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Applicants to all graduate degree and certificate programs, as well as those applicants interested in enrolling in a single course as a non-matriculating student, must complete an online graduate application.

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Important Information (Please read before applying):

  1. Please do not wait to submit your application while waiting for other application materials to be completed or submitted. 
  2. Applications and supplemental materials do not need to be sent in a single, complete package; each credential can be submitted as it becomes available.
  3. All communication from the Office of Graduate Admission regarding your application will come via email.  It is extremely important that you enter a valid email address on your application.

Application Materials

In addition to the graduate application, each graduate program requires a series of additional materials to evaluate your candidacy. Please click on each item below for instructions on how to obtain and submit each item to the Office of Graduate Admission. Specific program requirements are listed on each program page.

Application Fee

Amount: $50

There is a $50 fee to submit your graduate application. To pay the fee, please pay online or mail a check to the following address:

Office of Graduate Admission
Roger Williams University
1 Old Ferry Rd.
Bristol, RI 02809

Please contact the Office of Graduate Admission for an application fee waiver if:

  • You completed your undergraduate degree at Roger Williams University;
  • You are a military service member, veteran, spouse, dependent, or Department of Defense employee.

Fee waivers are also available if you attend a Graduate Open House, Information Session, or Virtual Information Session.

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College Transcripts

Required for: All programs

All graduate applicants must submit transcripts from all undergraduate institutions attended that granted credit used toward an undergraduate degree, regardless of the number of credits earned. Transcripts from all institutions are still required even if transfer credits were granted at the institution where you obtained your undergraduate degree.
Transcripts must be official and issued directly by your undergraduate institution(s). Copies or scans will not be accepted as official documents.

How to submit your college transcripts

Transcripts can be accepted in the following ways:

  1. Mail – Most colleges and universities print and mail official college transcripts directly to us. Requests for transcripts can generally be completed online or over the phone with the Registrar’s Office at your undergraduate institution(s). Mailed transcripts will only be accepted if they are sealed in an envelope by your undergraduate institution(s). Transcripts should be sent to us at the following address:

    Office of Graduate Admission
    Roger Williams University
    1 Old Ferry Rd.
    Bristol, RI 02809

  2. Electronic Transcripts – The Office of Graduate Admission can accept electronic transcripts if your institution provides official transcripts through an online system or exchange (ie. Parchment) that requires authentication (a password or code). Electronic transcripts must be sent directly from the originating institution and be sent to our main office email account, gradadmit@rwu.edu. Transcripts sent as attachments without authentication will not be accepted as official documents.
     
  3. In Person – Official transcripts may be brought to the Office of Graduate Admission in person, Monday through Friday, between 8:30am and 5:00pm. Transcripts will only be accepted as official if in the original, sealed envelope from the originating institution. If needed, transcripts can be delivered to our Providence Campus. Please contact our office at 401-254-6200 if you wish to drop off materials in Providence.  

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Criminal Background Check (BCI)

Required for: M.S. Cybersecurity program

Applicants to the M.S. Cybersecurity program must obtain a criminal background check (BCI) in their state of residence and submit a copy to the Office of Graduate Admission. A BCI can be obtained from your local police department, generally with a small fee. This document can be sent via email to gradadmit@rwu.edu or mailed or delivered to the following address:

Office of Graduate Admission
Roger Williams University
1 Old Ferry Rd.
Bristol, RI 02809

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Letter of Intent

Required for: All programs

All applicants to a graduate program at Roger Williams University must submit a letter of intent. The letter of intent should be one-to-two (1-2), double-spaced pages in length. Use the letter of intent to tell us more about you that we cannot learn from your resume or academic transcripts. Some ideas to discuss in your letter include your career goals, your interest in your field of study, your ability to positively contribute to your intended graduate program, your motivation to succeed in the program, and more.

You may upload your letter of intent under "Personal Statement" on your application, email it to our office at gradadmit@rwu.edu, or mail it to us at the following address:

Office of Graduate Admission
Roger Williams University
1 Old Ferry Rd.
Bristol, RI 02809

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Letters of Recommendation

Required for: All master’s degree programs
Number Required: Two (2), except for the M.A. Clinical Psychology and M.A. Forensic Psychology programs, which require three (3) letters of recommendation.

Applicants to any master’s degree program at Roger Williams University must submit letters of recommendation from professional sources. Some examples of professional sources include work supervisors, college professors, employers, and internship coordinators, among others. You should select recommenders who know you well, can speak about your character and work ethic, and can attest to your ability to handle graduate level coursework. Recommendation letters should not be submitted from personal friends or family members.

How to submit your letters of recommendation

Letters of recommendation can be submitted in one of three ways:

  1. Email – Letters of recommendation can be submitted via email provided they are emailed directly from your recommender. Recommendations should be sent to gradadmit@rwu.edu.

  2. Online Recommendation Form – Complete the online letter of recommendation request form and your recommenders will be notified to submit their letters directly through our website.

  3. Mail or delivered in person to our office – If you choose to have your letters submitted in hard copy, they must be hand-signed and delivered to us in a sealed envelope either in person or mailed to our office at the following address:

    Office of Graduate Admission
    Roger Williams University
    1 Old Ferry Rd.
    Bristol, RI 02809

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Portfolio

Required for: Master of Architecture (M.Arch) program

Applicants to the M.Arch program must submit a porfolio with examples of your work. This work may include drawings, computer generated images, artwork, and other materials that demonstrate your skills in design. Your portfolio can be provided to us in electronic or hard-copy format.

How to submit your portfolio

Your portfolio can be submitted in one of three ways:

  1. SlideRoom – Upload your portfolio to SlideRoom.

  2. Mail or delivered in person to our office – If you decide to provide a hard-copy portfolio, you can deliver it to us in person or mail to our office at the following address:

    Office of Graduate Admission
    Roger Williams University
    1 Old Ferry Rd.
    Bristol, RI 02809

  3. Email –You can email your portfolio (PDF) or portfolio link (website or cloud storage link) to gradadmit@rwu.edu.

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Research Paper

Required for: M.A. in Clinical Psychology - Thesis Track, M.A. in Forensic Psychology (Thesis), and the M.S. Historic Preservation programs

Applicants to the M.A. Clinical Psychology - Thesis Track, M.A. Forensic Psychology, and M.S. Historic Preservation programs are required to submit a scholarly research paper, 10 pages minimum, with sources cited employing a conventional style. In most cases, students are able to submit a paper written as part of his/her undergraduate program. For Psychology students, a thesis proposal from the junior year may be permissible to meet this requirement.

Please email your research paper to us at gradadmit@rwu.edu or mail it to us at the following address:

Office of Graduate Admission
Roger Williams University
1 Old Ferry Rd.
Bristol, RI 02809

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Resume

Required for: M.S. Leadership, M.A. Literacy Education, and M.P.A. (Public Administration) programs
Recommended for: All programs

Applicants to the Leadership, Literacy Education, and Public Administration programs are required to submit a professional resume to be considered for admission. While not a requirement for admission to other programs, students who possess any work or research experience should consider submitting a resume to be included with your application package. Your resume should include your education and any extracurricular activities, work experience, research or publications, volunteer or community involvement, and any earned professional development or certifications.

You may upload your resume on your application, email it to our office at gradadmit@rwu.edu, or mail it to us at the following address:

Office of Graduate Admission
Roger Williams University
1 Old Ferry Rd.
Bristol, RI 02809

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Standardized Tests

Required for: M.A. Clinical Psychology and M.A. Forensic Psychology programs (GRE)

Applicants who need to submit GRE scores for admission must have their score reports sent directly to RWU from the Educational Testing Service (ETS). Score reports may be requested on the ETS website. The code for Roger Williams University is 3729.

GRE scores are considered as only part of a completed application portfolio and are not used as a sole determinant for admission. If you take the exam more than once, your highest scores on each respective section of the exam will be used for evaluation of your application.

While standardized test scores are not required for admission to most graduate programs at Roger Williams University, students may be asked to submit scores as an addendum to a completed admission file at the discretion of the faculty.

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Teaching Certificate

Required for: M.A. Literacy Education and Middle School Endorsement Certificate programs

Applicants to the M.A. Literacy Education and Middle School Endorsement Certificate programs must submit a copy of an active and valid teaching certificate. This document can be sent via email to gradadmit@rwu.edu or mailed or delivered to the following address:

Office of Graduate Admission
Roger Williams University
1 Old Ferry Rd.
Bristol, RI 02809

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