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98%

of classes taught by professors

#2

public school in the South

by U.S. News and World Report.

Adult Degree Program 

16:1 

Student-Faculty Ratio

81%

of JMU alums are employed or in grad school 6 months after graduation

Don't just earn your bachelor's degree. 
Tailor it based on your career and educational goals.

In our Adult Degree Program, you won't have a traditional major. Instead, you can customize a Bachelor of Individualized Studies path that is best suited for you. Based on your professional, educational, or personal goals, you will be able to combine two or three tracks such as:

  • Healthcare Leadership
  • Business & Information Technology 
  • Human Resource Development & Management 
  • Professional Workplace Communication 
  • Small Business Management & Entrepreneurship

No matter which path you choose, we’ll prepare you to be an asset in any creative, technical, or business-related field!

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Benefits of Earning Your Bachelor of Individualized Studies

Greater Earning Potential

Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that those with a bachelor’s degree on average make approximately $400 more per week than those with some college, but not a degree.

More Job Opportunities

Positions for those with only a high school diploma are typically entry-level but with our bachelor’s degree, you can continue advancing into higher positions with higher pay. 

Improved Employee Benefits

College Board reported that 70% of individuals with a 4-year college degree received health insurance benefits from their employer, compared to the 55% of employees with only a high school diploma.

Why Choose James Madison University?

James Madison is committed to helping adults return to school and earn their bachelor’s degree. 
We founded our Adult Degree Program 40 years ago and have been helping adults earn degrees ever since. 

Admission Qualifications

  • 22 years old or older
  • Have 30 or more transferable credits from a previous
    college or university
  • A minimum GPA of 2.0
  • Prefer a flexible way to complete your bachelor's degree 
  • Or former JMU students who haven't yet completed their degree at JMU or elsewhere

Sample Industries for ADP Graduates

Here are just a few of the industries in which our graduates are working:

  • Business Administration
  • Liberal Arts 
  • Human Resource Administration 
  • Healthcare Administration 
  • Franchise Management

APPLICATION DEADLINES

With 5 start times per year, we can help you go back to school anytime when you're ready.

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ADP Graduate Class of 2019

Dillon Rice

"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. The Adult Degree program was very accommodating and helped me to be able to achieve this goal.” 

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In our Adult Degree Program, you won't have a traditional major. Instead, you can customize a Bachelor of Individualized Studies path that is best suited for you. Based on your professional, educational, or personal goals, you will be able to combine two or three tracks such as:

  • Healthcare Leadership
  • Business & Information Technology 
  • Human Resource Development & Management 
  • Professional Workplace Communication
  • Small Business Management & Entrepreneurship
  • Family & Consumer Science
  • Child Development
  • Early Childhood Education (2+2)

No matter which path you choose, we’ll prepare you to be an asset in any creative, technical, or business-related field!