Graduate Program-specific Application Requirements

Letters of recommendation should be submitted using the online application. If you are unable to use the online application, please print and mail the appropriate letter of recommendation form.

The following is a checklist of materials that are required to complete your graduate application by program. Please see the Grand Valley State University catalog for specific admission requirements.

  • Accounting (M.S.A.)
    • Official GMAT scores
    • One-page essay/personal statement
  • Applied Linguistics (M.A. - Fall 2016)
    • Official GRE scores from applicants whose GPA is lower than 3.0 (in the undergraduate major or in prior graduate coursework).
    • Writing sample, no fewer than three typed pages (1500-1700 words) which demonstrate your academic writing ability.  You may submit a paper you wrote for a past undergraduate or graduate course.
    • Essay/personal statement
    • Two recommendations
  • Biology (M.S.)
    • Three recommendations
    • Essay/personal statement
    • Official GRE scores
  • Biomedical Sciences (M.H.S.)
    • Official GRE, MCAT, or DAT scores
    • Essay/personal statement
    • Three recommendations
  • Biostatistics (M.S.)
    • Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or satisfactory GRE or GMAT scores
    • Resume
    • Essay/personal statement
    • Two recommendations
  • Business Administration – Traditional Program (M.B.A.)
    • Official GMAT scores
    • One-page essay/personal statement
  • Cell and Molecular Biology (M.S.)
    • Undergraduate GPA of 3.0
    • Official GRE scores
    • Essay/personal statement
    • Two recommendations
    • Resume
  • Clinical Dietetics (M.S.)
    • Undergraduate GPA of 3.0
    • Essay/personal statement
    • Two recommendations
  • Clinical Research Trials Management Certificate
    • Undergraduate GPA of 3.0
    • Three recommendations
    • Essay/personal statement
    • Resume
  • Communications (M.S.)
    • Resume
    • Two recommendations
    • Essay/personal statement
  • Computer Information Systems (M.S.)
    • Two recommendations
    • Resume
    • Essay/personal statement
    • Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or satisfactory GRE or GMAT scores
  • Criminal Justice (M.S.)
    • Essay/personal statement
    • Three recommendations, including two from current or former professors
  • Education (M.Ed.)
    • Three recommendations
  • Education Specialist in Leadership (Ed.S.)
    • Official GRE scores
    • Essay/personal statement
    • Three recommendations
      • Two professional, addressing your leadership skills and success. 
      • One from an individual who can address your academic/scholarly capabilities.
    • Current resume must include the following:
      • Title of master’s project or thesis
      • Degrees received with dates, institutions, majors, and minors
      • Listing of employment
      • Description of leadership experiences, dates, and location
      • Presentations, publications, memberships, and professional development
  • Engineering (M.S.E.)
    • Resume
    • Essay/personal statement
    • Three recommendations
  • English (M.A.)
    • Official GRE scores
    • Writing sample
    • Essay/personal statement
  • Health Administration (M.H.A.)
    • Resume
    • Essay/personal statement
    • Three recommendations
  • Medical and Bioinformatics (M.S.)
    • Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or satisfactory GRE or GMAT scores
    • Resume
    • Essay/personal statement
    • Two recommendations
  • Medical Dosimetry (M.S.)
    • Resume
    • Three recommendations
    • Essay/personal statement
  • Nursing (M.S.N.)
    • Curriculum vitae/resume
    • Official GRE scores
      • The GRE will be waived for post B.S.N. applicants who have an undergraduate GPA of 3.3 or higher.
    • Essay/personal statement
  • Nursing (D.N.P.)
    • Curriculum vitae/resume
    • Official GRE scores
      • The GRE will be waived for post B.S.N. applicants who have an undergraduate GPA of 3.3 or higher and for post M.S.N. applicants who have a graduate GPA of 3.3 or higher.
      • Essay/personal statement
        • Please indicate the program emphasis to which you are applying within the essay.
  • Occupational Therapy (M.S.)
    • Two recommendations
      • Including a registered occupational therapist and a professor who can comment on academic performance. A graduate assistant or teaching assistant may not provide a recommendation. For nontraditional students an employer may substitute for the academic professor requirement.
    • Completion of the Occupational Therapy Program Admissions Form, including:
      • The achievement summary section detailing student accomplishments that reflect the core goals of the program.
      • The prerequisite GPA calculation section.
        • Documentation of all prerequisite coursework must be provided. The prerequisite courses and an undergraduate degree must be completed by the first day of class of the professional program. Students in process of completing these must submit a written plan (include course name, number, semester, credit hours, and university) outlining course and degree completion.
      • The documentation of experience section detailing a minimum 50 hours of volunteer experience completed under the supervision of a registered occupational therapist.
  • Palliative and Hospice Care Certificate
    • No additional documents required
  • Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership (M.P.N.L.)
    • Three letters of reference from informed sources.
    • An essay on career and educational objectives (250 to 750 words).
    • Resume
  • Physical Therapy (D.P.T.)
    • Applicants must apply online through PTCAS at www.ptcas.org/.
      • In addition to completion of the PTCAS application, students must also submit the GVSU supplemental form and $30 application fee. The link to the supplemental form is also on the PTCAS website.
  • Physician Assistant Studies (M.P.A.S.)
    • Official GRE scores (for students applying for Fall 2015 entrance and beyond)
    • Two recommendations from health professionals.
      • We recommend, but do not require, that at least one be from a practicing physician assistant.
    • Documentation on the graduate application of 500+ hours of significant volunteer, work, or observational experience in a health care environment.
      • This experience must be hands-on patient care activities.
    • All prerequisite course work and an undergraduate degree must be completed by May 1 of the year of program admission.
      • Students in process of completing these must submit a written plan (include course name, number, semester, credit hours, and university) outlining course and degree completion.
  • Public Administration (M.P.A.)
    • Resume
    • Three recommendations
    • Essay/personal statement
  • Public Health (M.P.H.)
    • Undergraduate GPA of 3.0
    • Two recommendations
  • Social Work (M.S.W.)
    • Three recommendations
    • Resume detailing work and volunteer experiences
    • Coursework requirement form
      • Indicate if you are applying for advanced standing status
      • Typed response (limited to five pages total) to the following statements:
        1. What motivates you to pursue a master's degree in social work at this time?
        2. The profession of social work is committed to social, political, and economic justice, the alleviation of poverty and oppression, and the reduction of social problems. Address a social problem about which you are particularly concerned. Concisely discuss your understanding of social, political, and economic justice. How do you think that you can advance the aforementioned? What experiences or factors have shaped your interest in advancing justice?
        3. Describe some of your experiences and achievements in school, work (volunteering or employment), and in your personal life. Include a description of any barriers you have encountered in pursuing your education, work, or personal goals. Indicate the steps and strategies you have used, or are using, to overcome these barriers.
        4. Describe examples and experiences that demonstrate you can work effectively with individuals and communities that represent diverse populations (including, but not limited to, people and communities reflecting diverse ethnicities, racial identities, abilities, socio-economic class, gender, or sexual orientations). Describe any difficulties you have encountered when working with any of the diverse groups mentioned above.
        5. Please describe your plans for completing the MSW program if you are admitted. For example, how do you plan to balance your work, education, and personal life? What supports are in place for you when you enter field placement?
  • Speech-Language Pathology (M.S.)
    • Undergraduate GPA of 3.0
    • Official GRE scores
    • Resume
    • Three references
    • Essay/personal statement
  • Taxation (M.S.T.)
    • Official GMAT scores
    • One-page essay/personal statement