Molly Brown discusses the details of JMU Business.

College of Business Frequently Asked Questions




Do you accept AP credit or dual enrollment credit?

AP credit is accepted with a score of 4 or 5. BBA core courses that accept AP credit are Calculus, Statistics, Microeconomics and Macroeconomics. Dual enrollment credit may be accepted by providing the course syllabus to the department head for review. Credit for dual enrollment courses requires an official transcript from the college or university that provided the course.

What percentage of applications are accepted?

100% of applicants who successfully complete the BBA core and earn a 2.7 in the core are accepted. Historically, about 89% of students who complete the core successfully earn the required GPA. Students have a maximum of two attempts in each of the core courses.

Who teaches the classes in the College?

All professors in the College are academically qualified or professionally qualified (significant business experience, as determined by the AACSB). There are no teaching assistants.

What are the opportunities for internships? What does the college do to help students find opportunities?

Internships are highly encouraged even though most COB departments do not offer academic credit. The Office of Career and Academic Planning employs an internship advisor and hosts a job and internship fair each semester. It also maintains Handshake, an online career management tool where recruiters post open positions. The Office of Professional Development and Engagement and academic departments also provide advice to students on where to seek internships. Most internships for business majors are paid, but CAP does offer scholarships for students who wish to engage in meaningful unpaid internships in the summer.

What does your job placement look like in my area (city and state)?

Most graduates of the College of Business find employment in the metropolitan Washington area. However, companies recruit for offices throughout the mid-Atlantic, including New York City, Baltimore, Richmond, and Philadelphia. Because many of the companies that recruit at JMU are large international employers, it is not difficult for graduates to relocate to the area of their choosing. By three months after graduation, over 90% of graduates are employed or in graduate school.

What scholarships are available?

All students admitted in the early action pool are automatically considered to the Madison Award for Academic Excellence. Those merit awards to not require the demonstration of financial need, and range from 50% of in-state tuition and fees to 75% of in-state tuition and fees, and are renewable for four years as long as the student maintains a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA. These awards are highly competitive with offers being made to approximately 1% of early action-admitted students.

Each year, there are a small number of JMU Foundation scholarships, most of which require demonstrated financial need. Students who have committed to JMU may apply in the spring, and information is provided on the College of Business website.

Do students have trouble enrolling in classes they need to make timely degree completion?

The college makes every effort to assist students with course registration to meet progression standards in a timely manner. Factors that affect timely progression include: withdrawing from classes, repeating courses, changing majors, averaging below 15 hours a semester, academic standing (probation), etc. In building class schedules, students need to be flexible to take 8 a.m. classes, to accept any instructor, and not prioritize social obligations over academic work.

Does a student applying to JMU apply directly to the College of Business? Does choice of major affect a student’s chances of admission?

Students interested in a COB major are encouraged to declare a major in the College of Business, but can do so once they are here if they wish. For BBA programs, formal admission comes after completion of the lower level BBA core, which typically takes three or four semester. However, freshmen and sophomores are treated as business majors (e.g. finance, management, etc.) before they are formally accepted. Choice of major does not impact a student’s admission to the University.

What if I applied to JMU as one major but now I am considering a different one?

Incoming students declare their majors when they make an orientation reservation. The major noted on the admissions application is void. Incoming freshmen will have a number of opportunities to change majors before they arrive in August.

Will I work with a business advisor?

All incoming business freshmen will be assigned an advisor associated with the College of Business – either a business faculty or a professional business advisor.

Is it possible to graduate “on time” with a major and minor? How about two majors?

Yes, it is possible. It depends on incoming credit, combination of major/minor, and summer opportunities.

What is the student-to-faculty ratio for business courses?

The student/faculty ratio in the college is 28:1

What study abroad opportunities exist? How competitive is the Antwerp program?

The College of Business currently offers five summer study abroad programs in CIS, Business Law, and Global Supply Chain Management. The Semester in Antwerp is offered in Spring, Summer, and Fall. The Summer and Fall Semesters in Antwerp are the most competitive, with about a 50% acceptance rate and average GPA of 3.3. Many COB students also participate in study abroad programs outside the College of Business, including Semesters in Florence, London, and Salamanca, and more than 40 summer programs. All International Business majors are required to complete a study abroad or internship abroad of at least 6 weeks in the language of their area of concentration.

How easy is it to change majors?

It all depends on current major, classification, and new major. In the COB, it is fairly easy for students to change between BBA majors until COB 300 is completed.

Do you have a business learning community?

MadisonBiz is the first-year learning community for business majors. Approximately 20 freshmen each year participate in the program. Members of the community live together in a common residence hall on East Campus and take a one-credit hour course in the fall semester in which they explore different majors and careers in business and get a jump-start on professional development. Activities extend into the spring with a student-planned alternative weekend break and book club. Interested students apply for MadisonBiz when they complete their housing application.

Questions should be directed to Molly Brown at brownmg@jmu.edu.

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