M.A. Higher Education

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Next steps

Choosing a graduate program is a big deal, and our staff and faculty are committed to making this process easy for you.


Our admissions team is here to navigate the application process, so you have all the information to be confident in your decision.

Financial aid

You deserve a transparent, helpful financial aid experience. We'll work with you to ensure you're taking advantage of all of your financial aid opportunities.

Start classes

Most JBU graduate classes happen in 8-week blocks (counseling and education have some 16-week classes). Online and face-to-face class options provide flexibility for your busy schedule. Talk to an admissions counselor for more details on classes in your program.


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Admission requirements for higher education programs

In addition to general admission requirements, applicants to the graduate higher education programs must have:

  • An undergraduate GPA of 2.75 or higher (4.0=A). 
  • No entrance exam is required.

Special petition for admission

If you do not meet the minimum qualifications, you may petition for admission consideration. Applicants should submit a letter to the graduate admissions office via email or upload it to their application portal. Please address your letter to:

Dr. Aida Ramos, Program Director
JBU Graduate Higher Education
2000 West University Street
Siloam Springs, AR 72761

Partnership with Bethel University

Graduates of the Master of Arts in Higher Education program at John Brown University who enroll in the Bethel University Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Leadership in Higher Education program will be offered a University Partnership Scholarship at Bethel.  The University Partnership Scholarship provides up to $400 per semester (maximum $1,200 per year) toward tuition in the Ed.D. program. In addition, JBU Higher Education graduates may waive up to two required courses of the Bethel prescribed curriculum to be replaced with alternative course options.

The Ed.D. program at Bethel University is offered through online instruction and 1-2 week on-campus intensives each year in St. Paul, Minnesota. For more information on the Ed.D. program, visit the Bethel website