Frequently Asked Questions



How does this degree compare to others offered at JMU?

The Individualized Studies major allows students to personalize their program of study. Students may choose this option because they have several interests they hope to integrate collectively into a bachelor's degree. This major is interdisciplinary, meaning students will integrate curriculum from at least two distinct subjects or disciplines.

The Bachelor of Individualized Studies is one of many degrees conferred by James Madison University. All degrees are fully accredited as part of JMU's accreditation by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV).

How much does tuition cost?

Please visit the University Business Office for current undergraduate tuition rates.

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Is financial aid available?

Yes!

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What resources are available for ADP students?

Please visit our Student Resources page for a list of services JMU offers to Adult Degree Program students.

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Can I go to graduate school after completing a degree through JMU’s ADP?

13% of ADP graduates have gone on to graduate school at James Madison University, and many others are continuing their education at universities across the country.

Is there a graduation ceremony?

Yes, ADP students process with the College of Education during the May and December university commencement.

Can this degree be completed entirely online?

While it is possible to complete this degree online, it varies for each student. The following factors influence the ability to complete the degree online: 

  • Total incoming transfer credits
  • CLEP and prior learning credits
  • Selection from our online tracks
  • Number of credits to complete

Can I attend classes on campus?

Yes, ADP students may attend on-campus classes offered by other departments at JMU. Students must:

  • Have all pre-requisites satisfied 
  • Meet any additional requirements set forth by the department
  • Ensure the courses are not closed to specific majors only

Are there alternative ways of earning credit?

Yes. There are several ways that ADP students can receive credit towards their degree.

Can I declare a minor?

At this time, ADP students cannot declare a minor.

How will I know which courses to take?

Upon admittance, ADP students enroll in IS 200: Individualized Studies Major Program Development. This required 3-credit course prepares students for college-level learning and assists with the development of an academic program of study. This program of study displays future academic goals through graduation and may be adjusted at any point during a student's career after meeting with their program advisor.

Will I have an advisor?

Yes, the ADP team is staffed with an academic advisor.

Are there any technology requirements?

It is highly recommended that students have access to a computer and a reliable internet connection during their time in the program, as well as a contingency plan should any technical difficulties arise. JMU IT provides students with computer recommendations including minimum storage, operating systems, and processing speed.

Students may purchase a laptop through the Madison CyberZone, or through a retailer of their choosing.

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