Frequently Asked Questions

What is my major?

Adult Degree Program students do not have traditional JMU majors or minors. All ADP students are matriculated as Individualized Study majors which means it is an interdisciplinary degree with a concentration in two or more areas of study. There is no set curriculum for ADP students. Students can design their own program of study and name your Program Plan based on your career or academic goals and transfer credits. 

ADP students can earn one of the following degrees:

  • Bachelor of Individualized Study
  • Bachelor of Arts in Individualized Study 
  • Bachelor of Science in Individualized Study

Additional requirements for Bachelor of Science in Individualized Study: Students must also complete one additional mathematics course (3 credits) and one additional natrual science course (3 credits).

Additional requirements for Bachelor of Arts in Individualized Study: Students must also complete one additional philosophy course (3 credits) and two additional foreign language courses at the 200-level or above (6 credits). 

Can I use my existing college credits towards my degree?

All applicants to the Adult Degree Program (a degree completion program) must already have 30 or more college credits to apply toward their JMU degree. We can help you transfer your existing credits toward a degree at James Madison.

There are circumstances (such as courses at a non-accredited institution) where we cannot accept credits from other specific institutions, but the best way to find out about your existing credits is to contact a program advisor and talk with them about your previous education.

Can I complete my degree while working?

Absolutely. Most of our Adult Degree Program Students work part-time or full-time while enrolled in our program. Once enrolled, our advisors can help you to determine a course load and schedule that balances with your work and family obligations.

How do I create my Program Plan?

Incoming ADP students enroll in IS 200: Orientation to Individualized Study, a 3-credit class that prepares you for college-level learning and guides you through the process of designing your unique Program Plan.

Technology Requirements

It is highly recommended that you work from a computer less than five years old during this program. There is no way around it — you will need a reliable desktop or laptop computer to complete course work in this program.

It is also advisable that you invest in flash drive storage devices to store backup copies of your course work and projects. You can also use “Cloud” storage, which enables you to access files from any computing device that has access to the Internet. There are several free “Cloud” storage options available for use. JMU provides OneDrive for Business as part of Office 365. You can find out more about OneDrive here.

Through the Microsoft Student Advantage program, JMU students can get a subscription to Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus at no cost for Windows and Macintosh computers. In addition, you may install it on up to five computers. Not to mention, it’s easy to install from your email account. Your subscription to Microsoft Office will remain as long as you are enrolled as a JMU student.

The James Madison University Bookstore offers computer systems, software, and peripherals at special contract pricing. Customized Dell and Apple computer systems are available and are each configured to meet JMU network and academic guidelines. For more information, please call (540) 568-3989 or visit the JMU bookstore website.

You are not required to purchase your computer through the bookstore although the information available regarding the configuration requirements by each college at JMU is quite helpful. 

There is a wireless network available on campus (JMU Official Wireless) and you login with your JMU eID and password.

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