Admissions Requirements

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Thank you for considering John Brown University in your pursuit of a graduate degree. Graduate study at JBU emphasizes scholarship, research and professional experience. To be considered for admission to JBU's Graduate School, you must hold a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited university or college and 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 Graduate Admissions office at JBU (2807 Ajax Ave, Suite 200; Rogers AR 72758). 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 (see table below).
  5. Students applying to the Graduate Certificate program in Play Therapy must hold a current state mental health license.
  6. Students applying for the MFA in Collaborative Design must also submit a digital portfolio and a resume or curriculum vitae.
  7. Additional information or an admission interview if requested by the Program Director or Dean of the Graduate School.

Entrance Exam Requirements

Program

Required Exam 

Required Score

Exceptions

Business

One of the following:

MAT

GMAT

GRE

 

 

383

470

290* (verbal score of 145 or higher)

If undergraduate GPA is 3.0 or above from a regionally accredited college/university, or if applicant holds an earned graduate degree from a regionally accredited institution in a related field, entrance exam requirement may be waived.

 

Counseling  GRE

290* (verbal score of 145 or higher)

This requirement may be waived for applicants holding an earned graduate degree from an accredited university in a related field.
Education

One of the following:

 

GRE

 

 

 

PRAXIS

 

 

 

290* (verbal score of 145 or higher)

Reading (#5712): 156

Writing (#5722): 162

Math (#198): 150

 
Higher Education

One of the following:

MAT

GRE

 

383

290* (verbal score of 145 or higher)

If undergraduate GPA is 3.0 or above from a regionally accredited college/university, or if applicant holds an earned graduate degree from a regionally accredited institution in a related field, entrance exam requirement may be waived.
MFA N/A   No entrance exam is required for the MFA in Collaborative Design.

 

* 290 is the minimum score for exams taken after 8/1/11. For GRE exams completed prior to July 2011, the minimum score is 1000.

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:

 

NOTE: Your particular program of interest may have additional requirements. To determine what they are, contact your admissions representative.

Admission Status

Regular Status: Admission to Regular Status requires an undergraduate grade point average of 2.7 or higher (4.0=A) and fulfillment of entrance exam requirement.

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.

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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