Last Updated: October 23, 2020

Announcement of university plans for Spring 2021 semester.

Please visit the Spring 2021 Return to Campus Plan to learn more about the academic calendar and other important information about measures for a safe return to campus.

Stop the Spread!

JMU has developed detailed guidelines and procedures for preventing the spread of COVID-19.  All members of the JMU Graduate Community should carefully read these guidelines and conform to expectations that are designed to keep us all safe.  Stop the Spread Guidelines

Are The Graduate School offices open?

As the fall semester begins, the office of the Graduate School will be open during normal office hours, Monday through Friday, 8 am to noon and 1 to 5 pm, except during campus holidays.  Most staff members meet with visitors by appointment only, so we recommend that all visitors contact the office or the staff member you would like to meet (staff webpage) prior to visiting. If you are uncertain who to contact, please send us an email (grad@jmu.edu), telephone (540-568-7860) or text (540 269-1986 [US only]).  Tell us the nature of your request and provide contact information.  We will have the appropriate staff member contact you shortly.

Should I go to graduate school right now, given the current circumstances?

We hope you will join us at JMU.  The JMU community believes that what we do is valuable and important so we are working harder than ever to ensure that students have excellent educational experiences, even during challenging times.  The skills you will develop during graduate school will be more important than ever to assure your future success.  Our communities and professions needs people who are prepared to lead and people who want to promote positive change.  That’s what we prepare you to do at JMU.  Please join us by submitting your application, accepting offers of admission, and make plans to begin a program of study in the near future.

When will JMU resume normal operations?

JMU will resume its on-campus, in-person learning and residential operations with the start of the fall 2020 semester..  We are committed to continue on-campus operations so long as it is safe to do so, in accordance with guidance from the Commonwealth of Virginia. Learn more about what the university is doing to reopen the campus safely and what you can do to stay healthy and keep the campus and Harrisonburg community safe during the pandemic at Stop the Spread.

Will my classes be offered in person?

While the university is open and holding many in-person classes and activities, some fall semester classes will be held online or in a hybrid (mixed in-person and online) mode.  Check with your individual course instructors, your academic advisor, or program director for more information about the requirements for the classes in which you are enrolled.

Will my classes have an on-line option?

Many fall classes, while conducted in person for most students, will have an on-line option for students who cannot participate in person.  Discuss your situation with your course instructor or program director if, for any reason, you need to participate in your class from a distance.

International Students

All new students who plan to enter the U.S. to complete a graduate program must have at least one in-person or hybrid course for the fall semester to comply with the terms of their visas.  New international students cannot enter the U.S. to complete a 100% online program.  Students whose courses are all online should discuss their circumstances with the program director.  Students may begin their 100% online program from home or may ask that their admission be deferred to a future term when in-person classes resume.  More information.

Can I defer my admission if I’m unable to begin my program on time due to travel restrictions, health, or personal reasons?

It is possible to defer your initial enrollment.  Contact your Graduate Program Director, explain your situation and make your request.  The Graduate School will try to support all requests for reasonable accommodations.  Please submit your request to defer your initial term of enrollment to grad@jmu.edu .  Write to us if you have any questions or need assistance.

I have a question about my graduate assistantship, who do I contact?

A list of frequently asked questions has been created to provide a faster response to inquiries during this pandemic, and it will continue to be updated as other questions come up during our new academic year 2020-2021. Please know that you can contact the Graduate School for guidance and support as well. We look forward to serving you in the new academic year and wish you the best of luck in your academic and professional endeavors.

Feel free to contact Boris Escalona (escalobd@jmu.edu), the Director of Graduate Student Support if you need assistance. 

I have submitted my application to a graduate or professional program at JMU.  What is the status of my application?

Applicants can check the status of their application on their Status/Activity Page.  Applications are still being reviewed and your Status/Activity Page will be updated as decisions are made.

Who should I contact regarding questions about my application?

Contact your Graduate Program Director or the office of the Graduate School (grad@jmu.edu) if you have any questions about your application.

I’m in process of completing my graduate application to JMU, who should I contact if I have questions?

Contact your program if you have questions about program specific requirements.  If you are having issues with the application submission process, please contact the office of The Graduate School (grad@jmu.edu).

The program I’m applying to requires the GRE or TOEFL but I have not completed these tests.  How can I fulfill this requirement with closed testing centers?

In the U.S. and select other countries, the GRE and TOEFL will be available for testing at home.  Please visit the ETS/GRE website to learn more.  If it is not possible for you to complete required tests, please contact the Director of the Graduate Program to which you wish to apply.

I have been offered provisional or conditional acceptance to a JMU graduate program. What if I’m not able to satisfy the requirements due to travel restrictions, visa delays, etc.? 

Please contact your Graduate Program Director to discuss your situation.  JMU will do all we can to help you, whenever possible. 

I have been conditionally accepted to a JMU graduate or professional program and can’t obtain the documents I am required to submit because offices are closed.  What can I do?

Please consult with your Graduate Program Director or the office of The Graduate School (grad@jmu.edu) for assistance.

Can I defer my admission if I’m unable to begin my program on time due to travel restrictions, health, or personal reasons?

It is possible to defer your initial enrollment.  Contact your Graduate Program Director, explain your situation and make your request.  The Graduate School will try to support all requests for reasonable accommodations.  Please submit your request to defer your initial term of enrollment to grad@jmu.edu .  Write to us if you have any questions or need assistance.

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