Jan 27, 2023  
2017-2018 Graduate Catalog 
2017-2018 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Business Administration, Innovation Concentration, M.B.A.

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Admission Criteria

The GMAT or GRE is required unless the applicant holds another master’s level degree or advanced degree (e.g., M.D., Pharm.D.), a CPA, or a GMAT waiver has been issued.  These instruments measure aptitudes important to the study of business and must be taken prior to admission. Applicants are required to have at least two years of post-baccalaureate work experience prior to pursuing Innovation or Information Security concentrations, and a minimum of five years of post-baccalaureate work experience prior to pursuing the Executive Leadership concentration.

To apply, students should complete the online application and submit the application fee at http://www.applyweb.com/apply/jmug/index.html. In addition, students must submit a current resume and two letters supporting the work experience listed on the resume through the application site.

Students must also submit the following materials directly to The Graduate School (James Madison University, MSC 6702, Harrisonburg VA 22807):

  • Official transcripts sent directly from all colleges/universities you have attended.
  • An official report sent directly from GMAC of the applicant’s GMAT score or from ETS of the applicant’s GRE score.

The university encourages applicants with degrees in all major fields of study from accredited institutions. No specific undergraduate courses are required; however, students with non-business baccalaureates are required to complete the following three prerequisite courses:

  • Financial Accounting
  • Statistics
  • Economics (Microeconomics is preferred; Macroeconomics is acceptable)

Students must notify the M.B.A. program office upon completion of each prerequisite course and have official transcripts submitted to The Graduate School directly from the institution where the course was completed. Students may begin the program only during the fall semester.

The final deadline for an application is July 1. However, a rolling admission process is used. All applications submitted by April 15 will be considered. Applications after April 15 will be considered only if the program has an opening.


The M.B.A. program within the College of Business at James Madison University emphasizes excellence and continuous improvement in graduate learning by stressing knowledge and technical, interpersonal and experiential skills in the development of managerial decision-making.

The Master of Business Administration program is fully accredited by the AACSB and received reaffirmation in the spring of 2017.

The College of Business offers three specialized Master of Business Administration concentrations. All three concentrations are designed for part-time students and utilize a blended teaching approach that integrates the classroom experience with various online techniques.

The Executive Leadership concentration is offered in northern Virginia and takes 28 months to complete. A cohort of students takes fourteen 8-week courses, one course at a time. Each course meets face-to-face for four hours at the beginning, four hours at mid-term and four hours at the end of the session on a Saturday. Instruction between face-to-face sessions is online, using synchronous and asynchronous teaching methods.

The Information Security (Infosec) MBA concentration is offered in northern Virginia and takes 28 months to complete. A cohort of students takes fourteen 8-week courses, one course at a time. Each course meets for four hours at the beginning and at the end of the session on a Saturday. Instruction for the eight weeks between the face-to-face meetings is online, using synchronous and asynchronous teaching methods.

The Innovation MBA concentration is offered in Harrisonburg and takes 21 months to complete. A cohort of students takes sixteen 8-week courses, two at a time in a block format. In this program, students will meet face-to-face with faculty approximately twice every 3 weeks in Harrisonburg during a weeknight, meet online in a synchronous format the other weeks, and utilize other advanced asynchronous teaching instruction, such as simulations or multimedia cases.

Innovation MBA Concentration

Innovation is a critical component of sustainable firm success in today’s complex, global and dynamic business environment. Managers need to understand the technical and human components of innovation and be able to be leaders of the innovation process. Thus, the theme of this program is “Leading through Innovation with Technology and People.” The program is designed to provide students with a sound foundation in all of the business principles, while focusing on the various aspects of innovation. The program also emphasizes the development of teamwork, managerial decision-making and leadership skills.

The program is primarily intended for working professionals holding full-time positions in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia and other nearby regions.

The curriculum of the Innovation MBA concentration includes the 16 courses listed below. The program includes 48 total credit hours.

Required Courses

Total: 48 Credit Hours

Additional Information

One course from another masters program at JMU may be substituted for an elective if the course is related to the theme of the program, and with prior approval from the director of the MBA program.

MBA 691. Strategic Management   is the capstone course in the M.B.A. Innovation concentration and replaces the comprehensive examination requirement. A minimum grade of “B” or better must be attained to pass MBA 691  .

Students are also required to participate in the following:

  • Workshops: Students are required to attend three Saturday workshops. The first will be an orientation workshop that will teach students how to use the technology needed to participate in the online activities and introduce the students to the leadership development program. There will also be two special topics workshops in the spring of each year that will have guest speakers debate contemporary business issues and will have students participate in a variety of group activities.
  • Leadership development program: A program which will include periodic discussions with an assigned mentor.

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