Adult Degree Program

Mission Statement
The Adult Degree Program (ADP) provides returning adult students with the opportunity to complete their bachelor's degree. This program differs from other degree programs presently offered at JMU in that ADP students tailor their major to meet their career and educational goals while still meeting JMU general education and degree requirements.

Applicants must have a minimum of 30 credit hours with a grade of "C" or better for each credit hour of college work. Applicants should be 22 or older.

Degrees Offered
ADP students have the opportunity to earn a Bachelor of Individualized Study (B.I.S.), a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or a Bachelor of Science (B.S.). The general education core requirements differ by degree.

Program Requirements


Mechanisms for Earning Credit
The number of credits, which might be accepted or earned through the following methods, is determined by the student's approved program. It is reasonable to expect that the unique educational needs, background and personal circumstances of each student will determine to a great extent the manner in which credit has been and will be earned.


Experiential Learning Assessment
College level learning, acquired through other than traditional classroom experience, must be documented by the student. Procedures for doing so have been established by the ADP office. Requests for experiential learning credit should be submitted as soon as possible after an ADP student completes IS 200 and IS 203. Experiential learning credit is not transferable to a traditional degree program. ADP students requesting experiential learning credit must complete IS 203, Portfolio Development Workshop. A fee is charged for each learning component evaluated by academic units for credit.

College Credit Recommendation Service
ADP accepts some but not all credits as recommended in the National Guide to Educational Credit for Training Programs and the Guide to Educational Credit by Examination prepared by the American Council on Education. Additional information on program policies and procedures is available through the ADP website at

College-Level Examination Program
The Adult Degree Program at JMU participates in the College-Level Examination Program. CLEP is a national program of credit by examination that offers students an opportunity to obtain recognition for achievement in specific college courses.

Interested individuals may schedule a CLEP test by directly contacting the Adult Degree Program office. Requests for specific information on CLEP examinations should be directed to:

College-Level Examination Program
Box 592
Princeton, NJ 08540


Students enrolled in ADP may take courses on a credit/no-credit basis if they have completed 28 credit hours of college course work and have a 2.25 cumulative average.

Courses in the area of concentration, including the senior project, may not be taken on a credit/no-credit basis. Other provisions of the credit/no-credit option, as described in this catalog, will also be in effect.

Service-members Opportunity College
JMU has been designated as an institutional member of Service-members Opportunity College. As an SOC member, the university recognizes the unique nature of the military lifestyle and has committed itself to easing the transfer of relevant course credits, providing flexible academic residency requirements and crediting learning from appropriate military training and experiences.

General Education
General Education course work is designed to provide returning adult students with knowledge and skills that form the foundation for completing a baccalaureate degree, including a professional concentration, in the individualized study major.

Courses* Credit Hours
Social/Behavioral Science 6
Any courses in the areas of sociology, psychology, economics,  
history, anthropology, geography and political science  
Humanities 6
Any courses in the areas of philosophy, religion and GHUM courses. Only the following type courses from the art, foreign languages, English, music and dance/theatre academic units count as humanities credit: art appreciation, art history, literature, theatre and dance history, theatre and dance appreciation, foreign language literature or culture, music appreciation or history.  
Natural Sciences 6
Any courses in the areas of biology, chemistry, geology, physics and GSCI.  
Written Communication 6
Any courses within the area of English composition.  
(If GWRTC 103 [formerly GWRIT 103] is waived through writing assessment, credits may be earned in advanced composition or writing, rhetoric and technical communication (WRTC). Choose from ENG 290, ENG 299,
ENG 347, ENG 392, ENG 393, ENG 396, WRTC 201, WRTC 300,
WRTC 301, WRTC 314, WRTC 346, WRTC 350, WRTC 352, WRTC 426, WRTC 428, WRTC 478, WRTC 484 or WRTC 488.)
Oral Communication 3
Choose from GCOM 121, GCOM 122, SCOM 231 or SCOM 242.  
Mathematics 3
Any course in the area of mathematics.  
U.S. History 4
Choose from GPOSC 225 or GHIST 225.  
Additional General Education credit 7
May be fulfilled through exceeding minimum in categories 1-7 or by courses accepted by General Education.  


* Transfer credits with the number "000" do not fulfill general education requirements.




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