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The Graduate School is on a mission to provide robust support opportunities for graduate students and we want you to join us.

Your gift will:

  • Facilitate on-campus professional development programming.
  • Assist with expenses for study-abroad experiences.
  • Fund student travel to present scholarly and creative work at academic and professional conferences.
  • Support innovative student research or creative activity projects.
  • Provide individual students with tangible project resources such as supplies, equipment, travel, participant reimbursements, and/or other essentials.
The Case for Giving

JMU is committed to preparing students to be educated and enlightened citizens. For some careers and professions, education beyond the bachelor’s degree is essential. Graduate programs at JMU represent a range of disciplines from accounting to art, nursing to leadership, and computer science to music. These graduate programs serve a diverse student body made up of motivated and engaged individuals with a passion for making a difference. These students are actively involved in research and creative projects, professional development, community development, and international experiences. The Graduate School is committed to providing student support in a variety of ways, including financial support to enable graduate students to participate in a broad array of life-changing and career-building experiences.

Students enrolled in JMU’s graduate programs transform our communities through research, service, and relationship-building. Graduate students work with undergraduates throughout the university, serving as wonderful role models and providing them with individual attention. Graduate students in the arts and humanities contribute to the quality of life in the Shenandoah Valley. Students in education and health professions enhance the quality of services that are locally available. Partnering with community agencies, graduate students foster meaningful change in our communities.

The strength of JMU’s graduate programs is demonstrated by national and international ranking and recognition, high quality curricula, award-winning faculty, and diverse and engaged students. Programs are designed to meet the specific needs of students, both professionally and intellectually, preparing them to enter their field and the global community. Many of our graduate programs build on the solid foundation of JMU’s undergraduate programs. Our graduate students are proud of what they learn, and what they achieve after earning a JMU graduate degree.

As we look to the future, our goal is to increase the number of students who receive support and the amount of support available. We are also on a mission to expand the number and types of opportunities available, so all JMU graduate students can participate in experiences that grow their skills and enhance their graduate education journey. Your contributions directly impact individual graduate students, making it possible for a student to attend a professional conference, take advantage of a study-abroad opportunity, or conduct the research or creative project that sparked his or her passion. A gift from you can enrich the experiences of JMU’s graduate students, allowing them to pursue their dreams and excel professionally beyond their own expectations.


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