On behalf of the graduate faculty and administration at James Madison University, I welcome you to The Graduate School website. Graduate studies have become increasingly more important to professional development and career advancement. Whether you are a prospective graduate student, current student, alumnus, faculty or staff, I believe you will find that JMU’s Graduate School has much to offer.

Selecting the graduate program of study that best supports your future goals is extremely important – such a program will foster the development of knowledge and skills that will give you the competitive edge as you enter or continue your professional career. JMU offers an array of quality graduate programs led by outstanding faculty who are excited about mentoring your graduate study, learning experiences and internships, research and other scholarly or creative endeavors. 

JMU is a diverse, rapidly growing university consisting of pre-professional, professional and research-intensive programs spread across seven colleges within the university which include: Arts and Letters, Business, Education, Health and Behavioral Studies, Integrated Science and Engineering, Science and Mathematics, and Visual and Performing Arts. The Graduate School emphasizes the university's commitment to addressing complex, real-world problems and contemporary issues and graduate students at JMU have the opportunity to take classes that are taught by engaged faculty who place a priority on teaching.

Graduate Education at James Madison University serves the public good by providing graduate students with high-quality academic experiences and professional development through its diverse, collaborative, and engaged community.

If you are interested in applying to a graduate program at Madison, this website presents an overview of individual programs and the link to assist you in making that application. I encourage you to contact the graduate program director should you have any specific questions. Currently enrolled students can find information on the Graduate Student Association, current events and news, assistantships and the policies and procedures of The Graduate School.

I hope you will find our website informative and user friendly. We welcome your comments and inquiries. If you are not a current student here, I encourage you to visit our campus to talk with faculty and graduate students. See for yourself that from here, everything is possible.

Jie Chen
Dean of The Graduate School

Our History

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Founded in 1908 and located in the center of Virginia’s famous Shenandoah Valley, James Madison University is a public comprehensive university. The university offers degree programs at the bachelor’s, master’s, educational specialist and doctoral levels. The total enrollment exceeds 20,000 with over 1,800 graduate students. JMU annually receives more than 2,600 graduate applications.

The campus consists of more than 720 acres and features nearly 150 major buildings. In the more than 100 years since its founding, JMU has grown from a state normal and industrial school for women to today’s comprehensive university. In 1938 the institution was named Madison College in honor of the fourth president of the United States and in 1977, the name was changed to James Madison University. The JMU Graduate School was established in 1954, when the State Board of Education authorized the university to offer programs leading to the Master of Science in Education degree.

Currently, seven academic colleges offer nearly 60 graduate programs. The seven colleges within the university include: Arts and Letters, Business, Education, Health and Behavioral Studies, Integrated Science and Engineering, Science and Mathematics, and Visual and Performing Arts. For the last two decades, U.S. News and World Report has ranked JMU either first or second among the top public master's-level schools in the south; eleven graduate programs are nationally ranked. JMU is continually cited in Kiplinger's top 100 "Best Values in Public Colleges."

Unique and beautiful - there is nothing like seeing JMU with your own eyes. Join our engaged university where members of the extended JMU community are changing the world in nearly every sector of our global society. 

The Graduate School offers graduate programs leading to master’s, Educational Specialist, Doctor of Audiology, Doctor of Musical Arts, Doctor of Nursing Practice, Doctor of Philosophy and Doctor of Psychology degrees.

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