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The InfoSec program has rolling admission. We process the application year long and place students in the appropriate course, based on their admission date and condition of their admission. To guarantee on-time processing of the application for each semester, applicants should follow the guidelines below.

Application Deadlines

For admission in:

Apply by:

Classes begin:


~ Nov 30

Early Jan


~ Mar 22

Mid May


~ Jul 16

Late August

Application Process

Download our Application Checklist.

Please submit the following items online through JMU's Graduate School:

  • Graduate school application
  • Resume 
  • Personal statement: The personal statement focuses on the relevancy of the InfoSec program to the applicant's personal and professional goals.
  • Official transcripts from all attended universities
  • $60 nonrefundable application fee
  • Optional, but recommended: Official general Graduate Record Examination (GRE) test scores (last 5 yrs). Please see for more details.

International applicants may have additional requirements. International students can not obtain a student visa to come to the United States to study any online program.  Our program is available anywhere, so there is no need to travel. 

As soon as the graduate school receives all of the required application documents, they forward the documents to the InfoSec program and send a confirmation notice to the applicant. Once the InfoSec program receives the applicant's materials from the graduate school and the applicant's resume and personal statement; the application review process starts. Our Admissions Committee usually finishes their review of the application in three weeks (it takes slightly longer during the summer) and makes a recommendation. Applicants are advised to check on the status of their application after 30 days.

Selection Process

Selection to the program focuses on the "whole person concept" which emphasizes academic achievement, GRE scores, work experience, and courses and training while employed in industry or government. The InfoSec Program expects GRE rankings to be better than 50% in each area, but other qualifications can compensate for lower GRE score.

Soon after the admission process is over, the applicant will receive a formal letter of admission/rejection from the Graduate School. The letter indicates terms of acceptance. Applicants may be conditionally or unconditionally accepted. Admitted applicants are asked to accept their admission, so they can be issued a JMU ID and can register for their upcoming courses.

If admitted conditionally, the student must:

  • Take the appropriate preparatory courses before taking any other course in the program.
  • Make a grade of B or better in each of the required preparatory courses. Making less than a B in any of the preparatory courses causes the dismissal of the student from the program.

Unconditionally accepted students are not required to take preparatory courses. The four online preparatory courses provide a foundation for the master's program, and all students are encouraged to take the courses as refreshers. Students can further discuss the preparatory classes with their designated faculty advisor.

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