Graduate School

The Boler College of Business and the College of Arts and Sciences offer advanced study in programs leading to master’s degrees in the arts, sciences, counseling, business, and education. Information on programs, costs, and admission requirements can be found in the Graduate Academic Programs and Graduate Academic Policies and Procedures sections of this bulletin.

Degrees conferred are: Master of Arts (M.A.) in biology, clinical mental health counseling, nonprofit administration, sports leadership, and theology & religious studies; Master of Science (M.S.) in biology, digital marketing & communication strategy, and innovation & entrepreneurship; Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.); and Master of Education (M.Ed.) in the areas of school counseling, initial teacher licensure, and advanced studies. In addition to these degrees, certificate programs are also offered at the graduate level, including a Certificate of Nonprofit Management, a Certificate of Content Marketing, and a Certificate of Ecclesial Ministry. The Department of Education has an approved Reading (Pre-K through 12th Grade) state endorsement program for teachers holding valid teaching licenses.

Five-Year Programs

John Carroll offers program that provide students the opportunity to complete both the bachelor’s and master’s degree within five years. Programs are currently offered by the following departments: Business, Education, Nonprofit Administration, and Theology & Religious Studies.


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.

Graduate/Athletic Assistantships

Graduate and athletic assistantships are available on a competitive basis in certain academic departments, nonacademic departments, and the athletic department. The application deadline is February 15 for assistantships to be granted the following academic year. Detailed information about specific positions and application materials are available online at Students may also contact department chairs or program coordinators regarding specific positions.