Graduate School Pathways

Get a head start on graduate school while you're completing your undergraduate degree at JBU.

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Graduate School Pathways allows you to get started on your graduate degree while you're working on your undergraduate degree. Whether you're a traditional undergrad student taking classes on the main campus in Siloam Springs, or you're earning your bachelor's through JBU Online, you have the opportunity to earn your bachelor's and master's more quickly and at a better value. Depending on your graduate program, you could have both your master's and bachelor's degrees in as little as five years!


How It Works

While earning your bachelor’s degree at JBU, you can take graduate courses that can count for both graduate and undergraduate hours at the same time. A maximum of 12 graduate hours counts as elective credit toward your bachelor’s degree. Some graduate classes can be completed online, and some are offered face-to-face at one of JBU's campuses. Visit the Graduate Catalog for more information.


Degree Options

Find the Graduate School Pathway that fits your goals.

4+1 Programs

Schedule a call with an admissions counselor to talk about your options.


At John Brown University, within select programs, you can add just 1 extra year to your college experience and obtain your master's degree by taking 4 graduate courses as dual credit that count toward both your undergraduate and graduate degrees. This is a great way to save time and money. 


MBA Program

An MBA gives you an advantage by opening up opportunities for career advancement and greater responsibility with added financial reward. Students must also complete the following four undergraduate business classes as prerequisites for the MBA program:

  • ATG 2173 Financial Accounting – OR – ATG 1163 Accounting for Decision Making 
  • BUS 2193 Business Statistics
  • FIN 3003 Principles of Finance
  • ECN 2003 Basic Economics – OR – ECN 2113 Principles of Microeconomics – OR – ECN 2123 Principles of Macroeconomics

Cybersecurity Program

An MS in Cybersecurity will give you the technical skills, such as coding, needed to excel in the industry. If you want to be a leader or manager in the future, grad school is something you can't ignore. The cybersecurity industry is also growing and within it, you must keep learning.

Students must have “junior” standing to take graduate courses.

Why Go the Graduate School Pathways Route?

Through the Graduate Pathways Program, up to 12 credit hours will count as credit for both your bachelor's and master's degree, meaning you'll take fewer courses overall. That means you'll spend less time and money earning a master's degree by participating in the Graduate School Pathways Program.

Add Graduate School Pathways to Your Plan

If you are a current JBU student, fill out the form below and the Graduate School Pathway will be added to your undergraduate program. Make sure to notify your advisor so he or she can assist you with your course plan.

Please note: To be eligible for Graduate School Pathways, you must have junior or senior standing and possess a cumulative undergraduate grade point average (CGPA) of 3.0 or higher. Applicability of specific graduate courses toward undergraduate degree requirements is determined by the respective undergraduate department head. 

If you are not currently a student at JBU, contact your admissions counselor or call us at 479-524-9500.

Click here to add Graduate School Pathways to your plan