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Application Deadline

The application will open September 1. February 1 is the deadline to be guaranteed consideration.

Program Begins

fall semester only

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

GRE General Test (subject test not required.)

Snapshot Page


Required Electronically

  • Application
  • Application fee
  • Official GRE scores

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

  • Substantial academic writing sample of at least 6 pages, with 10 preferred
  • Statement of approximately 500 words articulating the applicant's goals for graduate study, research interests, career aspirations, and the reasons for applying
  • Resume is strongly recommended
  • Applicants submit two letters of recommendation from faculty familiar with the applicant's academic performance and potential for graduate work.  Additional letters may be sent if relevant to a candidate's application.  If an applicant has been out of school for some time, he or she should contact the Graduate Director for advice about appropriate recommenders.
All of the above listed requirements can/should be uploaded within the online application, and test scores, if required, should be sent electronically to the Graduate School from the Educational Testing Service.