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. You 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 (BIS)
  • Bachelor of Science in Individualized Study (B.S.)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Individualized Study (B.A.)

How do I create my Program Plan?

Incoming ADP students are automatically enrolled 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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