4+1 Program

Jacksonville University’s Bachelors plus Master of Business Administration (MBA) Program allows you to earn your bachelors and MBA in just five years of continuous study.  This program is designed for highly-motivated high school students entering Jacksonville University with interests in any major who at least have a high school GPA of 3.5 and SAT Critical Reading and Math scores totaling at least 1170 (ACT 24).  Students must maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA in their undergraduate studies to maintain their acceptance in the Accelerated MBA program.

Qualified students seeking the 4+1 Bachelors/MBA will be required to complete an online Accelerated MBA application prior to January 1st of the student’s senior year.  The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Examination (GRE) test requirement will be waived upon submission of a JU undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher.  An application will not be recognized as complete until the Davis College of Business Graduate Admissions office has received the following:

  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • Resume
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Transcript showing the final grades of the fall semester courses for that senior year​

Any student not meeting the entering GPA and SAT requirements as new freshman may still apply for the Accelerated MBA program.  They must maintain a GPA of at least 3.0 and obtain an acceptable GMAT or GRE test score. The GMAT or GRE would need to be taken during the beginning of the senior year.

The Davis MBA builds on a foundation of core business knowledge, while making development of your leadership skills a priority.  Be mentored by some of Jacksonville’s leading business professionals and gain additional hands-on work experience with internships.  Leave the program with a solid business prowess and portfolio of demonstrated leadership knowledge and skills.  In a cohort-based program of colleagues from around the region and world, teamwork is a way of life in getting things done.  The program draws upon:

  • Cutting-edge courses delivered in intensive 8-week long modules
  • Strong commitment to develop leadership knowledge and skills
  • Dedicated faculty with the highest academic qualifications
  • Modern classrooms and technologies located in an inspiring facility at JU
  • Focus on practical and engaging business concepts which put students to work

Why do the Bachelors + MBA Program?

  1. Earn two degrees in just 5 years! Do not wait, get your education now!
  2. Plan for the future. Have security in knowing where you will earn your Bachelor and Master degrees from day 1.
  3. Waive the GMAT/GRE requirement! Most Masters Programs require a GMAT or GRE for admission but with this 4+1 program that requirement is waived!
  4. Top Accreditations! Jacksonville University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).  The Davis College of Business is also accredited by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) – the highest international accreditation a business school anywhere in the world can receive!
  5. More competitive in the workforce. These days more and more people earn their Bachelor’s degree but the way to differentiate yourself is with an MBA.
  6. Earn a versatile degree. The concepts and theories you learn in the MBA program can be used in so many fields. Of course an MBA will help you in the corporate world, but your management and leadership skills can be applied to any field!​

Earn your Bachelor and Master degrees now! Apply today!

To find out if you qualify for admission to the 4+1 Program, please contact the Office of Admissions at admissions@ju.edu or (800) 225-2027.

Frequently Asked Questions


Who is eligible to participate in the 4+1 Program at JU?

The program is designed for highly-motivated high school students entering the University who have earned at least a 3.5 GPA in high school and a 1170 SAT or 24 ACT score. The graduate school at the Davis College of Business reviews the admissions transcript for all students who meet this initial qualification and extends offers of admission to those students they believe exhibit the highest potential for success in the program. If you have not been invited to participate but your academic qualifications are close, talk to admissions to see if you can still participate and request a review of your transcript.

Is there anything I have to do to maintain my eligibility?

As long as you maintain a 3.0 GPA during your undergraduate studies, you will remain eligible to participate in the program and enter the MBA program.

If I did not sign up for the program and I still want to complete my MBA at JU after I graduate, what are the requirements?

If you are not a part of the 4+1 program, the only way to waive the GMAT/GRE test requirement for admission is to earn a 3.3 or higher with a business major here at JU. Otherwise, you will be required to complete all admissions requirements, including the submission of a GMAT or GRE test score.

How do I sign up?

If you have received a Conditional Offer of Acceptance letter from the Dean, you may contact your Admissions Officer and confirm your seat in the program or respond to the confirmation email that will be sent to you. If you have not been offered admission but would like to be considered, please contact admissions to discuss a review of your transcript.

Coursework, Majors, & Timing

Do I have to do my undergraduate degree in business in order to participate in this program?

No, you may major in any degree you like! The MBA program at Jacksonville University is not just a business degree – it is a degree in leadership. Successful students in any degree program are able to enhance the value of the undergraduate study with the JU MBA. A student in fine arts, health sciences or humanities will all find themselves working in the world and the JU MBA will help them navigate their chosen industry, build the skills to become leaders in their own fields, and understand how to excel in their own careers.

If I am not majoring in business for my undergraduate degree, will I need to take business foundation courses prior to starting my MBA?

Just about every undergraduate degree requires electives. Students in the 4+1 Program use their electives to take a few fundamental business courses (accounting, economics, finance, and statistics) in order to complete the MBA foundation course requirements. The courses would still count towards your 120 credits for your undergrad so it's a win-win. Even if for some reason you are unable to take these courses while you are an undergraduate student, the Davis College of Business academic counselors will work with you to fuse your foundation courses into your MBA curriculum and still allow you to graduate on time.

Once I start my MBA how long will it take?

We have a carefully designed cohort style delivery which means we guarantee your graduating with your MBA in just 12 months as long as you follow the prescribed schedule.

I plan on double majoring so I may take more than four years to complete my bachelor degrees.  Is that a problem for the 4+1?

No problem at all. We have cohorts that begin every fall and spring semester.  You may start your MBA in the next cohort after you graduate.

I am a student athlete.  If I want to play while pursuing my MBA how will that work?

Currently, we have several athletes in the MBA program. Your advisor and coach will work together to find the best way for you to get your education and play your sport. We will make it work!

Costs & Scholarships

How much does the program cost to participate?

Tuition for an MBA is approximately $800 per credit hour (2019-20) and usually takes two years to complete. By participating in the 4+1 Program, you eliminate and entire year of classes– cutting your graduate degree times in half compared to a typical program.

Does my current merit scholarship cover the cost of the graduate MBA program? Are there additional scholarships available?

Your current merit scholarship covers only the tuition and/or room and board of your undergraduate degree. However, in addition to saving a year of graduate tuition, we also have scholarships available to eligible students for the 4+1 MBA program. We offer a variety of scholarships and assistantships for the MBA program. Scholarships may range from as much as $5,000 or even $10,000. We also offer assistantships where you work for the Davis College of Business 10-20 hours per week. In exchange you have up to half of your tuition paid in addition to a small stipend to cover the cost of books.