Admissions Requirements

Please see the appropriate section for information regarding undergraduate and graduate 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.

Equine Business Management/Riding

Students must submit a riding video.

To be considered for admission into any JWU graduate degree 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. Statement of Purpose: an essay explaining your motivation, aptitude and goals related to graduate-level study
  4. Letters of recommendation. The number of letters required varies according to program (see below). Recommendations should be from individuals qualified to attest to the applicant’s potential for success at the graduate level of study. A Personal Reference Form (53K PDF) may be substituted for the recommendation letters.
  5. Current résumé or CV
  6. Some graduate degree programs have additional admissions requirements. Please refer to the program table below for specific additional requirements.

Note: All programs listed below are available to qualifying students at JWU's Providence Campus. 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 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.  

Please note that the Sport Leadership MS degree program and the Global Tourism and Sustainable Economic Development MS degree program will not be offered for the 2017-2018 Academic Year.

Program Selection Min GPA Required Degree Additional Requirements
MBA PROGRAMS
MBA — One-Year Program (Summer or Fall start only)3.0Business (BS) or a business-related program (e.g., Hospitality)2 letters of recommendation
General MBA2.85Bachelor's degree in any major2 letters of recommendation
MBA with Accounting concentration2.85Bachelor's degree in any major; Accounting major preferred2 letters of recommendation
MBA with Finance concentration2.85Bachelor's degree in any major2 letters of recommendation
MBA with Hospitality concentration2.85Bachelor's degree in any major2 letters of recommendation
MBA with Human Resource Management concentration2.85Bachelor's degree in any major2 letters of recommendation
MBA with Information Technology concentration3.0Information Technology (BS) or a related computer majorOR a BS degree and 5 years of information technology experience; 2 letters of recommendation
MBA with Nonprofit Management concentration2.85Bachelor's degree in any major2 letters of recommendation
MASTER'S PROGRAMS
Counseling (MS) (Summer start only)2.85Any BS or BA degree with 9 semester credit hours to include coursework in psychology and research/statistics3 letters of recommendation and current résumé required. GRE scores or Miller Analogies Test Scores not required, but may be recommended. Interview is also required for admission.
Finance (MS) (Fall and Spring start only)2.85Business bachelor's degree or bachelor's degree in a related field2 letters of recommendation
Global Tourism and Sustainable Economic Development (MS)2.85Bachelor's degree in any major2 letters of recommendation
Human Resource Management (MS) (Fall and Spring start only)2.85Bachelor's degree in any major2 letters of recommendation
Information Security/Assurance — Technical Track (MS)3.0Bachelor's degree in any major; IT-related major preferredGrade of C or better in pre-requisite courses: Statistics and Network Fundamentals. 2 letters of recommendation.
Physician Assistant Studies (MSPAS)3.0BS or BA degreeAll applicants must apply through the online application system CASPA (Centralized Application Service for Physician Assistants) before the March 1 deadline.
Sport Leadership (MS)2.85Bachelor's degree in any major2 letters of recommendation
EDUCATION PROGRAMS (FALL START ONLY)
MAT — Master of Arts in Teaching, with Business Education/Secondary Education concentration2.75Bachelor's degree in any major2 letters of recommendation; evidence of content knowledge in specific teaching field; interview required; criminal background check
MAT — Culinary Arts Education2.75Bachelor's degree in any major2 letters of recommendation; evidence of content knowledge in specific teaching field; interview required; criminal background check
MAT — Master of Arts in Teaching, with Elementary Education/Elementary Special Education concentration2.75Bachelor's degree in any major2 letters of recommendation; evidence of content knowledge in specific teaching field; interview required; criminal background check
MEd — Teaching and Learning Master of Education 2.75Bachelor's degree in any major2 letters of recommendation; documentation of employment in a pre-K-16 teaching situation; current résumé, interview required
Educational Leadership (EdD)3.25Master's degree in an appropriate field from an accredited institution3 letters of recommendation; current résumé; interview with faculty
4+1 PROGRAMS FOR CURRENT JWU UNDERGRADUATES
4+1 BS/MBA3.0BS or BA in any major; business-related program preferredSenior 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)
4+1 BS/Criminal Justice (MS)2.85Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice4+1 courses at the graduate level are taken online only; the remaining MS courses are also online only
4+1 BS/Finance (MS)3.0BS or BA in any major; business-related program preferredGrade of C or better in undergraduate equivalents of the following graduate foundation courses: FISV5000 Corporate Financial Accounting (Level II) and ECON5000 (microeconomics or macroeconomics)
4+1 BS/Human Resource Management (MS)3.0BS or BA in any major; business-related program preferred

Mail completed documents to

Graduate Admissions
Johnson & Wales University
8 Abbott Park Place
Providence, RI 02903

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 and Statement of Purpose are not considered original documents and therefore may be emailed or faxed to 401-598-4787.

International students, please review International Admissions Requirements for MBA and MS programs.

Accelerated Graduate Programs for Current JWU Students

4+1 BS/MBA

Through the 4+1 BS (or BA)/MBA program, students can take up to 3 graduate-level courses during their senior year at no additional charge, then continue on to complete their master’s degree in as little as 1 year.  Students may choose General MBA, MBA with Accounting concentration, MBA with Hospitality concentration or MBA with IT concentration.

To be considered for admission into a JWU 4+1 program, the following must be submitted or completed:

  1. A completed and signed Acknowledgement Checklist Form
  2. A completed application for graduate admission, marking the 4+1 box under Special Programs Selection section
  3. Statement of Purpose: an essay explaining your motivation, aptitude and goals related to graduate-level study
  4. 2 letters of recommendation. Recommendations should be 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 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

4+1 BS/Criminal Justice (MS)

Through the 4+1 BS/Criminal Justice (MS) program, students can take up to 3 graduate-level courses online during their senior year at no additional charge, then continue on to complete their master’s degree in as little as 1 year. Students who are majoring in Criminal Justice as an undergraduate may pursue the Criminal Justice (MS) through the 4+1 option. Courses at the graduate level in Criminal Justice (MS) are only offered online.

To be considered for admission into a JWU 4+1 program, the following must be submitted or completed:

  1. A completed and signed Acknowledgement Checklist form
  2. A completed application for graduate admission, marking the 4+1 box under Special Programs Selection section
  3. Statement of Purpose: an essay explaining your motivation, aptitude and goals related to graduate-level study
  4. 2 letters of recommendation. Recommendations should be 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 recommendation letters.
  5. A cumulative grade point average of 2.85 or higher

4+1 BS/Finance (MS)

Through the 4+1 BS (or BA)/Finance (MS) 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 in as little as 1 year.

To be considered for admission into a JWU 4+1 program, the following must be submitted or completed:

  1. A completed and signed Acknowledgement Checklist form
  2. A completed application for graduate admission, marking the 4+1 box under the Special Programs Selection section
  3. Statement of Purpose: an essay explaining your motivation, aptitude and goals related to graduate-level study.
  4. 2 letters of recommendation. Recommendations should be 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 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

4+1 BS/Human Resource Management (MS)

Through the 4+1 BS (or BA)/Human Resource Management (MS) 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 in as little as 1 year.

To be considered for admission into a JWU 4+1 program, the following must be submitted or completed:

  1. A completed and signed Acknowledgement Checklist form
  2. A completed application for graduate admission, marking the 4+1 box under the Special Programs Selection section
  3. Statement of Purpose: an essay explaining your motivation, aptitude and goals related to graduate level study
  4. 2 letters of recommendation. Recommendations should be 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 recommendation letters.
  5. Current resume or CV
  6. A cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher

BS/Counseling (MS)

Through the BS/Counseling (MS) program, students can take up to 3 graduate-level courses during their senior year at no additional charge, then continue on to complete the Counseling (MS) in 18 months. Students who are majoring in Counseling Psychology or a related field may apply to the BS/Counseling (MS) program.

To be considered for admission to the BS/Counseling (MS) program, the following must be submitted or completed:

  1. A completed and signed Acknowledgement Checklist form
  2. A completed application for graduate admission, marking the BS/Counseling (MS) box under Special Programs Selection section
  3. Statement of Purpose: an essay explaining your motivation, aptitude and goals related to graduate-level study
  4. 3 letters of recommendation. Recommendations should be 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 recommendation letters.
  5. Current résumé or CV
  6. Completion of these undergraduate courses with a grade of C or better: General Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, and Statistics or Research Methods
  7. A cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher
  8. Personal interview

BS Biology/MSPAS

JWU undergraduate students majoring in Biology may take advantage of an internal articulation agreement for admission to the JWU Physician Assistant Studies program. This agreement allows the PA program to accept up to 12 qualified JWU Biology candidates annually for admission to its graduate program leading to the Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies. More information and details of the agreement may be found in the Johnson & Wales University Articulation Agreement (200K PDF).

3+3 BS/JD Law Program

The 3+3 BS/JD Law program allows JWU Criminal Justice, Liberal Studies and Political Science students who meet specified admissions criteria to earn a bachelor's degree from Johnson & Wales University and a juris doctor degree from Roger Williams University in 6 years. Qualified, accepted students may enroll in graduate-level law classes at Roger Williams University (Rhode Island) during their senior year at JWU, while fulfilling bachelor’s degree requirements simultaneously. Students may complete remaining graduate degree requirements in 2 additional years.

Any interested student must contact the College of Arts & Sciences dean’s office at 401-598-1400 to declare intent to pursue the 3+3 Law Program. Pre-law advising is required and a formal application to Roger Williams University’s Law School must be submitted before December 1 of the student's junior year at JWU.

For more information about program requirements, please contact the College of Arts & Sciences dean’s office at the Providence Campus.

EdD Program

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

Program Requirements

To satisfy program requirements and receive the EdD degree, each student must successfully

  1. complete 60 credit hours (48 hours of coursework and 12 hours of dissertation work, which forms the basis for the dissertation)
  2. maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.25
  3. maintain continuous enrollment, even during dissertation work
  4. successfully complete the comprehensive assessment
  5. submit a dissertation proposal within 3 years of matriculation
  6. complete all program requirements within 6 academic years from the initial date of matriculation

Note: For a valid reason, the Educational Leadership program director may extend deadlines.

In addition, students must have a computer that connects through a high-speed internet connection. A hybrid method of teaching is utilized in the program that includes characteristics of both synchronous and asynchronous instruction. All communication to students from the university will be conducted through the university email system, and students are required to use and check this account on a regular basis.

A student becomes an official candidate for the degree upon successfully completing all courses and receiving formal approval of the dissertation proposal.

Pre-Master's Program

The Pre-Master's program at Johnson & Wales University is designed for outstanding international students who have completed a 3-year bachelor’s degree in countries where the 3-year bachelor’s degree is considered the dominant degree in specific areas of study, and such degree does not equate to a 4-year US degree.

The program provides qualified 3-year degree holders the opportunity, through a Pre-Master's schedule of undergraduate courses, to equate their education to a 4-year US bachelor’s degree while fulfilling MBA program prerequisites.

Students who successfully complete the Pre-Master's program with a GPA of 3.0 on a scale of 4.0 will enroll directly into their selected MBA or MS program.

Eligibility

The Pre-Master's program is offered only at the Providence Campus.

Applicants to the Pre-Master's program must hold a 3-year bachelor's degree from a recognized institution.

Candidates must successfully complete the English as a Second Language program if they do not submit a passing score on the language proficiency test as stated under the English Proficiency Requirements.

Application Procedure

Please refer to the International Graduate Admissions Requirements. Please note: Students accepted to the Pre-Master's program cannot transfer to the MBA or MS program without first completing all Pre-Master's program requirements.

Scholarships

Students who successfully complete the Pre-Master's program with the required minimum 3.0 GPA needed to enter the MBA or MS program will receive a nonrenewable $2,000 scholarship awarded over the length of the MBA or MS program.

Course Requirements

This program requires that a minimum of 10 undergraduate courses be taken by the student at Johnson & Wales University. The courses generally take place on the Downcity Campus, through the College of Arts & Sciences and the respective College of Business.

Course substitutions of higher-level subjects and electives in a comparable discipline may be approved based on previous study, but no exemptions will be made which result in a reduced number of required courses. Course registration for Pre-Master's students will be done through Student Academic Services in the Student Services Center, located on the Downcity Campus.

Physician Assistant Studies (MSPAS)

Accreditation Probation Statement

At its September 2017 meeting, the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) placed the Johnson & Wales University Physician Assistant Studies Program sponsored by Johnson & Wales University on Accreditation-Probation status until its next review in September 2019.

Probation is a temporary status of accreditation conferred when a program does not meet the Standards and when the capability of the program to provide an acceptable educational experience for its students is threatened.

Once placed on probation, programs that still fail to comply with accreditation requirements in a timely manner, as specified by the ARC-PA, may be scheduled for a focused site visit and/or risk having their accreditation withdrawn.

Specific questions regarding the program and its plans should be directed to the program director and/or the appropriate institutional official(s).

Prerequisite Courses

Completion of the minimum prerequisite courses does not necessarily guarantee an interview or admission. Courses in advanced physiology, pathophysiology, microbiology, immunology, genetics, statistics, organic chemistry and biochemistry are highly recommended.

Prerequisites may be in-progress or planned at the time of application. A minimum 35 of the required 39 credits, including associated labs, must be completed by the end of December in order to be considered for the June start. All outstanding prerequisite courses must be completed by the end of May. Students accepted before all prerequisite coursework has been completed will be accepted on a provisional basis. Bachelor’s degree must be completed prior to June matriculation. Any in-progress or planned coursework will be requested as part of the application process. Acceptance will be conditional upon successful completion of prerequisites.

Review of an application may be delayed if the number of completed prerequisites is determined to be too few upon which to make a determination.

All prerequisite courses must be completed with a grade of C or better.

  • Biology, human or mammalian preferred, with labs (8 credits)
  • Chemistry, organic and biochemistry preferred, with labs (8 credits)
  • Anatomy and Physiology, human preferred, with labs (8 credits)
    • Anatomy and Physiology prerequisite must have been completed within 7 years prior to matriculation (taken summer 2010 or more recently for June 2017 matriculation).
    • Prerequisite must include all body systems and be a full-year (2-semester sequence) or the equivalent, consisting of either 4 credits of anatomy with lab and 4 credits of physiology with lab OR 8 credits of A&P I and II (both with lab).
  • Courses devoted entirely to the study of the human species are preferred. Courses devoted to animal physiology, exercise physiology and/or comparative anatomy are not preferred.
  • Math, college algebra or equivalent (3 credits)
  • Psychology/sociology/behavioral science, psychology preferred (6 credits)
  • English (6 credits). Medical Terminology course will not fulfill the English requirement.

Physician Assistant Articulation Agreements

As the first accredited Physician Assistant program in the State of Rhode Island, Johnson & Wales University is dedicated to recruiting students from local colleges and universities through articulation agreements.

Recognizing the shortage of primary care providers in Rhode Island, these articulation agreements will create a bridge for students and assist us in educating area students who, upon graduation, will help Rhode Island meet the market demand for qualified health care providers.

Visit Articulation Agreements to view the full list for this program.

Academic and Experiential Requirements

Academic Requirements

  • A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited United States institution(s) at time of application or prior to matriculation
  • All prerequisite courses must have been completed at a regionally accredited United States institution.
  • The following academic criteria must be met: minimum overall cumulative GPA of 3.0, and a minimum GPA of 3.0 in all completed biology, chemistry and physics courses.
  • The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required, and preferably taken since June 2009. JWU’s designation code is 0468. An official record of that examination must be added to the student's application through CASPA. Preferred GRE scores are in the 50th percentile or better.
  • Transfer credits are not awarded to students.
  • There is no advanced placement.
  • No credit will be awarded to students for work experience.
  • Technical standards are required attributes necessary for entrance into, continuation within and graduation from the Physician Assistant Studies program at Johnson & Wales University. In addition, students may also be required to meet the technical standards of the facility or facilities providing clinical education in connection with the program. Accepted students must sign a technical standards form and program agreement after acceptance and prior to matriculation into the program.

Experiential Requirements

  • A minimum of 250 hours of direct patient care in the United States and an allopathic or osteopathic medical setting. Learn more about the preferred types of direct experience.
  • To help students gain a clear understanding of the PA’s role on the medical team, we ask that students observe (or “shadow”) a PA in the field. Shadowing of PAs in more than 1 practice type is preferred. Students will be asked to record their experiences as part of the application process through CASPA; please note that they do not count toward direct patient care hours.
  • Computer experience is essential, as a significant portion of curricular material, assignments, evaluations and other materials will be exchanged using e-technology.