Bryan Avery

Bryan Avery

"I had a lot of great accounting courses that gave me what I needed to know to both pass the CPA exam and also to start on my career." - Bryan Avery, '10, Senior Tax, Bader Martin Read More

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The graduate programs at Grand Valley State University are designed for students who, as a result of their work experience or undergraduate education, are interested in expanding or continuing their professional education. Applicants should become familiar with entrance requirements well before their intended admission date. To be assured of admission consideration, applicants should submit applications and all supporting documents one to two months before the semester they wish to enter. Some programs have more restrictive application deadlines.

All graduate students at Grand Valley State University will be classified as either degree-seeking or nondegree-seeking.

Application Procedure for Degree-Seeking Students

Students who meet the following university requirements and the additional requirements of their chosen program will be granted degree-seeking status:

  1. A baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution of higher education
  2. Submission of all required admission materials, including:
    1. Completed graduate application for admission
    2. $30 nonrefundable application fee (unless you have previously applied to Grand Valley)
    3. Official copies of transcripts from all institutions of higher education previously attended. Transcripts must be sent from those institutions directly to the GVSU Admissions Office. NOTE:  We do not require official transcripts from Grand Valley
    4. Test scores from the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), or IELTS (International English Language Testing System), or MELAB (Michigan English Language Assessment Battery) for applicants whose native language is not English.   The following minimum scores are expected:  TOEFL is 80, IELTS is 6.5, and MELAB is 77.
  3.  Additional requirements and application procedures are listed under each graduate degree program

Graduate Non-degree Seeking Status

Students with a baccalaureate degree who are not seeking a graduate degree or have not completed all of the admissions requirements of their chosen program may be granted non-degree seeking status by submitting a graduate application for admission. A maximum of 6-12 semester credits may be earned at Grand Valley State University as a non-degree seeking student, depending on the student's program of interest. Some programs have more restrictive guidelines. Students should check specific program descriptions for details.

Changing Status from Non-degree to Degree Seeking
You may seek a change in status by:

1.  Submitting all required admission materials
2.  Submitting a degree-seeking application form to the Admissions Office


*Grand Valley State University is committed to assisting all members of our community in providing for their own safety and security.  The Annual Security and Fire Safety Report is available on the Grand Valley State University Police Department website at  If you would like to receive a printed copy of the Annual Security and Fire Safety Report, you can stop by the Facilities Service Building or you can request a copy be mailed to you by calling (616)-331-3255.  The report contains information regarding campus security and personal safety including topics such as: crime prevention, fire safety, university police law enforcement authority, crime reporting policies, disciplinary procedures and other matters of importance related to security and safety on campus.  The report also contains information about crime data for three previous calendar years.  Statistics include reported crimes that occurred on the campus, in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by GVSU and on public property within or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus.  This information is required by law and is provided by the Grand Valley State University Police Department.  

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