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Registration deadlines are posted on JMU's Academic Calendar the Registrar’s Office’s dates and deadlines page.   

PSYC and MBA Courses

The Strategic Leadership curriculum includes courses from our department (LEAD courses), from Graduate Psychology (PSYC), and from the College of Business (MBA). To register for LEAD courses, all you need to do is register online.  Please commit to attending the classes for which you are registered--as a multidisciplinary program, we need to maintain good relationships with our cooperating departments, and dropping courses makes it difficult for them to plan their course offerings. PSYC and MBA courses will often be listed as "Closed" on MyMadison because you need special permission to enroll.

Enrolling in PSYC 605: Intermediate Inferential Statistics:
To enroll in this course, you should have already taken a undergraduate or graduate statistics course. In addition, you need to complete the 605 Self-Assessment by Aug. 1st to ensure your statistics background is sufficient to succeed in the class.  The assessment is an untimed, 25-question multiple choice test, which is taken at home via Blackboard.  If you are unsuccessful in the self-assessment, you have an option of reviewing the material and taking it again, or enrolling in a remedial statistics course such as PSYC 210 at JMU (PSYC 213 at VCCS) before re-taking the assessment.  See the Handbook for details.

For other PSYC courses that require permission from the instructor (or to be put on the waiting list for a section that's full), send an email to the instructor, and CC: Emily Blake and Carl Guerin of Grad Psych, requesting that the instructor notify Carl Guerin to process an override for you. Please note that PSYC 605 is offered in the fall, and PSYC 606 and 608 are offered in the spring.

For MBA courses

  • To request a seat in an MBA class, email Ms. Blake to be added to a list we will submit by the deadline determined by the College of Business (COB). 
  • Seats in these courses are limited, so it is helpful to include first and second choices. 
  • The COB will enroll students in summer courses directly, but for fall and spring, they will simply process permission, producing an automated notification email to the student, and it is up to the student to register for the course on MyMadison.
  • To avoid confusion and conflicting messages, the College of Business requires that any messages related to permissions or scheduling be communicated through Emily Blake, and that students not contact instructors directly, except for details related to the course itself once the student is already enrolled.

Note: There are two JMU MBA programs.  Innovation MBA or “iMBA” is the main MBA program, where our students get their MBA electives satisfied, and which has limited enrollment.  The Information Security MBA or “InfoSec” MBA program’s courses are mostly for computer information security students, but they do offer online sections of MBA 620 and 630 in the summer which are open to our students, so we recommend SSLS students to take those courses in the summer if at all possible. In addition, they offer a section of MBA 690: Strategic Management. For a complete list of courses, see our course schedule.

MBA 690: Strategic Management
This should be the final MBA course in your program of study.  It is offered each fall, usually with one iMBA section (in-person meetings) and one InfoSec section (mostly online).

Continuous Enrollment
While it is expected that students continue to enroll in at least one course each semester (with the option of summers also), it is possible to pause your program of study without losing your place in the program by paying a $50 Continuance fee.  See Continuous Enrollment for details.

Dissertation Deadlines
You must present your dissertation proposal within one year of passing comprehensive exams, and within the first five years of graduate coursework (see Handbook for details).  You must go on to complete the defense of your dissertation within three years of taking the comprehensive exams.  Otherwise, you may be required to repeat the comprehensive exams.  These deadlines are in place to help students to maintain momentum toward the completion of their degree.

For Newly Admitted and Prospective Students:

Progression through the Program
The School of Strategic Leadership Studies does not follow a strict cohort model, but you will likely progress through the program with many of the same students.  You will communicate with your academic advisor to plan and approve your course of study each semester before registration.

Your advisor will be the coordinator of your chosen concentration.  Director Dr. Karen Ford will also be available to discuss any special circumstances which require approval.  Student Services and Advising Coordinator Emily Blake will be available to answer questions regarding registration deadlines, using MyMadison to register for classes, and course offerings in upcoming semesters. 

Check Your JMU E-Mail
After admission to our program, begin checking your email account immediately for time-sensitive messages regarding registration.  We recommend having your messages forwarded to your preferred email account to ensure that you do not miss any deadlines.

Transfer Credit
You may transfer up to 9 credits from previous MBA coursework at another institution and up to 18 credits from JMU MBA coursework.  This requires consulting with your advisor and filling out the transfer credit form.

NOTE: This is not a comprehensive document.  Please be sure you have read the Handbook in its entirety before the start of your program at SSLS.  Toward the end of your program of study, you will also be responsible for submitting appropriate forms for graduation.