Admissions Requirements

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Graduate study at John Brown University emphasizes scholarship, research, and professional experience. A candidate seeking admission to JBU's graduate school must hold a bachelor’s degree from an institution accredited by accreditation bodies recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and the U.S. Department of Education and meet the following requirements:

  1. Submit a completed graduate student application form. The application includes a 200-word essay regarding the applicant’s professional plans and reasons for seeking acceptance into the program. The Application is available online. Apply now.
  2. Provide an official transcript from the college awarding the undergraduate degree. Provide official transcripts of graduate course work completed and/or degrees earned at any other institution, if applicable. Transcripts must be sent by the college or university directly to the Graduate Admissions Office at John Brown University.
  3. Submit recommendation forms from three persons who are not related to the applicant but are familiar with the applicant’s character and scholarship.
  4. Present entrance exam scores if required for the desired degree. 
  5. Provide additional information or participate in an admission interview if requested by the department head or Dean.

Regular Admission Requirements by Program

Business Programs

  • Bachelor’s degree from an institution accredited by accreditation bodies recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and the U.S. Department of Education with an undergraduate GPA of 2.75 or higher (4.0=A).
  • No entrance exam is required.
  • Applicants with a Bachelor’s degree from an institution accredited by accreditation bodies recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and the U.S. Department of Education with an undergraduate GPA below 2.75 may petition for acceptance in writing. Petitions for admission will be reviewed by the Graduate Business Department Chair. 

Counseling Programs*

  • Bachelor’s degree from an institution accredited by accreditation bodies recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and the U.S. Department of Education with an undergraduate GPA of 2.75 or higher (4.0=A).
  • Applicants with a bachelor’s degree from an institution accredited by accreditation bodies recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and the U.S. Department of Education with an undergraduate GPA below 2.75 may petition for acceptance in writing. The applicant will also be required to take the GRE entrance exam and score 290 or higher with a minimum verbal score of 145. Petitions for admission will be reviewed by the Graduate Counseling Department Chair.

*​​​​​Please note: A background check is NOT an admissions requirement for the Counseling program. However, students in the Counseling program will have to pass a background check prior to being eligible for clinical work in Practicum/Internship or obtaining professional licensure. Each state has formally adopted a list of criminal offenses which substantially relate to the practice of behavioral health counseling and pose a reasonable threat to the public or others working in the same occupation. Each state’s licensing board is authorized to deny the application of any person with a conviction of any of these offenses. See “Licensing restrictions based on criminal records” (Senate Bill 451; 17-2-102)

Cybersecurity Program*

  • Bachelor’s degree from an institution accredited by accreditation bodies recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and the U.S. Department of Education with an undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 or higher (4.0=A).
  • Evidence of competency in the areas of computer programming, algebra and networks. Examples of evidence could include an undergraduate degree in a relevant field (such as computer programming, computer science, information systems/information systems management, information technology, mathematics/applied mathematics, or engineering) or the successful completion of undergraduate courses, CLEP exams, technical certifications or professional experience in these fields.
  • No entrance exam is required.
  • Applicants with a Bachelor’s degree from an institution accredited by accreditation bodies recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and the U.S. Department of Education with an undergraduate GPA less than 2.75 may petition for acceptance in writing. Petitions for admission will be reviewed by the Graduate Cybersecurity Department Chair.

*Students in the M.S. in Cybersecurity Program will be required to pass a criminal background check.

Higher Education Program

  • Bachelor’s degree from an institution accredited by accreditation bodies recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and the U.S. Department of Education with an undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 or higher (4.0=A).
  • Applicants with a Bachelor’s degree from an institution accredited by accreditation bodies recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and the U.S. Department of Education with an undergraduate GPA below 2.75 may petition for acceptance in writing. Petitions for admission will be reviewed by the Graduate Higher Education Department Chair.

Teacher Education Program

M.A. in Teaching*

  • Bachelor’s degree from an institution accredited by accreditation bodies recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and the U.S. Department of Education with an undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 or higher with at least 18 hours of course work related to a selected teaching content area.
  • No entrance exam required for students who meet the minimum GPA requirement
  • Applicants with a Bachelor’s degree from an institution accredited by accreditation bodies recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and the U.S. Department of Education with an undergraduate GPA less than 2.75 may petition for acceptance in writing. Petitions for admission will be reviewed by the Graduate Teacher Education Department Chair. These applicants must also provide an entrance exam score (GRE, ACT, SAT, or PRAXIS; see below for required scores) along with their application materials.

*Please note: A background check is NOT an admissions requirement, but students in the MAT program will have to pass a background check before visiting schools or obtaining licensure. See Disqualifying Offenses for Licensure or Employment in Arkansas Public Schools.

M.A. in Education Studies:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an institution accredited by accreditation bodies recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and the U.S. Department of Education with an undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 or higher (4.0=A).
  • Applicants with a Bachelor’s degree from an institution accredited by accreditation bodies recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and the U.S. Department of Education with an undergraduate GPA less than 2.75 may petition for acceptance in writing. Petitions for admission will be reviewed by the Graduate Teacher Education Department Chair.
  • Students in the Education Studies program will be required to pass a criminal background check.

M.Ed. in Special Education

  • Bachelor’s degree from an institution accredited by accreditation bodies recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and the U.S. Department of Education with an undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 or an earned graduate degree from an accredited institution.
  • Current teaching license
  • No entrance exam required
  • Applicants with a Bachelor’s degree from an institution accredited by accreditation bodies recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and the U.S. Department of Education with an undergraduate GPA below 2.75 may petition for acceptance in writing. Petitions for admission will be reviewed by the Graduate Teacher Education Department Chair.

 M.Ed. in School Counseling

  • Bachelor’s degree from an institution accredited by accreditation bodies recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and the U.S. Department of Education with an undergraduate GPA of 2.75 or higher
  • Current teaching license or meet the score requirements of either the GRE, ACT, SAT, or Praxis Core listed below. Test scores must have been earned within six years of application to the Graduate School.
  • Applicants with a Bachelor’s degree from an institution accredited by accreditation bodies recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and the U.S. Department of Education with an undergraduate GPA below 2.75 may petition for acceptance in writing. Petitions for admission will be reviewed by the Graduate Teacher Education Department Chair.

Students must demonstrate competency in math and reading skills. This can be demonstrated by providing any combination of scores that meet or 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

Non-Degree Status

Individuals wishing to enroll without pursuing a degree and who qualify for admission under regular status should complete a non-degree application. Non-degree students are required to pay for all instruction and other services at the regular rate. The student may not become a degree candidate under this status. Credits earned may count toward a degree only after the student reapplies and is accepted for admission under regular status. The reapplication process must include all relevant transcripts and applicable exam scores.

A maximum of twelve hours may be completed under non-degree status. Permission to take more than twelve hours requires approval by the respective department head and the dean. Students enrolled in degree programs have priority over non-degree students in class registrations and on waitlists.

Non-degree Graduate Counseling students are not eligible to take Clinical Curriculum courses. The Clinical Curriculum courses include: CNL 7413 Counseling Skills, CNL 7123 Group Counseling, CNL 8813 Practicum, CNL 8873 Internship 1, CNL 8883 Internship 2, CNL 8943 MFT Field Experience 1 and CNL 8953 MFT Field Experience 2.

International Admission Requirements

John Brown University admits international students who meet the general admission criteria, hold the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited or recognized university, and have demonstrated proficiency in English.

Applicants from non-English speaking countries take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) administered by the Educational Testing Service at the nearest examination center or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test. The minimum score for admission is 80 or higher on the web-based TOEFL exam or 6.5 or higher on the IELTS exam.

International applicants must do the following:

  1. Submit a completed graduate student application. The application includes a 200-word essay regarding the applicant’s professional plans and reasons for seeking acceptance into the program.
  2. Provide an official transcript from the college awarding the undergraduate degree. Provide official transcripts of graduate course work completed and/or degrees earned at any other institution, if applicable. Transcripts must be mailed by the college or university directly to the graduate Admissions Office at John Brown University. Non-English academic records must include certified translation into English.
  3. Submit graduate recommendation forms from three persons who are not related to the applicant but are familiar with the applicant’s character and scholarship.
  4. International students whose undergraduate degree is not from a U.S. institution accredited by accreditation bodies recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and the U.S. Department of Education must take a GRE entrance exam and achieve the required minimum scores for entrance into the Graduate School.
  5. Provide immunization records including date of measles/rubella vaccination, if the student plans to be enrolled for 12 or more hours during a semester, and proof of U.S. health insurance.
  6. Submit official TOEFL score or IELTS score. Must receive an 80 or higher on the TOEFL internet-based test; 6.5 or higher on IELTS exam.
  7. Provide official documents showing ability to pay college costs, or an Affidavit of Support (United States Citizenship and Immigration Services Form I-134, available through the International Programs office) completed by a U.S. sponsor.
  8. Submit deposit covering the cost of tuition for one year. Deposit is 100% refundable if student does not enroll.
  9. Provide additional information or participate in an admission interview if requested by the department chair.

The International Programs Office will issue an Immigration Form I-20. This allows the student to apply for the F-1 student visa at an American Embassy.

Nondiscriminatory Statement

John Brown University admits persons to its programs and activities without regard to race, color, national or ethnic origin, or gender. The university does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, physical or mental disability, or gender in the administration of education policies, admission policies, scholarship and loan programs, athletics, and other school-sponsored programs.