Frequently Asked Questions

Delivery and Attendance

 Does the program offer online or hybrid courses?

All Strategic Leadership Studies and PSYC (statistics and measurement) courses are delivered face to face at James Madison University*. Some of the MBA courses (620, 617, and 691) offer hybrid sections that are delivered synchronously and asynchronously. 

 What are the requirements for full-time attendance in the program?

Students must enroll in 9 credits (3 courses) per fall and spring semesters to be considered a full-time student.

 Can I take courses part-time and still work full-time?

Yes! The majority of our students study part-time (taking 1-2 courses per semester) while maintaining full-time careers.

 When are courses generally offered?

Strategic Leadership Studies and MBA courses meet once a week for 3 hours, beginning no earlier than 4pm. Meeting times for PSYC courses vary.

 What is the cost of the program?

The Ph.D. Degree in Strategic Leadership Studies is 66 credit hours total. Visit the University Business Office website for up-to-date tuition rates. 

 Are there scholarships or other financial aid opportunities?

The following web pages have information on scholarships, financial aid, and other funding opportunities:

Please forward any other funding and tuition assistance opportunities to Brooke Rhodes at

 Are assistantships available?

Doctoral assistantship positions are available only to full-time students and are typically awarded with admission to the program. For more information, visit The Graduate School's Assistantships page.

 Is this a separate application process?

On your application, you may indicate your interest in a doctoral assistantship position. Depending on availability, accepted students may be encouraged to explore and apply for assistantship positions listed on JMU's JobLink website
Prior Courses

 Will any of my credits (from my master's program or other courses) transfer?

Transfer credits and course waivers are approved on a case by case basis. All course transfers and waivers require approval from the student's advisor, the SSLS program director, and the Graduate School. Course transfer policies are detailed in The Graduate School catalog. SSLS will not accept courses from other master's programs for required SSLS Ph.D. level courses. 

 Should I take prerequisites before I apply?

Applicants should have completed an introductory statistics course (PSYC 210 or equivalent) and an undergraduate financial accounting course (COB 241 or equivalent). See the SSLS Prospective Student page for more details on prerequisites.

 What are the deadlines to apply?

Applications are accepted from November 1st through March 1st for fall admission consideration.

 Does SSLS require GRE or GMAT scores?

Yes, all applicants are required to submit GRE or GMAT scores. SSLS does not grant waivers for test scores. Applications submitted without GRE/GMAT scores will be considered incomplete.

 With the application, should I send a copy of my resume?

A resume or CV needs to be uploaded via the online application. Visit the SSLS Admission Requirements webpage for a complete list of application requirements. 

 Is an interview required?

The program no longer requires prospective students to meet with the Program Director or a faculty member before applying; however, the admissions committee may request an interview after the initial review of application materials. 

 When will I find out if I have been accepted?

Acceptances are generally announced within 30 days of the application deadline.

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