International Graduate Admissions Requirements

To be considered for admission, you must submit

Some graduate programs have additional requirements specific to the program.

Transfer Students:
See International Graduate Transfer Students section for additional requirements

DEADLINES

For applicants outside of the US:

  • Fall application deadline is May 1
  • Winter application deadline is October 15

For applicants inside of the US:

  • Fall application deadline is July 1
  • Winter application deadline is December 1

Certain graduate programs have different deadlines. Please review your intended program's requirements.

Application

Complete the International application for admission.

$30 Application Fee

The nonrefundable application fee ($30 in U.S. funds) is payable by credit card or money order.

Personal Statement

One- to two-page personal statement indicating your academic goals and the ways in which this graduate program can help you attain your professional goals. This statement must be typed and signed.

Transcripts

  • Original or certified copy of all academic records from all secondary schools and/or universities you have attended.
  • Diplomas or graduate certificates from all high schools or universities where you have earned a degree.

Scanned or uncertified copies of transcripts are not accepted.

These records must be submitted in English or accompanied by a certified English translation (you may use a credential service such as WES, or ECE, or a certified translator). 

Test Scores

Send official TOEFL, IELTS, MELAB test results directly to Grand Valley

  • TOEFL: 80
  • IELTS: 6.5
  • MELAB: 77
  • PTE: 53

Completion of ELS Language Centers Level 112 will fulfill the undergraduate English requirement.

  • For students who need to strengthen their English skills, the ELS Language Center is a great option. Located on our main campus in Allendale, ELS Language Centers is America's leading provider of English language instruction. ELS offers four-week-long English courses at 12 different levels. Undergraduate students may fulfill Grand Valley's English requirement by completing level 112 in the ELS curriculum. To attend ELS Language Center, you need to submit a separate application to ELS. For more information, contact the ELS Center Director, Lisa Wooning at lwooning@els.edu.

Applicants from the following countries do not need to submit a TOEFL or IELTS:
Antigua & Barbuda, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Botswana, Canada, Dominica, Fiji, Gambia, Ghana, Grand Cayman Islands, Grenada, Guyana, Ireland, North Ireland, Jamaica, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, New Zealand, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, South Africa, St. Christopher-Nevis, St. Kitts, St. Lucia, St. Vincent & Gernadines, Swaziland, Tanzania, Trinidad & Tobago, Uganda, United Kingdom, Virgin Islands, Zambia, and Zimbabwe

Completion of ELS Language Centers Level 112 will fulfill the English requirement:

  • For students applying to Computer Information Systems, Cellular and Molecular Biology, Medical and Bioinformatics, Biostatistics

GMAT Score Report:

  • Required for students applying to Accounting, Business Administration, Taxation

GRE Score Report:

  • Required for students applying to Biology, Biomedical Sciences, Biostatistics, Cell and Molecular Biology, Computer Information Systems, Education Specialist in Leadership, Engineering, English, Medical and Bioinformatics, Nursing, Physician Assistant Studies, School Psychology Specialist, and Speech Language Pathology

Verification of Financial Support

Your sponsor must complete and sign the financial support form that is included in the application. Along with the form, sponsors must submit an original bank statement verifying they can pay for an academic year. 

Students who will be supported by an institution, foundation, or government agency, your financial sponsor must submit a letter of support on official letterhead. The letter must:

  • Name Grand Valley State University
  • Specify the expenses to be paid on your behalf
  • Indicate that the institution or agency has adequate financial resources to guarantee your first year of study

The estimated educational and living expenses for the 2017-2018 academic year is $24,300.


International Graduate Transfer Students

Grand Valley welcomes transfer students from U.S. and international colleges and universities.

As part of the application, we will ask you to provide an original, official transcript from your current college or university. The transcript must show the classes you have taken, the number of credits or hours that are assigned to each class, and the grade or mark that you received. 

In order to give credit for non-U.S. courses, we will need course descriptions. Course descriptions are not required for colleges and universities located in the U.S., as those courses will be reviewed automatically. The course descriptions are not required for admission, but if they are submitted with the application, your courses can be reviewed quicker. Course descriptions can be sent directly to global@gvsu.edu

Please also review the “All International Students” section above.



Page last modified December 12, 2017