Overview

Applicants
30
Acceptance Rate
87%
Years of Work Experience
8.9
Average Age
35

GPA / Test Scores

Average Undergrad GPA
3.14
Undergraduate GPA (25th Percentile - 75th Percentile)
2.84 - 3.53
Accept GRE in Lieu of GMAT?
Yes
Percent of Applicants Submitting GRE
0%
Average Verbal GRE Score
Average Quantitative GRE Score
Average Writing GRE Score

Deadlines

Early/Priority/Round 1 Application Deadline
April 15

Regular / Round 2 Application Deadline
July 1

International Application Deadline
July 1

Deferred Enrollment Option
Yes
Max Length of Deferrment
1 year
Rolling Admissions
Yes

Application Fees

In-State Application Fee
$60
Out-of-State Application Fee
$60
International (non-U.S.) Applicants:
$60

Admissions Factors

Required

GMAT or GRE Scores
Essays/Personal Statement
Undergraduate GPA
Letters Of Recommendation
Work Experience
Other
Optional

Extracurricular Activities
Interview
State Residency

Other Factors That Influence Admission
At least 2 years of professional work experience beyond undergraduate degree

Minimum TOEFL Score (Paper-Based Test)
Minimum TOEFL Score (Web-Based Test)
81

Faculty Information

Students Say

James Madison University offers two AASCB-accredited MBA programs: the Innovation MBA and the Information Security MBA. JMU's information security concentration, particularly, is unique in the field and a "hot topic among industry professionals." Students describe it as the "best degree that combines Infosec and MBA." Students like JMU's instructional format, especially the hybrid format. "The mix of on-line and in-person classes was incredibly valuable. The program was designed to make efficient use of live classroom time." But students still enjoy enough flexibility to accommodate "any career or geographical changes within a several hundred-mile radius" from campus. Students are "also encouraged to meet outside of class often to enhance the learning experience." The university's technology supports this dynamic mode of learning through Blackboard Collaborate, which students describe as "seamless" and "very easy to navigate" while facilitating "great interaction from classmates and professors." The school has also recently rolled out SharePoint online, a platform that allows for real time collaborations, which works well in a learning environment that "stresses collaboration and the importance of teamwork." In administering these learning systems, JMU's professors are "excellent," their "content is relevant and innovative," and they work hard to "[cater] to a working professional." "I am impressed with the willingness of the professors to listen and to be flexible, while never reducing the amount of the coursework. There are some professors who are experts in their field, and you can tell it." Similarly, the "administrators of the program are accessible and inviting about feedback on how to improve the program." Students are kept busy, but, as one points out, "I am able to keep up by planning my time out ahead of time and making sure I don't get behind." More than anything, students enjoy having a "collaborative environment" with their "top-notch" peers who are "diverse in careers and backgrounds," "driven," and "supportive" "critical thinkers."

Total Faculty
28
% Faculty with Terminal Degree
96%
% Faculty Teaching at Least 1 Online Course This Year
50%

93%
Full-time
25%
Underrepresented Minorities
25%
Female

Academic Overview

Minimum In-Person Days Student is Required to Attend During Duration of Program (Not Including Travel Days)
17

Chat rooms
Yes

Live audio
Yes

Live video
Yes

Smartphone applications
Yes

Recorded audio
Yes

Recorded video
Yes

Streaming audio
Yes

Streaming video
Yes

Tablet applications
Yes

Concentrations

Information Systems/Information Technology
Yes

Leadership/Management
Yes

Special Academic Programs

Peer Tutoring
No
Pre-MBA Bootcamp
No

Top 5 Most Prominent Faculty


Dr. Matthew Rutherford
Professor, Management

Dr. Robert Kolodinsky
Professor, Management

Dr. Elias Semaan
Associate Professor, Finance

Dr. Diane Lending
Professor, Computer Information Systems

Dr. Fariss Mousa
Associate Professor, Management

Career Services Overview

Students Say

Online MBA students definitely feel that their fellow James Madison University students are career assets. "The cohort-based program itself was also a strong component, as I know I will keep in touch with many members of my cohort, and for networking purposes this program has been phenomenal." One student echoes the sentiments of many in describing the career advantage of JMU's blended learning format. "[It's a] program with strong credentials that offered in-the-classroom experience for a reasonable price." Students absolutely feel that the JMU MBA is a good investment for advancing both their immediate and their continuing career, and expect a sizeable 13% jump in their salary after graduation, while nearly half of students reported getting a promotion during the program. They enter with an average 11.5 years of work experience and age of 35. Unsurprisingly, JMU's coursework in information systems/information technology is the highlight of the program, and students report markedly high satisfaction with the program's administration. Students also report that the program gave them solid preparation in information technology, leadership/management, organizational behavior, and teamwork.

Mean Base Salary of Most Recent Graduating Class After Graduating from Program
$111,360

Average # of Months to Graduate (Since Program Started)
28

Dedicated Career Services Center
No
Description
Our students join the program as full-time working professionals. They have full access to the James Madison University Career and Academic Planning office.

Graduates Employed by Region

85%
Mid-Atlantic
5%
Midwest
5%
South
5%
West

Top 5 Most Prominent Alumni


Mr. Henry Bromley
Information Systems Security Officer, Novetta Solutions

Mr. Jason Van Gundy
Consultant, Gartner

Mr. Geoff Gates
Corporate Information Security Manager, Lockheed Martin

Ms. Kristina Williams
Senior Manager, Cisco

Ms. Erica Burroughs
Senior Auditor, Altria

Tuition & Expenses

  In-State Out-of-State
Tution Per Academic Year (Full-Time) $18,900 $18,900
Tution Per Credit Hour (Part-Time) $900 $900
Total cost (tuition and fees) of Online MBA program in its entirety $37,800 $37,800

Financial Aid Statistics


Financial Aid Application Deadline
March 1

Financial Aid Notification Begins
June 30

Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid
53%

Percent of Students Receiving Scholarships or Grants
13%

Percent of Students Receiving Loans
48%

Average Aid Package
$16,906

Average Scholarship / Grant Aid Awarded
$960

Average Annual Loans to MBA Program Students
$16,906

Average Debt at Graduation
$26,011

Student Body Profile

Total Online MBA Enrollment (Full-Time and Part-Time)
33
Full-Time
0%
Part-Time
100%

In State
67.0%
Out of State
33.0%
Foreign Countries Represented
0

Demographics

39.0%
Underrepresented Minorities
33.0%
Out of State

42% female
58% male

Admissions Office Contact

Contact
Ms. Tracie Esmaili
MBA Enrollment and Marketing Assistant

Address
JMU MBA Program
James Madison University - MSC 0206
Harrisonburg, VA, 22807
United States

Phone
540-568-7031

Fax

Email
esmailtb@jmu.edu


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