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The Adult Degree Program (ADP) at James Madison University is designed for adult learners with work, family, and other commitments to complete a bachelor's degree. Offering the unique ability to create a personalized academic program plan of study, our rigorous and engaging coursework will help students move forward in their educational and career goals.

Three distinct scholarships are awarded yearly to ADP students to further their education. They include:

  • Cecil D. Bradfield Scholarship
  • Elizabeth M. Finlayson Scholarship
  • Dwight M. Sours Scholarship.

Each scholarship is conferred based on specific criteria, which reflects the values and aspirations of the donor or Founder of the award. We encourage all students pursuing the Bachelor of Individualized Studies (BIS) to apply for one or more of these scholarship opportunities. the call for applications opens in February and closes in March every year.

Program Highlights
  • Earn credits through prior learning
  • Gain access to JMU resources and services
  • Customize an interdisciplinary bachelor's degree:
    • Bachelor of Individualized Studies
    • Bachelor of Arts in Individualized Studies
    • Bachelor of Science in Individualized Studies
Admission Requirements

To be eligible for the Adult Degree Program, applicants must:

  • Be 22 years of age or older
  • Have at least 30 transferable college credits
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher for all prior coursework

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University Accreditation

James Madison University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate, masters, and doctorate degrees.


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'I chose to complete my BIS degree because I wanted to add an area of study (Business Technology) onto my undergraduate degree without having to declare a second major and without having to push my graduation date back another semester or year.'

-Dillon Rice, ADP Class of 2019

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'I got on campus and I just got goosebumps being back here and seeing everything. I'm excited. You don't know how excited I am to be here.'

-Jeff Forman, ADP Class of 2017

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