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Application Questions

  1. What is the application fee?
    $50.  However, this can be waived by attending an Information Session or Open House, or by coming for a campus tour.  It is also waived for all service members, veterans, and alumni.
  1. What is tuition for the graduate programs?
    Each program either has a unique tuition structure. See the program pages for details.
  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?
    Each program has individual requirements regarding entrance exams. See the program pages for details.
  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 from them, explaining the recommendation process, and which include 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. Please note that a link to the Recommendation Request Form is also included on the online application form.
  1. Who should the letters of recommendation come from?
    Letters of recommendation can come from anyone who can speak to your ability to work at a graduate level. Since many of our graduate students have extensive work experience and may not be in touch with professors from their undergraduate program, these can be professional or academic recommendations. Students applying to a psychology program should make every effort to submit at least 2 of 3 letters of recommendation from academic sources.

Financial Information

  1. Does RWU offer scholarships or Graduate Assistantships?
    Graduate Assistantships at RWU are offered individual programs.  Please see the 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. When completing the FAFSA, be sure to send your information to RWU, and once you are accepted to the program, you will receive a financial aid package from the Financial Aid office. More information can be found here.

Campus Visits

  1. Can I visit the campus for a tour?
    Yes – we offer personalized tours to every single prospective student that comes for a tour of our graduate facilities here at RWU. 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 tour.
  1. Where is the campus located?
    The RWU main campus is located 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, 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. You may also consult the Office of Residence Life and Housing site, which offers a compilation of all rental properties available in the area.

Academic Policies and Information

  1. How are the courses formatted?
    Course delivery methods are specific to each individual program, and while you can find the delivery format offerings on each individual program page, below are explanations of each format:
    • In-class: courses that are offered completely in the classroom (each individual course generally meets once per week)
    • Online: courses offered completely online with no in-class meetings
    • Hybrid: courses that meet once every other week and require online portions of the class as well
  1. Can I transfer in courses taken at other institutions?
    Yes.  At RWU, the general policy is that up to 6 credits can be transferred into a graduate program from other regionally accredited programs. However, each course requested to be transferred must approved by the Program Director. 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.