Admission & General Information
Founded in 1908 and located in the center of Virginia's famous Shenandoah Valley, James Madison University is a public, comprehensive university. The university offers programs at the bachelor's, master's, educational specialist and doctoral levels.
The total enrollment for fall 2008 session was 17,964. This total included 16,619 undergraduate students, 1,136 graduate students, 102 non-degree seeking graduate students and 107 non-degree seeking undergraduate students. JMU has 102 major campus buildings, including a 31-acre, off-campus farm. JMU offers students a full program of extracurricular and social programs, as well as a diversified program of intercollegiate and intramural athletics.
JMU is located in Harrisonburg, Va., a progressive city of over 40,000. The area is flanked by the Blue Ridge Mountains on the east and the Allegheny Mountains on the west. The JMU campus is located just off Interstate 81 and is a two-hour drive from Washington, D.C., and Richmond, Va., and one hour from Charlottesville, Va.
The Graduate School is located in the Grace Street House at 17 West Grace Street.
In its 101-year history, JMU has grown from a state normal and industrial school for women to today's coeducational comprehensive university. In 1914, the name of the university was changed to the State Normal School for Women at Harrisonburg. The university became the State Teachers College at Harrisonburg in 1924 and continued under that name until 1938, when it was named Madison College in honor of the fourth president of the United States. In 1977, the name was changed to James Madison University.
The JMU Graduate School was established in 1954, when the State Board of Education authorized the university to offer programs leading to the Master of Science in Education degree. The Graduate School is authorized to offer graduate programs leading to master's, Educational Specialist, Doctor of Audiology, Doctor of Musical Arts, Doctor of Philosophy and Doctor of Psychology degrees.
It is the mission of The Graduate School to support, facilitate and promote excellence in lifelong education through graduate programs of distinction, innovative outreach programs, and a diverse student body.
The mission of The Graduate School is in concert with the overall mission of the university, which states:
We are a community committed to preparing students to be educated and enlightened citizens who lead productive and meaningful lives.
The general responsibility for the administration of the university has been assigned to the president, who is appointed by the JMU Board of Visitors. When the board is in recess, its executive committee may exercise the power of the board.
Assisting the president in the administration of the university are the provost and senior vice president for academic affairs, the senior vice president for administration and finance, the senior vice president for student affairs and university planning, the senior vice president for university advancement, and the executive assistant to the president.
Appointment to these positions and to the university's instructional and administrative faculty is made by the JMU Board of Visitors upon the recommendation of the president.
JMU consists of The Graduate School and the following colleges:
- College of Arts and Letters
- College of Business
- College of Education
- College of Integrated Science and Technology
- College of Science and Mathematics
- College of Visual and Performing Arts
The office of the dean of The Graduate School has academic responsibility for all issues of graduate education at JMU. Significant in the organization and administration of The Graduate School are the university's Graduate Council and the graduate faculty body.
The Graduate Council
The Graduate Council is the chief policy-forming and advisory body for The Graduate School. Its duties are to formulate, review, and approve or recommend for approval policies and other items concerning the conduct of graduate study at James Madison University and to provide leadership in advocating for graduate education and scholarship of the highest caliber. The Graduate Council actions are reported to the graduate faculty, to college deans and to appropriate administrators of the university.
The primary aim of including the Graduate Council in the organization of JMU is to facilitate graduate program faculty participation in the establishment of university policies and procedures.
Responsibilities of the Graduate Council
The Graduate Council is specifically charged with
- Communicating policy on issues affecting graduate education.
- Monitoring and advocating excellence in graduate education.
- Setting the broad framework for all graduate study.
- Making recommendations on all policies with regard to graduate degrees and any changes or additions to such policies.
- Making recommendations on procedures for student appeals for waivers of any graduate regulations, excluding grade and admission appeals, after appropriate appeals have been made according to the procedures of the respective graduate programs.
- Setting the requirements for membership to the graduate faculty and for the approval of faculty it deems to have met those requirements.
The graduate faculty hold a position of honor at JMU. Through the Graduate Council, the graduate faculty members assist the dean in developing general policies and administrative procedures for graduate programs. The office of the dean of The Graduate School, assisted by the Graduate Council and the graduate faculty, has responsibility for final approval of graduate degrees to be awarded.
Board of Visitors
Dr. Meredith Strohm Gunter (Rector), Charlottesville
James E. Hartman (Vice Rector), Harrisonburg
Mark T. Bowles, Goochland
Joseph F. Damico, Libertyville, IL
Ronald C. Devine, Burke
Vanessa M. Evans, Charlottesville
Lois J. Forbes, Harrisonburg
Charles H. Foster, Jr., Richmond
Joseph K. Funkhouser, II, Harrisonburg
Stephen R. Leeolou, Charlotte, N.C.
Elizabeth V. Lodal, McLean
Wharton B. Rivers Jr., McLean
Larry M. Rogers, Harrisonburg
Judith S. Strickler, Harrisonburg
Fred Thompson, Ashburn
Robert C. Cellucci (Student Member), JMU/Malvern, PA
Donna L. Harper (Secretary), JMU/Harrisonburg
Chief Administrative Officers
Linwood H. Rose, Ed.D.
Douglas T. Brown, Ph.D.
Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs
Joanne Carr, Ph.D.
Senior Vice President for University Advancement
Charles W. King Jr., M.A.
Senior Vice President for Administration and Finance
Mark Warner, Ed.D.
Senior Vice President for Student Affairs and University Planning
Ralph Alberico, M.L.S.
Dean of Libraries
David F. Brakke, Ph.D.
Dean, College of Science and Mathematics
Linda Cabe Halpern, Ph.D.
Dean, University Studies
David K. Jeffrey, Ph.D.
Dean, College of Arts and Letters
Reid J. Linn, Ph.D.
Dean, The Graduate School
Sharon E. Lovell, Ph.D.
Interim Dean, College of Integrated Science & Technology
Robert D. Reid, Ed.D.
Dean, College of Business
George E. Sparks, Ph.D.
Dean, College of Visual and Performing Arts
Phillip M. Wishon, Ph.D.
Dean, College of Education
JMU is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097: Telephone Number 404-679-4501) to award the bachelor's, master's, Educational Specialist and doctoral degrees.
Accreditation Commission for Programs in Hospitality Administration
AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business
American Chemical Society
Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education
American Psychological Association
Association for Advancement of Health Education
Association for Information Technology Professionals
Association of University Health Programs in Health Administration
Accreditation Review Commission on Education for Physician Assistants, Inc.
Commission for Collegiate Nursing Education
Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education, the accrediting agency for
The American Dietetic Association
Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education
Council for Interior Design Accreditation
Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech Language Pathology
of the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association
Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs
Council on Social Work Education (baccalaureate level)
Education Commission on Accreditation on Social Work
Educational Standards Board of the American Speech–Language–Hearing
International Association of Counseling Services
National Association of College and University Attorneys
National Association of School Psychologists
National Association of Schools of Art and Design
National Association of Schools of Dance
National Association of Schools of Music
National Association of Schools of Theatre
National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant
Society for Public Health Education
Virginia Board of Nursing
Virginia State Board of Education
American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education
American Association of State Colleges and Universities
American Council on Education
Association of American Colleges and Universities
Association of Virginia Colleges and Universities
College and University Personnel Association
Council of Graduate Schools in the United States
Council of Southern Graduate Schools
National Association of College and University Business Officers
National Association of Student Personnel Administrators
Southeastern Universities Research Association
Institutional and Educational Membership
Association of Computing Machinery
American Association of University Women