About Graduate Education

Learn more about the programs we offer

Mark Bjornsen


Mark Bjornsen

Program Representative for M.Ed., M.A.T. & Special Education

Cell: 479.549.7561


Kent Shaffer


Kent Shaffer

Program Representative for Higher Education

Cell: 479.372.7322

John Brown University's College of Education Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.), and a Master of Arts (M.A.) in Higher Education.

The M.A.T. degree program furthers JBU's mission to prepare teachers who are skilled professionals and reflective decision makers and who exhibit Christlike characteristics in the workplace and at home. 

The M.A. in Higher Education degree is a 30-hour program offered completely online that will prepare you for multiple higher education careers, including residence life, student development, admissions, financial aid, career development services, intercollegiate athletics, ministry programs, student leadership, student support services and other areas of college administration.


Why JBU?

  • Christian values-based learning
  • Academically and professionally qualified faculty
  • Interactive learning environment

Graduate Education Programs

The Graduate School at JBU also offers a M.S. in School Counseling through the Graduate Counseling department.

Class Locations & Schedule

M.A.T. courses are seven- or eight-week classes offered in a blended format–both online and in-class . Class meeting times (5:30-7:00 p.m.) offer students the flexibility of being face-to-face with the professor at the JBU Rogers Center, or remotely accessing the class through technology.

Higher education courses are seven or eight-week classes offered completely online.



JBU's Graduate Education programs are housed in the College of Education and Human Services and are approved by the Arkansas State Department of Education. The education preparation programs are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).  On July 1, 2013 NCATE consolidated with the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) and formed the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) as the new accrediting body for educator preparation http://caepnet.org, (202) 223-0077.

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