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 Accelerated Integrative Studies Leadership degree is a different way of learning, and focuses on developing the skills leaders use and employers require. Leadership Cohort students will earn a Bachelors of Science or Bachelors of Arts in Liberal Studies with an emphasis in Leadership. The Integrative 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 allowing 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.

Learn more about the The 19-Month Leadership Program.

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

Students will work with faculty members to create a unique pathway to their degree

  • CORE: (18 credits) Build an interdisciplinary foundation of study rich in liberal education, ethics and critical thinking.
  • AREA OF FOCUS: (18 credits) Investigate and engage in real world problems and solutions.
  • ELECTIVES: (9 credits) Integrate courses with career goals.
  • INTERNSHIP/PRACTICUM: (1-6 credits) Apply theory to life outside the classroom.
  • CAPSTONE: (3 credits) Design thesis project connecting area of focus with a research question or problem.

Meet with an advisor to learn more about this degree option

Allied Health Sciences- Health Professional Degree Completion (AHS - HPD) is designed for those who have already earned an Associate’s or Associate’s of Applied Science.  The Health Professional Degree Completion emphasis complements your associates degree professional education and your work experience with a path to earn a Bachelor’s degree.

The B.S. in Allied Health Sciences (AHS) degree serves two main purposes:

  • Prepares students for a career in the health care field such as administrative roles, pharmaceutical sales, or governmental health service

  • Prepares students for entry into graduate health-related programs offered by Grand Valley State University.

Students may qualify if they have earned an Associate of Science or Associate of Applied Science from a school accredited by the Higher Learning Commission in a health profession program that requires external accreditation and offers national voluntary credentialing.  The profession should provide state licensing or credentials which the student either possesses or is eligible to obtain. 

Health careers eligible for this degree include but are not limited to Medical Assisting, Dental Hygiene, Radiography, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Occupational Therapy Aide, Nuclear Med Technician, Paramedic, Surgical Technician, etc.

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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.

Find a program overview, career info, and coursework here

Or make an appointment with one of our advisors to discuss this program in more detail

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.

Find a program overview, course information, and career options here

Or make an appointment with one of our advisors to discuss this degree in more detail

Our Kirkhof College of Nursing offers a variety of programs, in particular our Baccalaureate Program for Second Degree Students and our RN to BSN Program attract many non-traditional students.  Learn more about all the programs at their website

Baccalaureate Program for Second Degree Students

  • Once admitted, you can complete the degree in 15 months
  • Clinical sites in a variety of locations including non profits, community organizations, and the Spectrum Health Medical Center


  • Courses are taught in a hybrid format
  • Clinical times can be arranged at a student’s home community