Application Deadline

Sport and Recreation - First review of applications will occur February 15, thereafter applications will be reviewed on a rolling, first received basis. Contact the Director, Ben Carr (540-830-2000), if you have any questions.

Campus Recreation - The first review of applications for the Campus Rec Concentration will occur on December 1. These applications will receive preference over applications submitted thereafter. A second review of applications will occur on February 1st. Applications received after February 1st will be reviewed on a rolling, first-received basis, and only if the incoming class quota has not been met.

Program Begins

Fall only


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

Resume - Emphasis should be placed on showing a positive work ethic and reflecting job and volunteer experience in sport and/or recreation.

Personal Statement

  • This statement will be evaluated for writing ability and communication effectiveness.
  • It can be any length, but it is requested that you try to keep the statement under 750 words.
  • It must be personally written by the student, not by another or a "professional writer".

Your statement should convey a strong sense of career direction in sport and/or recreation, and include:

  • Explanation as to why you have specifically chosen to further your Masters’ education at James Madison University.
  • Explanation as to how you feel the SRL Program will help you attain your career goals.
  • A description of your personal traits and skills which you feel will help you succeed in the SRL Program.
  • A brief description of any work experience you have had in the past 10 years in the sport, recreation and/or campus recreation industries and how such experience(s) re to your career and academic goals.

Undergraduate cumulative GPA should be 3.0 or above on a 4.0 scale.It is recommended that the applicant's undergraduate degree be in sport, recreation, administration, management, business or a related discipline, but this is not a requirement.

Two Letters of Recommendation

  • Speaks to your desire to pursue a career in sport and/or recreation
  • Your academic ability and/or your personal traits
  • Skills which will contribute to your academic and career success

Test Requirements

  • GRE General Test is not required, but recommended.
Online Application
International Applicants

International Graduate Information

Details regarding transcripts and credential evaluations from non-US academic institutions can be found on the Transcripts & Credential Evaluation webpage. 

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