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 basis, 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

Only the Innovation MBA program is eligible for F-1 visa sponsorship. This program requires four 8-week classes per semester which are approximately 40% on campus. Please note that the Innovation MBA Program requires a 10-day global experience in a country outside of the United States. Students would need to be eligible to participate in the global experience to complete the Innovation MBA degree. F-1 visas cannot be issued for the Executive Leadership or Information Security MBA Programs. 

H1-B visa applicant are eligible to apply to any of the MBA programs, as long as it is “incidental to the alien's employment as an H-1B nonimmigrant and not the alien's primary purpose in remaining in the United States.” The Executive Leadership and Information Security MBA Programs may be of particular interest to applicants holding an H1-B visa and will remain in the United States for at least 28 months to complete the degree.

For questions specific to your visa status, please contact esmailtb@jmu.edu. For information specific to the MBA program and curriculum, please email mba@jmu.edu.

All GMAT and prerequisite requirements apply to international applicants.

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.

Additional International Graduate Application Information

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 (mba@jmu.edu) 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 - 250 words in length
  • Two Letters of Recommendation
  • Minimum two 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:
    • Innovation - periodic on-site meetings in Harrisonburg, VA
    • Information Security - periodic on-site meetings in McLean, VA 

Executive Leadership

  • Current resume
  • Personal Statement - 250 words in length
  • 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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