Admissions Requirements

Learn more about applying to the Grad School

Listed below are admissions requirements for first-time entering U.S. students. International students have additional requirements. Applicants who were previously enrolled as graduate students at JBU should contact Graduate Admissions (800-528-4723) for information about re-enrollment.ents

GRADUATE BUSINESS

MBA (all concentrations), Design Thinking & Innovation (MS), Leadership (MS), & Outdoor Program Management (MS) 

Full Admittance:

  1. Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university with 3.0/4.0 GPA.
  2. Recommendation forms from three people who are not related to you but are familiar with your character and scholarship (included in the online application process)

Provisional Admittance:

  1. Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university with a GPA between 2.75 and 2.99 on a 4.0 scale.
  2. Recommendation forms from three people who are not related to you but are familiar with your character and scholarship (included in the online application process)

Petition for Admittance:

Students whose GPA is below 2.75 may petition for provisional acceptance in the program by writing a letter to submit to the graduate admissions office (via email at grad@jbu.edu) explaining why they believe they will be successful as a graduate student at JBU.

The appeal letter should be written in formal business communication style; the quality of the letter will be one indication of the applicant’s academic ability. The letter should include information concerning any circumstances that led to the admission deficiency (low GPA, low test score, etc.) and should explain why the applicant will be successful in the Graduate School. It can be helpful to indicate examples of personal achievement or growth that represent the applicant’s potential to address the academic demands of a graduate program.

GRADUATE COUNSELING

Clinical Mental Health Counseling (MS) & Marriage and Family Therapy (MS)

  1. Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university with 2.70/4.00 GPA
  2. GRE score of 290 or higher (145 or higher verbal score)
  3. Recommendation forms from three people who are not related to you but are familiar with your character and scholarship (included in the online application process)

Play Therapy (Certificate)

  1. Master's degree in related mental health field from a regionally accredited college or university
  2. Current state mental health license
  3. Recommendation forms from three people who are not related to you but are familiar with your character and scholarship (included in the online application process)

Post-Master's Track for Counseling

  1. Master's degree in related mental health field from a regionally accredited university
  2. Recommendation forms from three people who are not related to you but are familiar with your character and scholarship (included in the online application process)

GRADUATE CYBERSECURITY

Cybersecurity (MS)

  1. Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university with 2.70/4.00 GPA, preferably in an appropriate technical area, such as*: 
    • Computer programming
    • Computer science
    • Information systems/Information systems management
    • Information technology
    • Mathematics/Applied mathematics
    • Engineering
  2. Recommendation forms from three people who are not related to you but are familiar with your character and scholarship (included in the online application process)

*Graduates of other degree programs who can provide evidence of competency in the areas of computer programming, algebra and networks will be considered for admission.  Examples of evidence would include the successful completion of undergraduate courses in these fields, CLEP exams, technical certifications, and professional experience as demonstrated through a resume.

Please note: All applicants for the JBU's Cybersecurity Program will be required to pass a background check before being admitted.

GRADUATE EDUCATION

Educational Leadership (MEd)

  1. Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university with a 3.00/4.00 GPA OR a graduate degree from a regionally accredited institution
  2. Recommendation forms from three people who are not related to you but are familiar with your character and scholarship (included in the online application process)
  3. Three years of classroom teaching experience
  4. Valid teaching license

Higher Education (MA)

  1. Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university with 2.70/4.00 GPA
  2. Official graduate-level entrance exam scores (waived for students with undergraduate GPA of 3.00 from a regionally accredited college/university or above and/or those who hold an earned graduate degree from a regionally accredited institution in a related field) via one of the following:
    • GRE score of 290 or higher (145 or higher verbal score)
    • MAT score of 383 or higher
  3. Recommendation forms from three people who are not related to you but are familiar with your character and scholarship (included in the online application process)

School Counseling (MS)

  1. Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university with 3.00/4.00 GPA
  2. Recommendation forms from three people who are not related to you but are familiar with your character and scholarship (included in the online application process)
  3. Valid Arkansas teaching license OR qualifying GRE, ACT, SAT or Praxis scores (see table below)*

Special Education (MEd)

  1. Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university with a 3.00/4.00 GPA OR a graduate degree from a regionally accredited institution
  2. Recommendation forms from three people who are not related to you but are familiar with your character and scholarship (included in the online application process)
  3. Valid teaching license

Teaching (MAT)

  1. Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university with 3.00/4.00 GPA
  2. Recommendation forms from three people who are not related to you but are familiar with your character and scholarship (included in the online application process)
  3. At least 18 hours of coursework related to a selected teaching content area
  4. Qualifying GRE, ACT, SAT or Praxis scores (see table below)*

*Qualifying Test Scores (MEd & MAT)

Students must demonstrate competency in math, reading, and writing skills. This can be demonstrated by providing any combination of scores that meet ore exceed the following minimum cut scores in each of the three areas. 

  GRE ACT SAT Praxis Core

Math

150 20 532 160
Reading 150 20 543 160
Writing 3.5 6 5.3 162

 

NOTE: test scores must have been earned within 6 years of admission application. These minimum scores are for regular student admission. Students might still be accepted on a provisional basis.

Admissions Process

Graduate study at JBU emphasizes scholarship, research and professional experience. To be considered for admission to JBU's Graduate School, please submit the following:

  1. An online application and a $35 non-refundable application fee. The application includes an essay of approximately 200 words regarding your professional plans and reason for seeking acceptance into the program.
  2. Official transcripts from college/university where you earned your bachelor's degree. Transcripts must be mailed by the university or college directly to the Registrar's office at JBU (ATTN: Registrar, 2000 W. University St., Siloam Springs, AR 72761). You may use JBU's Transcript Request Form. 
    - Official transcripts from all institutions at which you've earned graduate-level credit are required. 
    Students applying to the MAT program must submit official transcripts from all institutions at which you earned credit that fulfills content area requirements.
    - If you are seeking a post-master's or graduate certificate, you are only required to submit a transcript from the institution at which you earned your master's degree (degree must be posted on the transcript).
  3. Graduate recommendation forms from three people who are not related to you but are familiar with your character and scholarship. The recommendation forms are included in the online application process.
  4. Official exam scores from graduate level entrance exams, if required.
  5. Additional information or an admission interview if requested by the Program Director or Dean of the Graduate School.

Admission Status

Regular Status: Admission with regular status requires fulfillment of all degree admissions requirements stated above.

Provisional Status: If you do not meet all the criteria for regular admission but have the potential for success in graduate school, you may be admitted under provisional status.

Admission Deadlines

Counseling programs have specific deadlines for acceptance. While our other programs do not have firm deadlines, we suggest that you apply 6-8 weeks prior to the beginning of your first course to allow ample time for transcript evaluation and recommendation forms.

Acceptance deadlines for counseling students are June 30 for fall, October 31 for spring, and March 31 for summer.

Entrance Exam Information

The GRE and the GMAT are available monthly at most testing centers. Official score reports typically take 20-30 days to arrive at JBU.

The MAT may be taken at JBU in Fort Smith, Little Rock, or Rogers during regular business hours (Monday - Friday). There is a $60 fee (payable via check or money order) to take the MAT ($50 exam fee and $10 administrative fee). To schedule your MAT exam, contact us via the location where you wish to test:

Recruiting Representatives

Our recruiting representatives are here to help you through the application process and answer any questions you may have about JBU's degree programs. Contact us, and we will help you get in touch with the appropriate representative.

Immunization Requirements

The Arkansas Department of Health requires all graduate students to submit proof of having received one dose of the MMR vaccination. There are four types of acceptable records showing the date the MMR was received: 1) a doctor's record signed by a physician; 2) school immunization records; 3) military immunization records; or 4) a record from the state's health department. Documentation needs to be received within thirty days after acceptance into a graduate program.

PRIVACY AND SECURITY

Your privacy is of the utmost importance to us and your application information is kept confidential according to JBU privacy policy. Any information you supply through the online application process — including any credit card information — is protected by industry-standard encryption technology.

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