Frequently Asked Questions
The following questions pertain to Graduate Business programs. For other general questions related to Graduate School at John Brown University, visit Graduate School FAQs.
- Where are Graduate Business classes offered?
- When are Graduate Business classes held?
- Do I have to take an entrance exam?
- Is work experience required for the Graduate Business programs?
- Is a computer required for the Graduate Business programs?
- Is there an application deadline?
- What business degree options are offered?
- How long will it take to get my Graduate Business degree?
- How long is each course?
- Can I take two classes at once?
- Can I take classes in a different order than what is shown on the plan provided by my advisor?
- How is the program structured?
- If I need a break during the program for personal or professional reasons, can I rejoin the program where I left off?
- What is the typical class size?
- Is financial assistance available?
- Are the programs accredited?
- Do you accept transfer credit from other institutions?
1. Where are Graduate Business courses offered?
2. When are Graduate Business classes held?
We offer a variety of courses on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings to accommodate your busy schedule. Classes are also offered online.
3. Do I have to take an entrance exam?
If your cumulative undergraduate GPA was below a 3.0, you will have to take the GRE, the GMAT or the MAT. If your undergraduate GPA was a 3.0 or higher, you are exempt from this requirement.
4. Is work experience required for the Graduate Business programs?
While work experience is helpful, it is not required for the completion of a Graduate Business degree.
5. Is a computer required for the Graduate Business programs?
Although a computer is helpful in the completion of any degree, it is not required for the graduate degree programs. However, most communication will be sent via e-mail to each student's JBU e-mail account; therefore, it is extremely beneficial to have a computer.
6. Is there an application deadline?
The Graduate Business programs do not have a firm application deadline; however, 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.
7. What business degree options are offered?
JBU offers the following graduate business degrees:
- MBA (optional concentrations in International Business, Market Research & Consumer Insights, and Organizational Behavior)
- Master of Science in Leadership and Ethics
8. How long will it take to get my graduate business degree?
The amount of time required to complete your degree is impacted by a variety of factors, including major and number of hours enrolled per semester. Most students complete their Graduate Business degree in about two years.
9. How long is each course?
Graduate Business courses are either eight weeks (spring and fall semesters) or seven weeks (summer) in length.
10. Can I take two classes at once?
It is possible to take two classes at once but due to the amount of work each class requires, this option is not recommended.
11. Can I take classes in a different order than what is shown on the plan provided by my advisor?
In most cases, the sequencing of courses was structured in order to maximize your learning experience. Your advisor can help you determine in what order to take your courses.
12. If I need a break during the program for personal or professional reasons, can I rejoin the program where I left off?
You may take time off when needed; however, a break at any point in the program may require degree plan modifications.
13. What is the typical class size?
The typical class size for Graduate Business courses is 18-20 students.
14. Is financial assistance available?
Yes. Financial assistance is available in the form of assistantships, fellowships and student loans.
15. Are the programs accredited?
Yes. All business and business-related programs of John Brown University are accredited through the Accreditation Council for Business Schools & Programs (ACBSP). For more information, please visit the ACBSP website.
16. Do you accept transfer credit from other institutions?
You may transfer up to 25 percent of the degree program from another institution toward a Graduate Business degree. All transferred hours must be applicable toward the degree, have earned a grade of "B-" or better and be approved by the Program Director and Dean of the Graduate School.