"Before I came to Grand Valley, I ran various nonprofits for 10 years. I bring in real-life examples to the classes." - Heather Carpenter, School of Public, Nonprofit, and Health Administration
The admissions policies of the School follow the mission by our commitment to attract and educate a diverse student population that is dedicated to public service as a career. We seek students from diverse backgrounds, with various baccalaureate educations and professional experience in diverse public service activities.
A complete application to the MPNL program requires:
Applications will not be reviewed until they are complete. The admissions committee may request additional information or a personal interview if it deems them appropriate and necessary.
The admissions committee is looking for the evidence that an applicant will be successful if admitted into the MPNL program. This evidence can take several forms. Furthermore, the admissions committee considers each applicant as a whole student. No decision is based solely on any single factor. A strong applicant for the MPNL program will have the following:
An applicant concerned about falling short on the above criteria may want to consider these recommendations for securing favorable evidence of their competency to do graduate level work in the MPA program.
In some cases, an applicant that is seen as strong except for a specific area of deficiency may be offered admission on a condition that they take a course to rectify that deficiency before proceeding with the MPNL course work.
Students may apply online at www.gvsu.edu/admissions or contact Sherry Moyer at email@example.com or 616.331.6575 for an application packet. To ensure full consideration for fall admission, all application materials should be received by June 1. Winter term applications should be received by November 1. Spring/Summer term applications should be received by April 1. Early application is strongly encouraged. Late applicants may be admitted on the basis of remaining program capacity.
Students in the process of applying for admission to the MPNL program may enroll in PA 660 in a nondegree-seeking status. Note that no more than 12 credits can taken in nondegree-seeking status and later applied to the MPNL degree.