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Adult Degree Program (ADP)

The Adult Degree Program (ADP) provides returning adult students with the opportunity to complete their bachelor's degree. This program differs from other degree programs presently offered at JMU in that ADP students tailor their major to meet their career and educational goals while still meeting JMU general education and degree requirements.

Since 1977, the Adult Degree Program has been providing adults, 22 years old and up, with the opportunity to continue their education in a program that addresses their individualized needs, goals, and time schedules. The program recognizes that traditional, highly structured four-year degree programs do not always accommodate the educational needs or lifestyles of adults.

We provide a pathway for adults, whether they are seeking career advancement or change, personal fulfillment or returning from active military duty, to complete their bachelor’s degree.

The Adult Degree Program offers adults returning to college the ability to create an individualized program that meets their educational needs. In addition, ADP gives adult students a unique educational opportunity that allows them to integrate other college-level learning such as professional or military experiences into their education at JMU. ADP students may pursue a Bachelor of Individualized study, a Bachelor of Science or a Bachelor of Arts degree.

Some distinctive features of the ADP include the following:

  • An individually created concentration that is comprised of classes that are chosen to meet the student’s educational and/or professional goals.
  • Because college-level learning may be acquired through a variety of professional, volunteer and personal experiences, the ADP provides the means to translate experiential learning into academic credit. These can include portfolios of prior learning experience, CLEP exams, credit by exam and various military training/certifications.