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Mode of Instruction

Most JMU graduate programs are offered primarily On-Campus, although many programs include courses conducted at field sites and they may include some coursework conducted online. Some of our programs are conducted with a special mode of instruction.

The mode of instruction of each program is indicated in the far right column on the Graduate Programs page ( with designations as follows:

Off Campus:Classes are conducted at other locations other than JMU campus in Harrisonburg, VA.

Online: All classes are conducted online. Visits to the JMU campus in Harrisonburg, VA will be limited or unnecessary.

Study Abroad: Instruction takes place at a location outside of the United States.

Hybrid: Instruction includes a unique combination of classes conducted on campus, online, and/or experiences abroad.

Please see the specific program of interest for more information about mode of instruction.

How to Apply to a Graduate Program

Anyone who has or will obtain a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution in the U.S. or a comparable degree from an officially recognized college or university outside the U.S. may apply for graduate admission.

Start Early

Check your program's requirements ( Programs )  and assemble the necessary documents. All materials must be uploaded before you can submit your application.

Application Processing

To ensure your application is processed as efficiently as possible, we strongly recommend that you submit a complete application at least two weeks before your program's application deadline. International students are encouraged to start the application process a year in advance. Each application is reviewed by a staff member and during our peak application season it may take several working days for processing.

How to Apply

Step 1:

Contact your major program of interest or visit its program page for admission requirements. Programs that require specific materials may not review your application for admission until they receive these materials.

Step 2:

Create an application via the ApplyWeb online application. This includes uploading your transcripts**  and other materials (if they are required by your program) directly to the online application. 

Step 3:

Submit your application and pay a non-refundable $55 application fee.

Step 4:

Look for important e-mails from the JMU Computing team to activate your e-id to access your MyMadison account. 

Step 5:

Check the status of your application in your MyMadison account  using your e-ID.

Apply Online!
International Applicants
Official Test Requirements
English Language (TOEFL)
Application Materials
Application Fee

Upload unofficial Transcripts

** Upload unofficial transcripts online with the application (not all programs require these). Upload all colleges/universities where you have earned or will be earning a degree (or expect to transfer relevant credit into your program).

You should have no need to send any items by mail during the applicant stage. The upload buttons are inside the online application where each required document will be uploaded. Note: if you submit your application and you missed submitting something, your only option will be to submit official transcripts. This will delay your application significantly.

You will see a pop-up view of every item you upload, check the quality and accuracy of your uploaded documents. Illegible documents will not be processed.

International applicants - (or anyone with transcripts from a foreign school) - click for details.

Official Transcripts

OFFICIAL and FINAL transcripts will be required AFTER you are accepted into a program.

Please do not send items if we have not requested them, they will not be processed and will delay your application.

Once you are accepted into a program you will see TRANSCRIPTS on your TO DO list in MyMadison. Only then should you send official transcripts to The Graduate School. The preferred method is an electronic transcript sent via e-Scrip or National Student Clearing House.

If an electronic transcript is not an option, official, unopened paper transcripts can be mailed to:
The Graduate School
James Madison University
17 West Grace Street
MSC 6702
Harrisonburg, VA 22807

Fraudulent Documents

The  Graduate School will verify every transcript uploaded with your application against the issuing institution. If any material is found to have been altered or falsified, we reserve the right of expulsion. See the James Madison University Honor Code.

 In support of JMU's Green Initiative we are working towards a paperless process!