Quick Guide

Find your program of interest for admission requirements


Create an online application. Upload your transcripts and other materials required by your program directly to the online application.


Submit your application and pay a non-refundable $60 application fee.


Submit test scores (GRE, GMAT, MAT, etc. - not all programs require these) If tests are needed, please use one of these codes:
JMU Graduate School general code 5392
(if applying to a CSD program - use code 1043; if applying to the Physician Assistant program - use code 7442)


After you submit your application, look for important e-mails.


Check the status of your submitted application


View FAQ for more information about applications

NOTE: If you are an international applicant, please visit this page: Graduate Application - International Applicants)

I got in! Now what?


Look for important email to accept or decline the admission offer.

You may be asked to submit your OFFICIAL and FINAL transcripts. Instructions will be in your acceptance letter.

Online and Distance Learners should fill out the Immunization Form Waiver and return it to the University Health Center.

How to Apply to a Graduate Program

Anyone who has or will obtain a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution in the U.S. or a comparable degree from an officially recognized college or university outside the U.S. may apply for graduate admission.

Start Early

Check your program's requirements and assemble the necessary documents. All materials must be uploaded before you can submit your application.

We strongly recommend that you submit a complete application at least two weeks before your program's application deadline.

During our peak application season it may take several working days for processing.

Application Fee and Waivers

The application fee is $60 and is subject to change. A separate application fee must accompany each program application for admission. The application fee can be waived in some cases: view application fee waiver information. Pay the application fee within the online application by using a valid credit/debit/check card/or electronic check.

*Contact the Office of Disability Services to determine eligibility to submit a paper application or other accommodations in the application process.

Upload Application Materials Online

Not all programs require the materials listed below. Visit your program webpage to review your program's requirements. 

Upload all required application materials inside the online application before clicking the submit button. You will see a pop-up view of every item you upload. Check the quality and accuracy of your uploaded documents. Illegible documents will not be processed. 

Please do not send or mail items if we have not requested them. They may not be processed and may delay your application.

Unofficial Transcripts

Upload all colleges/universities where you have earned or will be earning a degree or expect to transfer relevant credit into your program.

Please see our Transcripts & Credential Evaluations page for details regarding degrees earned at non-US academic institutions.

If your transcript is not from JMU, OFFICIAL and FINAL transcripts demonstrating the degree has conferred will be required AFTER you are accepted into a program. Instructions will be in your acceptance letter.

Letters of Recommendation

Letters of recommendation, resumes, and personal statements are part of the online application. Again, not all programs require these.

To check if your recommenders have sent their letters or to make changes, login to your online application, click on "Review Your Activity," navigate to "Review Page," then click on "Manage Your Recommenders."

Test Scores

If required by your program, send official standardized test scores (GRE, GMAT, etc.) directly from the testing center. The Graduate School's institutional code for test scores is 5392.

(If you are applying to a CSD program your test scores must be sent to CSDCAS institutional code 1043 and not our institutional code listed above)

Fraudulent Documents

The Graduate School will verify every transcript uploaded with your application against the issuing institution. If any material is found to have been altered or falsified, we reserve the right of expulsion. See the James Madison University Honor Code.

Need More Help?

View our Frequently Asked Questions.


Notice of Availability – Annual Security and Fire Safety Report

The Annual Security and Fire Safety Report contains information regarding campus security and personal safety including topics such as: crime prevention, the university police law enforcement authority, crime reporting policies, disciplinary procedures, protocols for the immediate notification of students and staff upon confirmation of a significant emergency on campus and other matters of importance related to security and safety. The report includes statistics for the most recent three-year period of reported crimes that have occurred on campus; in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by JMU or its affiliates; and on public property within or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus.

The Annual Security and Fire Safety Report includes campus housing fire statistics for the most recent three-year period, a description of each on-campus student housing facility fire safety system, the number of fire drills held during the previous calendar year, policies or rules on portable electrical appliances, smoking, and open flames in student housing; and procedures for student housing evacuation in the event of fire along with other fire safety information.

The JMU Annual Security and Fire Safety Report includes the Harrisonburg campus and the three overseas branch campuses; Florence, Antwerp, and London. It is available electronically https://www.jmu.edu/publicsafety/clerycompliance/Annual-Security-and-Fire-Safety-Report.shtml

You can obtain a copy of any of this report by contacting the Office of Public Safety, MSC 6810, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA 22807 or request that a copy be mailed to you by calling (540)568-6769/6913.

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