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Engineering Graduate Students in the Fred M. Keller Laboratories.

Engineering, M.S.E.

Engineers are designer, innovators, and practical problem solvers in every sphere of life. 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. 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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Source: EMSI, 2020

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 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 surrounding industries.
  • 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 Rapids Campus.

  • Face To Face


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

  • Chosen emphasis courses
  • Electives
  • Capstone experience
  • Professional practice

Career Options

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
  • Simulink
  • Systems Engineering
  • Simulations
  • Powertrain
  • Design Failure Mode And Effects Analysis
  • Computer Aided Engineering (CAE)

Source: EMSI, 2020

Application Deadline

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

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
(616) 331-6750

Graduate Admissions Office

Program Director

Shabbir Choudhuri, Ph.D. 
(616) 331-6845


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