JBU Graduate Studies Enrollment Doubles

Siloam Springs, Ark (September 7, 1999) — Graduate enrollment at John Brown University doubled this year. JBU offers graduate programs leading to a Masters of Science (M.S.) degree in Counseling and a Masters of Science (M.S.) degree in Leadership and Ethics.

The Counseling program began in 1995 with approximately 20 students. By 1998 there were 53 students enrolled in the program, and the enrollment growth continues. This semester there are 78 graduate students in the Counseling program. Students may major in Community Counseling, Marriage and Family Therapy, and School Counseling.

This fall JBU added the Masters of Science in Leadership and Ethics and attracted 22 additional graduate students. Enrollment in the Masters in Leadership and Ethics program, plus the 25 new counseling students, bring the total number of JBU graduate students to 100. This is double the total enrollment in 1998.

"We are not surprised by the rapid growth in JBU’s graduate studies enrollment. The region is booming with economic growth, and adult learners are looking for graduate studies programs that enhance their professional careers as well as approach knowledge from a Christian perspective. Graduate study at JBU is distinguished by an emphasis on teaching, supported by creative and competent practical experience. I am convinced that JBU’s graduate programs have experienced rapid growth because the staff and faculty offer quality service and quality learning opportunities," said Dr. Jim Worthington, Dean of Graduate Studies at JBU.

Graduate studies at JBU will continue to grow with the anticipated addition of an MBA program in the fall of 2000. The current graduate programs and any new planned programs are designed to prepare knowledgeable and competent leaders who are known for their integrity, character, and trustworthiness.

Since 1919, John Brown University, an interdenominational, Christian university, has provided top-quality, Christ-centered higher education. JBU embraces a three-fold emphasis on educating the "Head, Heart and Hand" of 1,400 students from over 44 states and 38 countries. For ten consecutive years, JBU has been on the John Templeton Foundation Honor Roll of Character Building Colleges. The University has also repeatedly been included in U.S. News & World Report’s list of top regional colleges and universities.