Academic Programs

Grand Valley State University offers over 200 areas of study, including 87 undergraduate majors and 37 graduate programs. 

While adult students are found in nearly every program offered at GVSU and at each of our locations, several programs located at the Robert C. Pew Campus in Grand Rapids may be of particular interest.  We can help you explore your options and look at different degree programs to find the best fit:

The 19-Month Accelerated Liberal Studies Leadership Program (B.A. or B.S)

This program, offered in an accelerated format, encourages students to question, study, and understand the complexities of today’s professional world. It’s a different way of learning, and focuses on developing the skills leaders use and employers require. Leadership Cohort will earn a Bachelors of Science or Bachelors of Arts in Liberal Studies with an emphasis in Leadership. The Liberal Studies major is interdisciplinary and draws on coursework from a variety of disciplines across the university. Highlights include:

  • Taking one five-week class at a time allows you to focus on specific leadership topics.
  • The hybrid class format allows you the convenience of coming to campus only one evening a week — the same night each week throughout the 19-month program.
  • The leadership program allows you to strengthen professional and support networks while learning with and from your peers.
  • Courses includes Leadership for Social Change, Leadership Dynamics, Team Building, Concepts of Management, Social Change and Ethics, Organizational Theory, and more.
  • Cohorts starting close to where you live and work — downtown Grand Rapids and Holland

Learn more about the The 19-Month Leadership Program.


Liberal Studies with Personalized Emphasis Area  (B.A. or B.S.) 

Offered through evening, online, and hybrid courses, this major is a great option for returning adult learners, particularly those who have specific career goals and yet are looking for a broad base of learning. Liberal studies is an interdisciplinary major; it brings together coursework from various academic disciplines. The program allows you to work with a faculty advisor in order to design a personal emphasis area that suits your specific interests, talents, or career goals. With liberal studies as a major, you can:

  • Design your own degree - choose coursework that best fits your interests and goals.
  • Incorporate courses already taken in various majors or at other universities.
  • Integrate your coursework with life experiences and practical applications

Watch Eva Pena talk about her experience designing her own degree

The Evening Bachelors of Business Administration in Management (B.B.A)

This program, offered in the evenings at the Pew Campus, is designed for students interested in diverse areas of management and allows for combining interests in areas such as human resource management, organizational information systems and operations management by selecting from a range of courses. You'll work with an advisor to select the appropriate coursework to meet your educational and career goals. 

The Evening Bachelors of Social Work (B.S.W.)

The Bachelor of Social Work program provides a comprehensive, superior educational experience that produces knowledgeable, skilled generalist social work professionals prepared for beginning-level social work practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities.

Beyond the degree - Non-Credit classes

Maybe you're looking to become certified in areas that will increase your skills and marketability at work but at this time don't want to get a full bachelors or masters degree.  Uur fully online non-degree, non-credit certificate programs provide in-depth knowledge and many prepare you for a nationally recognized certificate exam.  Take a look at our list of online career training programs as well as our basic non-degree classes that provide an introduction or refresher in many skill areas, short classes that can often be completed in six weeks or less.  skill builder classes

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