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The Adult Degree Program at James Madison University is designed for adult learners with work, family, and other commitments to complete a bachelor's degree. Offering the unique ability to create a personalized academic program plan of study, our rigorous and engaging coursework will help students move forward in their educational and career goals.

Our Adult Degree Program can be completed online or face-to-face, once a concentration is declared.


Program Highlights
  • Earn credits through prior learning
  • Gain access to JMU resources and services
  • Customize an interdisciplinary bachelor's degree:
    • Bachelor of Individualized Studies
    • Bachelor of Arts in Individualized Studies
    • Bachelor of Science in Individualized Studies
JMU Giving Day

The Adult Degree Program proudly supports JMU Giving Day, taking place March 21, 2019! Alumni, faculty and friends of the university are encouraged to submit a donation of any size in support of the ADP Program. For more information, visit

Admission Requirements

To be eligible for the Adult Degree Program, applicants must:

  • Be 22 years of age or older
  • Have at least 30 transferable college credits
  • Have a minimum GPA of 2.0 or higher
Return to Madison

Are you a former JMU student?

If you were previously a student at JMU, check out our Return to Madison information for returning students.

University Accreditation

James Madison University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate, masters, and doctorate degrees.

"As an instructor, I see the ADP at JMU providing opportunities for students often left on the fringe of higher education to put themselves squarely back into the center of learning." 
-Rob Alexander, Political Science

"I got on campus and I just got goosebumps being back here and seeing everything. I'm excited. You don't know how excited I am to be here."
-Jeff Forman, ADP Class of 2017

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