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How to Apply
  1. Completely fill out the APPLICATION FORM and pay a $60 application fee. To successfully submit the application, you will need to upload legible copies of your transcripts, a current resume, a 250-word personal statement, a self-reported GMAT/GRE score (if available), and supply email addresses of those writing recommendations for you.
  2. To be accepted into the MBA program and fully admitted, your official transcripts or credential evaluations, and official test scores (if required) must be sent to and verified by The Graduate School.

We are here to help you with any phase of the application process. You are always welcome to email mba@jmu.eduor call 540-658-7031 with your questions.

Admission to the executive leadership concentration is based on a combination of the following criteria:

  • Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) score
  • Overall undergraduate grade point average. Please note: a baccalaureate degree in business is not required to apply to the JMU MBA Program.*
  • Resume citing work experience
  • Two letters of recommendation from professional contacts who can speak to your accomplishments in the workplace, growth potential, and ability to succeed in the JMU MBA program.
  • A minimum of five years of full-time work experience

Ideal applicants will have between five and ten years of progressive career experience. Undergraduate coursework and GMAT scores may be considered for applicants with fewer years of work experience.

*The university encourages applicants with degrees in all major fields of study from accredited institutions. No specific undergraduate courses are required; however, students with non-business baccalaureates are required to complete the following three prerequisite courses:

  • Financial Accounting
  • Statistics
  • Economics (Microeconomics is preferred; Macroeconomics is acceptable)

Admission decisions are made on a rolling basis. All applications submitted by April 15 will be considered. Applications received after April 15 will be considered until the cohort is full. 

The final application deadline is July 1. 


Tuition is $1,000 per credit hour. The cost per course is $3,000. The total cost for the degree is $42,000.


If you have questions about the program, please contact Anna Boley (

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