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

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. Feel free to reach out to Brooke Rhodes (rhodesbm@jmu.edu) with any questions you may have. We look forward to working with you!

SSLS New Student To-Dos
  1. Accept your offer of admission. Admission offers are sent via e-mail by The Graduate School. In your e-mail notification, click the “Applicant Status Page” link. This page will allow you to view your decision and accept your offer of admission. 
  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 in MyMadison.
  5. Read the Ph.D. Degree in Strategic Leadership Studies Student Handbook. Please note updates for the 2021-2022 Academic Year are pending. 
  6. Attend new student orientations
    • SSLS New Student Orientation Thursday August 12, 2021 4-6pm Lakeview Hall 1104
    • The Graduate School Orientation (recommended for students that have not previously attended JMU) (Date is TBD). 
    • You're encouraged to explore The Graduate School's Online Orientation to learn more about graduate student life JMU. 
  7. Attend the Statistics Refresher Bootcamp (Date is TBD)
  8. Be sure to complete all items listed on The Graduate School's New Student Checklist
Student Handbook

All incoming students are required to read the 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 the dissertation. The updated 2021-2022 SSLS Student Handbook is now available- 2021-2022 updates are forthcoming. 

Enrolling in Program Prerequisites

Many students are admitted to the program conditionally becasue they need to take prerequisite courses in order to be prepared for the statistics and business components of 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. Classes can be searched for using MyMadison, and you will need to contact instructors of record directly to request a seat in a course. 

Virginia Community College (VCCS) Offerings:

  • Undergraduate Accounting: ACC 211
  • Undergraduate Statistics: PSYC 210

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

Statistics Bootcamp

All incoming students that have not yet taken PSYC 605 or an equivalent course should plan to attend the Statistics Refresher Bootcamp presented by the faculty of JMU's Assessment and Measurement Ph.D. program. The event will be held online August 16-18, 2021 via Zoom. You are free to begin reviewing the concepts independently. The flyer includes a list of items that will be reviewed during the Bootcamp. 


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