Frequently Asked Questions

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Q: When do your classes begin?

A: Classes begin five times per year: January, March, June, August and October.

Q: How long does it take to complete the program?

A:  How long it takes you to graduate depends on multiple factors, including your major, how many credits you transfer into JBU, and how many hours you take per semester/term. Typical length of each program is:

  • Business Administration- 18 months
  • Liberal Arts - 15 months
  • Organizational Leadership - 18 months
  • Psychology - 15 months  
  • BSN - 12-18 months

Q: How long do the classes meet?

A:  Classes are eight weeks in length. Online courses are asynchronous, meaning you complete your work on your own time from wherever you are. Assignments are due weekly. *BSN has 1 - sixteen week class.

Q: What if I don't meet one of the entrance requirements?

A:  Talk to your admissions representative. You may be able to petition for special admission and fulfill your outstanding entrance requirements while enrolled in the program.

Q: How can I get enough hours to be able to start the program?

A:  Even if you think you're a long way away from qualifying for the program, we recommend that you talk with your admissions representative, who can evaluate your current credit and help you make a plan to fulfill admission criteria.

JBU Online offers various elective courses. Students can also earn credit through CLEP or DSST exams, or take courses from another regionally accredited college or university. 

Q: Will I have to take additional hours outside of the program above my 45 hours to start?

A: You need a minimum of 120 approved, total hours to graduate with a bachelor's degree from John Brown University. Depending on how many transferable hours you already have, you may need to complete additional hours prior to entering or while you are in the program. Credit hours for our programs are as follows:

  • Business Administration online, 51 semester credit hours
  • Liberal Arts, 39 semester credit hours
  • Nursing, 44 semester credit hours
  • Organizational Leadership, 51 semester credit hours
  • Psychology, 39 semester credit hours

Your admissions representative can help you determine how many hours you need and assist you in developing a plan to obtain any outstanding hours.

Q: What types of credit does JBU Online accept?

A: We accept credits from other regionally accredited institutions as well as approved exams. It is possible that you may receive credit for other prior learning or professional development experiences. Be sure to speak with your admissions representative to discuss your credit hours.

Q: Can I transfer credits into the major requirements for my program?

A: In some cases, you may be able to transfer in equivalent courses for our major requirements. Please talk with your admissions representative to determine if you have any courses that will replace any major requirements.

Q: Where do I buy books?

A: You may purchase or rent books from the JBU Bookstore (owned by Follett Corporation) or elsewhere. If you intend to use financial aid to pay for books and do not obtain them through the JBU Bookstore, you should be prepared to pay out-of-pocket, at least initially. Find more details about textbooks here.


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