Military Admissions

or 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 you your educational goals, and help you build a plan to achieve them.

When you apply to our Military Program, a dedicated enrollment counselor 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 four steps of our admissions process at-a-glance:

  • Step 1 – Prepare your documents.  Having these documents handy will help our enrollment counselor to better help you with your educational goals and plan.
    • Obtain copies of your High School and previous college transcripts.
    • 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.
    • If you are applying for a Graduate Program, the following documents are also required:
      • Two Letters of Recommendation
      • Statement of Purpose.
  • Step 2 – Apply to JWU Today.
  • Step 3 – Submit your 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.
    • OR Allow JWU to Attempt to Request on Your Behalf. Applicants can also work with their dedicated enrollment counselor to complete a Transcript Request Form via DocuSign, which will allow JWU to request transcript(s) on their behalf.
    • OR Request Your Joint Services Transcript (JST)
  • Step 4: Submit Required Documentation
    • TWO RECOMMENDATION LETTERS – Please submit two letters acknowledging your potential for successful completion of the program.

You can download the Letters of Recommendation (20K PDF) form or have your sources write a letter of reference. Sources should mail letters of recommendation directly to: College of Professional Studies, Johnson & Wales University, 115 Cedar St., Providence, RI 02903. Sources can also email letters to: [email protected]

  • 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] or fax it to 401-598-4553.

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 are at least 24 years of age, 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.