This is probably the most-asked question about our program. The BIS is as valid as any other degree offered. Many employers encourage their employees to seek and will often provide tuition and other assistance, because flexibility and other unique features that is has to offer. Approximately 40% of our graduates can also earn a Bachelor of Science or a Bachelor of Arts through our program.
The IS 200 class is designed to examine your personal and professional goals and aptitudes, and compare the results with career options.
The minimum GPA for entering the Adult Degree Program is a C average, or 2.0 GPA. If your GPA is lower, you might consider taking classes at a community college to raise that GPA.
Elizabeth Haworth is the Library Liaison for the Adult Degree Program. She can work one on one with you on research methods and resources. After you are enrolled in the program, you may call her at (540) 568-5730 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an appointment.
The cost is based on the number of credit hours that the student needs to take. Details can be found at the University Business Office website at http://www.jmu.edu/ubo/
Yes! However, since financial aid is based on complex specific guidelines, we refer all questions concerning scholarships to the Financial Aid office. You may reach them at (540) 568-7820 or stop by their office located on the ground floor of Warren Hall. Their home page is http://www.jmu.edu/finaid/
Some classes are available at night, but some departments offer theirs primarily during the daytime hours. The majority of ADP students attend part time at night. Online classes are frequently available during the summer, and more and more are being offered during the fall and spring semesters.
We have had many students go through our program to teach. The Education department is currently going through changes with the Virginia Standards of Learning for Individualized Study as an approved major; however, it must be obtained through the College of Education. Currently, students may build their concentrations to meet the requirements for teacher licensure, please contact the College of Education at (540)568-6274.
Class schedules are available several weeks prior to the time of registration on the Internet. Go to http://ecampus.jmu.edu/ to search for classes. This will be your most up to date listing.
Students can qualify to be accepted into the Adult Degree Program if the student has a minimum of thirty (30) college credits with a letter grade "C" or better. This can be an accumulation of credit from various institutions.
The average time it takes a student to complete the program is 2.75 years. However, each adult student comes to the program with differing amounts of transferring credits, experiences, and the time available to take courses. Therefore it is impossible to state a definite length of time for degree completion. A total of 120 semester hours is needed to graduate from James Madison University. A minimum of 25% hours must be taken at the university.
Graduates of the Adult Degree Program are employees of industry and government positions. Many companies and organizations benefit from having their employees complete the program. Forty percent of the graduate program go on to earn a Master's degree. Many graduates completed doctoral degrees.
We send a follow-up survey to our graduates and one with questions relating to how the Adult Degree Program is perceived by graduate schools. The response has been that employers accept all bachelor's degrees as equal for employment purposes; and many students have gone on to prestigious graduate schools such as Harvard University and Washington and Lee.
James Madison University recognizes that not all learning takes place in the college classroom. Individualized Study participants have gained college level learning from work and . All Individualized Study students who submit a portfolio must complete a one credit course in Portfolio Development. Portfolio credit may fulfill college general education or elective requirements.
The Senior Project is the capstone project in the area of the student's concentration. The project experience will be presentation techniques through the Senior Project. The forum is held each Fall and Spring semester as an opportunity for the student to present the learning gained from the degree process and Senior Project.
No. This program is not a back door to get into another degree. If you are unsure of which program you want, the best thing to do is stop now. In order to switch later, the ADP would have to come first--a student would have to somehow justify why secondary majors would be appropriate. The student would need to supply the ADP office a new JMU application with the current correct fee and personal statement with a clear reason why the change is needed. Then a student will need to go through Admissions competing with all other students who want to join JMU. The process is done through our office.
Getting classes at JMU can be a challenge for traditional and non-traditional students alike. You have probably read studies that discuss traditional aged students needing at least five years to receive an undergraduate degree because of the lack of ability to get into classes. The ADP cannot guarantee the class you want will be available and open every time it is needed. The ADP only has jurisdiction over "IS" classes. However, many students work and go to school part-time and they get a degree. Ways to get a class that looks impossible:
Many JMU faculty are delighted to work with adult students, and advising an ADP student is not a lot of additional work. Advisers assist adult students in identifying and achieving educational goals. Students, with the direction and assigned faculty advisor, will design a unique academic program to their individual continuing education needs. We will help you find your advisor during your IS 200 Orientation class.
Some may not but most will. For every credit hour worth, the "rule" is you will spend five (5) hours a week working on the class. For example, a three (3) credit course may require 15 hours outside of the classroom to get the work and studying completed. This will be "Individualized" for each person and each class.
You just need to do an amendment form. Please contact Pamela Hamilton at email@example.com or 540-568-6824 to do this.
Yes, but you need to complete the forms. Contact the ADP office for more information.
Information Sessions are held on the second Monday of every month, February through December, at 12 noon and 5:30 p.m. in Memorial Hall, Room 3165. Reservations are NOT required and you may attend the session that best fits your schedule.