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The Rose Presidency
Academics — Excellence and expansion

While the Madison Experience is still accurately portrayed as a predominantly undergraduate one, it is the graduate level that has experienced the greatest growth in academic programs during the Rose presidency. The number of doctoral programs has grown from one to nine; and the number of master's degree programs has grown from 23 to 50. Today 1,513 graduate students are studying in programs leading to master's, educational specialist, doctor of audiology, doctor of musical arts, doctor of philosophy and doctor of psychology degrees. With the doctor of nursing practice on the horizon, the assessment and measurement and the communication sciences and disorders programs have national reputations for quality.

Aerial photograph of JMU campus

An expanding campus and 14 years of growth in academic programs have marked the Rose presidency.

"We remain a predominantly undergraduate institution," says interim provost Jerry Benson, "and if you look at the quality of the graduate programs that we've implemented, they've built on successful undergraduate programs."

Academic degree programs: 14 years of growth:

  • 1998
  • Undergraduate: 8 baccalaureates; 43 majors; 86 minors
  • Graduate: 23 master's; 2 educational specialist; 1 doctoral
  • 2012
  • Undergraduate: 8 baccalaureates; 55 majors; 101 minors
  • Graduate: 50 master's; 2 educational specialist; 9 doctoral

New Programs since 1998:

  • Doctoral
  • Ph.D. in Assessment and Measurement
  • Au.D. in Clinical Audiology
  • Ph.D. in Communication Sciences and Disorders
  • Ph.D. in Combined-Integrated Clinical and School Psychology
  • D.M.A. in Performance, Pedagogy, and Literature
  • Ph.D. in Counseling and Supervision
  • Ph.D. in Strategic Leadership
  • Master's
  • M.A. in Community Counseling
  • M.A. in Political Science: European Union Policy Concentration
  • M.Ed. in Math
  • M.O.T. in Occupational Therapy
  • M.P.A.S. in Physician Assistance Studies
  • M.S. in Integrated Science and Technology
  • M.S.N. in Nursing
  • Bachelor's
  • B.A. and B.S. in Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies
  • B.A. and B.S. in Justice Studies
  • B.S. in Athletics Training
  • B.S. in Biotechnology
  • B.S. in Engineering
  • B.S. in Health Services Administration
  • B.S. in Intelligence Analysis
  • B.S. in Statistics
  • B.A. and B.S. in Writing, Rhetoric and Technical Communication
  • B.S. in Hospitality Management
  • B.S. in Sport and Recreation Management
  • B.F.A. in Graphic Design
  • B.F.A. in Interior Design