Graduate School is different!

A primary goal in graduate school is to add to the body of knowledge. During your undergraduate years, the primary goal was to learn what is already known. This goal of adding to the body of knowledge in your discipline often includes significant work on a capstone or research project, thesis, or dissertation.

Your coursework load will increase, particularly in regards to the volume of reading, research, and writing that is required for each class.

You will work with significantly more independence in a more collegial relationship with faculty and fellow graduate students. You may be expected to assume teaching or advisory roles with undergraduate students.

You are responsible for your own learning and knowing the expectations of your graduate program and faculty. You are also responsible for being aware of Graduate School policies and procedures. 

The time you spend as a graduate student is exceptionally exciting, demanding, and rewarding! Being prepared and aware of the expectations will help you to thrive while a graduate student at JMU. 

The importance of grades & GPA
  • In order to graduate, all graduate students must have a 3.0 at the time of graduation (remember that a B- results in a 2.7 grade point).

  • Graduate students are only allowed two C's on their transcript. The third C will result in dismissal from JMU.

  • One failing grade will result in dismissal from JMU.

  • Incomplete grades that have not been updated will turn into a failing grade after the semester deadline. You and your professor must submit a request to have any incomplete grades extended beyond semester deadlines.

  • These requirements are the minimum set by the Graduate School. Certain programs may have stricter grade requirements for graduation, so please check with your program and follow their guidelines as anything more strict supersedes the Graduate School requirements.

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