Quick Guide
STEP 1:

Find your program of interest for admission requirements

STEP 2:

Send test scores directly from the testing center (GRE, GMAT, MAT, etc.) (not all programs will require these)
JMU Graduate School's code is 5392
(if applying to a CSD program - use code 1043; if applying to the Physician Assistant program - use code 7442)

STEP 3:

Create an online application. Upload your transcripts and other materials required by your program directly to the online application. View FAQ for more help

(if you are an international applicant, please visit this page: Graduate Application - International Applicants)

STEP 4:

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

STEP 5:

Look for important e-mails to activate your e-id and MyMadison account

STEP 6:

Check the status of your application

I got in! Now what?

Congratulations! Let us know if you're accepting or declining our offer in MyMadison

You may be asked to submit your OFFICIAL and FINAL transcripts. Instructions will be in your acceptance letter

Online and Distance Learners should fill out the Immunization Form Waiver and return it to the University Health Center

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 and assemble the necessary documents. All materials must be uploaded before you can submit your application.

We strongly recommend that you submit a complete application at least two weeks before your program's application deadline.

During our peak application season it may take several working days for processing.

Application Fee

New Application Fee
All new applications $55.00
Paper applications* $65.00
Change of Status/Readmission Fee
All applicants $55.00

Fees are subject to change. A separate application fee must accompany each program application for admission. The application fee can be waived in some cases: view application fee waiver information. Pay the application fee within the online application by using a valid credit/debit/check card/or electronic check. Make sure your billing address is consistent with US Postal Service standard format.

*Contact the Office of Disability Services to determine eligibility to submit a paper application or other accommodations in the application process.

See application fee troubleshooting tips.

Upload Application Materials Online

Not all programs require the materials listed below. Visit your program webpage to review your program's requirements. 

Upload all required application materials inside the online application before clicking the submit button. 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. 

Please do not send or mail items if we have not requested them. They will not be processed and will delay your application.

Unofficial Transcripts

Upload all colleges/universities where you have earned or will be earning a degree or expect to transfer relevant credit into your program.

If your transcript is not from JMU, OFFICIAL and FINAL transcripts will be required AFTER you are accepted into a program. Instructions will be in your acceptance letter.

Letters of Recommendation

Letters of recommendation, resumes, and personal statements are part of the online application. Again, not all programs require these.

To check if your recommenders have sent their letters or to make changes, login to your online application, click on "Review Your Activity," navigate to "Review Page," then click on "Manage Your Recommenders."

Test Scores

If required by your program, send official standardized test scores (GRE, GMAT, etc.) directly from the testing center. The Graduate School's institutional code for test scores is 5392.

(If you are applying to a CSD program your test scores must be sent to CSDCAS institutional code 1043 and not our institutional code listed above)

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.

Need More Help?

View our Frequently Asked Questions.

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