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 two 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 (B.S.) and Culinary Arts and Food Service Management (B.S.)

All Baking & Pastry Arts and Food Service Management and Culinary Arts and Food Service Management online bachelor's degree program students must meet the following requirements:

  • All associate degree general study requirements must be met.
  • Applicants must present a national certification recognized by the Conference for Food Protection with a test examination date within five years to fulfill graduation requirements. Students who do not have this certification will be required to obtain it to meet graduation requirements.
  • Applicants who earned associate degrees more than 10 years ago must also submit a cover letter and résumé that demonstrates how they have kept their baking and pastry or culinary (as applicable) skills and knowledge current during that time. Applications will be reviewed for applicability of current skills and knowledge to the degree program.

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 (B.S.) and Food & Beverage Entrepreneurship (B.S.)

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 two 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 or certified transcripts from all institutions attended, including bachelor's and master's degree conferral (if applicable). When a graduate program application is submitted prior to completing requirements for the bachelor's degree, Online Admissions will consider the application and, if admissible, will offer an acceptance pending submission of final transcript verifying bachelor's 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: An essay explaining your motivation, aptitude and goals related to graduate-level academic study
  4. Two letters of recommendation from individuals qualified to attest to the applicant's potential for success at the graduate level of study. A Personal Reference Form may be substituted for the letters of recommendation.
  5. A current résumé or CV (required for applicants for conditional acceptance; optional for other applicants)

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

Note: All programs listed in the table below are available to qualifying students through JWU's College of Online Education. The minimum grade point average and additional requirements for each program are also noted.

Students who do not meet the minimum GPA requirements of any online graduate program (excluding Accelerated Master's [formerly known as 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

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. 

Please note that the programs marked with an (*) asterisk below will accept students under conditional acceptance.

Program Selection Min GPA Required Degree Additional Requirements
MBA PROGRAMS
All MBA Programs/Concentrations* 2.85 Bachelor's degree in any major
MASTER OF PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION PROGRAMS
M.P.A. General* 2.85 Bachelor's degree in any major
M.P.A. with Criminal Justice Concentration* 2.85 Bachelor's degree in criminal justice or business field
M.P.A. with Nonprofit Management Concentration* 2.85 Bachelor's degree in any major
MASTER OF SCIENCE PROGRAMS
Criminal Justice (M.S.)* 2.85 Bachelor's degree in criminal justice or business
Data Analytics (M.S.) 3.00 Bachelor's degree in any major
Finance (M.S.)* 2.85 Bachelor's degree in any major
Global Tourism and Sustainable Economic Development (M.S.)* 2.85 Bachelor's degree in any major
Hospitality Management (M.S.)* 2.85 Bachelor's degree in any major
Human Resource Management (M.S.)* 2.85 Bachelor's degree in any major
Information Security (M.S.)* 2.85 Bachelor's degree in any major
Nonprofit Management (M.S.)* 2.85 Bachelor's degree in any major
Organizational Psychology (M.S.)* 2.85 Bachelor's degree in any major If B.S./B.A. is not in psychology, students must complete the following courses (15 semester credits) before being accepted into the program: General Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Social Psychology and Personality (JWU courses: PSYC1001, PSYC2002, PSYC2030, PSYC3001 and PSYC3010).
Sport Leadership (M.S.)* 2.85 Bachelor's degree in any major
DOCTORAL PROGRAMS
Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) 3.00 Master's degree with a concentration in business or a business-related field 5 years of management or industry leadership experience, or equivalent as a business educator; a résumé or CV tailored to DBA application specifications; participation in a video-conference interview. If an applicant's master's level program is not in a business-related field, an additional 3 years of management experience is required.