Barbara Goodspeed

Barbara Goodspeed

"The classes for graduate studies are primarily in the evenings, which allow me to work during the day and attend at night." - Barbara Goodspeed, health administration grad student 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. Scores from either the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS - International English Language Testing System, by students whose native language is not English
  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

Admissions Office • 1 Campus Drive • Allendale MI 49401-9403
Phone (616) 331-2025 • 1-800-748-0246 • admissions@gvsu.edu