Frequently Asked Questions
Q: When do your classes begin?
A: John Brown University has several start dates for each program. Check out our class schedules to see when the next group begins in your area.
Q: How long do the classes meet?
A: Organizational management classes meet from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., one night per week. Online courses are asynchronous (meaning you complete your work on your own time, with assignments due weekly).
Q: How long is the Degree Completion Program?
A: Business Administration Online - About 24 months, depending on schedule
Liberal Arts - About 24 months, depending on schedule
Organizational Management - About 19 months - 1 night per week
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 offers electives that meet either on Wednesday or Friday nights or Saturday mornings. 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 60 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, 54 semester credit hours
- Organizational Management, 48 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.
Financial Aid FAQs
Q. How do I apply for financial assistance?
A: The first step is to complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) (www.fafsa.ed.gov). We recommend that you submit a FAFSA early in your admission process. The FAFSA is used to determine eligibility for grants and loans. Even if you think you won't qualify for grants, you must complete a FAFSA in order to be considered for Federal student loans.
Q. If I'm already receiving aid at another college, can it be transferred?
A. Aid can usually be transferred. Visit our Transferring Aid page for more information.
Q: Does JBU offer any scholarships for the Degree Completion Program?
A: There are currently no institutional scholarships available for the Degree Completion Program. We encourage you to check with your employer, church, social clubs, etc. for outside scholarships to assist you.
A limited number of Academic Challenge (lottery) scholarships are awarded to non-traditional Arkansas residents. Deadline is June 1 for the fall semester.
Q: Is there any other aid in addition to scholarships?
A: There are several student loans available to adult students. Visit our Types of Aid page for more information.
Q: Will I be considered a full-time or part-time student while in the Degree Completion Program?
A: Students who are enrolled in the organizational management program are usually considered full-time students, making them eligible for the full award of financial aid. (Unless you transferred hours into the major requirements, which can affect your full-time status, and therefore your financial aid eligibility.)
Students in the online business administration and liberal arts programs may be part-time or full-time students, depending on the number of courses in which you're enrolled.