Learn more about the Graduate School at John Brown University
The questions below are general questions related to graduate school at JBU.
- Why should I study at JBU?
- Are classes only offered in Siloam Springs?
- Are classes offered online?
- Do I have to take an entrance exam?
- Is there an application deadline?
- What graduate degrees are offered?
- How long will it take to get my degree?
- How do graduate courses differ from undergraduate courses?
- How much time should I plan to spend on course work (reading, writing research, and assignments) each week?
- What is the cost to attend JBU?
- Is there financial assistance available for graduate students?
- Are the programs accredited?
- Is it possible to balance a career, family and graduate-level studies?
- Is housing available?
- Is a graduate degree from JBU going to prepare me for the pursuit of a doctoral degree?
- Can I transfer credit from other institutions?
- How do I get my books?
- How long does it take for my grade to be posted after the end of a class?
- Are students allowed to participate in the May graduation ceremony if they will complete their class work during the summer semester?
1. Why should I study at JBU?
Three reasons: academic quality, Christian principles and real-world application. We call our educational approach "Head, Heart, Hand." Our faculty have the academic preparation, professional experience and personal values to guide you in an advanced understanding of your chosen career field. Small class size means you won't be lost in a crowd. You will study theory as well as current principles and practices, integrating Christian foundations and ethics.
2. Are classes offered only in Siloam Springs?
All business and counseling courses are held at the JBU Rogers Center, JBU Little Rock Center and the JBU Fort Smith Center. Counseling classes are also offered on the main campus in Siloam Springs. Education courses are offered at the JBU Rogers Center. Some classes are also offered online. MFA classes are offered online and on the main campus in Siloam Springs.
3. Are graduate courses offered online?
Currently, all graduate business degrees can be completed online with the exception of one three-hour residency requirement and many of the counseling and MFA courses may be done online. For more information, visit the JBU Online Learning page.
4. Do I have to take an entrance exam?
All counseling and education applicants must take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). Business students whose undergraduate GPA was a 3.0 or above do not have to take an entrance exam. Those with lower than a 3.0 undergraduate GPA can take either the GRE, the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT). Score requirements vary from program to program. MFA students are not required to take an entrance exam. Please see the Admission Requirements for more information.
5. Is there an application deadline?
Counseling and MFA programs have specific deadlines for acceptance. While our other programs do not have firm deadlines, we suggest that you apply at least six weeks prior to the beginning of your first course to allow ample time for transcript evaluation and recommendation forms.
6. What graduate degrees are offered?
John Brown University offers several graduate degrees, including:
- MA, Higher Education
- MAT, Secondary Education
- MBA, Leadership and Ethics
- MBA, International Business
- MEd, Curriculum and Instruction
- MFA, Collaborative Design
- MS, Clinical Mental Health Counseling
- MS, Leadership and Ethics
- MS, Marriage and Family Therapy
- MS, School Counseling
- Graduate Certificate, Play Therapy
7. How long will it take to get my degree?
The length of time required to receive a graduate degree from John Brown University varies by program.
- The business and education graduate degree programs can be completed in two years, which includes taking classes during the summer.
- The counseling graduate degree programs take between 2 1/2 and 3 1/2 years to complete depending on the particular program and your status as a full or part-time student. For example, School Counseling can be completed in 2 1/2 to 3 years on a part-time basis. Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Marriage and Family Therapy programs can be completed in 2 1/2 years as a full-time student or 3 1/2 years a part-time student.
- The MFA program takes three years to complete.
8. How do graduate courses differ from undergraduate courses?
The subject matter and material in graduate courses often requires a different discipline of thought and activity than you may have experienced in undergraduate work. Where undergraduate programs serve to create a foundation of knowledge, graduate programs build upon that foundation by forging critical thought, increased knowledge and greater application.
9. How much time should I plan to spend on course work (reading, writing and assignments) each week?
Each course is designed to reflect the expectation of 10-12 hours of work and interaction each week. The nature of some courses may require additional hours depending upon your familiarity with the subject matter. We encourage students to consider personal learning styles when budgeting time for coursework each week as some courses or activities may require additional time based upon these habits or preferences.
10. What is the cost to attend JBU?
John Brown University is fortunate to have graduate programs that are well supported, enabling JBU to keep costs close to state schools and below costs of other private institutions. View our current tuition rates.
11. Is there financial assistance available for graduate students?
Yes. We recommend that students complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to determine eligibility for student loans. A limited number of scholarships, fellowships and graduate assistantships are also available to eligible graduate students. Finally, some companies offer educational benefits to their employees. Contact your Human Resources department to determine if your employer offers educational assistance.
12. Are the programs accredited?
Yes. John Brown University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (www.ncahlc.org, 312.263.0456). The Graduate Business Programs are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). The education preparation programs are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). On July 1, 2013 NCATE consolidated with the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) and formed the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) as the new accrediting body for educator preparation http://caepnet.org, (202) 223-0077.
13. Is it possible to balance a career, family and graduate-level studies?
One of the distinctives of the JBU Graduate programs is the flexibility of the course schedules. If you work during the day and manage family responsibilities in the evening, returning for your master's degree can seem overwhelming. It is our experience that students who enroll in one of our graduate programs have done so with the support of family, friends and employers. This has allowed them to be very successful in the classroom, work world and at home
14. Is housing available?
John Brown University offers safe, attractive and comfortable housing for students in Siloam Springs. Housing facilities are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Visit our list of on-campus housing or contact Student Development at (479) 524-7229 or (479) 524-7252 for additional information. Off-campus housing is also available.
15. Is a graduate degree from JBU going to prepare me for the pursuit of a doctoral degree?
Graduate programs at JBU will give you the academic preparation to begin study at the doctoral level. Alumni of JBU graduate programs have been accepted to doctoral programs and have done well at that level. Doctoral programs vary in their admissions and academic requirements and often use multiple means to measure a candidate's likelihood of success — entrance exams, references, professional experience and essays, as well as performance at the graduate level.
16. Can I transfer credit from other institutions?
Applicants who have taken graduate courses at other universities may be allowed to transfer some of their previous courses into their JBU graduate program. Students may transfer up to 25% of the degree program toward fulfillment of a graduate degree. No grade below a 'B-' may be transferred into a graduate degree program at JBU. Transfer of credit must be approved by the Program Director and the Dean. Grades from transfer credits are not included in the calculation of JBU grade-point averages.
17. How do I get my books?
You may purchase your books from the University Campus Bookstore in Siloam Springs either in person, online or by phone. To purchase books online, login to Eaglenet (account required) and select "Bookstore" on the left column and then select "books." The Bookstore can ship your order or hold your books for pick-up. To place your order by phone, call 479-524-7195. Students with a credit balance on their account may charge their books to their account. This requires a Charge Slip from the Business Office which can be reached at 479-524-7398.
18. How long does it take for my grade to be posted after the end of a class?
Instructors are allowed up to two weeks to post final grades, although they are often posted sooner.
19. Are students allowed to participate in the May graduation ceremony if they will complete their class work during the summer semester?
No. You are allowed to participate in the graduation ceremony that follows the completion of all your program requirements. Ceremonies are held in December and May.