Welcome Future Graduate Student!

Graduate students choose Grand Valley State University to further their education because they know the superb instruction, innovative research, and high-tech facilities will give them a competitive edge. Plus, they appreciate having The Graduate School's tailored attention and support. 

Grand Valley graduate students range from working professionals attending school part-time to full-time students living on campus. Despite their diverse backgrounds, all are focused on pursuing knowledge, developing new skills, and advancing in their careers — making student-to-student interaction and networking a very rewarding part of our graduate programs.

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Top Graduate Programs

The world is changing in unprecedented ways. Current jobs are evolving. New ones are being born of opportunity and necessity. You may want to increase your post-baccalaureate education to meet the changing professional challenges. When you do, Grand Valley will be here to help.  

Grand Valley offers a variety of master’s and doctoral degree programs, numerous combined bachelor’s/master’s degree programs. Combined bachelor’s/master’s degree programs allow you to complete both degrees sooner by allowing graduate credits to count towards undergraduate graduation. Grand Valley also has a robust offering of graduate certificate programs or digital badges to help you further your professional studies. 

A GVSU DNP student.

Doctor of Nursing Practice major, Ilanit Marx, discusses her experience at GVSU, her goals and her experience working in the healthcare field in Israel.

Graduate Program Offerings

A list of masters and post-professional doctorate degrees.

A digital badge, or badge, is a record of achievement that recognizes a student's completion of a coherent and meaningful academic experience. A badge includes anywhere from 0.5 to 15 academic credits, and may include additional noncredit criteria. Badges are digital credentials.

Combined degree programs are an opportunity to complete both an undergraduate and graduate degree at a reduced timeframe and cost.

A GVSU Biology professor conducts research with a graduate student.


You can now explore GVSU graduate programs on the go by tuning into our program podcasts. These podcasts are filled with information about our graduate programming and feature our program directors. Visit our podcast page and choose your program of interest to get started.

Listen to Our Program Podcasts

Passionate Faculty

GVSU graduate student and professor conduct research on lava lizards.

GVSU Professor Jen Moore and graduate student Emilio Mancero traveled to the Galápagos Islands to study lava lizards. Watch their video to hear about their experiences.

Award Winning Professors

Grand Valley was named a Fulbright Top Producing Institution for the number of faculty members who teach and conduct research overseas. More than 55 Grand Valley faculty and staff members have earned Fulbright awards since 1964.

Costs and Financial Aid

Graduate Tuition and Fees
This page will help you understand our tuition, housing, dining, and parking permit costs.

Graduate Financial Aid Support
Financial aid options for Graduate students.

Laker Life Time Learning (L3)
If you are a GVSU alum, you can use your Laker Lifetime Learning (L3) account for classes that provide greater knowledge and new skills. Your account is waiting for you to use for future classes at GVSU. All you have to do is visit the L3 website to learn more.

Graduate Admission Requirements

GVSU Engineering alumni working at BAMF.

Visit the graduate application requirements page for 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.

View Graduate Admission Requirements


If so, congratulations! We can't wait for you to join our GVSU graduate student community. Visit the admitted student checklist for your next steps to becoming a Laker.

Page last modified October 26, 2023