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Applications are accepted year-round. Students are placed in the next appropriate cohort, depending on their background.

Application Requirements

We're pleased that you are interested in applying to our InfoSec program. Below are relevant application deadlines and the steps in our application process.

Application Deadlines (Winter, Summer and Fall):

For admission in: Apply by: Classes begin:
Winter  ~ Nov 30 Early Jan
Summer ~ Mar 15 Mid May
Fall ~ Jul 15 Late August

Application Process

Please submit the following items  online through JMU's Graduate School:
  • Graduate school application
  • Resume 
  • Personal statement
  • Official transcripts from all attended universities
  • $55 nonrefundable application fee
  • Optional, but recommended: Official general Graduate Record Examination (GRE) test scores (last 5 yrs). Please see www.gre.org for more details.

The personal statement focuses on the relevancy of the InfoSec program to the applicant's personal and professional goals.

International applicants may have additional requirements. International students can not obtain a student visa to come to the United States to study any on-line program.  Our program is available anywhere, so there is no need to travel. 

As soon as the graduate school receives all of the required application documents, they forward the documents to the InfoSec program and send a confirmation notice to the applicant. Once the InfoSec program receives the applicant's materials from the graduate school and the applicant's resume and personal statement; the application review process starts. Our Admissions Committee usually finishes their review of the application in three weeks (it takes slightly longer during the summer) and makes a recommendation. Applicants are advised to check on the status of their application after 30 days.

Selection Process

Selection to the program focuses on the "whole person concept" which emphasizes academic achievement, GRE scores, work experience, and courses and training while employed in industry or government. The InfoSec Program expects GRE rankings to be better than 50% in each area, but other qualifications can compensate for lower GRE score.

Soon after the admission process is over, the applicant will receive a formal letter of admission/rejection from the Graduate School. The letter indicates terms of acceptance. Applicants may be conditionally or unconditionally accepted. Admitted applicants are asked to accept their admission, so they can be issued a JMU ID and can register for their upcoming courses.

If admitted conditionally, the student must:

  • Take the appropriate preparatory courses before taking any other course in the program.
  • Make a grade of B or better in each of the required preparatory courses. Making less than a B in any of the preparatory courses causes the dismissal of the student from the program.

Unconditionally accepted students are not required to take preparatory courses. The four online preparatory courses provide a foundation for the master's program, and all students are encouraged to take the courses as refreshers. Students can further discuss the preparatory classes with their designated faculty advisor.

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