Frequently Asked Questions

Delivery and Attendance


Prior Courses


Delivery and Attendance

Does the program offer online or hybrid courses?

All Strategic Leadership and PSYC (statistics and measurement) courses are delivered face to face at James Madison University. Some of the MBA courses (620, 617, and 691) offer hyrbid sections that are delivered asynchronously. 

What are the requirements for full-time attendance in the program?

To be considered a full-time student, students must enroll in 9 credits (3 courses) per fall and spring semesters.

Can I take courses part-time and still work full-time?

Yes! The majority of our students study part-time (taking 1-2 courses per semester) while maintaining full-time careers.

When are courses generally offered?

Leadership and MBA courses meet once a week for 3 hours, beginning no earlier than 4pm. Meeting times for PSYC courses vary.


What is the cost of the program?

See the University Business Office website for current tuition rates.

Are there scholarships or other financial aid opportunities?

The following web pages have information on scholarships, financial aid, and other funding opportunities:

Please forward any other funding and tuition assistance opportunities to Brooke Rhodes at

Are assistantships available?

Doctoral GA positions are available only to full-time students, and are awarded along with admission to the program. Funding is not guaranteed, but every attempt will be made to fund the student for 4 years. For more information, visit The Graduate School's Assistantships page

Is this a separate application process?

No, on your application, you may indicate whether you would be interested in a doctoral GA position.

Prior Courses

Will any of my credits (from my master's program or other courses) transfer? What if my degree is an MBA?

On a case by case basis we will accept transfer credits from previous MBA programs. We do not accept courses from other master's programs for a student's Ph.D. level concentration courses. 

Should I take prerequisites before I apply?

Applicants should have completed an introductory statistics course (PSYC 210 or equivalent) and an undergraduate financial accounting course (COB 241 or equivalent). See the SSLS Prospective Student page for more details on prerequisites.


What are the deadlines to apply?

Applications are accepted from December 15 through March 1st. Those interested in assistantships should submit their application no later than February 1st.

With the application, should I send a copy of my resume?

Yes, the resume needs to be uploaded via the online application. See a list of required materials on our Admission Criteria page. 

Is an interview required?

A personal interview may be requested; however a conversation or meeting with Dr. Ford and the advisor of the concentration you intend to apply is highly recommended prior to submitting your application. Contact Brooke Rhodes to schedule an in person or phone meeting.

When will I find out if I have been accepted?

Acceptances are generally announced within 30 days of the application deadline.

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