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.

GRADUATE BUSINESS

MBA & Leadership and Ethics (MS)

  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)
    • GMAT score of 470 or higher
    • 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)

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 EDUCATION

Educational Leadership (MEd) & Special Education (MEd)

  1. Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university with 2.70/4.00 GPA
  2. GRE scores: Verbal score of 142 or higher; Quantitative score of 142 or higher; and Writing score of 3.5 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)
  4. Valid Arkansas 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 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)

Teaching (MAT)

  1. Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university with 2.70/4.00 GPA
  2. Official graduate-level entrance exam scores via one of the following:
    • GRE scores: Verbal score of 142 or higher; Quantitative score of 142 or higher; and Writing score of 3.5 or higher
    • PRAXIS scores: Reading (#5712) score of 156 or higher; Writing (#5722) score of 162 or higher; and Math (#5732) score of 150 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)

VISUAL ARTS

Collaborative Design (MFA)

  1. Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university with 2.70/4.00 GPA
  2. Digital portfolio and resume or curriculum vitae
  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)

Note: Students who do not meet minimum requirements may petition for admission consideration. Contact your Admissions Representative for information about admission appeal.

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 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.
  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 and Visual Arts 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:

Admissions Representatives

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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