Bachelor of Individualized Studies (BIS)
Adult Degree Program
New College Institute
Room 3002 - Jefferson Plaza
In conjunction with the New College Institute, James Madison University (JMU) offers Martinsville students the opportunity to earn a four-year college degree through the Adult Degree Program (ADP). Founded in 1977, the Adult Degree Program helps students enhance their professional skills and fulfill personal education goals by offering online classes, distance learning by way of teleconferencing, and traditional, face-to-face courses. Working with ADP staff, academic advisors, and the JMU faculty, students will develop professional skills, attain a four-year college degree, and enrich the Martinsville community.
The Bachelor of Individualized Study degree offered by the Adult Degree Program includes communications, history, political science, public policy & administration, and elective classes. To help students fulfill program requirements, James Madison University will grant credit for courses taken at community colleges and universities subject to approval by the university Registrar. We also accept many College Level Examination Program (CLEP) tests that allow students to earn college credit by taking a test in familiar subjects. Finally, students can earn up to thirty additional credits by developing a Portfolio of Prior Learning Experiences that details professional accomplishments which are equivalent to academic classes.
Students enrolled in the Adult Degree Program must concentrate in two of the following four areas of study:
- Political Science
- Public Policy & Administration
The Bachelor of Individualized Study degree builds analytic, communications, research and writing skills that will prepare students for graduate school or careers in consulting, education, law, management, non-profit administration, public service, private industry, and politics.
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To enter the Adult Degree Program, candidates should:
- be at least 25 years of age
- not been enrolled full-time in an institution of higher education for 3 years
- have 30 transferable credit hours
- have a "C" or better overall grade point average
- submit official transcripts from previous higher education institutions
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JMU Financial Aid Office
Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
New for 2009-10: Information Sessions
James Madison University will hold informal information sessions every month (2 convenient times each day) during the 2009-10 academic year. Meeting dates are as follows:
- September 17, 2009
- October 13, 2009
- October 17, 2009
- November 2, 2009
- November 10, 2009
- December 2, 2009
- December 8, 2009
- January 12, 2010
- February 9, 2010
- March 9, 2010
- April 13, 2010
- May 11, 2010
- June 8, 2010
- July 13, 2010
- August 10, 2010
Meetings will be held on the 3rd floor of the Jefferson Plaza Building at 10 East Church Street, Martinsville, in room 3003. Meeting times are 12:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.
All who are interested in James Madison University and the Adult Degree Program in Martinsville are welcome to attend.
In order to apply for this program, please contact Thomas Laub by telephone at (276) 403-5627 or e-mail him at email@example.com. Applicants will be asked to provide basic information (name, address, email address, telephone number, and a list of colleges and universities attended) and send official transcripts to:
Pamela B. Hamilton
James Madison University
Harrisonburg, VA 22807
After JMU had evaluated official transcripts to determine eligibility, applicants can complete this application process by filling out an online application.