Application Deadline

The application will open September 1.

January 15 is the deadline to be guaranteed consideration.

Program Begins



Unofficial transcripts from all post-secondary institutions should be uploaded with your electronic application and may be used for departmental admission review purposes. If offered admission, you will be directed and required to submit to the JMU Graduate School an official transcript from any institution from which a degree has been awarded to finalize your admission. Transcripts are considered official if they are sent to JMU directly from the issuing institution.

Required by Program
  • Personal statement - limit of 250 words per question

           1. What significant personal or professional experiences influenced you to pursue the student affairs profession?

          2. What personal characteristics do you possess which will contribute to your success as a student affairs administrator?

          3. What specific skills or attributes are you looking to improve/enhance by participating in the JMU CSPA program?

          4. What aspects of the JMU CSPA program will assist/facilitate your ability to meet your career/professional goals?

  • Resume
  • Three letters of recommendation (at least one recommendation should come from a faculty member familiar with the applicant's abilities)
  • An in person interview is required as part of the admission process
  • GRE's are optional.
Online Application
International Applicants

International Graduate Information

International applicants will upload a credential evaluation of their non-U.S. college or university transcripts from one of the services listed at this link: Credential_Evaluation

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