Application Requirements

Application Deadline

The application will open September 15. Priority application deadline is May 1. Applications received after May 1 will be reviewed on a rolling, first-received bassis, but only if the incoming class has not been filled.

Application review: First review of applications occurs on January 15 prior to the fall semester you are applying. Subsequent reviews will occur on the 15th of every month thru July 1, or until the class is filled, whichever comes first.

Program Begins

MBA Innovation - Fall admission only. Admission is limited to 25 students.

MBA Information Security - Fall admission only. Admission is limited to 25 students.

MBA Executive Leadership - Fall admission only. Admission is limited to 25 students.

International Applicants

International Graduate Information

International applicants will upload a credential evaluation of their non-U.S. college or university transcripts from one of the services listed at this link: Credential_Evaluation

Test Requirements

GMAT preferred; GRE acceptable if applicant has already taken the test prior to application. GRE or GMAT or if a master's level degree from an accredited institution or CPA has been earned, the GRE/GMAT requirement is waived.

Test of English as a Foreign Language(TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) if native language is not English, unless you have earned a degree from a U.S. institution

Information Security or Executive Leadership Note: If you are an applicant who has at least seven years of professional work experience (beyond the undergraduate degree) and a strong quantitative background, you may be eligible for a GMAT waiver. Please contact Ms. Tisha McCoy-Ntiamoah ( for more information.

Required Electronically
  • Application
  • Application fee
  • Official GRE or GMAT

Transcripts of all previous academic work at the undergraduate and graduate (if applicable) level. 
Applicants must upload unofficial copies of their transcripts and if admitted, all transcripts will be verified by the Graduate School. Applicants who previously attended James Madison University still need to upload an unofficial transcript, but do not need to provide official transcripts for verification.

Required by Program

Innovation and Information Security

  • Current resume
  • Personal Statement
  • Two Letters of Recommendation
  • Minimum two years full-time work experience
  • Residency requirement : 
    • Innovation - periodic on-site meetings in Harrisonburg, VA
    • Information Security - periodic on-site meetings in McLean, VA 

Executive Leadership

  • Current resume
  • One letter of nomination from a senior-level officer at your current employer outlining past leadership experience and career path leading toward a C-suite or comparable high level management position.
  • Minimum 5 years of professional work experience beyond completion of undergraduate degree
  • Three prerequisites which must be satisfied prior to beginning MBA coursework - undergraduate statistics course, undergraduate accounting course, and undergraduate microeconomics course
  • Residency requirement is to have periodic on-site meetings in McLean, VA                                                                          

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