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

  • A minimum of two years of full-time work experience
  • Resume citing work experience
  • Overall undergraduate grade point average. Please note: a baccalaureate degree in business is not required to apply to the JMU MBA Program.*
  • 250-word personal statement explaining why you have decided to pursue your MBA
  • One letter 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.
  • Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) score or intended test date*
    • GMAT waivers are available for candidates with five or more years of professional experience. To find out if you qualify for a waiver please email a copy of your current resume and transcripts to

The university encourages applicants with degrees in all major fields of study from accredited institutions to apply. 

International Students 

Innovation MBA is eligible for F1 Student Visa. 


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 $600 per credit hour. The cost per course is $1,800. The total cost for the degree is $28,800.

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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 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.


If you have questions about the program, please contact Anna Boley ( or schedule a call.

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