Graduate School Admissions Requirements

Thank you for considering John Brown University in your pursuit of a graduate degree. Graduate study at JBU emphasizes scholarship, research, and professional experience. To be considered for admission to JBU's Graduate School, you must hold a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited university or college and submit the following:

  1. An online application and a $35 non-refundable application fee. The application includes a 200-word essay regarding your professional plans and reason for seeking acceptance into the program.
  2. Official transcripts from all universities or colleges attended. 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.
  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 (see table below).
  5. Additional information or an admission interview if requested by the Program Director or Dean of the Graduate School.

 

Entrance Exam Requirements

Program

Required Exam 

Required Score

Exceptions

Business

One of the following:

MAT

GMAT*

GRE

 

383

1100*

1000 (taken prior to 8/1/11)**

300 (after 8/1/11)**

If undergraduate GPA is 3.0 or above or if applicant holds an earned graduate degree from an accredited institution in a related field, entrance exam is NOT required.

 

Counseling  GRE

1000 (taken prior to 8/1/11)**

300 (after 8/1/11)**

This requirement is waived for applicants holding an earned graduate degree from an accredited university in a related field.
Education GRE

1000 (taken prior to 8/1/11)**

300 (after 8/1/11)**

Students pursuing a MAT in Secondary Education (standard licensure) have additional testing requirements.

*This score reflects a combination of GMAT score, work experience, and GPA.

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, Rogers or Siloam Springs during regular business hours (Monday - Friday). There is a $60 fee 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:

 

NOTE: Your particular program of interest may have additional requirements. To determine what they are, contact your admissions representative.

Admission Status

Regular Status: Admission to Regular Status requires an undergraduate grade point average of 2.7 or higher (4.0=A) and fulfillment of entrance exam requirement.

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.

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 (30) days after acceptance into a graduate program.

International Students

To be considered for admission to JBU as an international student, you must meet the general admission criteria, hold the equivalent of a bachelor's degree from an accredited or recognized university, have demonstrated proficiency in English and submit the following:

  1. An online application and $35 non-refundable application fee. The application includes a 200-word essay regarding your professional plans and reason for seeking acceptance into the program.
  2. Official transcripts from all universities attended. Transcripts must be translated into English and must be mailed by the college or university directly to the graduate admissions office at JBU. You may use JBU's Transcript Request Form.
  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. See table above.
  5. Proof of U.S. insurance and immunization records including date of measles/rubella vaccination. See immunization requirements above.
  6. Official TOEFL test scores. Must receive 550 or above for paper-based test, 213 or above on the computer-based test, or 79 or higher on the internet-based test.
  7. Official documents showing ability to pay college costs, or an Affidavit of Support (US Citizenship and Immigration Services form I-134 available through the International Programs Office) completed by a US sponsor.
  8. Deposit for one year covering the cost of tuition for one year. The deposit is 100% refundable if you do not enroll.
  9. Additional information or an admission interview if requested by the department head or graduate dean.

NOTE: Your particular program of interest may have additional requirements. To determine what they are, check with your admissions representative.