GRADUATE PROGRAMS ADMISSION
Jacksonville University offers the following graduate programs:
  • Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Leadership and Learning degree with three (3) concentrations through the School of Education
  • Master of Arts in Mathematics (MA) through the College of Arts & Sciences
  • Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree in both Evening and Executive programs through the Davis College of Business
  • Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree with concentrations in Administration, Joint Administration and MBA, Educator or Family Nurse Practitioner with or without Emergency Nurse Practitioner sub specialization, through the School of Nursing
  • CAGS (Certificate in Advanced Graduate Studies) upon completion of its 24-month Advanced Specialty Education Program in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthodontics from the School of Orthodontics

 
MASTERS OF EDUCATION IN LEADERSHIP AND LEARNING (M.ED.) PROGRAM ADMISSION
 
Admission requirements include:
  • A $50 nonrefundable application fee.
  • A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  • A completed graduate admission application form.
  • Two letters of recommendation. For the Educational Leadership concentration, at least one of the recommendation letters must come from the school principal or immediate supervisor.
  • Submission of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score report as required.
  • In addition to the program admission requirements, all international student applicants must also meet the JU Admissions requirements as outlined under "International Students." Further, all international students are required to present a GRE score.
  • All applications and transcripts of undergraduate as well as graduate work must be on file in the Office of Admission prior to initial registration.
  • Any exceptions to the preceding requirements must be approved by the Dean of the School of Education.
All application materials should be mailed to:
  • Offices of Admission - Graduate Programs
    Jacksonville University
    2800 University Boulevard North
    Jacksonville, Florida 32211-3394
 
VETERAN APPLICATIONS
Jacksonville University welcomes applications from veterans to the M.Ed. Program. The M.Ed. Program fully qualifies for the financial benefits available to veterans or their dependents.
 
TRANSIENT OR NON-DEGREE STUDENT APPLICATION
Classes only available for those accepted to the M.Ed. program.
 
TRANSFER OF CREDIT
Students admitted to the M.Ed. Program must attend full-time. The cohort, “lock-step” format does not allow for transfer credits. Students attend courses as scheduled throughout the entire program. If a student must drop from the program for personal reasons, he or she must wait one full year before being readmitted.
 
ADMISSION TO CANDIDACY
A student may be admitted to candidacy for the degree only if all admissions materials have been filed with the Office of Admission, Graduate Studies. All application materials must be submitted by July 15 for August enrollment.
 
MA IN MATHEMATICS PROGRAM ADMISSION
 
 
Admission requirements include:
  • A $50 nonrefundable application fee.
  • A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • A completed graduate admission application form.
  • Admission to graduate study is granted on an individual basis upon review of the applicant’s entire academic record by the advisor to the MA in Mathematics Program. Evidence considered includes past academic performance, letters of recommendation, and past professional experience. A student may be asked to have a personal interview.
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation, two (2) of which must pertain to prior academic experience addressing the candidate’s potential for being successful in a rigorous graduate program, must be submitted with the initial application to the MA in Mathematics Program.
  • Overall undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale if earned within two (2) years of awarding the bachelor’s degree. Students not meeting these requirements may be admitted in a non-degree status up to and including six (6) semester hours. Students are prohibited from taking additional MA in Mathematics courses until they meet all admission requirements.
  • In addition to the program admission requirements, all international student applicants must also meet the JU Admissions requirements as outlined under "International Students."
  • All applications and official transcripts of undergraduate, as well as graduate work must be on file in the Office of Admission prior to initial registration.
  • An undergraduate degree in Mathematics is not necessary for admission to the MA in Mathematics Program; however, all applicants must be accepted by the advisor to the MA in Mathematics Program and must demonstrate adequate understanding of basic differential and integral calculus.
  • Any exceptions to the preceding requirements must be approved by the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.
All application materials should be mailed to:
  • Offices of Admission - Graduate Programs
    Jacksonville University
    2800 University Boulevard North
    Jacksonville, Florida 32211-3394
 
TRANSIENT OR NON-DEGREE STUDENT APPLICATION
Applications for admission to JU as a transient or non-degree student must be filed with the Office of Admission - Graduate Programs. Admission requirements include:
  • A bachelor’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Official transcript(s) showing all undergraduate and graduate course work of the candidate. All documents must be filed with the Office of Admission - Graduate Programs.
 
ADMISSION TO CANDIDACY
A student may be admitted to candidacy for the degree only if all admissions materials have been filed with the Office of Admission - Graduate Programs. Students who have been admitted to graduate study in a non-degree seeking student status must complete six (6) credit hours of graduate-level courses in the major subject areas at JU with a grade of “B” or better. The advisor to the MA in Mathematics Program and the Chair of the Department of Mathematics will decide whether or not the student should be admitted to candidacy for the MA in Mathematics degree.
An academic advisor will be assigned to each student admitted to the program as well as to each student in the process of fulfilling prerequisites. The advisor will assist the student in developing an academic plan and must approve all work carried in pursuit of the degree. Students whose undergraduate specialization is not in Mathematics must demonstrate adequate understanding of basic differential and integral calculus prior to admission to candidacy. These students may be required to take additional undergraduate work in order to qualify for advanced study. The advisor to the MA in Mathematics Program will assign these prerequisite courses.
 
TRANSFER OF CREDIT
Six (6) semester hour credits or 10-quarter hour credits of appropriate work with grades of “B” or above on the graduate level in courses similar in content and rigor to Jacksonville University’s MA in Mathematics Program may be transferred from other regionally accredited institutions upon written petition by the student and with the approval of the advisor to the MA in Mathematics Program. Graduate credit hours earned more than six years prior to graduation from the MA in Mathematics Program will not be accepted. Graduate credit hours earned by correspondence will not be accepted.
All work transferred is subject to examination by JU. In no case will credit be transferred until the student has successfully completed six (6) credit hours of graduate work at JU. Any work transferred to JU will be entered as hours earned only and will not be used in the computation of the JU average. Only graduate courses will be considered for transfer. Further, this work must be pertinent to the course of study planned at JU. The last six (6) hours of graduate credit toward the MA in Mathematics degree must be earned at Jacksonville University.
 
SELECTION PROCESS
Admission to the MA in Mathematics program is selective and limited to those students who demonstrate potential for successfully completing the program. The decision is based on evaluation of the student’s undergraduate program and grades earned, work experience (if applicable), letters of recommendation, and the personal interview.


MBA PROGRAM ADMISSION
 
 
Admission to the FLEX MBA Program is selective and limited to those students who demonstrate a potential for successfully completing the program. The Graduate Committee of the Davis College of Business has set the following criteria for admission to this program:
  • A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Submission of the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) score.
  • Submission of two letters of recommendation.
  • Students graduating with a degree in business from an AACSB accredited institution who hold a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher and three years of relative work experience are exempt from taking the GMAT.
  • All students entering the FLEX MBA Program must, by academic background and/or business experience, be knowledgeable in the areas of accounting, economics, finance, management, marketing, personal computer basics, college algebra, and statistical analysis. Students without these qualifications will be required to take the appropriate foundation courses. There are four (4) foundation courses: (1) Accounting; (2) Finance; (3) Economics; and (4) Statistics, College Algebra and Calculus. Waiver of a required prerequisite course may be granted in certain unusual circumstances where documented work experience has supplied the required body of knowledge contained in the prerequisite course. Such documentation will be reviewed, and any waiver on this basis is at the discretion of the Director of the Graduate Business Programs.
Admission requirements include:
  • A $50 nonrefundable application fee.
  • A completed graduate admission application form.
  • Official transcript of all scholastic work beyond high school.
  • Official GMAT score.
  • Two completed recommendation forms.
  • In addition to the program admission requirements, all international student applicants must also meet the JU Admissions requirements as outlined under "International Students." Further, all international students are required to present a GMAT score and interview with the Director of Graduate Business Programs.
All application materials should be mailed to:
  • Offices of Admission - Graduate Programs
    Jacksonville University
    2800 University Boulevard North
    Jacksonville, Florida 32211-3394
 
TYPES OF MBA ADMISSION
Students meeting all admission requirements will be accepted as degree candidates. On an individual basis, applicants who show promise for successful graduate work who do not meet all qualifications may be considered for conditional admission. In rare instances, applicants who cannot supply the required credentials in a timely manner may be granted non-degree status. Graduate non-degree status may be granted for the administrative convenience of the school and/or students. Admission on this basis is for one semester only and does not guarantee or imply that the individual will be accepted as a degree candidate. The applicant’s admission file must be complete at the end of the first semester so that an application decision may be reached by the second semester. Students with incomplete application files will not be permitted to register for the second semester.
A student enrolled in other MBA programs may take courses at JU as a “graduate transient” student for one semester only. The student must present a letter from his or her degree-granting institution indicating good standing. Jacksonville University accepts no responsibility regarding the transferability of its MBA courses to other institutions.
 
VETERAN APPLICATIONS
Jacksonville University welcomes applications from veterans to the FLEX MBA Program. The FLEX MBA Program fully qualifies for the financial benefits available to veterans or their dependents.
 
TRANSFER AND TRANSIENT CREDIT
A maximum of six (6) semester hours or 10-quarter hours of graduate academic credit may be transferred from a comparable regionally accredited academic institution. The credit must be in courses similar in content and rigor to Jacksonville University’s FLEX MBA Program, and the grade must be at least a “B.” To be eligible for transfer credit, the student must submit a transcript and catalog description of the course(s) to the Director of Admissions - Graduate Programs. All courses submitted for transfer credit consideration must have been taken within five years of beginning the FLEX MBA program.
Students admitted to the FLEX MBA Program will normally be expected to satisfy degree requirements by taking courses at JU. Permission to take a course at another institution for transient credit will only be granted in the presence of extenuating circumstances. The Director of Graduate Business Programs and the Dean of the Davis College of Business must approve transient study in advance of the student taking the course. Transient credit will only be awarded if the grade earned in an approved course is at least a “B.”


EXECUTIVE MBA PROGRAM ADMISSION
 
 
Admission to the Executive MBA program is highly selective and limited to those individuals who demonstrate potential for top management. The program is a cohort and is rigorous. The EMBA students will be on campus every other weekend (Friday afternoons and the entire day on Saturdays). As such, to be successful, this will require the support of the student’s family as well as their company. The decision for candidate acceptance is based on an overall evaluation of the student’s undergraduate program and grades earned, work experience, professional recommendations, and a personal interview with the Director of the Graduate Programs. In rare circumstances, documented work experience and an acceptable GMAT score may serve as fulfillment of a course of study.
Executive MBA Program degree candidates should hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution or equivalent; an average of ten years of professional work experience, preferably with five years in a management role; a proven track record of successful project, budget, product or resource management; an understanding of basic accounting, statistics and economics; proficiency in Microsoft Office products; and strong communication skills, both written and oral.
Materials that must be submitted are:
  • A completed graduate admission application form.
  • A $50 nonrefundable application fee.
  • Three letters of recommendation from individuals who can speak to the candidate’s intellectual and professional abilities.
  • Transcripts from all colleges and universities.
  • In addition to the program admission requirements, all international student applicants must also meet the JU Admissions requirements as outlined under "International Students." Further, all international students are required to present a GMAT score.
  • After all applications materials are received, an interview will be scheduled with the Director of Graduate Business Programs.
  • Upon acceptance to the EMBA program, all candidates must submit a $1,500 deposit.
All application materials should be mailed to:
  • Offices of Admission - Graduate Programs
    Jacksonville University
    2800 University Boulevard North
    Jacksonville, Florida 32211-3394
 
TYPES OF EXECUTIVE MBA ADMISSION
Students meeting all admission requirements may be accepted as degree candidates. On an individual basis, applicants who show promise for successful graduate work who do not meet all of the qualifications may be considered for conditional admission. In rare instances, applicants who cannot supply the required credentials in a timely manner may be granted non-degree status. Graduate non-degree status may be granted for the administrative convenience of the school and/or students. Admission on this basis is for one semester only and does not guarantee or imply that the individual will be accepted as a degree candidate. The applicant’s admission file must be complete at the end of the first semester so that an application decision may be reached by the second semester. Students with incomplete application files will not be permitted to register for the second semester.
The deadline for application to the program is December 15 for January enrollment or July 15 for August enrollment. Submit all application materials and inquiries to the Director of Admissions - Graduate Programs. Participants are responsible for their own fees, but they must have their employers’ consent to enroll in the program. Many employers assist with all or part of the cost of the program through tuition assistance or tuition reimbursement plans.
 
CRITERIA UTILIZED IN MAKING THE ADMISSIONS DECISION
In making the full admissions decision, Jacksonville University considers four major areas in a student’s profile. These include: the undergraduate GPA, work experience, recommendations from superiors, and the interview with the Director of Graduate Programs. The following are considerations for admissions:
  • Undergraduate Record– as evidenced by the cumulative GPA (full four years). Candidates should generally have performed well in their undergraduate program and should have cumulative GPAs greater than 2.5. Exceptions will be made for candidates who:
    • have been out of school for over 15 years and have work skills and experiences that will compensate; and
    • for students who have attended top tier schools in which the program requirements are known to be significantly higher than the national average.
  • Work Experience – students are required to submit a resume detailing work experience. The resume should document work experience and performance while on the job. Work experience should document a history of increasing responsibilities as a manager and successful jobs completed.
  • Recommendations from Superiors – applicants are expected to submit three letters of recommendation from their superiors. These letters are screened carefully to measure past performance, potential and motivation to succeed in a rigorous graduate program.
  • Interview with the Director of Graduate Programs– every candidate will be interviewed by the Director to assess motivation, commitment and the interpersonal skills needed by each applicant to successfully interact with a collaborative, team environment.
 
ADMISSIONS DECISION PROCESS
The Graduate Committee of the Davis College of Business oversees the policies and procedures with regard to admission to the EMBA Program. The actual admissions process is executed in large measure in the Directorate of Enrollment Services. The Director of Admissions - Graduate Programs, is the principal person who is responsible for the actual implementation of the admissions process and the application of the standards throughout that process. With cases that may require special review, an admissions committee will be constituted. The committee is comprised of the Director of Admissions - Graduate Programs, the DCOB Director of Graduate Programs and the two DCOB Business Division Chairs. This committee reviews all data on applicants that need special review and acts in a decision-making role with regard to exceptional admissions to the program.
The GMAT is not required for prospective EMBA students who meet the criteria above with the exception of International Students who must successfully complete the GMAT before entry into the EMBA. In some cases where there is uncertainty associated with the candidate’s ability to succeed in the program, they will be required to first take the GMAT. The resulting score will then be used along with the rest of the portfolio to make an acceptance decision by the admissions committee.
 
EXCEPTIONS
Jacksonville University’s policy is to ensure that all students admitted into the EMBA program show high promise of success for the program. Students meeting all admission requirements will be accepted as degree candidates. Jacksonville University recognizes that there are exceptions to the admission standards that need to be made at certain times. In such cases, these exceptions need to be documented by the appropriate authorities. The following exceptions may apply:
  • Special Conditional Acceptance - The graduate faculty will also be considering two special exceptions. These are for two types of students that would be accepted on a special basis:
    • Special Conditional Acceptance would be reserved for those students who show a high promise of success, but do not meet all four of the acceptance criteria. These students must demonstrate a high level of quality in three of the four entrance areas in order to be considered for acceptance. These students are expected to maintain a “B” average during their first three courses in the program. The admission committee would monitor the progress of these students throughout the program.
    • Special Conditional Acceptance for lack of undergraduate degree will be reserved for students who fail to possess an undergraduate degree from an accredited university. It would be granted only to those individuals who have demonstrated exceptional ability in the workplace and only in rare circumstances.
    • Under no circumstances will the number of accepted EMBA students without an undergraduate degree exceed 10% of the total of the incoming class.
  • Admission of International Students - In addition to the program admission requirements, all international student applicants must also meet the JU Admissions requirements as outlined under "International Students." Further, all international students are required to present a GMAT score.
 
VETERAN APPLICATIONS - Jacksonville University welcomes applications from veterans to the Executive MBA Program. The Executive MBA Program fully qualifies for the financial benefits available to veterans or their dependents.
 
TRANSIENT AND TRANSFER CREDIT
Students admitted to the Executive MBA Program must attend full-time. The cohort, “lock-step” format does not allow for transient students or transfer credits. Students attend courses as scheduled throughout the four semesters. If a student must drop from the program for personal reasons, he or she must wait one full year before being readmitted.


MSN PROGRAM ADMISSION
 
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Admission is open to qualified men and women of any race, color, religion, and national or ethnic origin. Graduate admission is processed through the School of Nursing. Admission to the graduate nursing program is limited to 20 slots per year/per program. The admission process is competitive. To be considered for admission, potential students must submit the following items:
  • Completed application
  • Proof of graduation from an accredited NLN or CCNE BSN nursing program. Overall undergraduate grade point average above a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities.
  • Students whose overall undergraduate GPA is below a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale must submit an official copy of scores reflecting a total score of 900 or more on the combined verbal and quantitative sections of the GRE.
  • Current Florida registered nurse license. Out of state applicants must be eligible for endorsement in Florida. International students must hold a current license from a U.S. state and be eligible for endorsement in Florida.
  • Three recommendations; two of which should be professional references. References should be from a supervisor familiar with the student’s clinical abilities and if possible an educator who taught the student.
  • Written Essay - the essay will discuss a personal statement describing reasons for pursuing an advanced degree and professional goals.
  • Evidence of completion of an undergraduate course in statistics and physical assessment.
  • Interview
  • A $30 nonrefundable application fee.
  • Professional resume
  • For FNP/ENP program: One year of clinical experience in a critical care or emergency setting and Advanced Cardiac Life Support are required prior to beginning the first clinical Nurse Practitioner course.
All application materials should be mailed to:
  • Graduate Advisor
    School of Nursing Jacksonville University
    2800 University Boulevard North
    Jacksonville, Florida 32211-3394
The Admissions, Progression and Retention Committee and the Dean of the School of Nursing must approve any exceptions to the preceding requirements.
 
APPLICATION FOR CANDIDACY
A student may be admitted to candidacy for the MSN degree only if all admissions materials have been filed with the School of Nursing office and successful completion of a comprehensive exam. Students who have been admitted to graduate study on a conditional status must complete six credit hours of graduate-level courses in the major subject areas at JU with a grade of “B” or better. The Dean of the School of Nursing will decide whether or not the student should be admitted to candidacy for the MSN degree. Prior to registering for their capstone course, NUR 550, the MSN students must successfully complete a comprehensive exam.
 
TRANSFER CREDIT
A maximum of six (6) semester hours or 10-quarter hours of graduate academic credit may be transferred from a comparable regionally accredited academic institution. The credit must be in courses similar in content and rigor to Jacksonville University’s MSN Program, and the grade must be at least a “B”. To be eligible for transfer credit, the student must submit a transcript and catalog description of the course to the coordinator of the MSN Program. A letter requesting the transfer credit will be sent to the Registrar and placed in the student’s file.
 
SELECTION PROCESS
Admission to the MSN program is selective and limited to those students who demonstrate potential for successfully completing the program. The decision is based on evaluation of the student’s undergraduate program and grades earned, GRE scores if overall GPA is below 3.0, work experience (if applicable), letters of recommendation, and the personal interview.
 
PART-TIME AND FULL-TIME STATUS
A student may be admitted on a part-time or full-time basis. To qualify for full-time status, a student must be registered for nine or more graduate hours for the fall and spring semesters, and for six hours in the summer semester.