRAMS
General MBA 2.85 Bachelor's degree in any major
MBA with Finance concentration+ 2.85 Bachelor's degree in any major
MBA with Hospitality concentration 2.85 Bachelor's degree in any major
MBA with Human Resource Management concentration+ 2.85 Bachelor's degree in any major
MBA with Information Security/Assurance concentration+ 2.85 Bachelor’s degree in any major
MBA with Nonprofit Management concentration# 2.85 Bachelor's degree in any major
MBA with Operations and Supply Chain Management concentration# 2.85 Bachelor's degree in any major
MBA with Organizational Leadership concentration+ 2.85 Bachelor's degree in any major
MBA with Organizational Psychology concentration+ 2.85 Bachelor's degree in any major
MBA with Project Management concentration+ 2.85 Bachelor's degree in any major
MBA with Sport Leadership concentration# 2.85 Bachelor's degree in any major
M.S. PROGRAM
Addiction Counseling (M.S.) 2.85 Any B.S. or B.A. degree 3 letters of recommendation; GRE scores or Miller Analogies Test Scores not required, but may be recommended; interview required. Completion of these undergraduate courses with a grade of C or better: General Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, and Statistics or Research Methods (JWU courses: PSYC1001, PSYC2002, and MATH2001 or RSCH2015)
ACCELERATED MASTERS PROGRAMS FOR JWU UNDERGRADUATES
Bachelor/MBA 3.0 Business bachelor's degree or bachelor's degree in a business-related program (e.g., Hospitality) Senior status (full-time day program student); grade of C or better in undergraduate equivalents of the following graduate foundation courses: FISV5000 Corporate Financial Accounting and ECON5000; (JWU courses: ACCT1210 and ECON1001 or ECON1002); Acknowledgement checklist from SAS is required
3+2 MASTER OF SCIENCE PROGRAM
3+2 B.S. Psychology/M.S. Addiction Counseling 3.0 3 letters of recommendation (2 must be from JWU Psychology faculty); grade of C or better in General Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, and Statistics or Research Methods (JWU courses: PSYC1001 Introductory Psychology, PSYC2002 Abnormal Psychology, and MATH2001 Statistics or RSCH2050 Workshop in Acquiring Social Research Skills), personal interview. Applicants must complete a formal application with the graduate school no later than the start of their junior year.

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 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 may be emailed or faxed to 303-256-9333.

Accelerated Graduate Programs for Current JWU Students

Accelerated Master's Bachelor's/MBA Program

Through the Accelerated Master's Bachelor's/MBA Program, students can take a few graduate-level courses during their senior year at no additional charge, then continue on to complete their master’s degree. Students may choose from any of these MBA programs and concentrations:

  • General MBA
  • MBA with Finance concentration
  • MBA with Hospitality concentration
  • MBA with Human Resource Management concentration
  • MBA with Information Security/Assurance concentration
  • MBA with Nonprofit Management concentration
  • MBA with Operations and Supply Chain Management concentration
  • MBA with Organizational Leadership concentration
  • MBA with Organizational Psychology concentration
  • MBA with Project Management concentration
  • MBA with Sport Leadership concentration

To be considered for admission into this JWU Accelerated Master's Program, the following must be submitted:

  1. A completed and signed Acknowledgement Checklist Form
  2. A completed application for graduate admission, marking the Accelerated Master's box under Special Programs Selection section
  3. Statement of Purpose: an essay explaining your motivation, aptitude and goals related to graduate-level study
  4. Two letters of recommendation. Recommendations should be from individuals qualified to attest to the applicant’s potential for success at the graduate level of study. Personal reference forms may be substituted for the recommendation letters.
  5. Current résumé or CV
  6. Completion of undergraduate foundation course equivalents with a grade of C or better: Accounting I and II, and Microeconomics or Macroeconomics
  7. A cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher

3+2 B.S. Psychology/M.S. Addiction Counseling Program

The College of Arts & Sciences offers students an opportunity to earn both their undergraduate and graduate degrees through its 3+2 B.S. Psychology/M.S. Addiction Counseling program. This program enables qualified students to earn, in a continuous plan of study, both a B.S. in Psychology and an M.S. in Addiction Counseling in five years.

Qualified students are able to complete 10 Core Counseling graduate courses that will count towards their undergraduate Psychology degree. 

Program Requirements

Eligible students who would like to pursue a 3+2 B.S. Psychology/M.S. Addiction Counseling degree will need to apply directly to the program. Students must satisfy separate admission requirements for both undergraduate and graduate programs. Admission to the undergraduate program does not guarantee admission to the graduate program.

The M.S. degree in Addiction Counseling is run on a cohort model. Students who are accepted to the program will enter the summer after their junior year. 

Qualified students who have already been accepted to the 3+2 B.S. Psychology/M.S. Addiction Counseling program will also need to complete a formal application with Graduate Admissions. When submitting the formal application to Graduate Admissions, the following must be submitted or completed:

  1. A completed application for graduate admission, marking the M.S. Addiction Counseling box under the Programs Selection section
  2. Statement of Purpose: an essay explaining your motivation, aptitude and goals related to graduate-level study
  3. Three letters of recommendation. Recommendations should be from individuals qualified to attest to the applicant’s potential for success at the graduate level of study. Two of these letters must be from a JWU faculty member in the Psychology department. A personal reference form may be substituted for the recommendation letters.
  4. Current résumé or CV
  5. Completion of these undergraduate courses with a grade of C or better: General Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, and Statistics or Research Methods (JWU courses: PSYC1001 Introductory Psychology, PSYC2002 Abnormal Psychology, and MATH2001 Statistics or RSCH2050 Workshop in Acquiring Social Research Skills)
  6. Cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher
  7. Personal interview

This program is offered at the Denver and Providence campuses. For more information, contact the dean of the John Hazen White College of Arts & Sciences at your campus.