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Application Questions

  1. What is the application fee?
    $50.  However, this can be waived by attending a Graduate Virtual Information Session or Graduate Open House or by coming for a campus tour. Please note that this application fee waiver is available only for students interested in pursuing graduate study in a master's degree or graduate certificate program. The application fee is also waived for all service members, veterans, and alumni.
  1. What is tuition for the graduate programs?
    Tuition varies by program. Please visit Tuition & Fees for more information.
  1. Do I need to send all of the application materials together in a single package?
    No – each piece of your application can come in as they become available. The most important piece is to ensure that you complete and submit the online application form. Our internal system sends out periodic reminders when we are missing pieces of your application so that you’re continually updated on your full application.
  1. What is the application deadline?
    Each program either has a unique deadline or rolling admissions. See the program pages for details.
  1. Is the GRE or another standardized test required for admission?
    Currently, students applying to the M.A. Clinical Psychology or M.A. Forensic Psychology programs must submit scores from the GRE. Students applying to the MBA program must submit scores from the GMAT or GRE. 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.
  1. Is there a form for recommendations?
    Yes. Applicants can use our Recommendation Request Form to send out automatic emails to recommenders notifying them that you have requested a recommendation and providing a direct link to our Recommendation Form.  Each time a Recommendation Form is completed for your application, you will receive a confirmation email notifying you of the submission.
  1. Who should the letters of recommendation come from?
    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. Students applying to a psychology program should make every effort to submit all required letters of recommendation from academic sources.

Financial Information

  1. Does RWU offer scholarships or Graduate Assistantships?
    Graduate assistantships and scholarships at RWU are offered by individual programs.  Please see the Graduate Financial Aid page for more information.
  1. Is financial aid available?
    Yes – outside of scholarships or graduate assistantships, students can apply for federal financial aid. Students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and indicate RWU as a recipient of the completed form on the FAFSA website. Once you are accepted to your intended graduate program, you will receive a financial aid package from the Financial Aid Office. More information can be found on the Graduate Financial Aid website.

Campus Visits

  1. Can I visit the campus for a tour?
    Yes, we offer personalized visits for any students who wish to come to campus. Visits often include a visit with admission staff, faculty meeting, and a campus tour. Depending on availability, visits may also include the opportunity to sit in on a class or have lunch with current students. Personal attention is one of the highlights of graduate education here at RWU. Call our office at (401) 254-6200 or write us at to schedule a personal visit.
  1. Where is the campus located?
    The RWU main campus is located at 1 Old Ferry Road in beautiful Bristol, RI, with 143 waterfront acres of property. Many graduate programs are offered at this campus, but some programs are also offered at our downtown Providence Metro Campus at 1 Empire Street in the heart of the DownCity arts district of Providence, RI.


  1. Does RWU offer Graduate Housing?
    RWU does not offer housing for graduate students. However, our students find ample housing opportunities in the local area in homes, condominiums, and apartment complexes. The Office of Graduate Admission is willing to assist with your search if needed. Please contact us at 401-254-6200 if you have questions. The Office of Residential Life also works with for housing listings.

    If you need special accommodations for housing, please refer to our website for Requests for Accessible Housing Accommodations.

Academic Policies and Information

  1. How are the courses delivered?
    Each program offers its own course delivery method and can be identified on each program page. Here is a description of the various delivery methods available at RWU:
    • In-class: Courses are offered completely in the classroom
    • Online: Courses are offered completely online with no in-class meetings
    • Hybrid: Courses meet on campus once every other week and conduct remaining class meetings online
  1. Can I transfer in courses taken at other institutions?
    Yes. Students interested in transferring coursework into a graduate degree program at RWU may transfer up to six credits earned from a regionally-accredited institution with approval by the graduate program director. Transfer credit is not guaranteed and must be approved by the faculty. Applicants must submit an official transcript and a syllabus for each course requesting to be transferred to the Program Director.
  1. Is Roger Williams University fully accredited?
    Yes. RWU is regionally accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). Regional accreditation is the highest form of institutional accreditation that the Department of Education recognizes.