ADMISSION

Admission Requirements

Graduate study at John Brown University emphasizes scholarship, research, and professional experience. A candidate seeking admission to graduate study must hold a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university and meet the following requirements:

  1. Submit a completed graduate student application form with a $35 non-refundable application fee. The application includes a 200-word essay regarding the applicant's professional plans and reasons for seeking acceptance into the program. Applications are available online at jbu.edu/grad/admissions.
  2. Provide official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended. Transcripts must be mailed by the college or university directly to the appropriate graduate Admissions Office at John Brown University.
  3. Submit JBU Recommendation form from three persons who are not related to the applicant but are familiar with the applicant's character and scholarship.
  4. Present acceptable graduate entry tests appropriate for the desired degree, as described below.
  5. Provide additional information or participate in an admission interview if requested by the Program Director or Dean.

 

Entrance Exam Requirements

Business Programs. The entrance exam may be waived for applicants with a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher or hold an earned graduate degree from an accredited institution in a related field.  Other applicants must take the GRE, MAT or GMAT.  A score of 300 or higher is required for the Revised GRE (for GRE completed prior to July 2011, a score of 1000), 383 is required for the MAT, or 1100 for an index calculated using the GMAT. The GMAT index also recognizes undergraduate GPA and years of work experience.

Counseling Programs. Applicants must have scored 300 or higher on the Revised GRE (for GRE completed prior to July 2011, a score of 1000 is required).  This requirement is waived for those applicants holding an earned graduate degree from an accredited institution in a related field.

Education Program. Applicants must have scored 300 or higher on the Revised GRE (for GRE completed prior to July 2011, a score of 1000 is required). 

 

Admissions Status

Applications for graduate admission are reviewed by the respective Program Director and the Dean.  Students are admitted to graduate study under one of the following statuses:

Regular Status.  Admission to regular status requires both an undergraduate grade point average of 2.7 or higher (4.0=A) and fulfillment of entrance exam requirement.

Provisional Status.  An applicant who does not meet all the criteria for regular admission status but who demonstrates potential for success in a graduate program may be admitted under provisional status. Appropriate graduate credit earned while in this status will apply toward fulfilling degree requirements. If the applicant satisfactorily completes the first 12 semester hours with at least a 2.85 cumulative grade point average and receives the recommendation of the Department Head, regular status will be granted; otherwise, the student will be dismissed.

Non-Degree Status. Individuals wishing to enroll without pursuing a degree and who qualify for admission under regular status should complete a non-degree application. Non-degree students are required to pay for all instruction and other services at the regular rate. The student may not become a degree candidate under this status. Credits earned may count toward a degree only after the student reapplies and is accepted for admission under regular status. The reapplication process must include all relevant transcripts and applicable exam scores.

In most cases, a maximum of six hours may be completed under non-degree status. Permission to take more than six hours is subject to the approval by the respective Department Head and the Dean. Students enrolled in degree programs have priority over non-degree students in class registrations and on wait lists.

 

International Admission Requirements

John Brown University admits international students who meet the general admission criteria, hold the equivalent of a bachelor's degree from an accredited or recognized university, and have demonstrated proficiency in English.

Applicants from non-English speaking countries must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) administered by the Educational Testing Service at the nearest examination center. The minimum score for admission is a total of 550 or above on the paper-based test or 79 or higher on the Internet-based test.

International applicants must provide the following:

  1. Submit a completed graduate student Application along with a $100 (US) non-refundable international application fee.  The application includes a 200-word essay regarding the applicant's professional plans and reasons for seeking acceptance into the program.
  2. Provide official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended. Transcripts must be mailed by the college or university directly to the appropriate Admissions Office at John Brown University. Non-English academic records must include certified translation into English.
  3. Submit JBU Recommendations from three persons who are not related to the applicant but are familiar with the applicant's character and scholarship.
  4. Present acceptable graduate entry tests appropriate for the desired degree.
  5. Provide immunization records including date of measles/rubella vaccination, if the student plans to be enrolled for 12 or more hours during a semester, and proof of U.S. health insurance.
  6. Submit official TOEFL scores.
  7. Provide official documents showing ability to pay college costs, or an Affidavit of Support (United States Citizenship and Immigration Services Form I-134, available through the International Programs office) completed by a U.S. sponsor.
  8. Submit deposit for one year covering cost of tuition for one year. Deposit is 100% refundable if student does not enroll.
  9. Provide additional information or participate in an admission interview if requested by the Program Director or Dean.

When all admissions requirements have been met and a deposit has been paid (refundable in the event the student does not attend), the International Programs Office will issue an Immigration Form I-20 which allows the student to apply at the U.S. Embassy for an F-1 student visa.

Mr. William A. Stevenson III is the Director of the International Programs Department.

 

Nondiscriminatory Policy

John Brown University admits persons to its programs and activities without regard to race, color, national or ethnic origin, or gender. The university does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, physical or mental disability, or gender in the administration of education policies, admission policies, scholarship and loan programs, athletics, and other school-sponsored programs.