How to Apply as a Graduate Student

The application process has two phases; the eligibility phase and the interview phase. Applicants must be eligible for CSP in order to continue to the interview phase. The application process detailed below applies to incoming graduate students who plan to enter JMU in the Fall semester.

  • Apply to the JMU Graduate School
    • If you applied to your graduate program and have not received a response, you are still permitted to apply to CSP. We highly encourage you to apply as soon as the application window opens.
  • Review CSP Eligibility and Graduate Program Requirements
  • Complete the Online CSP Application
    • The GA applications are available from January to March 4th through JobLink
    • Assistantships are accepted for 1 or 2-year contracts; however, a 2-year contract is highly encouraged
      • GA Mentor assistantships are available every academic year - Applications CLOSED
      • Program GA assistantships are available every or every other academic year - Applications CLOSED
    • Follow the links below to JobLink. Click on the "Graduate Assistant" selection under General, then click "Search"
    • Create a JobLink account and follow the instructions posted
      • If you have already created an account, just sign in and search for the position
    • Search for the GA position for which you are applying: "CSP - Graduate Assistant Mentor" or "CSP - Program Graduate Assistant"
    • Follow the online instructions to complete the application process
    • Click "SUBMIT" to officially submit your application through JobLink
  • Selected candidates will proceed to Phase Two of the CSP application process
  • Beginning in early March, selected candidates will be contacted via email with an invitation for an interview. Note: not all candidates will be interviewed
  • Invited candidates will schedule a mandatory on-campus interview
    • Candidates will receive a link via email to sign up for an interview date/time
  • Candidates attend a mandatory CSP interview in the Student Success Center on the JMU campus
    • GA Mentor interviews will be held on the third and fourth Fridays in March
    • Program GA interviews will be held on the third and fourth Fridays in March
  • Approximately 1 week after all graduate CSP interviews have concluded, applicants will be contacted via email regarding a selection decision

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