Quick Guide

Find your program of interest for admission requirements and deadlines.


Create an online application.


Gather your required items and upload them into the online application as needed.


Submit your application and pay a non-refundable $60 application fee.


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


Check the status of your application

I got in! Now what?


First: login to MyMadison to accept or decline the offer

Next: watch for e-mail requesting official financial documents to begin processing your student visa (if needed)

Also: submit OFFICIAL proof of U.S. equivalency of your Bachelor's or higher degree before you start your program

What can I do if I am not accepted

Send an email to your program for information.

General Instructions for International Applicants

Anyone who has or will obtain a US equivalent Bachelor's degree from an officially recognized college or university outside or inside the U.S. may apply for graduate admission.

International students are welcome to apply to any of our programs, however, be aware that student visas cannot be issued for programs that are exclusively online. Please check your program's requirements page before submitting an application.

Start early

Check your program for application deadlines and requirements

  • If you live outside of the US, we recommend you start 12 months in advance (or earlier if your program has an application deadline)
  • If you live within the US, we recommend you start 6 months in advance (or earlier if your program has an application deadline)

Do your research

Gather your required items

Below is a list of required items for all international applicants in addition to the online application and a non-refundable $60.00 (U.S.D) application fee.

Credential evaluation

Applicants from non-U.S. universities will submit a course-by-course credential evaluation from one of the credential evaluation services listed at this link. The credential evaluation must be uploaded with your application and is for review purposes only. If you are accepted into a program, an official credential evaluation showing a U.S. equivalent degree must be received by the Graduate School before an I-20 will be issued.


Transcripts from all universities/colleges where you have earned or anticipate earning a degree. When you apply you will upload transcripts (in English) with your application and are for Review Purposes Only. IF you are accepted into a program, you will be required to send official transcripts to The Graduate School if they are not included with your credential evaluation.

Fiscal Responsibility Form

The Financial Responsibility Form will be uploaded with your online application. 

Financial Declaration Form

If you are admitted into a program and an international student on an F-1 or J-1 visa you will receive an e-mail with instructions to submit the Financial Declaration Form along with your proof of funds. The SEVIS I-20 will not be issued without these documents. Additionally, if you are offered a graduate assistantship, please be aware that it will not cover all your costs. You will need to show that you have funds for at least one year of all living and educational expenses. You will be sent an email with instructions after you have been accepted into a program.

Official TOEFL or IELTS scores and demonstration of English proficiency

If English is not your native-language, applicants must present evidence of English proficiency. Individual programs may have specific requirements for TOEFL or IELTS and English language proficiency criteria, so check with your program of interest. Your application will be reviewed based on the evidence received with your application. English language proficiency must be demonstrated before we can issue visa documents. Please follow this link to learn more details about English language proficiency ---> Read More

Official test score

Some programs require either the GRE or GMAT test. Please refer to your program of interest to see which test score you may need.

If required by your program, send official GRE or GMAT scores directly to JMU Graduate School institution code 5392 (if applying to a CSD program - use code 1043; if applying to the Physician Assistant program - use code 7442). Please note that individual programs set their own GRE or GMAT requirements, so you should check with your program of interest for any specific scores that might be listed. If tests are required, then official scores need to come directly from the testing center. 


You must be able to enter the U.S. on a valid nonimmigrant visa.

International Student Advisor Report

For students currently studying here in the U.S. under the F-1 student status, the International Student Advisor Report form will need to be completed by your current school and sent to The Graduate School in order to transfer your SEVIS I-20.

Other application requirements

Most all requirements will be uploaded inside the online application. Additional requirements, such as letters of recommendation or other items that are specific to your program, should arrive before any deadlines. Check your program's requirement page and follow their guidelines. After you apply, check your application status often at MyMadison and click on the Applicant Center.

Need more help?

For more on the online application, view our Frequently Asked Questions. If you have questions regarding international applications and requirements, contact The Graduate School (grad@jmu.edu).

Mailing Address

You will upload most all of your documents when you apply. Please do not send documents separated from your application. However, occasionally some applicants may need to send certain test scores or credential evaluations via mail. If you need to mail documents to us, please use the following address:

James Madison University
The Graduate School
100 E. Grace St.
Room 4050 / MSC 6702
Harrisonburg, VA 22807


Notice of Availability – Annual Security and Fire Safety Report

The Annual Security and Fire Safety Report contains information regarding campus security and personal safety including topics such as: crime prevention, the university police law enforcement authority, crime reporting policies, disciplinary procedures, protocols for the immediate notification of students and staff upon confirmation of a significant emergency on campus and other matters of importance related to security and safety. The report includes statistics for the most recent three-year period of reported crimes that have occurred on campus; in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by JMU or its affiliates; and on public property within or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus.

The Annual Security and Fire Safety Report includes campus housing fire statistics for the most recent three-year period, a description of each on-campus student housing facility fire safety system, the number of fire drills held during the previous calendar year, policies or rules on portable electrical appliances, smoking, and open flames in student housing; and procedures for student housing evacuation in the event of fire along with other fire safety information.

The JMU Annual Security and Fire Safety Report includes the Harrisonburg campus and the three overseas branch campuses; Florence, Antwerp, and London. It is available electronically http://www.jmu.edu/publicsafety/clerycompliance/2018Annual-Security-and-Fire-Safety-Report.shtml

You can obtain a copy of any of this report by contacting the Office of Public Safety, MSC 6810, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA 22807 or request that a copy be mailed to you by calling (540)568-6769/6913.

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