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Prospective Students

General Information

  • The Adult Degree Program (ADP) is a non-traditional Bachelor’s degree completion program.
  • Potential students must be over 22 years of age.
  • Potential students must have a minimum of 30 transferable credits and a GPA of 2.0 or higher at previous colleges or universities attended.
  • Students can begin the program at any one of 5 start dates throughout the academic year:
    • Fall 1 (Begins late August)
    • Fall 2 (Begins mid October)
    • Spring 1(Begins January)
    • Spring 2 (Begins mid March)
    • Summer (Begins mid May)

The Application Process

  • Students interested in the program should submit the electronic request for information form found here or call the office to set up an appointment to meet with a program advisor at 540-568-4255 or 540-568-6824.
  • Next, students interested in applying to the program should submit transcripts from schools they have attended to the ADP office for transfer credit evaluation at 127 W. Bruce St, MSC 6906, Harrisonburg, VA 22807.
  • Former JMU students should contact the ADP office directly for information on re-entry to the University through the Adult Degree Program.
    • Application for re-entry to JMU deadlines are:
      • Fall Semester: July 1

      • Spring Semester: November 1

      • Summer Sessions: April 1

  • Once ADP staff receives the transfer evaluation back from the Registrar’s office (a process that can take 2 to 4 weeks), we will email the results to the student.
  • Students who meet eligibility requirements are directed to the online ADP admissions application.

Application deadlines are:

  • Fall 1 (Begins late August) –August 1
  • Fall 2 (Begins mid October) – September 15
  • Spring 1 (Begins January) – December 1
  • Spring 2 (Begins mid March) – February 15
  • Summer (Begins mid May) – April 1

Applications received after the deadline will be processed for the next admissions term. There are no exceptions.

After Admission to the Adult Degree Program

  • ADP students receive a Bachelors of Individualized Studies, which means it is an Interdisciplinary degree with a concentration in two or more areas of study.  Example: You have experience in Computer Customer Service so you would like to supplement your skills by creating a concentration with courses from Computer Science and Communications.
  • All ADP students are Individualized Study majors.
  • ADP students do not have minors.
  • There is no set curriculum for ADP students other than the required General Education courses. They design their own program of study, name their Program Plan, based on their career and academic goals and transfer credits.
  • Incoming ADP students enroll in IS 200: Orientation to Individualized Study, a 3-credit class that walks them through the process of putting their Program Plan together.
  • Students in the program can earn a Bachelor of Individualized Study, a Bachelor of Science in Individualized Study, or a Bachelor of Arts in Individualized Study depending on how they structure their Program Plan.
  • Students must complete requirements in three areas:
    • General Education
    • Individualized Study Core Concentration Area (known as their concentration)
    • Electives
    • ADP accepts up to 30 non-traditional credits toward degree requirements. This includes:
      • College Level Examination Program (CLEP) score results.  (ADP schedules CLEP exams for both ADP and non-ADP students. Contact the ADP office for additional information or to schedule an exam.)
      • Portfolios of Prior Learning Experience (Portfolios must be submitted to a JMU faculty member for evaluation. Contact the ADP office for additional information.)
      • Students must maintain a GPA of 2.0 or higher to remain in good academic standing.
      • Student must earn a minimum of 120 credits, from classes taken at JMU and transferred into JMU, in order to graduate.
        • 60 of those 120 credits must be earned at a 4-year college or university.
        • Of those 60 credits, at least 30 must be earned at JMU.