University Profile

Jacksonville University is a private, independent institution. The University offers a balanced approach to coeducational higher education, combining the best attributes of the liberal arts and sciences tradition and professional studies. As a result, students are equipped to succeed in meaningful careers and advanced study at the graduate level and to function as well-educated, engaged global citizens. This balanced educational approach allows students to respond confidently to evolving career or personal opportunities. Jacksonville University offers a rigorous curriculum that addresses the diverse interests, curiosities, educational and intellectual needs of the total person. While its Core Curriculum exposes students to the broad spectrum of human thought and accomplishment, each major offers specialization for specific career or life pursuits

The College of Arts and Sciences, the Davis College of Business, the College of Fine Arts, the Brooks Rehabilitation College of Healthcare Sciences, and the Marine Science Research Institute and the Public Policy Institute conduct JU’s traditional undergraduate and graduate academic programs. Offering more than 50 undergraduate majors, the University confers the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Business Administration, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Music Education. Pre-professional studies are available for students interested in dentistry, law, medicine, pharmacy and veterinary medicine. The Aviation Program is offered in cooperation with L3 Airline Academy, owned by L3 Commercial Training Solutions. 

Jacksonville University maintains a legacy of service to the community. It has been an ardent supporter and provider of cultural and educational programs that enhance the quality of life for Florida’s First Coast.

Recognizing the educational needs of working adults, JU also offers baccalaureate programs during evening hours, weekends, at off-campus locations, and in accelerated formats that assist nontraditional students with the completion of a college degree. The Adult Degree Program administers degree completion options for nontraditional and adult learners. The eight-week accelerated class options offer intensive studies during weekday evenings and on weekends. Students enrolled may earn a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Social Sciences, a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Interdisciplinary Studies, or a Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.) degree with majors in Business Administration, Finance, Marketing and/or Management.

Graduate programs in Business, Choreography, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Education, Health Informatics, Kinesiology, Mathematics, Marine Science, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Orthodontics, Speech Language Pathology, Sport Management, and Visual Arts infuse the community with highly skilled professionals who are instrumental in strengthening the local economy, improving the quality of elementary and secondary education, and meeting the health care requirements of our citizens.

The College of Arts and Sciences offers a Master of Science in Leadership and Learning and the Master of Arts/Master of Science degree in Marine Science. Students may pursue a 5-year combined Bachelor of Science/Master of Arts degree in Marine Science. A combined 5-year Bachelor of Science/Master of Education degree in Elementary Education is also offered through the College of Arts and Science School of Education.

The Davis College of Business has a Master of Business Administration (M.B.A) offered in three formats; the day-time M.B.A. program, the evening M.B.A. program, and the Executive M.B.A. program. The Davis College of Business also offers a Master of Science in Organization Leadership, a Master of Science in Applied Business Analytics, and a Doctor of Business Administration degree program. A 4 + 1 undergraduate degree/Master of Business Administration degree is offered through the Davis College of Business. Also, dual Masters degrees are offered in cooperation with the Brooks Rehabilitation College of Healthcare Sciences, the Public Policy Institute, and the Florida Coastal School of Law.

The College of Fine Arts offers the Master of Fine Arts degree in Choreography and in Visual Arts.

The Brooks Rehabilitation College of Healthcare Sciences offers a Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.) with cognates in Clinical Nurse Educator, Leadership in Healthcare Systems, Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner with the option of Emergency Nurse Practitioner Specialization, Psychiatric Mental-Health Nurse Practitioner, dual Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Nursing Informatics, and a dual degree program with the Davis College of Business: Master of Science in Nursing & Business Administration, as well as Master of Science degrees in Speech-Language Pathology, Health Informatics, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Kinesiological Sciences, and Sport Management. The college also offers the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree in both a post MSN to DNP program and a BSN to DNP program, and a new Doctor of Occupational Therapy, which started in the Summer of 2018. The School of Orthodontics offers a combined Orthodontics Certificate and Master of Science in Dentistry, and a Fellowship in Clinical Orthodontic Research.

The Public Policy Institute offers a unique interdisciplinary Master in Public Policy degree. Additionally, the Institute offers the following dual degrees: a Master in Public Policy/Juris Doctor (MPP/JD) degree in cooperation with Florida Coastal School of Law; a Master of Public Policy/Master of Business Administration (MPP/MBA) degree in cooperation with the Davis College of Business; and a Master in Public Policy/Master of Arts in Marine Science (MPP/MA) or Master of Science in Marine Science (MPP/MS) degree in cooperation with the Marine Science Research Institute.

The strength of our programs is a function of the University’s nationally recognized faculty, some of whom honored by such organizations as the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education, the Pew National Fellowship Program, the Fulbright Scholarship Program, and the American Council on Education. Each of Jacksonville University’s 219 full-time professors is committed to classroom teaching.

A low student-to-faculty ratio assures students of individual attention and meaningful interaction with professors and classmates. JU’s average class size is 16. Although JU faculty place high priority on teaching, they also pursue research and writing projects, not as ends in themselves, but as means to maintain and enhance the quality of instruction. This concern for students is an incalculable advantage to those who seek an academic environment that is both stimulating and supportive.

Jacksonville University embraces diversity, including geographical and cultural diversity. Half of our students hail from out-of-state, mostly from the east coast. Our current population represents all 50 states and territories, including Hawaii, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and 51 foreign countries. In the traditional undergraduate program, women comprise 53 percent of JU’s student body; men, 47 percent. Approximately 93 percent of JU’s traditional undergraduate student body attends full-time and the majority of our students live on campus.