Frequently Asked Questions
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Q: When do your classes begin?
A: Classes begin five times per year: January, March, June, August and October.
Q: How long does it take to complete the program?
A: How long it takes you to graduate depends on multiple factors, including your major, how many credits you transfer into JBU, and how many hours you take per semester/term. Typical length of each program is:
Business Administration- 18 months
Liberal Arts - 15 months
Management Accounting - 20 months
Organizational Leadership - 18 months
Psychology - 15 months
Q: How long do the classes meet?
A: Classes are eight weeks in length. Hybrid organizational leadership classes meet from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm, one night per week, every other week. Online courses are asynchronous (meaning you complete your work on your own time, with assignments due weekly).
Q: What if I don't meet one of the entrance requirements?
Q: How can I get enough hours to be able to start the program?
A: Even if you think you're a long way away from qualifying for the program, we recommend that you talk with your admissions counselor, who can evaluate your current credit and help you make a plan to fulfill admission criteria.
JBU Degree Completion offers both face-to-face and online electives in addition to our degree programs. Students can also take CLEP or DANTES exams, or take courses from another regionally accredited college or university.
Q: Will I have to take additional hours outside of the program above my 45 hours to start?
A: You need a minimum of 124 approved, total hours to graduate with a bachelor's degree from John Brown University. Depending on how many transferable hours you already have, you may need to complete additional hours prior to entering or while you are in the program. Credit hours for our programs are as follows:
- Business Administration online, 51 semester credit hours
- Liberal Arts, 39 semester credit hours
- Management Accounting, 60 semester credit hours
- Organizational Leadership, 51 semester credit hours
- Psychology online, 39 semester credit hours
Your admissions counselor can you help you determine how many hours you need and assist you in developing a plan to obtain any outstanding hours.
Q: What types of credit does JBU's Degree Completion Program accept?
A: We accept credits from other regionally accredited institutions as well as approved DANTES credit or CLEP exams. It is possible that you may receive credit for other prior learning or professional development experiences. Be sure to speak with your admissions counselor to discuss your credit hours.
Q: Can I transfer credits into the major requirements for my program?
A: In some cases, you may be able to transfer in equivalent courses for our major requirements. Please talk with your admissions counselor to determine if you have any courses that will replace any major requirements.
Q: Where do I buy books?
A: You may purchase books from the JBU Bookstore (owned by Follett Corporation) or elsewhere. If purchasing through the JBU Bookstore, you will have three textbook options: (1) purchase new books; (2) purchase used books (if available); or (3) rent books (if available). On average, used textbooks can be purchased for about one-fourth less than a new textbook, and textbooks can be rented for about half of the price of purchasing new textbooks. You will be asked to verify your shipping address during registration, and books will be shipped directly to you at that time.
If you intend to use financial aid to pay for books, you should be prepared to pay out-of-pocket for your books -- at least initially -- if you do not purchase them through the JBU Bookstore.