The Graduate School
The History of Graduate Studies at John Brown University
The Graduate School comprises the students, faculty, staff, programs, policies, and facilities affiliated with master’s level education at John Brown University. The Graduate School works with JBU’s academic colleges and divisions to support graduate degree and certificate programs in a variety of disciplines.
In 1995, John Brown University began offering graduate courses leading to the Master of Science (M.S.) in Counseling. Graduate degrees in business were first offered in 1999 with the creation of the M.S. in Leadership and Ethics and later the Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.). The Department of Graduate Counseling grew to include M.S. programs in Marriage and Family Therapy, School Counseling, and Clinical Mental Health Counseling as well as a Graduate Certificate in Play Therapy. The Graduate School began the Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree in Curriculum & Instruction in 2012, the Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) degree in Secondary Education in 2014, the Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) degree in Collaborative Design in 2015, and the Master of Arts (M.A.) degree in Higher Education in 2016.
International study opportunities for graduate students began in 2005 with a ten-day Graduate Business experience in Belfast, Northern Ireland. In the years since, students in the Graduate School have participated in brief international study courses in Guatemala (Business, Counseling), China (Business), Brazil (Business), and Ireland (Business, Counseling, Education). International travel experiences have become a hallmark of many JBU graduate programs.
Graduate classes are offered in several locations throughout Arkansas, including the main campus in Siloam Springs and at educational centers in Rogers, Fort Smith, and Little Rock. The centers are designed for adult students and are outfitted with seminar style classrooms, computers with internet access, and the latest in technical equipment.
As a counseling center with offices in Northwest Arkansas, Fort Smith, and Little Rock, JBU’s CARE Clinics are an integral part of the Department of Graduate Counseling programs. The clinics provide a valuable service to the community by offering affordable counseling to anyone in the community. The counselors include both licensed counselors and graduate students working to fulfill their internship requirements in the final stage of their counseling degree program.
The Play Therapy Institute is housed in one of the two CARE Clinic facilities located on JBU’s main campus. The 2,400 square-foot facility includes therapy suites specifically designed to deliver play therapy services. The suites include sandtray rooms, family-sized play therapy suites and a parental consultation suite.
Many graduate classes are offered online. All requirements for online courses may be accomplished using internet-based interactions, which allow students to learn in their preferred location and environment.
Graduate faculty includes both full-time faculty and adjunct professors, all of whom have relevant experience in the fields they teach.
Graduate students may earn graduate credit through study abroad opportunities offered by JBU. Travel locations include places such as Central and South America, China, and Ireland where students are immersed in the culture. The practicums consist of pre- and post-trip classes and course work, the travel experience and, in some cases, project development.