B.Sc. On Campus

Independent Scholars

James Madison University

48 months
24386 USD/year
24386 USD/year
7460 USD/year
Tuition fee
Apply date
Start date


The Independent Scholars offered by James Madison University provides motivated students with the flexibility to pursue academic pathways tailored to their interests. Each student in the Independent Scholars program identifies an area of inquiry, and creates a plan for course work that includes an independent research or creative project and experiential learning.


About this Degree

The Independent Scholars major at James Madison University is geared towards students whose interests cross-cut traditional disciplinary boundaries, and who are seeking control over their academic career.

The mission of the Independent Scholars major is to provide students with a learning environment in which they develop and pursue self-designed curricular pathways and research goals, identifying unique domains of inquiry and interweaving multiple modes of thinking. Students are empowered to cultivate their own academic and professional interests in ways that foster the ability to comprehend and contribute uniquely and innovatively to a wide array of topics, questions and problems.

IS majors will develop topic-based interests and inquiry strategies to pursue those interests; enhance creativity, self-directedness and perseverance required for inquiry; learn research, technical and communication skills relevant to their inquiry; situate their inquiry in relation to contemporary notions of disciplinary thinking; enhance aptitude and confidence in working independently and collectively; and apply knowledge and skills in experiential-learning settings.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • General Education 
  • Foreign Language
  • Philosophy course

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines


120 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Successful completion of the equivalent of a US secondary education
  • Minimal 2.25 GPA (Grade Point Average) - equivalent to 77-79% or a 'C+' average
  • Diploma or certification of graduation from High School in your home country
  • Undergraduate applicants who intend to major in theater, dance, music and studio art must also submit a portfolio and/or arrange an audition.

Tuition Fee

To alway see correct tuition fees
  • International

    24386 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 12193 USD per semester during 48 months.
  • National

    24386 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 12193 USD per semester during 48 months.
  • In-State

    7460 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 3730 USD per semester during 48 months.

Living costs for Harrisonburg

1050 - 1715 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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