Beginning Your Program
Your faculty adviser's name appears on your Student Center home page on MyMadison. Prior to your initial registration, you should consult with your adviser to plan your program of study. Later, your adviser will be available to oversee subsequent changes in your program, guide you in meeting the specific requirements of your degree, and conduct your final examination.
You, together with your adviser, will design a program of study that will allow you to satisfy the requirements for the degree you seek. The published descriptions of degrees establish only the minimum requirements. It is the prerogative of each school or department to make changes in programs at any time prior to graduation. This is one reason that it is important for you to maintain close communication with your adviser. Your Program of Study will be kept by your adviser until the semester prior to your graduation. At least half of the credits in your final Program of Study must be in courses numbered 600 or above.
If you wish to request transfer credit for courses taken before you started at JMU, you must submit an Approval of Transfer Credit form to your adviser during your first semester of enrollment. If you wish to take graduate courses at another institution while enrolled at JMU, you must obtain prior approval from your adviser, department head, and the Dean of The Graduate School (TGS).
It is the student's responsibility to request that an official transcript be sent to TGS upon completion of the course work. Ordinarily, permission is not granted to take a course elsewhere for transfer credit during the semester in which the degree is to be awarded.
No more than one-half of the total graduate credits required for completion of a program (including credit for graduate courses taken at JMU prior to acceptance into the graduate program) may be considered for inclusion in your program of study. A student may not transfer in more than nine credit hours from institutions other than JMU.