John Brown University
Siloam Springs, AR 72761

John Brown University is a Christian university committed to providing quality academics to the over 2,100 graduate and undergraduate students it serves.  The university was founded in Northwest Arkansas in 1919 and now offers undergraduate degrees in nearly 50 major areas of study and 9 graduate degree programs in the areas of business, counseling and education. JBU’s mission is to provide Christ-centered education that prepares people to honor God and serve others by developing their intellectual, spiritual and professional lives.  The university has no denominational affiliation and admits students of any faith.

JBU is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association.  JBU has also received specialized accreditation for its graduate business programs by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE) and is a candidate for accreditation with the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and programs (ACBSP).  Its graduate counseling programs are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.  The university employs nearly 100 full-time faculty, 75% of whom hold a Ph.D. or terminal degree, and over 50 adjunct faculty.

The Location and Community
JBU is located in the Northwest Arkansas Metropolitan Statistical Area (Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers) where recent census date reports nearly 500,000 people reside.  The area is consistently named as a top ten place to live and do business by organizations such as Forbes and the Milkin Institute.

Although the main campus of John Brown University is 20 miles west of the main metropolitan area in the town of Siloam Springs, JBU also has educational centers in Rogers, Fort Smith and Little Rock. Each center is outfitted with seminar style classrooms, computers with internet access, comfortable lounge areas for students, and the latest in technical equipment. 

Graduate business courses are held at the Rogers and Fort Smith Centers, at Wal-Mart’s Sam Walton Development Center in Bentonville, Arkansas, and online.  Graduate counseling courses are held at the Rogers and Fort Smith Centers and on the main campus. Graduate education courses are held at the Rogers Center. All graduate business programs can be completed online and about one-third of the counseling programs can be taken online. 

Programs of Study
Degree programs include an MBA with an emphasis in Leadership and Ethics, International Business, or for Wal-Mart associates only, Global Continuous Improvement, M.S. in Leadership and Ethics , M.S. in Higher Education Leadership,  M.S. in Marriage and Family Therapy, MS in Community Counseling, M.S. in School Counseling, M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction.

Facilities & Resources
John Brown University’s library holds over 120,000 items in its collections (including 6,000 periodical titles and 11,000 e-books) and offers a variety of services, such as individual and group instruction sessions, and efficient interlibrary loan.  JBU graduate students have access to numerous online search engines such as EBSCO Host, ProQuest, Gale Online Resources and JSTOR as well as other online resources, including ABI Inform Complete, LexisNexis Academic, Business Source Elite, Wall Street Journal, and more.

Expenses and Aid
The 2014–15 tuition cost is $532 per credit.  Online courses incur a $70 per credit hour fee in addition to tuition.

Financial Aid:
The financial aid program available through the Graduate School at John Brown University provides several types of aid for students who qualify, including loans, scholarships and fellowships.

How to Apply
Students may apply to The Graduate School at John Brown University online at  A complete application includes a non-refundable application fee ($35 for U.S. citizens; $100 for international students), three letters of recommendation (forms available online), graduate level entrance exam scores (if required), official college transcripts, and a 200-word essay describing professional plans and reason for seeking acceptance into JBU’s Graduate School.  Application deadlines apply for some degree programs.

Who to Contact
Office of Graduate and Professional Studies
John Brown University
2000 W. University
Siloam Springs, AR  72761
United States

Phone: 1-866-BE-A-GRAD (1-866-232-4723

Fax: 1-479-524-7380


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Graduate Programs

The Graduate School: Dr. Richard Ellis: Dean, Graduate and Professional Studies; Ph.D., University of  Michigan; M.Div., Talbot Theological Seminary; BR.Ed., William Tyndale College

Counseling: Dr. John Carmack: Graduate Counseling Program
Director; Professor of Marriage and Family Therapy; Ph.D., Texas Women’s University; M.Div., Trinity Evangelical Divinity School; B.A., University of Arkansas.

Business: Dr. Joe Walenciak: Graduate Business Program Director: Professor of Business; Ph.D., M.B.A., University of Arkansas; B.S., John Brown University

Business: Ms. DeNisha McCollum: Program Director, Graduate Business Program; M.Ed., North Central University; M.S.L.E., John Brown University; B.A., University of Arkansas

Education: Dr. Gloria Gale, Associate Dean, College of Education: Program Director, Graduate Education Program; Professor of Education; Ph.D., Walden University; M.L.S., Central Michigan University; M.M.E., Western Michigan University; B.S., Western Michigan University

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