Next is filled with possibility.

Career Advancement from GVSU

What’s next is changing daily, and at GVSU, we’re making sure you can move forward supported by options and opportunity. We want to help you get wherever you want to go, whenever you need, whether you want to acquire new skills, a new position, or advance in an entirely new career. Choose from the following opportunities to discover your next step.

LEADS Degree Completion Program

Whatever is next for you, Grand Valley State University’s LEADS* program will help you take control of your future and reach your goals. This online accelerated bachelor's degree in integrative studies also includes a certificate in your choice of five specific skills that employers seek and reward. You can also choose to earn just a certificate, which is awarded in recognition of completion of a well-defined program of coursework that falls within existing units at Grand Valley for a specified purpose that could not simply be achieved by obtaining a transcript.

Graduate Programs

Grand Valley has the credentials you need to set yourself apart. From quality masters and doctoral degrees to graduate certificates*** and digital badges**, we have what you need to take the next step in your career. Whether you choose a degree, certificate, or badge, our student-centered approach to fully online and hybrid learning makes it easy to advance. Choose from the categories below to discover what online options are available or see all our in-demand graduate degree programs, including combined undergraduate/graduate degrees.


Pandemic safety, new education delivery models, and evolving specialties are changing the way educators teach and learn. We see those challenges as opportunities to grow, adapt, and thrive. Advance your career with an online graduate program in education and be ready for whatever is next.


Whether it's complicated health care systems, new research opportunities, or another factor, the way health care is taught and delivered is evolving daily. That makes now an ideal time to consider our relevant and practical online graduate programs in health care.


From big data to advances in cybersecurity, the way technology affects our lives seems to change at warp speed. It also creates advanced career growth opportunities. That's why our relevant and practical online graduate programs in technology are so critical to being ready for whatever comes next.

Professional (Business and Administration)

In these ever-changing times, the skills and training needed to set yourself apart seem to be shifting faster than ever. From business to social work to public administration and more, our online graduate programs make it easy to get the credentials you need to stay current or advance your career.


When you became a Laker, you opened up a lifetime of learning, and now alumni like 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 click on the button below to find out more.

Learn More About the L3 Account

* Lifelong Educational Attainment for Determined Students

**A badge is a digital verification of a microcredential, making it more portable and easily shared on LinkedIn and other digital media. Badges are most common in the computer science and information systems fields and do not appear on Grand Valley transcripts at this time.

***A certificate is a paper-based verification of completion of a microcredential program. Certificates, or certification, appear on Grand Valley transcripts and are most commonly recognized in the fields of healthcare, education, and business, among others.