Graduate Business

FAQ's

Frequently Asked Questions

The following questions pertain mostly to graduate business programs. For other general questions related to graduate school at John Brown University, go to Graduate School FAQ's.

  1. Where are graduate business classes offered?
  2. When are graduate business classes held?
  3. Are graduate business courses offered online?
  4. Do I have to take an entrance exam?
  5. Is work experience required for the graduate business programs?
  6. Is a computer required for the graduate business programs?
  7. Is there an application deadline?
  8. What business degree options are offered?
  9. How long will it take to get my graduate business degree?
  10. How long is each course?
  11. Can I take two classes at once?
  12. Can I work on two degrees at the same time?
  13. Can I take classes in a different order than what is shown on the plan provided by my advisor?
  14. How is the program structured?
  15. If I need a break during the program for personal or professional reasons, can I rejoin the program where I left off?
  16. What is the typical class size?
  17. Is financial assistance available?
  18. Are the programs accredited?
  19. Do you accept transfer credit from other institutions?

1. Where are graduate business courses offered?

Graduate business courses are offered at the Rogers and Fort Smith Centers, and at the Sam Walton Development center for Walmart associates.  And, beginning Fall 2013, classes will also be offered at JBU's new Little Rock Center.

2. When are graduate business classes held?

We offer a variety of courses on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays to accommodate your busy schedule. Currently, classes are held only in the evening.

3. Are graduate business courses offered online?

Yes, all graduate business degrees can be completed online with the exception of one 3-hour residency requirement.

4. Do I have to take an entrance exam?

If your undergraduate GPA was below a 3.0, you will have to take the GRE, the GMAT or the MAT. If your undergraduate GPA was a 3.0 or higher, you are exempt from this requirement.

5. Is work experience required for the graduate business programs?

While work experience is not required, it is helpful in the completion of a graduate business degree.

6. Is a computer required for the graduate business programs?

Although a computer is helpful in the completion of any degree, it is not required for the graduate degree programs. However, most communication will be sent via e-mail to each student's JBU e-mail account; therefore, it is extremely beneficial to have a computer.

7. Is there an application deadline?

The graduate business programs do not have a firm application deadline; however, we suggest that you apply at least six weeks prior to the beginning of your first course to allow ample time for transcript evaluation and recommendation forms.

8. What business degree options are offered?

JBU offers the following graduate business degrees:

  • MBA with three emphases, including International Business, Leadership and Ethics and Global Continuous Improvement (for Wal-Mart associates only)
  • Master of Science in Leadership and Ethics
  • Master of Science in Higher Education Leadership

9. How long will it take to get my graduate business degree?

A graduate degree in business from JBU can be completed in two years including summer classes.

10. How long is each course?

Each graduate business course meets one night per week for eight weeks.

11. Can I take two classes at once?

It is possible to take two classes at once but due to the amount of work each class requires, this option is not recommended.

12. Can I work on two degrees at the same time?

Yes, but it is highly recommended that one program be completed before beginning work on the second one.

13. Can I take classes in a different order than what is shown on the plan provided by my advisor?

Yes. Your graduate plan is a suggested plan of study. The final responsibility for meeting all degree requirements rests with you.

14. How is the program structured?

Each course is eight weeks long, so you will enroll in two courses per semester and attend all year around.

15. If I need a break during the program for personal or professional reasons, can I rejoin the program where I left off?

You may take time off when needed; however, a break at any point in the program may require degree plan modifications.

16. What is the typical class size?

The typical class size for graduate business courses is 18-20 students.

17. Is financial assistance available?

Yes. Financial assistance is available in the form of assistantships, fellowships and student loans.

18. Are the programs accredited?

Yes. John Brown University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (www.ncahlc.org, 312.263.0456). All business and business-related programs of John Brown University are in candidacy for specialized accreditation through Accreditation Council for Business Schools & Programs (ACBSP). For more information, please visit the ACBSP website.

19. Do you accept transfer credit from other institutions?

You may transfer up to nine hours of graduate credit or 25% of the degree program (whichever is higher) from another institution toward a graduate business degree. All transferred hours must be applicable toward the degree, have earned a grade of "B-" or better and be approved by the Program Director and Dean of Graduate Studies.