Graduate students should visit our Graduate School for application information. U.S. citizens living abroad or in U.S. territories should follow the domestic Freshman or Transfer application process.

International Admissions Process

Competitive applicants will have excellent class rank and an academic background that shows a strong program of study.

For applicants from non-English speaking countries:

  • Proof of English language proficiency in ONE of the following ways:
    • Minimum standardized test score:
      • Note: Please specify the JMU CEEB code (005392) on the testing form. Test scores must be sent directly from the testing agency to JMU. Student copies will not be accepted.
      • IELTS minimum score of 6.5
      • GTEC CBT minimum score of 1210
      • Duolingo English Test minimum score of 105
      • Pearson PTE Academic minimum score of 58
      • TOEFL mimimum score of 81 (internet-based test)
      • SAT minimum score of 500 on the Evidenced Based Reading and Writing Portion of SAT exam
      • Cambridge English Exam - Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) minimum score of 176, CEFR level
    • Submission of a General Certificate of Secondary Education or General Certificate of Education "O" level in English language.
    • Possession of an American associate's or bachelor's degree equivalent from an accredited institution located in a country where English is the native language.
    • Graduation from an accredited high school in a native English-speaking country where the applicant has resided for at least four years.
  • For applicants who do not meet the required English proficiency but meet all other academic requirements, the student may apply for the International Year Program at the James Madison University International Study Center.

Optional: Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or American College Testing Assessment (ACT).

Applicants from China: We recommend that applicants participate in a third-party interview which gives you the opportunity to discuss your academic and personal background. Companies such as InitalView can conduct interviews. Interviews must be completed and submitted prior to the International Application deadline of June 1st.

Apply Online

Application Checklist
  • Submitted online application
  • Official transcripts (complete and original copy, in English)
  • Proof of English language proficiency (non-native speakers)
  • One letter of recommendation
  • Copies of your temporary visa documents
  • Financial certification form
  • $70 Application Fee
Country Specific Requirements

Find additional requirements for your country.

International dates and deadlines:

Fall Term (Aug. – Dec.)
  • June 1 - Application deadline for all pieces (application, transcripts, etc.)

Spring Term (Jan. – May)
  • October 1 - Application deadline for all pieces (application, transcripts, etc.)

Summer Term (Jun. – Jul.)
  • February 15 - Application deadline for all pieces (application, transcripts, etc.)

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