Overview

Applicants
42
Acceptance Rate
81%
Years of Work Experience
11.5
Average Age
35

GPA / Test Scores

Average Undergrad GPA
3.10
Undergraduate GPA (25th Percentile - 75th Percentile)
2.46 - 3.87
Accept GRE in Lieu of GMAT?
Yes
Percent of Applicants Submitting GRE
5%
Average Verbal GRE Score
157
Average Quantitative GRE Score
151
Average Writing GRE Score
3.75
GRE Verbal (25th and 75th percentiles)
150 - 164
GRE Quantitative (25th and 75th percentiles)
144 - 158
GRE Writing (25th and 75th percentiles)
3.5 - 4

Deadlines

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

Application Fees

In-State Application Fee
$55
Out-of-State Application Fee
$55
International (non-U.S.) Applicants:
$55

Admissions Factors

Required

GMAT or GRE Scores
Undergraduate GPA
Letters Of Recommendation
Work Experience
Optional

Essays/Personal Statement
Extracurricular Activities
Interview
State Residency

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

Special Programs Offered To Recruit Underrepresented Minority Students Or Students With Disadvantaged Backgrounds
G.I. Jobs Magazine Military Friendly School, 2014

Minimum TOEFL Score (Paper-Based Test)
570
Minimum TOEFL Score (Web-Based Test)
88

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
26
% Faculty with Terminal Degree
88%
% Faculty Teaching at Least 1 Online Course This Year
54%

88%
Full-time
23%
Minority
19%
Female

Academic Overview

Minimum In-Person Days Student is Required to Attend During Duration of Program (Not Including Travel Days)
28

Live audio
Yes

Live video
Yes

Recorded audio
Yes

Recorded video
Yes

Streaming audio
Yes

Streaming video
Yes

Concentrations

Information Systems/Information Technology
Yes

Special Academic Programs

Peer Tutoring
No
Pre-MBA Bootcamp
No

Top 5 Most Prominent Faculty


Dr. Daniel Gallagher
Professor. Organizational Behavior, Negotiation/Conflict Management

Dr. Robert Kolodinsky
Professor. Ethics and Entrepreneurship

Dr. Elias Semaan
Associate Professor. Investments

Dr. Diane Lending
Professor. Information Security

Mr. Henry Bromley
Instructor. Forensics

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
$104,000

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

Dedicated Career Services Center
No
Description
Note: Our students join the program as full-time working professionals. They are encouraged to utilize "Recruit-a-Duke." https://jmu-csm.symplicity.com/students/

Graduates Employed by Region

90%
Mid-Atlantic
5%
Northeast
5%
South

Top 5 Most Prominent Alumni


Mr. Henry Bromley
Information Systems Security Officer, Novetta Solutions

Ms. Melissa Glod
Director Planning & Analysis, Norfolk Southern Corporation

Mr. Prakash Purhenveettil
Lead Associate, Booz Allen Hamilton

Ms. Melissa Rowland
Deputy Project Manager, CACI

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
35%

Percent of Students Receiving Scholarships or Grants
0%

Percent of Students Receiving Loans
35%

Average Aid Package
$18,349

Average Scholarship / Grant Aid Awarded
$0

Average Annual Loans to MBA Program Students
$18,349

Average Debt at Graduation
$12,056

Student Body Profile

Total Online MBA Enrollment (Full-Time and Part-Time)
53
Full-Time
0%
Part-Time
100%

In State
77.0%
Out of State
23.0%
Foreign Countries Represented
0

Demographics

13.0%
Underrepresented Minorities
23.0%
Out of State

30% female
70% male

Admissions Office Contact

Contact
Ms. Lynette Michael
Director of Graduate School Admissions

Address
Grace Street House
James Madison University - MSC 6702
Harrisonburg, VA, 22807
United States

Phone
540-568-6395

Fax
540-568-7860

Email
grad@jmu.edu


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