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 choose
from the following emphases:
- Biomedical engineering
- Electrical and computer engineering
- Manufacturing engineering
- Mechanical engineering
- Product design and manufacturing engineering
Why Study Engineering at Grand Valley?
Students enrolling in an engineering program at Grand Valley State
University can expect:
- Personal attention in small classes and extensive hands-on and
project-based learning supported by our student-focused,
state-of-the-art teaching, laboratory, and project facilities.
- Excellent engineering opportunities in the West Michigan area,
anticipated to improve over the next 10 years because this area,
centered in Grand Rapids, is one of the strongest and most
innovative technical, manufacturing, and industrial regions of the state.
- Opportunities for Industry Sponsored Graduate Fellowship (IGF) and
Internships to gain valuable experiential knowledge in parallel to
academic learning while getting financial support from the
- Combined bachelor's/masters 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.
Location & Format
Classes for graduate students in this major meet downtown on the
Robert C. Pew Grand
The program involves four course clusters of analysis, projects, and
applications for the selected emphasis:
- Chosen emphasis courses
- Capstone experience
- Professional practice
The following are just a few career options for engineers:
- Biomedical engineer
- Computer engineer
- Design engineer
- Digital systems engineer
- Electrical engineer
- Energy engineer
- Manufacturing engineer
- Mechanical engineer
Skills Employers Want
The M.S.E. in Engineering at GVSU will develop the skills you need to
land the job you want. Whether the skills are advanced or general, you
will build a resume of qualifications that are sure to attract
employers. The following skills correlate with those pulled from
actual job postings in the engineering field.
- Electrical Engineering
- Mechanical Engineering
- New product Development
- Systems Engineering
- Design Failure Mode And Effects Analysis
- Computer Aided Engineering (CAE)
Source: EMSI, 2020
Deadline for fall semester is March 31; winter deadline is September
1. The $30 nonrefundable application fee is waived if the applicant
has previously applied to Grand Valley State University. Please visit
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
- 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?"