Quick Guide

Find your program of interest for admission requirements and deadlines.


Create an online application.


Gather your required items and upload them into the online application as needed.


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


Look for important e-mails.


Check the status of your application

I got in! Now what?


Look for important email to accept or decline the offer.

Watch for e-mail requesting official financial documents to begin processing your student visa (if needed).

Submit OFFICIAL proof of completion of your Bachelor's or higher degree before you start your program.

What can I do if I am not accepted

Send an email to your program for information.

General Instructions for International Applicants

Anyone who has or will obtain a Bachelor's degree from an officially recognized college or university outside or inside the U.S. may apply for graduate admission.

International students are welcome to apply to any of our programs, however, be aware that student visas cannot be issued for programs that are exclusively online. Please check your program's requirements page before submitting an application.

Start early

Check your program for application deadlines and requirements.

  • If possible, apply several months prior to the application deadline for your program.
  • If your program does not have a deadline, if possible apply 6-12 months in advance of your planned enrollment term.

Do your research

Gather your required items

Below is a list of required items for all international applicants in addition to the online application and a non-refundable $60.00 (U.S.D) application fee.

(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)


Transcripts & Credential Evaluation

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

Financial Declaration Form

If you are admitted into a program and an international student on an F-1 or J-1 visa you will receive an e-mail with instructions to submit the Financial Declaration Form along with your proof of funds. Your application for a US Visa (The SEVIS I-20) will not be issued without these documents. You will need to show that you have funds for at least one year of all living and educational expenses. You will be sent an email with instructions after you have been accepted into a program. Note that graduate assistantships will not cover all your costs.


You must be able to enter the U.S. on a valid nonimmigrant visa.

Official TOEFL or IELTS scores and demonstration of English proficiency

If English is not your native-language, applicants must present evidence of English proficiency. Completion of an undergraduate program in which English is the primary language of instruction is considered good evidence of English-language proficiency.  Individual programs may have specific requirements for TOEFL or IELTS and English language proficiency criteria, so check with your program of interest. Your application will be reviewed based on the evidence received with your application.  Please follow this link to learn more details about English language proficiency ---> Read More

Letters of Recommendation

Letters of recommendation, resumes, and personal statements are part of the online application. Some, but 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."

Official test score

Some programs require either the GRE or GMAT test. Please refer to your program of interest to see which test score you may need.

If required by your program, send official GRE or GMAT scores directly to JMU Graduate School institution code 5392 (if applying to a CSD program - use code 1043; if applying to the Physician Assistant program - use code 7442). Please note that individual programs set their own GRE or GMAT requirements, so you should check with your program of interest for any specific scores that might be listed. If tests are required, then official scores need to come directly from the testing center. 

International Student Advisor Report

For students currently studying here in the U.S. under the F-1 student status, the International Student Advisor Report form will need to be completed by your current school and sent to The Graduate School in order to transfer your SEVIS I-20.

Other application requirements

Most all requirements will be uploaded as part of the online application. Additional requirements, such as letters of recommendation or other items that are specific to your program, are sent online in response to e-mail prompts that are delivered when you apply.  Apply early enough to allow all documents to arrive before the application deadline. Check your program's requirement page and follow their guidelines. After you apply, check your application status often.

Fraudulent Documents

The Graduate School will verify every document uploaded with your application against official documents we will receive from the issuing institution. If any material is found to have been altered or falsified, we reserve the right to withdraw offers of admission or expel the student. Honesty is a requirement of the James Madison University Honor Code.

Need more help?

For more on the online application, view our Frequently Asked Questions. If you have questions regarding international applications and requirements, contact The Graduate School (grad@jmu.edu).

Mailing Address

You will upload most all of your documents when you apply. Please do not send documents separated from your application. However, occasionally some applicants may need to send certain test scores or credential evaluations via mail. If you need to mail documents to us, please use the following address:

James Madison University
The Graduate School
100 E. Grace St.
Room 4050 / MSC 6702
Harrisonburg, VA 22807


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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