The Office of the Graduate School is open in Holland Yates Hall (formerly Madison Hall) and staff can also be reached by e-mail ( or telephone (540 568-6131). Contact information for individual staff members is available here.

Consult JMU’s Stop the Spread pages for details regarding overall university plans. These pages include requirements and expectations for Spring 2022.

On January 10, 2022 President Alger announced current operating plans for Spring 2022. Read more regarding vaccination expectations and other safety measures.

Effective Feb. 1, 2022 JMU will no longer require students or employees to obtain the COVID-19 vaccination, although members of the campus community are still encouraged to get vaccinated. Student vaccine FAQs.

Effective Monday, April 11, 2022, masks are no longer required in classrooms; however, they are still required in some settings, as detailed here.

When areas of campus will continue to require masks, they will be designated with appropriate signs.

Frequently Asked Questions

New Students

It is possible to defer your initial enrollment. Contact your Graduate Program Director, explain your situation and make your request. The Graduate School will try to support all requests for reasonable accommodations. Please submit your request to defer your initial term of enrollment to Write to us if you have any questions or need assistance.

Current Students

The Graduate School recognizes that the recent developments related to COVID-19 may cause delays in the completion of coursework by the stated submission deadlines. Please consult with your Graduate Program Director regarding your particular situation, and have your Program Director contact The Graduate School to request extensions on your behalf. The Graduate School will make every effort to accommodate all reasonable requests.

International Students

Vaccines are widely available in the United States, but students who are in other countries may have difficulty obtaining a vaccine. Vaccines will be available to international students upon arrival in August. 

Please contact your Graduate Program Director to discuss your situation. JMU will do all we can to help you, whenever possible.

Please consult with your Graduate Program Director or the office of The Graduate School ( for assistance.

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