Admissions Requirements

Applications for online undergraduate programs are accepted from new students and JWU alumni. Graduation from high school or equivalent education is required for admission to online undergraduate programs. In addition, undergraduate applicants must have 2 years of full-time work experience beyond the date of high school completion. Several of the online bachelor's programs also require attainment of an associate degree from an accredited institution.

Applications for online graduate programs are accepted from new students and JWU alumni who hold bachelor's degrees.

Additional admissions requirements for each degree program are detailed in the undergraduate and graduate sections.

Baking & Pastry Arts and Food Service Management (BS) and Culinary Arts and Food Service Management (BS)

All Baking & Pastry Arts and Food Service Management and Culinary Arts and Food Service Management online bachelor's degree program students must meet all associate degree requirements.

Applicants with Baking & Pastry Arts Associate Degrees from Institutions Other than JWU

Applicants who have earned associate degrees from an institution other than JWU must have completed a minimum of 180 hours of baking in their associate degree program with courses covering the following: classic pastries, pies and tarts, cookies, cakes, plated desserts, bread baking, cake decorating, cost control and menu planning.

Applicants with Culinary Arts Associate Degrees from Institutions Other than JWU

Applicants who have earned associate degrees from an institution other than JWU must have completed a minimum of 180 hours of cooking in their associate degree program with courses covering the 12 cooking techniques: boiling, simmering, steaming, poaching, braising, sautéing, grilling, broiling, deep-frying, shallow-frying, roasting and baking, and a cost-control and menu-planning course.

Business Studies (BS) and Food & Beverage Entrepreneurship (BS)

Applicants to the Business Studies or Food & Beverage Entrepreneurship online bachelor's degree programs must have earned an associate degree from an accredited institution prior to applying for admission to the bachelor's degree program.

All Other Bachelor's Degrees

Applicants to any online bachelor's degree program not listed above must have successfully completed high school or equivalent education prior to applying for admission to the program. In addition, applicants must have completed 2 years of full-time work experience beyond the date of high school completion.

Prior to being considered for admission into an online JWU graduate program, the following must be submitted:

  1. A completed application for admission
  2. Official, final transcripts documenting all undergraduate and graduate work
  3. 2 letters of recommendation from individuals qualified to acknowledge the applicant’s potential for successful completion of the graduate program
  4. Statement of Purpose (not to exceed 500 words)

The letters of recommendation and Statement of Purpose may be emailed or faxed to 401-598-4553.

Note: The minimum grade point average (GPA) and additional requirements for each program are noted below.

Students who do not meet the minimum GPA requirements of any graduate business program (excluding 4+1) as indicated below may 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 GPA 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 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
All MBA Programs/Concentrations2.85A bachelor's degree in any majorIf minimum GPA requirement is not met, consideration for admittance to the program will be given if acceptable GMAT/GRE scores are provided with application.
Criminal Justice (MS)2.85A bachelor's degree in criminal justice or businessIf minimum GPA requirement is not met, consideration for admittance to the program will be given if acceptable GMAT/GRE scores are provided with application.
Finance (MS)2.85A bachelor's degree from an accredited institutionIf minimum GPA requirement is not met, consideration for admittance to the program will be given if acceptable GMAT/GRE scores are provided with application.
Hospitality Management (MS)2.85A bachelor's degree from an accredited institutionIf minimum GPA requirement is not met, consideration for admittance to the program will be given if acceptable GMAT/GRE scores are provided with application.
Human Resource Management (MS)2.85A bachelor's degree from an accredited insitutionIf minimum GPA requirement is not met, consideration for admittance to the program will be given if acceptable GMAT/GRE scores are provided with application.
Nonprofit Management (MS)2.85A bachelor's degree from an accredited institutionIf minimum GPA requirement is not met, consideration for admittance to the program will be given if acceptable GMAT/GRE scores are provided with application.