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The College of Graduate and Outreach Programs coordinates graduate and postgraduate education throughout the university. The JMU Graduate School was established in 1954, when the State Board of Education authorized the university to offer programs leading to the Master of Science in Education degree. In October 2001, the Graduate School and the Office of Continuing Education joined to form the College of Graduate and Professional Programs. The name changed to the College of Graduate and Outreach Programs in 2006.

The College of Graduate and Outreach Programs is authorized to offer graduate programs leading to master’s degrees, Educational Specialist degrees, Doctor of Audiology degrees, Doctor of Philosophy degrees and Doctor of Psychology degrees.

It is the mission of the College of Graduate and Outreach Programs to support, facilitate and promote excellence in lifelong education through graduate programs of distinction, innovative continuing education programs, and a diverse student body.

Back to top of page Graduate Programs
The College of Graduate and Outreach Programs is authorized to offer graduate programs leading to master’s degrees, Educational Specialist degrees, Doctor of Audiology, Doctor of Philosophy degrees and Doctor of Psychology degrees. Many graduate programs also offer concentration areas. Refer to the Graduate Catalog for details or review this information electronically at www.jmu.edu/cgop/catalog/06. The College of Graduate and Outreach Programs offers the following programs and degrees.
  • Accounting (M.S.)
  • Adult Education/Human Resource Development (M.S.Ed.)
  • Assessment and Measurement (Ph.D.)
  • Biology (M.S.)
  • Business Administration (M.B.A.)
  • College Student Personnel Administration (M.Ed.)
  • Combined – Integrated Clinical and School Psychology (Psy.D.)
  • Communication Sciences and Disorders (Clinical Audiology) (Au.D.)
  • Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) (Ph.D.)
  • Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) (M.S.)
  • Community Counseling (M.A./Ed.S.)
  • Computer Science (M.S.)
  • Education (M.A.T.)
    • Early Childhood Education
  • Education – Fifth year format (M.A.T.)
    • Elementary Education
    • Middle School Education
    • Secondary Education
  • Education (M.Ed.) – students may elect to concentrate in more than one of the following areas of education
    • Educational Leadership
    • Educational Technology
    • Reading
  • English (M.A.)
  • Health Sciences (M.S.)
  • History (M.A.)
  • Integrated Science and Technology (M.S.)
  • Kinesiology – Fifth year format (M.A.T.)
  • Kinesiology (M.S.)
  • Mathematics (M.Ed.)
  • Music (M.M.)
  • Nursing (M.S.N.)
  • Occupational Therapy (M.O.T.)
  • Physician Assistant Studies (M.P.A.S.)
  • Psychological Sciences (M.A.)
  • Psychological Sciences – Fifth year format (M.A.)
  • Public Administration (M.P.A.)
  • Public Administration – Fifth year format (M.P.A.)
  • School Counseling (M.Ed./Ed.S.)
  • School Psychology (M.A., Ed.S.)
  • Special Education (M.A.T., M.Ed.)
  • Special Education – Fifth year format (M.Ed.)
  • Speech Pathology (M.S.)
  • Studio Art (M.F.A., M.A.)
  • Technical and Scientific Communication (M.A., M.S.)
All graduate program inquiries should be addressed to:
  • College of Graduate and Outreach Programs
  • James Madison University
  • MSC 6702
  • Harrisonburg, VA 22807
Back to top of page Outreach Programs
Outreach Programs, formerly Professional Programs, are part of the College of Graduate and Outreach Programs. It is the responsibility of Outreach Programs to oversee credit and non-credit off-campus courses, online non-credit courses and professional certificate programs offered by JMU. Outreach Programs also oversee the enrollment of non-degree seeking students. Non-degree seeking students are individuals who enroll in offered credit courses but do not seek a degree.
Back to top of page Certificate Program Admission
Individuals who wish to pursue a certificate must apply to the program and be accepted before registering for classes. Individuals must complete the Non-degree Seeking Student Application available at http://www.jmu.edu/continuingeducation, select “Certificate” and write in the program to which they are applying. Virginia residents must also complete the “Checklist and Application for Virginia In-State Tuition Rates.” A non-refundable $45 processing fee must accompany the application. Although certificate program students are considered non-degree seeking students, applicants for certificate programs need only complete the Non-degree Seeking Student Application once for the semester in which they wish to begin the program. Applications for certificate programs are forwarded to the appropriate academic unit for review, and applicants should check with the academic unit for additional application materials that may be required. A list of available certificate programs can be found at www.jmu.edu/continuingeducation under “Certificate Programs.”
Back to top of page Non-degree Seeking Student Admission
The non-degree seeking student classification includes adult non-degree students, high school non-degree students and teacher licensure students. Individuals seeking enrollment as a non-degree seeking student must complete the “Non-degree Seeking Student Application.” Virginia residents must also complete the “Checklist and Application for Virginia In-state Tuition Rates.” A non-refundable $15 processing fee must accompany the application. Non-degree seeking students must submit the application and processing fee each semester they enroll in a course. At the 600 level and above require approval by the appropriate department head. Non-degree seeking students can complete the non-degree student application and the in-state form by going to http://www.jmu.edu/continuingeducation and clicking “Apply Online Now” or “Outreach Forms.”

Students should register online during the dates identified for non-degree seeking students following the instructions at http://www.jmu.edu/registrar and clicking “For Students” then “Registration Information Dates and Deadlines.” Walk-in registration and course adjustments are also permitted for non-degree seeking students.

The courses taken in the non-degree seeking student category carry university credit, and they may be transferred into a graduate program, once admitted, at the discretion of the program. Taking courses as a non-degree seeking student does not constitute admission to a program or imply later applicability of these courses toward a degree. An individual who has been academically dismissed from another institution or denied regular admission to JMU shall be required to wait for at least one calendar year for admission as a non-degree seeking student.

Back to top of page Non-credit Courses
JMU coordinates all non-credit instructional programs through the College of Graduate and Outreach Programs. These programs are available for supplementing and updating knowledge, skills and abilities. Some non-credit courses and workshops award continuing education units as a uniform measure of professional development and to signify the student has completed the course or workshop. Information on CEUs is available online at http://www.jmu.edu/cgop/faculty by clicking “CEU Information.” Information on non-credit course offerings and registration is available at http://www.jmu.edu/continuingeducation by clicking “Noncredit Courses” or “Online Noncredit Courses.” Additional information about Outreach Programs as well as other registration information can be accessed on the College of Graduate and Outreach Programs Web site at http://www.jmu.edu/cgop by clicking “Continuing Education.”
Back to top of page Senior Citizen’s Tuition Waiver
Legal residents of the State of Virginia who have reached 60 years of age before the beginning of an academic term and who have a taxable income that did not exceed $15,000 for the year proceeding the term may register for and enroll in courses as a full-time or part-time student and pay no tuition or fees except fees established for the purpose of paying for course materials, such as laboratory fees. Senior citizens shall be subject to the admissions requirements of the institution and a determination by the institution of its ability to offer the course or courses for which the senior citizen registers. A senior citizen shall only be admitted to a course in which enrollment is sought after all tuition-paying students have been accommodated. A senior citizen tuition waiver form must be submitted to Outreach Programs to determine eligibility according to section 23-38:56 of the Code of Virginia.