James Madison University 2022 2023 Graduate Catalog

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The catalog is produced by the Office of Vice Provost for Faculty, Curriculum and Policy. This catalog was prepared on the basis of the best information available at the
time of publication in July 2022. The catalog provides information about academic policies, course descriptions and academic requirements for programs offered to
undergraduate students. All information, including statements of tuition and fees, course offerings, and admission and graduation requirements, is subject to change
without notice or obligation

Janina Peachey
Catalog Editor
103 Sheldon Hall, MSC 7503
James Madison University
Harrisonburg, VA 22807
Phone: (540) 568-7998
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: https://www.jmu.edu/catalog
Publishing Statement
This catalog is not a contract; it merely presents the requirements, offerings, information and regulations in effect at the time of publication. The university reserves the
right to change any requirement or other provision at any time. The university endeavors to provide notice of any change through the advising process or through other
means of communications; however, it is the responsibility of each individual student to become and remain aware of all applicable requirements and provisions that may
apply to the student

The university operator can be reached at (540) 568-6211

James Madison University
Catalog Issue June 2022
The James Madison University 2022-2023 Graduate Catalog was published by the JMU Division of Academic Affairs

Editorial services for the catalog were provided by Janina Peachey, editor, and Kimberly McGivern, publication manager, under the advisement of Paula Maxwell, associate
vice provost for faculty and curriculum, and Cynthia Bauerle, interim vice provost for faculty, curriculum and policy

The catalog cover was designed by Kathleen Smith. Images are by University Communications & Marketing

University Calendar 3 Grading 23
About the University 5 Degree Progress 25
Mission 5 Honor System 25
History 5 Time Limitations 26
Administration 5 Degree Conferral Deadlines 27
James Madison University Administration 6 Unsatisfactory Progress 27
Organization 6 Academic Warning 27
JMU Alumni 6 Changes in The Graduate School Policies and Procedures 27
JMU Foundation 7 Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) 27
Accreditation 7 Doctoral Candidacy Request 28
Admission to Graduate Programs 8 Grievance Procedure for Graduate Students 28
General Admissions 8 Assessment 28
Offers of Admission 8 Culminating Scholarly Documents 29
General Application Procedures 10 Degree Completion 30
International Student Applications 10 Military Service 30
Tuition, Fees and Expenses 12 Student Services 33
Billing and Registration 12 Academic Affairs Mission Statement 33
Continuous Enrollment 12 Administration and Finance Mission Statement 33
Tuition and Fees 12 Student Affairs Mission Statement 33
Delinquent Accounts 13 Business Services 33
Eligibility for In-state Tuition 13 Print Services 34
Online Courses 14 Career and Academic Planning 34
Room and Board 14 Career Advising and Decision-Making 34
Refunds 14 Center for Assessment and Research Studies (CARS) 35
Withdrawal Refunds 14 Center for Assessment and Research Studies Faculty 35
Financial Declaration for International Graduate Students 14 Center for Faculty Innovation 35
Financial Assistance 15 Center for Global Engagement 36
Assistantships 15 Center for Multicultural Student Services 36
Application Process for Assistantships 18 Cohen Center for the Humanities 36
Federal Financial Assistance Programs 19 Community Service-Learning 37
JMU Scholarships 20 Counseling Center 37
Private Scholarships 20 Graduate Student Association 37
Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program 20 JMU Learning Centers 37
Employment 20 Dean of Students 38
Equal Opportunity 21 Office of Disability Services and Learning Strategies 38
University Withdrawal 21 Learning Strategies Instruction 39
General Regulations 21 Office of Equal Opportunity 39
Enrollment 21 Information Technology 39
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JMU Libraries 40 Department of Biology 70
Off Campus Life 40 Master of Business Administration Program 72
Public Safety 40 Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders 74
Office of the Registrar 41 School of Communication Studies 78
Residence Life 41 Department of Computer Science 81
Office of Student Accountability and Restorative Practices 41 Department of Early, Elementary and Reading Education 84
Student Government Association 41 Department of Educational Foundations and Exceptionalities 86
Student Handbook 41 Department of English 96
Student Success 41 Department of Graduate Psychology 98
Title IX 42 Department of Health Professions 112
University Advising 42 Department of History 121
University Health Center 43
School of Integrated Sciences 122
University Recreation 43
Department of Kinesiology 124
University Unions 43
Department of Learning, Technology and Leadership Education 126
Withdrawal from the University 44
Department of Mathematics and Statistics 135
College of Arts and Letters 45
Department of Middle, Secondary and Mathematics Education 136
College of Business 45
Program Mission 140
College of Education 46
School of Music 141
College of Health and Behavioral Studies 49
School of Nursing 152
College of Integrated Science and Engineering 50
Department of Political Science 164
College of Science and Mathematics 51
Sport and Recreation Leadership 173
College of Visual and Performing Arts 54
School of Strategic Leadership Studies 175
School of Professional & Continuing Education (SPCE) 56
School of Writing, Rhetoric and Technical Communication 177
The Graduate School 57
Course Descriptions 180
Graduate Education Administration 57
Graduate Faculty 251
Degrees Offered 62
University President 251
Programs Offered 62
President's Cabinet 251
Academic Departments 64
Graduate Faculty 251
School of Accounting 66
Your Right to Know 264
School of Art, Design and Art History 67
Non-Discrimination Statement 264
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University Calendar
Fall Semester 2022
August 24, Wednesday Classes meet as scheduled

September 13, Tuesday Last day to withdraw from the university with cancellation of tuition charges and refund

October TBD, Friday-Sunday Family Weekend
October 11, Tuesday First Block courses end

October 13, Thursday Second Block courses begin

October 13, Thursday Last day to submit an application for a Masters, Ed.S. or Doctoral degree if graduation requirements are to be met in May or
August 2023

October 18, Tuesday Mid-semester grades due in the Office of the Registrar. First Block course grades due in the Office of the Registrar

October TBD, Thursday and Friday Fall Break (No Classes – University Offices Open)
November TBD, Friday Homecoming
November 7, Monday Registration begins for 2023 spring semester

November 18, Friday Comprehensive assessment results and scholarly documents are due to The Graduate School for December 2022 graduation

November 19, Saturday Thanksgiving holiday begins
November 28, Monday Classes resume

December 9, Friday Last day of classes

December 10-16, Saturday-Friday Final examinations

December 16, Friday Deadline for completion of course work for December graduates

December 17, Saturday December Commencement Ceremony

December 19, Monday Regular Semester and Second Block course grades due in the Office of the Registrar by 3 p.m

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Winter Session 2023
January 2, Monday Winter session 1 (one-week) and Winter Session 2 (two-week) classes meet as scheduled

January 6, Friday Winter Session 1 Final examinations

January 9, Monday Winter session 3 (one-week) classes meet as scheduled

January 10, Tuesday Winter Session 1 Grades Due
January 13, Friday Winter Session 2 and 3 Final Examinations
January 17, Tuesday Winter Session 2 and 3 Grades Due
Spring Semester 2023
January 16, Monday Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday. (No Classes – University Offices Closed)
January 17, Tuesday Classes meet as scheduled

February 7, Tuesday Last day to withdraw from the university with cancellation of tuition charges and refund. Student Assessment/Faculty Assistance
(no classes 8 a.m.- 4 p.m.) Evening classes (those beginning 4 p.m. or later) meet as scheduled

March 7, Tuesday First Block courses end

March 10, Friday Mid-semester grades due in the Office of the Registrar

March 13-17, Monday-Friday Spring Break. Classes do not meet

March 20, Monday Classes resume. Second Block courses begin

March 21, Tuesday First Block course grades due in the Office of the Registrar

March 27, Monday Advance registration for 2023 summer session begins

April 10, Monday Registration begins for 2023 fall semester

April 12, Wednesday Last day to submit an application for a Masters, Ed.S. or Doctoral degrees if graduation requirements are to be met in December
2023. Comprehensive assessment results and scholarly documents are due to The Graduate School for May 2023 graduation

May 4, Thursday Last day of classes

May 5-11, Friday-Thursday Final examinations

May 11, Thursday Deadline for completion of course work for May graduates

May 11-13 Thursday-Saturday Commencement Ceremonies
May 16, Tuesday Regular Semester and Second Block course grades due in the Office of the Registrar by 3 p.m

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About the University
James Madison University is a public, comprehensive university and is the only enlarged the campus by 240 acres and constructed 19 buildings. The
university in America named for James Madison. The university places great administration also revamped the curriculum. In 1954, the expanding school
emphasis on the quality of the undergraduate student experience in its received authority to grant master's degrees. The university became a
bachelor's level programs and offers a complementary array of distinguished coeducational institution and first enrolled Black students in 1966

master's, educational specialist and doctoral programs aimed at meeting Dr. Ronald E. Carrier became JMU's fourth president in 1971. His
specific state and national needs. JMU provides a total education to students – administration transformed Madison College into a university. In 1977, the
one that has a broad range of the liberal arts as its foundation and institution adopted its current name, James Madison University. The Carrier
encompasses an extensive variety of professional and pre-professional administration nearly tripled the number of students and university faculty
programs, augmented by a multitude of learning experiences outside the members and constructed some 30 major campus buildings. Doctoral degrees
classroom. The value and quality of the JMU experience has been recognized were authorized in 1994

repeatedly in many national publications. Dr. Linwood H. Rose was named JMU's fifth president in September 1998

Enhancing quality in student learning is a priority for JMU. A national study Under his leadership, JMU was continually recognized in national publications
found that 81 percent of employers want colleges to place more emphasis on as one of the nation's finest institutions of its type. More than 20 new academic
"critical thinking and analytic reasoning" and 75 percent want more emphasis programs were implemented, 25 major buildings were constructed, a Phi Beta
on "ethical decision making" (Raising the Bar: Employers' Views on College Kappa chapter was installed and the university successfully completed its first
Learning in the Wake of the Economic Downturn, AAC&U and Hart Research capital campaign

Associates (2010)). In 2013, JMU launched a major university-wide effort Jonathan R. Alger, J.D., took office in July 2012 as the sixth president of James
called Ethical Reasoning in Action with the purpose of teaching ethical Madison University. Under his leadership, JMU developed a vision to be "the
reasoning skills to every student at the university. national model of the engaged university: engaged with ideas and the world."
First year students are introduced to Ethical Reasoning in Action during He led the university's expanded focus on diversity, equity and inclusion, and
orientation, and exposure continues through campus programming, the JMU received nationwide attention for removing the names of Confederate
General Education curriculum and courses in majors. It teaches students how military leaders from campus buildings as part of its commitment to being a
to apply a set of reasoning skills to evaluate implications of different courses of welcoming and inclusive institution. JMU has become known as a model for
action in their personal, professional and civic lives. Ethical Reasoning in service learning, promoting access with such programs as the Valley Scholars,
Action ties directly to the university's mission of "preparing educated and and ranked as the "top college in Virginia for getting a job." With Mr. Alger's
enlightened citizens." direction, the university's Carnegie Classification was elevated to R2,
establishing JMU as a Doctoral University with High Research Activity

We are a community committed to preparing students to be educated and Administration
enlightened citizens who lead productive and meaningful lives. The general responsibility for the administration of the university has been
assigned to the president, who is appointed by the JMU Board of Visitors

History When the board is in recess, its executive committee may exercise the power
Since its establishment in 1908, James Madison University has grown from a of the board

small state normal and industrial school for women to today's coeducational Assisting the president in the administration of the university are the provost
comprehensive university with a Fall 2021 enrollment of 21,496 students. and senior vice president for academic affairs, the vice president for access and
The university was founded in 1908 as the State Normal and Industrial School enrollment management, the vice president for administration and finance, the
for Women at Harrisonburg, with Julian Ashby Burruss as its first president. vice president for student affairs, the vice president for university advancement,
The school opened its doors in 1909 with an enrollment of 209 students and a the chief of staff, associate provost for diversity, associate vice president for
faculty of 15. Its first 20 graduates received diplomas in 1911. In 1914, the diversity, equity and inclusion, associate vice president for university marketing
name of the school was changed to the State Normal School for Women at and branding, associate vice president for wellness, orientation and
Harrisonburg. The school received authorization to award bachelor's degrees in multicultural engagement, dean of professional and continuing education,
1916. During this initial period of development, Burruss' administration director of athletics, director of government relations, executive director for
established the campus plan and constructed six buildings. campus and community programs for access and inclusion, executive director
After Burruss resigned in 1919, Dr. Samuel Page Duke became the second of communications and university spokesperson, special assistant to the
president. Duke's administration erected nine major buildings. In 1924, the president for strategic planning and engagement, university counsel, vice
university became the State Teachers College at Harrisonburg and continued provost for academic student success and enrollment management, vice
under that name until 1938, when it was named Madison College in honor of provost for faculty and curriculum, and the vice provost for research and
James Madison, the fourth president of the United States. In 1946, the Duke scholarship

administration admitted men as regular day students. Appointment to these positions and to the university's instructional and
Following the retirement of Duke, Dr. G. Tyler Miller became the third president administrative faculty is made by the JMU Board of Visitors upon the
of the university in 1949 and remained until 1970. Miller's administration recommendation of the president

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James Madison University Administration Timothy M. Miller, Ed.D

Vice President for Student Affairs
Board of Visitors Rudy M. Molina, Jr., Ph.D

Maribeth D. Herod (Rector), Herndon, VA
Vice Provost for Academic Student Success and Enrollment Management
Christopher Falcon (Vice Rector), Annandale, VA
Towana H. Moore, M.B.A

Jeffrey E. Grass, Arlington, VA
Interim Vice President for Administration and Finance
Matthew A. Gray-Keeling, Richmond, VA
Elizabeth Oldmixon, Ph.D

Maria D. Jankowski, Richmond, VA
Vice Provost for Faculty, Curriculum and Policy
John C. Lynch, Virginia Beach, VA
Chris Orem, Ph.D

Lara P. Major, Purcellville, VA
Director of Institutional Research
Maggie A. Ragon, Staunton, VA
Andrew D. Perrine, B.A

John C. Rothenberger, Great Falls, VA
Associate Vice President for University Marketing and Branding
Deborah Tompkins Johnson, Woodbridge, VA
Caitlyn L. Read, M.B.A

Craig B. Welburn, Manassas, VA
Director of Government Relations
Xaiver S. Williams, (student representative), Hampton, VA
Narketta Sparkman-Key, Ph.D

Donna L. Harper (Secretary), JMU/Harrisonburg, VA
Associate Provost for Diversity
Anthony Tongen, Ph.D

Chief Administrative Officers Vice Provost for Research and Scholarship
Jonathan R. Alger, J.D. Mary-Hope Vass, B.S

President Executive Director of Communications and University Spokesperson
President's Cabinet Deans
Jeffrey T. Bourne, M.S. Robert D. Aguirre, Ph.D

Director of Athletics Dean, College of Arts and Letters
Malika Carter, Ph.D. Bethany Blackstone, Ph.D

Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Dean, Honors College
Heather J. Coltman, D.M.A. Michael E. Busing, Ph.D

Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Dean, College of Business
Michael K. Davis, Ph.D. Rubén G. Graciani, M.F.A

Chief of Staff Dean, College of Visual and Performing Arts
Arthur T. Dean, II, M.Ed. Robert A. Kolvoord, Ph.D

Associate Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Dean, College of Integrated Science and Engineering
Hollie Hall, Ed.D. Mark E. L'Esperance, Ph.D

Dean of Students Dean, College of Education
Donna L. Harper, Ed.S. Sharon E. Lovell, Ph.D

Vice President for Access and Enrollment Management Dean, College of Health and Behavioral Studies
John F. Knight, J.D. Melissa M. Lubin, Ph.D

University Counsel/Assistant Attorney General and Special Counsel Dean, Professional and Continuing Education
Nicholas L. Langridge, Ph.D. Bethany P. Nowviskie, Ph.D

Vice President for University Advancement Dean, Libraries

Brent E. Lewis, Ph.D. Samantha Bates Prins, Ph.D

Associate Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Dean, College of Science and Mathematics
Melissa M. Lubin, Ph.D. Linda M. Thomas, J.D., Ph.D

Dean of Professional and Continuing Education Dean, The Graduate School
Organization • The Graduate School
• Libraries
JMU consists of the following colleges and academic administrative units:
• Center for Global Engagement
• College of Arts and Letters
• College of Business JMU Alumni
• College of Education
Office of Alumni Relations
• College of Health and Behavioral Studies
Phone: (540) 568-6234
• College of Integrated Science and Engineering
Website: http://www.alumni.jmu.edu
• College of Science and Mathematics
JMU benefits from an active, enthusiastic and supportive alumni association

• College of Visual and Performing Arts
• Honors College With more than 145,000 graduates, the JMU Alumni Association strives to
• University Studies develop a continuing interest in the university by providing opportunities for
• School of Professional & Continuing Education (SPCE) service, fellowship, networking and loyalty for JMU alumni. The association
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provides scholarship opportunities for incoming JMU students. Alumni Association of University Health Programs in Health Administration
chapters across the globe sponsor socials, programs, scholarships, community Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant,
service and various events to engage alumni in their area. The alumni Inc

association also hosts annual programming on campus, including Commission for Collegiate Nursing Education
homecoming, reunions and an annual alumni volunteer conference. The e- Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education, the accrediting agency for
newsletter, Madison Update, is a popular way for alumni to stay informed about The American Dietetic Association
alumni and campus activities. Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education
The JMU Alumni Association is directed by a board of directors who represent Council for Interior Design Accreditation
the interests of all graduates by reviewing and setting the strategy for the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech Language
association. The board represents the interests of all graduates by reviewing Pathology of the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association
and setting the strategy for the association. All active members of the JMU Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs
Alumni Association are eligible to serve as directors. Council on Social Work Education (baccalaureate level)
Find out more about the JMU Alumni Association and upcoming events Education Commission on Accreditation on Social Work
at http://www.alumni.jmu.edu. Educational Standards Board of the American Speech-Language-Hearing
JMU Foundation International Association of Counseling Services
Website: http://www.jmu.edu/foundation/ National Association of College and University Attorneys
The James Madison University Foundation, Inc. a 501(c)(3) organization, was National Association of School Psychologists
formed in 1969 to support the university — its students, faculty, staff, National Association of Schools of Art and Design
programs and facilities. The foundation receives, manages and stewards all National Association of Schools of Dance
charitable contributions for JMU. The foundation accepts gifts of cash, National Association of Schools of Music
securities, real estate, personal property and more. The National Association of Schools of Theatre
foundation's MISSION is to support and serve the James Madison University National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
community. As we carry out that obligation, our VISION, is to provide an ever- Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant
growing and sustainable source of private support for the university community Society for Public Health Education
by promoting a prudent investment policy, stewardship and earning the trust of Virginia Board of Nursing
our constituents. As we seek to fulfill our ambitions, we are guided by an Virginia State Board of Education
abiding commitment to the university, VALUING trust, collaboration, innovation,
accountability and excellence in all we do. Membership
American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education
Accreditation American Association of State Colleges and Universities
James Madison University is accredited by the Southern Association of American Council on Education
Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award Association of American Colleges and Universities
baccalaureate, masters, educational specialist and doctorate degrees. Questions Association of Virginia Colleges and Universities
about the accreditation of James Madison University may be directed in writing College and University Personnel Association
to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges Council of Graduate Schools in the United States
at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, by calling (404) 679-4500, Council of Southern Graduate Schools
or by using information available on SACSCOC's website (www.sacscoc.org). National Association of College and University Business Officers
National Association of Student Personnel Administrators
Southeastern Universities Research Association
Additional Accreditation Southern Regional Education Board Doctoral Scholars Program
ABET, Incorporated
AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of
Institutional and Educational Membership
American Chemical Society Association of Computing Machinery
Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education
American Psychological Association Corporate Membership
Association for Advancement of Health Education American Association of University Women
Association for Information Technology Professionals
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Admission to Graduate Programs
Mailing Address: Physical Address: E-mail: [email protected]
The Graduate School Madison Hall, Room 4050 Phone: 540-568-6131
James Madison University 100 E. Grace Street
MSC 6702 Harrisonburg, VA 22807
Harrisonburg, VA 22807
General Admissions English Language Proficiency for Graduate School
This policy describes the requirements for general admission to The Graduate Applicants
School. All applicants to individual graduate certificate or degree programs at
Graduate applicants who are non-native speakers of English must demonstrate
JMU must first satisfy the general application requirements of The Graduate
English language proficiency. English-language proficiency is evaluated by
School (TGS). These are:
individual graduate programs based on the information provided by the
• Graduation from a regionally accredited college or university. candidate. The level of proficiency required for admission must meet university
• Grades that demonstrate preparation and predict graduate-school success standards and may vary by program

• Official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended. Candidates demonstrate English proficiency using one of these options:
Note: Students may not substitute experiential learning for required academic 1. Provide a transcript of an earned bachelor's or higher degree from an
credit. accredited college or university in the U.S. or an accredited college or
university outside the U.S. at which English is recognized as the official
Acceptable Regional Accrediting Agencies for Colleges and Universities language of instruction

• Higher Learning Commission (HLC) 2. Submit satisfactory English language proficiency test scores. These scores
• Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) are typically acceptable:
• New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE) • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) iBT total score of 80 or
• Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU)
• Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) overall band
score of 6.5 or above
• WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC)
• Duolingo total score 105 or above
3. Successfully complete English language preparation programs for graduate
The Graduate School also considers candidates with degrees from colleges and
school offered by one of the following:
universities that have been accredited by other organizations including
international accreditation agencies. • Study Group - an English language preparatory program offered at the
An application is not considered complete until all required credentials and undergraduate level

supporting documents have been received by The Graduate School. • Summer Intensive program
Prospective students must submit their applications and upload transcripts • Eastern Mennonite University's Intensive English Program
from each institution listed and any supplemental materials required by the • ELS
program. Unofficial documents may be considered for admission; however, The Candidates who can demonstrate English-language proficiency in an
Graduate School may require matriculated students to submit official extraordinary way can be considered for exceptions on a case by case basis

documents as a condition of continued enrollment. JMU must receive all scores and documents confirming completion of
In accordance with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools programs directly from the testing service

Commission on Colleges guidelines, graduate programs must establish both
qualitative and quantitative requirements that result in the admission of Offers of Admission
students whose educational preparation indicates the potential for a high level
Graduate Program Directors (supported by their faculty or admission
of performance. Admission procedures may include the requirement that an
committees) submit admission recommendations to the Graduate School

applicant submit, as part of the formal application process, evaluations by
When making admission recommendations, Program Directors are responsible
professionals in the field as to the readiness of an applicant for graduate work, for assuring that students are qualified for admission to the programs to which
and, if appropriate, credential evaluations and/or tests of English-language
they have applied. Students must not be admitted to a program with an
proficiency. Standardized tests may be required by the faculty responsible for
expectation that they will be transferred to another program at a later date

admission to a graduate program. For specific requirements, contact the The Graduate School will send official offers of admission to applicants who
program directly or see the application requirements web page that is
have been accepted. This letter specifies the effective date of admission (which
maintained by The Graduate School for each program

normally coincides with the semester requested on the application), and the
classification of admission being offered (unconditional, conditional, or
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provisional). Any conditions that must be met for unconditional admission, and • the applicant has majored in another field and has not yet clearly
any conditions that must be met for continued enrollment will be stated in the demonstrated abilities in the proposed new field, or
offer. The official offer also specifies the initial domicile determination (in-state • there are other issues of concern to the program
or out-of-state) that will be used to determine tuition rate. Some programs The requirements for advancement to unconditional status are specified in each
specify dates by which notice of accepting or declining an offer of admission applicant's provisional admission letter. It is the student's responsibility to
are due and these dates will be indicated in the offer of admission. notify their adviser when the conditions of acceptance have been met. The
Once admitted, all candidates must log into the Applicant Portal in CollegeNET adviser or graduate program director then contacts The Graduate School
and either accept or decline the offer of admissions at least two weeks prior to indicating the change of status

the start date of the semester in which the candidate has been admitted unless The Graduate School determines if graduate credit earned while enrolled in a
another specific deadline is indicated in the offer of admission. A student who provisional status is acceptable based on the recommendation of the program
enrolls at another institution is considered to have declined the university's director. A provisionally-admitted student may not complete more than nine
offer of admission. An applicant who has received an offer of admission but credit hours of graduate coursework credit in this status. Regulations
who does not respond is considered to have declined the university's offer of concerning unsatisfactory progress apply to this classification

admission and must submit a new application and fee to be reconsidered for
admission at a later date

Appeal of Admission Decision
Although the official letter indicating an applicant's admission classification or
Admission to Multiple Programs denial of admission into a program emanates from The Graduate School, all
Students can only be enrolled in one graduate program at a time. Prospective admission decisions, including the denial of admission to a program, are made
students can apply and be accepted into more than one graduate program but by the reviewing faculty of the program to which the student applies. As such,
may only accept the offer and enroll in one graduate program at a time. any appeal of an admission decision, including denial of admission, must be
directed to the individual graduate program

Deferral of Admission
After being accepted into a graduate program, students can defer enrollment Admission of Veterans
only with the written approval of the graduate program director of their The Graduate School encourages veterans to apply for admission as full- or
academic program and the Director of Graduate admissions. Under no part-time students

circumstances may the deferral be for more than one calendar year. JMU does not determine eligibility for federal veterans' education benefits

Apply through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The U.S

Admissions Classifications Department of Veterans Affairs website will guide students through the process,
Applicants may be admitted to The Graduate School under three classifications: and the VA will notify JMU of veterans' eligibility. The Registrar's Office
unconditional, conditional or provisional admission. processes the claims and other paperwork required so students receive
• Unconditional Admission: Unconditional admission indicates that an payments on time

applicant has met all the entry criteria of The Graduate School and the To receive a fee waiver, honorably discharged members of the U.S. armed
specific graduate program. forces may submit a completed Request for Graduate Application Fee Waiver
form and submit a copy of their Leave Earning Statement (LES) or DD214

• Conditional Admission: Conditional admission indicates that an applicant
For information regarding veterans' education benefits contact:
has met all the entry criteria of The Graduate School, but the graduate
Veterans Coordinator
program or graduate school has identified specific conditions that must
Office of the Registrar, MSC 3528
be met before the applicant attains unconditional admission
James Madison University
status. Individual graduate programs determine the provisions of a
Harrisonburg, VA 22807
conditional acceptance and decide when the provisions are satisfied,
(540) 568-4769
modified or removed. It is the student's responsibility to notify his or her
adviser when the conditions of admission have been met. The adviser or
graduate program director then contacts The Graduate School indicating
the change of status. Students are encouraged to attain unconditional Criminal Background Check
status as soon as possible. All students must attain unconditional status Selected graduate programs may require student placements at facilities that
prior to degree conferral. require a criminal background check. Applicants should consult the program
• Provisional Admission: Provisional admission indicates a probationary to which they are applying for details about required background checks

status; applicants who have not met all of the requirements of the Students are responsible for any fees associated with background checks

graduate program to which they are applying may be provisionally
admitted. Provisionally-admitted students should have the removal of Change of Program
provisional conditions as their initial objective. Admission to TGS and a graduate program does not entitle a student to transfer
An applicant may be admitted to a graduate program under provisional status if: to another graduate program

• the previous academic record is weak, Any student wishing to change graduate programs must submit a new
• prerequisite course work is insufficient, application for admission (indicating "Change of Program"), application fee and
any updated standardized test scores or transcripts (if required for admission to
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the new program). The student is responsible for meeting all academic Certain applicants may qualify for an application fee waiver. Email
requirements for admission to the desired program. [email protected] for the Request for Graduate Application Fee Waiver form or go
The student will be notified by the Graduate School if the change of program to our website at http://www.jmu.edu/grad/prospective/application-fee-
request has been accepted or denied. Requests may contain conditions and waivers.shtml. Additional documentation is required as shown below

other requirements ordinarily included in admission offers

Fee Waiver Types
General Application Procedures McNair Scholars
Prospective students must submit their application to either a graduate McNair Scholars are eligible for a fee waiver. Email [email protected] to request
certificate or degree program online through The Graduate School website. For the Certification of McNair Program Participation Form and let us know you are
details, refer to http://www.jmu.edu/grad/prospective. Upon successful a McNair Scholar seeking a fee waiver. You will receive instructions by email

submission of an application, the applicant will receive an electronic response
confirming receipt of the online application, as well as instructions on how to Senior Citizens Higher Education Act of 1974
track the status of their application. Once the application has been reviewed by Eligible Virginia residents who have been a legal resident of the State of
the program to which the prospective student has applied, the program will Virginia for one year prior to the term for which enrollment is sought, 60 years
submit a recommendation to The Graduate School. Applicants will be able to or older with a taxable income of less than $23,850 may qualify for an
view their admission decision within their Activity Page. Students who need a application waiver. Email [email protected] and request the Senior Citizen Higher
paper format due to a disability should contact the Office of Disability Services Education Act Waiver Form

to determine their eligibility for accommodations in the application process

Applicants who want to apply for admission to more than one graduate
certificate or degree program must submit a separate application for each
Honorably discharged members of the U.S. armed forces: Please submit a

completed Request for Graduate Application Fee Waiver form and submit a
Information regarding financial aid may be accessed online
copy of your Leave Earning Statement (LES) or DD214

at http://www.jmu.edu/finaid. Class schedules are available to matriculated
students at https://mymadison.jmu.edu

JMU applicants seeking a need-based application fee waiver should provide a
Submission of Materials for Application GRE Fee Reduction Certificate. Non-JMU applicants seeking a need-based fee
The following information must be submitted online: waiver should provide a FAFSA sent from a representative at the institution
• Official graduate application where the applicant is currently enrolled as a student, which indicates an
• $60 nonrefundable fee expected family contribution (EFC) of $0 toward tuition for the current
• Transcripts of all prior undergraduate and graduate course work and academic year

degree confirmations should be submitted with the electronic application
in the space provided, which will be used by the department for When applying online and claiming one of these application fee waivers, your
consideration for admission. Accurate but unofficial transcripts are application will not be processed unless the Request for Graduate Application
acceptable for review purposes. Do not have official transcripts sent to Fee Waiver Form is completed and submitted with all required documentation
The Graduate School unless notified to do so by The Graduate School. prior to the application deadline

• The official standardized tests scores (GRE, GMAT, etc.) sent directly from
the testing center (if applicable —see www.jmu.edu/grad/programs/all- Submission of Materials for After Admission
programs/index-requirements.shtml for requirements). The JMU graduate The following information must be sent to The Graduate School once the
institution code is 5392 (1043 for CSDCAS applicants; 7442 for Physician student is accepted:
Assistant applicants)

• Letters of Recommendation (if applicable) Official transcripts sent directly from all previously attended institutions of all
• Program specific requirements (if applicable) prior undergraduate and graduate coursework and degree confirmations

Graduate applications will not be processed without application fees. Payment Official transcripts may be mailed or sent electronically through Parchment
must be made online using Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover. or eSCRIP-SAFE® global electronic transcript delivery network. For graduates
The application fee may also be paid by electronic check, but it may take seven of James Madison University after 1996, only transcripts for post-baccalaureate
to ten business days to clear, which will delay the review of application. course work taken elsewhere need to be sent

Application Fees and Fee Waivers Application Deadlines
All applicants to James Madison University are required to pay a non- Refer to specific academic programs for details

refundable application fee to be considered for admission

International Student Applications
Eligibility Requirements for Admissions Application Fee http://www.jmu.edu/grad/prospective/international/index.shtml
Waivers JMU encourages applications for graduate study from qualified international
students. Applicants should be aware that student visas cannot be issued for
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