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Engineering Graduate Students in the Fred M. Keller Laboratories.

Engineering, M.S.E.

The Master of Science in Engineering (M.S.E.) prepares students to innovate and design engineered systems to improve human life in a sustainable world. The M.S.E. program educates engineers to be able technical leaders in industry as well as to pursue higher education in their field of interest.

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Program Overview

The M.S.E. program focuses on engineering analysis, design, development, manufacturing, and production. Students network with established professionals, work on real-world projects, and have a variety of emphases to choose from, including:

  • Biomedical engineering
  • Electrical and computer engineering
  • Mechanical engineering
  • Design and manufacturing engineering

Application Information

  • SLATE-based application instructions.
  • If you are applying to the Engineering (M.S.E) program for the Winter 2024 semester, use
  • If you're applying for the Fall 2024 semester or a future term, use
  • Deadline for fall semester is March 31; winter deadline is September 1.

Why Study Engineering at Grand Valley?

  • Get personal attention through small classes and extensive hands-on and project-based learning supported by our student-focused, state-of-the-art teaching, laboratory, and project facilities.
  • The need for broadly educated engineering graduates is very high and expected to grow rapidly during the next decade. West Michigan is one of the fastest-growing technical, manufacturing, and industrial regions of the state.
  • Gain valuable experiential knowledge in parallel with academic learning while receiving financial support from the surrounding industries; opportunities for Industry Sponsored Graduate Fellowship and Internships are available.
  • Graduate assistantships are available.
  • Combined bachelor's/master's programs that allow high-achieving students to complete both the B.S.E. and the M.S.E. in as little as five calendar years.

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Location & Format

Classes for graduate students in this major meet downtown on the Robert C. Pew Grand Rapids Campus.

  • Face To Face


The program involves four course clusters of analysis, projects, and applications for the selected emphasis:

  • Emphasis courses
  • Electives
  • Capstone experience
  • Professional practice

Admission Requirements

Application requirements and admission standards:

  • A Bachelor of Science degree from a four-year undergraduate program in engineering or closely related field. For students graduating from a program in the United States, the program must be accredited by the EAC of ABET Inc. Applications must include official, original academic transcripts and degree certificates from all secondary schools or universities previously attended.
  • U.S. students must have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in all undergraduate coursework. At their discretion, they may elect to present additional evidence of academic achievement through high GRE scores.
  • International students must have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) that is equivalent to at least 3.0, when linearly scaled on a 0.0 - 4.0 scale, in all undergraduate coursework. They must also submit GRE scores, which must be satisfactory, independent of their cumulative undergraduate GPA.
  • International students must also show evidence of proficiency in the English language. GVSU recognizes the following English proficiency tests:
    • TOEFL: 80 or better
    • International English Language Test System (IELTS): 6.5 or better
  • Three confidential letters of recommendation from informed sources such as current and/or former professors and employers. The letters should address the applicant's academic skills, analytical and problem-solving abilities, professionalism, maturity, integrity, and potential for success in graduate studies.
  • An essay, not exceeding two pages in length, detailing an applicant's career plans and academic goals. International applicants are requested to add an essay, not exceeding two pages in length, on the following topic: "What will I do to bring cultural and international perspectives to Grand Valley that will enhance the learning environment for the entire GVSU community?"

For More Information

School of Engineering

136 Kennedy Hall
[email protected]
(616) 331-6750

Graduate Admissions and Recruitment Office

Program Director

Samhita Rhodes, Ph.D. 
(616) 331-6267



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