Congratulations on your acceptance to the School of Strategic Leadership Studies!

This web page is intended to supplement your Strategic Leadership New Student Checklist that you received with your acceptance letter from the School. Please review this page thoroughly, and be sure to complete the necessary processes so that you are prepared to begin your first year in the program. 

SSLS New Student To-Dos
  1. Accept your offer of admission on the MyMadison Applicant Center.
  2. Set up your @dukes.jmu.edu e-mail address. Directions are available here
  3. Contact First Year Advisor Brooke Rhodes to plan the courses you will be taking your first semester in the program.
  4. Register for classes on MyMadison.
  5. Read the Strategic Leadership Student Handbook
  6. Attend new student orientations
    • SSLS New Student Orientation is scheduled for Monday August 19th. 
    • The Graduate School Orientation (recommended for students that have not previously attended JMU) is scheduled for Thursday August 15th. TGS offers an online orientation here
  7. Attend Statistic Bootcamp scheduled August 20-22.
Student Handbook

All incoming students are required to read the Strategic Leadership Student Handbook and abide by all policies therein. The Handbook outlines important policies and procedures of the School of Strategic Leadership Studies, as well as academic and professional expectations of doctoral students enrolled in the program. In addition to being a reference for policies and procedures, the handbook provides specific information on all program requirements which include course work, the externship, the comprehensive exam, and dissertation.

Enrolling in Program Prerequisites

Many students are admitted to the program on a conditional basis becasue they need to take a prerequisite course to prepare them for the required courses in the SSLS curriculum. It is highly recommended that prerequisite courses are taken during the summer before matriculation. PSYC 210 or equivalent is a prerequisite to PSYC 605 and COB 241 or equivalent is a prerequisite to MBA 620. 

JMU Offerings:

  • Undergraduate Accounting: COB 241
  • Undergraduate Statistics: PSYC 210

In order to enroll in JMU prerequisites, you will need to apply through Continuing Education.

Virginia Community College (VCCS) Offerings:

  • Undergraduate Accounting: ACC 211
  • Undergraduate Statistics: PSY 213

Visit Virginia's Community Colleges course offerings web page for information on locations offering ACC 211 and PSY 213.

Other PSYC 210 Equivalent Courses:

Visit the JMU Department of Psychology Equivalent Summer Courses webpage for more PSYC 210 equivalent course offerings.  

Statistics Bootcamp

All incoming students should attend the Stats Refresher Bootcamp presented by the faculty of JMU's Assessment and Measurement Ph.D. program. The Statistics Bootcamp will be held August 20-22. More information is available on the bootcamp flyer.


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