The university also provides graduate courses pursuant to the Master of Business Administration in the Charlottesville area. A variety of other courses are available for off-campus delivery if accreditation and enrollment requirements are met.
Although these courses carry university credit, they do not fulfill any degree requirements. Taking courses as a special student does not constitute admission to a program, imply later applicability of these courses toward a program, or imply preferential regular admission consideration. If such students subsequently seek admission to work toward a degree, courses taken in "special" status will be evaluated to determine their applicability toward the degree sought.
An individual who has been academically dismissed from another institution because of low academic standing must wait for a period of at least two calendar years before enrolling as a special student. An individual who has been denied regular degree-seeking admission to JMU must wait for a period of one calendar year before enrolling as a special student.
Students may choose to take classes on a non-degree basis if they currently do not desire to work toward an undergraduate or graduate degree or if there is no higher degree available in their department or field of interest.
Any student who holds a bachelor's degree or master's degree and wishes to pursue a graduate degree or a second graduate degree should apply through the Graduate School Office.
The post-baccalaureate/post-master's student may enroll for undergraduate and 500-level courses. They may also register with prior written approval for 600-700 graduate-level courses. Students who receive this permission should understand that graduate work taken in this status carries full graduate credit but does not necessarily apply toward a degree at James Madison University. If the student later applies for and enrolls in the Graduate School, a maximum of nine hours taken at the post-baccalaureate/post-master's level may be applied to a degree program upon the recommendation of the department head and approval of the dean of the Graduate School.
Graduates of an accredited institution who wish to enroll in 600-level graduate courses offered by the College of Business must be admitted as degree-seeking graduate students.
A term/transient special student may enroll at James Madison University to take up to 11 hours per semester and must enroll each semester. In addition to the enrollment form for special students, term/transient special students must submit documentation of good standing at their home college or university and must specify that the courses undertaken at JMU are to be transferred to the home institution. These requirements must be completed prior to registration each semester. Generally, these courses should not be available at the home institution for that semester.
These students will be permitted to take over 11 semester hours with the approval of the international student adviser.
A senior citizen who is not enrolled for academic credit may take no more than three audit courses per semester. There is no restriction on the number of courses which an eligible senior citizen may take for credit.
Senior citizens must meet the appropriate admissions or enrollment requirements. Tuition waivers are granted on a "space available" basis after all tuition-paying students have been accommodated.
Students enrolling in this program may register for no more than two courses during the summer term and one course each term while attending high school classes.
High school students seeking to enroll at James Madison University under this program must submit the enrollment form as a special student, a supportive recommendation from the high school principal or guidance counselor, and an acceptable transcript of high school grades. High school special students must complete these enrollment requirements to attend each subsequent semester.
Course request forms must be approved by the head of the department in which the student desires to register. If the student is admitted as a degree-seeking student at James Madison University following high school graduation, credits earned, where appropriate, will apply toward degree requirements. Transfer of these credits to other colleges would be at the discretion of the institution concerned.
JMU will also award Advanced Standing credit to high school senior students who successfully complete equivalent courses at other accredited institutions of higher learning.
Fees for audit will be assessed on the same basis as fees for credit.
Non-credit courses are available for supplementing and updating knowledge, skills and abilities.
Some non-credit courses award continuing education units as a uniform measure of occupational development.
The Office of Continuing Education and External Programs serves as a referral center for the external community to access the university's non-credit resources.
The continuing education and external programs office delivers a variety of public service programs in an attempt to extend the resources of the university to the citizens of the region and build educational partnerships between all levels of education, business and industry. A variety of camps, conferences, institutes and other outreach programs are offered by the continuing education and external programs office to achieve this goal.
Information pertaining to these courses, programs and services is available upon request from:
The Office of Continuing Education and External Programs James Madison University Harrisonburg, VA 22807
JMU Home Page
Last reviewed: Sept. 10, 1994