Our Adult Degree Program (ADP) is an undergraduate degree completion program that allows you to create a personalized interdisciplinary concentration or focus of study to meet your educational and career objectives. You can complete your major in Individualized Study through online courses and/or courses on our main campus. The Individualized Study major also offers you the opportunity to integrate other college-level learning such as professional or military experiences into the completion of your degree.

You have the option to earn a:

  • Bachelor of Individualized Studies
  • Bachelor of Arts in Individualized Studies
  • Bachelor of Science in Individualized Studies

Your Program of Study

As an Individualized Study major, you will work with ADP staff, advisors, and faculty to develop a personalized Program of Study that focuses on your unique skills, interests, and career goals.

As an incoming ADP student, your first course will be IS 200: Orientation to Individualized Study. This course is a 3-credit online class that prepares you for college-level learning at James Madison and guides you through the process of building your Program of Study.

Course Tracks

Our tracks are a structured way of developing your personalized program plan. Each track offers a strong foundation in a subject area such as Entrepreneurship, Human Resource Development, Small Business Management & Entrepreneurship, Human Resource Development & Management, and Business & Information TechnologyYou can combine two or three tracks to create your Individualized Study major, and you can blend online and face-to-face classes if you are able to commute to campus. Click here for a list of currently available tracks.

Degree completion requirements

ADP students must complete required General Education courses as well as concentration-based courses. Depending on the particular courses you choose, you will earn one of three degrees:

Bachelor of Individualized Studies

To earn a Bachelor of Individualized Studies, you must complete the following course requirements:

  • Complete IS 200: Orientation to Individualized Study (3 credits) discussed above.
  • General Education: Social/Behavioral Sciences (6 credits), Humanities (6 credits), Natural Science (6 credits), Written Communication (6 credits), Oral Communication (3 credits), Mathematics (3 credits), U.S. History (4 credits), General Education Electives (7 credits).
  • Individualized Studies Concentration: The Concentration consists of courses from two or more areas of study offered by JMU, for example, Communication and Business Technology (minimum of 30 credits. At least 24 credits must be taken at the 300 level or higher).
  • Electives: You’ll need 120 total credits to graduate, including transfer credits and credits earned at James Madison. You may take additional electives to reach the 120 credits. Here are examples.
  • Complete IS 498 Senior Research Project (3 or 6 credits) prior to graduating. You can learn more about this project here.

Bachelor of Arts in Individualized Studies

To earn a Bachelor of Arts in Individualized Studies, you must complete the requirements for the Bachelor of Individualized Studies and the following additional credits:

  • Philosophy (3 credits) and Foreign Language (6 credits of 200-level or higher)

Bachelor of Science in Individualized Studies

To earn a Bachelor of Science in Individualized Studies, you must complete the requirements for the Bachelor of Individualized Studies and the following additional credits:

  • Natural Science (3 credits) and Mathematics (3 credits)
Senior Project and Additional Online Courses

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