The Boler School of Business and the College of Arts and Sciences offer advanced study in programs leading to master’s degrees in the arts, sciences, communications, clinical mental health counseling, business, and education. The Graduate Studies Bulletin contains information on programs, costs, and admission requirements and is available online at


Degrees conferred are: Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) in school psychology; Master of Arts (M.A.) in biology, communications management, clinical mental health counseling, education, English, history, humanities, mathematics, nonprofit administration, and theology and religious studies; Master of Science (M.S.) in accountancy, biology, and mathematics; Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.); and Master of Education (M.Ed.) in the areas of school counseling, school psychology, initial teacher licensure, and educational administration. In addition to these degrees, certificate programs are also offered at the graduate level. The Boler School of Business offers a Certificate in Graduate Business Studies; the College of Arts and Sciences offers a Certificate of Nonprofit Management, Certificate of Advanced Studies in Theology and Religious Studies, Certificate in Pre-Medical Studies, and a Certificate of Advanced Studies in Assessment, Research and Measurement. The Department of Education and Allied Studies has approved state endorsement programs for teachers holding valid teaching licenses in the following areas: Reading, Literacy Specialist, Middle Childhood Generalist, Early Childhood Generalist, and Teacher Leader.


Applicants whose undergraduate record is predictive of success and who have the undergraduate requirements in the field they wish to pursue may be admitted as either matriculated or non-matriculated students.

To qualify for unconditional acceptance as matriculated students, applicants must hold, minimally, a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college, and a 2.5 cumulative grade-point average (based on a four-point system). Some programs may require a higher average. Students should consult the chair of the department in which they plan to do graduate work about additional admission requirements, program requirements, the planning of a course of study, and any program prerequisites. Departments may have degree requirements that are not listed in the Graduate Studies Bulletin.

John Carroll University seniors who have nearly completed the requirements for the bachelor’s degree, who wish to take graduate-level courses, and who otherwise qualify may be admitted to graduate studies. The application must have the written approval of the appropriate undergraduate dean and must be submitted to the appropriate office of Graduate Studies at least two weeks prior to the date of registration.

Five-Year Programs

Five-Year B.A./M.A. and B.S./M.B.A. programs are offered in business administration, mathematics, nonprofit administration and religious studies. These programs allow students to complete both the B.A. or B.S. and the M.A. degrees in five years. Typically students apply for admission to the M.A. or M.B.A. program in their junior year, begin taking graduate courses in their senior year, and complete the M.A. or M.B.A. in their fifth year. For specific details on each of these programs, see the Graduate Studies Bulletin or contact the department chair.

Graduate/Athletic Assistantships

Graduate and athletic assistantships are available on a competitive basis in certain academic departments, non-academic departments, and the athletic department. The application deadline is March 1 for assistantships to be granted the following academic year. Detailed information regarding specific positions and application materials is available online at Students may also contact the appropriate department chairs or program coordinators regarding specific positions.