For many adult learners, applying to college may appear to be a complicated and time-consuming process. If you factor in your military service obligations, it can seem more so. At JWU, we understand your needs, and we do everything we can to make applying easy and seamless. Throughout the entire admission process and your enrollment to JWU, we will work with you one-on-one, getting to know your educational goals, and help you build a plan to achieve them.

When you apply to our Military Program, a dedicated Admissions Associate will be assigned to you. Their goal is to aid you throughout the enrollment process to ensure you are ready to start your educational path with JWU. 

At JWU, we have a rolling admissions process, which means you can apply for any of our six start dates.

Here are the steps of our admissions process at-a-glance:


Step 1: Submit Your Free Application

Step 2: Submit Your Academic Transcript(s)

Applicants have three options to submit their official academic transcripts:

  • Request Your Own Transcript: Applicants should contact their previous institution(s) or visit the Registrar’s Office website at their previous institution(s) for instructions on how to request academic transcripts. Transcripts should be mailed directly to 115 Cedar Street, Providence, RI, 02903. For institutions with online request options, please use [email protected] as the recipient.
  • Allow JWU to Attempt to Request Transcripts on Your Behalf: Applicants can work with their dedicated Admissions Associate to complete a Transcript Request Form via Formstack, which will allow JWU to request transcript(s) on their behalf.
  • Request Your Joint Services Transcript (JST): Obtain a copy of your Joint Services Transcript (JST), Coast Guard Institute, or Community College of the Air Force Transcripts. Also please have an official copy sent to JWU.

Please note that it is not a guarantee that JWU can collect transcript(s), as some schools require requests or additional authorization forms to come directly from the student.


Step 3: Submit Required Documentation

  • Two Letters of Recommendation: Please submit two letters acknowledging your potential for successful completion of the program. You can submit a request to the individuals that you wish to write your recommendation letters via our Letter of Recommendation form. This form will automatically notify your listed references and ask them to complete the reference request. Sources can either email letters to [email protected] or submit their reference through the form that will be provided to them.
  • Statement of Purpose: Describe in 500 words or less why you want to pursue the degree you’re interested in. Include your professional experience, career goals, learning style preferences, and potential contributions to the program. You can email your Statement of Purpose to [email protected]. Use the following questions as a guideline to help you develop your Statement of Purpose:
    • Why are you pursuing a graduate degree program at Johnson & Wales University?
    • What are your current work duties and professional growth goals?
    • How will obtaining a graduate degree help you further your career?
    • What skills and life experiences would make you a unique addition to the online classroom?


If you have an undergraduate GPA of 2.85 or higher, you are not required to take the GMAT. The minimum GPA required for Official Acceptance is 2.85. Conditional acceptance to certain graduate business programs may be extended to domestic students who have a 2.41 – 2.84 cumulative undergraduate grade point average, and who demonstrate significant evidence of professional success. Students granted conditional acceptance may take a maximum of two 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.


  • If you are applying for FAFSA, apply as soon as possible. Filing is free and it’s easy — and it’s the only way to qualify for federal student aid.
  • FSA ID. This will allow you to sign your FAFSA electronically. It will come to you via email within 4 hours.
  • Submit your FAFSA. You’ll need your FSA ID (see above), SSN, driver’s license, your latest federal tax return, and JWU’s school code: 003404.

For information regarding academic program licensing and certification, visit the Licensure & Professional Certification Disclosures page of the catalog.

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