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Welcome to our new first year graduate students. Find the presentations from the 8/19/13 on campus orientation posted here:

Orientation Powerpoint
Health Center
Academic Health Plans
Financial Aid

On campus New Graduate Student Orientation will be held
Monday, August 19, 2013
9 am to noon

HHS 1302

Parking:  Please park in C10 lot only. (parking map)

Parking in other lots may result in parking citations, especially if you have not yet registered your vehicle with the university. You are prohibited from parking specialty spaces such as those for service vehicles, handicap (without proper permit), expired meters, or fire lanes.

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9 am - Introductions and video, Dr. Reid Linn, Dean

9:45 - panel presentation on student services

brief break

10:45 - current graduate student panel

break for lunch on your own...

 1:30 pm - The University Libraries will offer an introduction to the libraries. The session will take place in Carrier Library.

3 pm - UREC (University Recreation Center) will offer a tour of the facility.


As dean of The Graduate School at James Madison University and on behalf of the graduate faculty, I want to welcome you to JMU.

 Founded in 1908 and located in the center of Virginia’s famous Shenandoah Valley, James Madison University is a public institution enrolling more than 19,000 students. The Graduate School was established in 1954 and since 1993, U.S. News and World Report has ranked JMU as the top public master’s level university in the south.

 At JMU you will find a comprehensive array of graduate programs, outstanding faculty and excellent personal and academic support services. Our mission is to support, facilitate and promote excellence in lifelong education through graduate programs of distinction, innovative outreach programs and a diverse student body. The university offers approximately 50 graduate programs, seven of those at the doctoral level with an eighth recently approved by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia. These graduate programs cross multiple academic colleges and units such as the College of Arts and Letters, the College of Business, the College of Education, the College of Integrated Science and Technology, the College of Science and Mathematics, the College of Visual and Performing Arts and the School of Leadership Studies.

 Our programs are designed to meet the future needs of the state, nation and, indeed, the world. Again, I want to welcome you to JMU, a student-centered community that values excellence, integrity and mutual respect. The faculty has determined that you embody these values and has offered you admission. I look forward to meeting you on campus and wish you the very best in your future academic endeavors at our fine university.


Online Orientation

For more information about beginning your experience as a graduate student, visit the links below:

JMU Computing

Financial Aid

Student Employment

Learning Centers

Center for Faculty Innovation (CFI)

University Health Center


Counseling and Student Development Center


MBA Graduate Students win big in the Google online challenge!

Important Dates and Deadlines 

Fall 2013

September 27  - last day to submit an application to graduate in December

November 22 - comprehensive assessment results and thesis/research project/dissertation due to The Graduate School

December 13   - Course completion deadline for December graduation


Representatives of the JMU Alpha Sigma Chapter of Chi Sigma Iota (the international honor society for the counseling profession) received the Outstanding Chapter Individual Program Award at the American Counseling Association Annual Convention March 22, 2013. Read the details of this prestigious honor!


With a decade of military service and a freshly minted graduate degree from James Madison University, Andrew Marsh is ready to join the faculty ranks at the U.S. Military Academy.... http://www.jmu.edu/news/2013/04/29-graduate-andrew-marsh.shtml


The GSA now has an informative and entertaining blog about personal and professional development as well as fun things to do in Harrisonburg! Check it out here. http://jmugsa.blogspot.com


Jason Kopp, will complete a third-year internship at The College Board when he moves to New York City to work in the College Board’s Manhattan office. Jason’s internship will take place from August 2013 to May 2014. Jason is the 5th Assessment & Measurement doctoral student to be awarded The College Board academic year internship; others have included Pamela Kaliski, Carol Barry, Megan France, Chris Coleman and Becca Marsh. Congratulations Jason!

 Ross Markle (Ph.D., 2010), Associate Research Scientist at the Educational Testing Service's Center for Academic and Workforce Readiness and Success, will return to the JMU campus to give a talk on his work with ETS. He will be speaking on February 15 at the Center for Assessment and Research Studies on Noncognitive Factors and Student Success: A Journey of Theory, Measurement, and Applied Research. Over the past several years, the Center for Academic and Workforce Readiness at ETS has been researching and developing noncognitive assessments to improve student success in higher education. This talk will briefly review the large scope of this project, which includes assessment development, implementing a national field trial, advanced measurement and psychometric research applications, and initial results. For new and developing researchers, this talk will explore many potential applications of assessment and measurement skills in a high-profile, applied project. For faculty and staff, this talk will introduce a new and innovative assessment that is designed to impact student success. Lastly, the conversation will move to future plans for this work, including potential collaborations and expansions. Dr. Markle is one of, now, 35 graduates who have earned their Ph.D. through JMU's doctoral program in assessment and measurement.   


Assessment & Measurement PhD and Psychological Sciences MA Students and Faculty Present at NERA Conference: http://www.psyc.jmu.edu/assessment/features/nera2012.html



Dr. Anne Stewart is elected to receive the 2012 Outstanding Faculty Award by the  State Council of Higher Education for Virginia!  Read more...


Justine Schembri, a May 2011 graduate of the ISAT-Malta program is selected to receive the 2012 CSGS (Conference of Southern Graduate Schools*) Master's Thesis Award in Life Sciences.

Jason Kopp, a doctoral student in the Assessment and Measurement Ph.D. program, and graduate of the Psychological Sciences master's program, is selected to receive the 2012 CSGS Master's Thesis Award in Social Sciences, Business and Education.  Read more...

Dr. Sarah Finney, with the Center for Assessment and Research Studes and the Ph.D. progra in Assessment and Measurement is selected to receive the 2012 CSGS Outstanding Mentor Award for her work with master's and doctoral students at JMU.

*The Conference of Southern Graduate Schools (of which JMU is a member) is an organization of over 200 gradaute schools in the following 15 states: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland. Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia.


Dr. Brenda Ryals, faculty in the Communication Sciences and Disorders progam,  is the recipient of the 2012 Jerger Career Award for Research in Audiology. Read more...


JMU Graduate Student, Sarah DiDimenco,  is Virginia Occupational Therapy Association (VOTA) scholarship award winner ....  more.

"Like" the JMU Graduate Student Association (GSA) on Facebook. Click the link below.

JMU Graduate Student Association  

If you would like to receive email notifications of GSA activities and information, please send an email to JMUGSA@gmail.com and indicate your interest.   Visit the JMU GSA webpage: www.jmu.edu/grad/gsa

Assessment Stars Aim High
(JMU's Assessment and Measurement Program):

Click here to read more.


Although the orientation is free, we do ask that you register and let us know that you are coming!
Please register here.