Admission applications for 2023-24 academic year exceeded the 10,000 mark last month, an increase over the previous year’s total of 9,078 and the 2020-21 academic year which saw 6,157 applicants. The increase in applications is due in part to the newly offered undergraduate and graduate degree programs that will launch in the fall. Degree programs include Bachelor of Science degree in the areas of: Forensic Science, Computer and Information Science, Social Work, Accounting, Public Health and Sports Management and graduate degree programs in Cyber Security and Public Administration.

Accordingly, by the outset of the 2023-2024 academic year, the university plans to have introduced ten new academic programs to its academic curriculum since 2018, thereby increasing its overall degree offerings by 187.5% to fifteen total.

The 157-year-old institution has transitioned from being a college to earning university status, and launched its first-ever graduate degree program(s)—the 100% online Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Master of Education Policy and Advocacy (MEPA) programs—as well as a new undergraduate Bachelor of Forensic Science degree program in 2021. During the spring 2023 commencement ceremony, President & CEO, Dr. A. Zachary Faison, conferred the first class of MBA degrees.

Mr. Taj Johnson ’23 EWU MBA Graduate

Mr. Taj Johnson, a member of the inaugural MBA graduating class, shared that he enjoyed the support of his professors and the school administration while matriculating through the program and added that the courses he took prepared him for the rigor of the workforce. “Receiving my MBA from EWU has been pivotal in my career growth. As a person with a background in procurement, contract management and budgeting, I was able to strengthen my knowledge on transferable skills to apply in my everyday work. The MBA program has not only enhanced my knowledge but also opened pathways for promotion and many other career opportunities that were not previously presented.” Mr. Johnson is currently employed as a Research Specialist with a local nonprofit that serves school-aged students here in Jacksonville.

EWU’s new degree offerings are not only progressive, they are also distinctive and relevant in that they are strategically focused upon aligning student interest with business, industry, and community work-force needs. With the launch of these new degree programs and the anticipation of new academic programming, EWU is now fortifying its focus towards ensuring continued high academic quality and sustainability through the launch of a competitive academic programming. 

Given the ever-increasing interest from potential new students towards attending Edward Waters University, the Division of Enrollment Management and Strategic Matriculant Services strongly encourages prospective students to complete their applications and submit their non-refundable enrollment deposit as soon as possible. Students can apply online at Students can submit the non-refundable enrollment deposit at  The non-refundable enrollment deposit is $250 if you live on campus or $150 if you live off campus.

Should parents or students have additional questions or need additional information please contact the Office of Admissions at [email protected] or at (904) 470-8200.


About Edward Waters University

Edward Waters University (EWU), accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) and a member of the United Negro College Fund (UNCF), is a private, historically black, urban institution of higher education, which offers a liberal arts education with a strong emphasis on the Christian principles of high moral and spiritual values. EWU was established in 1866 and is an African Methodist Episcopal Church-related institution of higher learning. It is the first private and independent institution of higher education in the State of Florida.