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2012-2013 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog

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Graduate Information

Graduate Academic Policies and Regulations

Refer to the general and graduate sections of the Academic Policies and Regulations for graduate policies and regulations.


At the graduate level, students are advised by faculty members within their program of study. Students should contact the graduate program director or the academic departmental office to identify the name of their advisor and arrange for an initial advising session. A complete list of graduate degree programs and academic departments is listed by college in the Office of Graduate Studies section of this catalog.

Academic advising for graduate students is highly individualized for each student as he/she works with a faculty advisor to select an emphasis within a degree program, develop an educational plan, register for and complete courses, and where required, develop a research proposal, conduct the research, and write a research report. Those students selecting to complete a thesis, dissertation, or a research project work very closely with the faculty advisor and other appropriate faculty members.

Please note that some programs require a faculty advisor to agree to work with a student in a research area, before he/or she can be admitted to the degree program. To learn more about academic advising for graduate students, please contact the support services noted below.

Graduate Student Support Services
Office of Graduate Studies: (616) 331-7105,
Currently enrolled graduate students or persons interested in graduate studies at Grand Valley State University are welcome to visit the graduate dean for assistance, advice, or to provide feedback on any aspect of their graduate education.

Pew Campus Student Services:
This office coordinates activities with academic and nonacademic departments to provide a full range of services for students. The office, located in 101B DeVos Center, serves as a hub for support services and as a gateway to university information and resources. Moreover, the department seeks to identify student needs to find solutions that enhance learning and provide opportunities for involvement.

Fred Meijer Center for Writing and Michigan Authors: (616) 331-2922, (616) 331-6407,
With locations on the Allendale Campus, Robert C. Pew Grand Rapids Campus, and Meijer Campus in Holland, the Fred Meijer Center for Writing and Michigan Authors assists all writers at any stage of their writing processes.

Student Assistance Center: (616) 331-3327
Student Assistance Centers are located in the Student Services building on the Allendale Campus and in the DeVos Center Plaza on the Pew Grand Rapids Campus and provide services for registering for classes, tuition payments, Grand Valley ID cards, transcripts and degree progress reports, applications for graduation, processing loan deferments, check-cashing, and distributing student payroll checks.

Academic Programs

Grand Valley State University has more than 200 areas of study, 82 undergraduate degrees, and 30 graduate degrees. Use the links below to find the program(s) that apply to you!

Graduate Programs

Accounting, M.S.A.

Allied Health Sciences

Clinical Research Trials Management Graduate Certificate

Biology, M.S.

Biomedical Sciences
Biomedical Sciences, M.H.S.

Biostatistics, M.S.

Business, M.B.A.

Business, Traditional M.B.A.
Business, Full-time Integrated M.B.A.

Cell and Molecular Biology
Cell and Molecular Biology, M.S.

Communication, M.S.

Computer Information Systems
Computer Information Systems, M.S.
Biomedical Informatics Certificate
Database Management Certificate
Distributed Computing Certificate
Information Systems Management Certificate
Object-oriented Technology Certificate
Software Design and Development Certificate
Software Engineering Certificate

Criminal Justice
Criminal Justice, M.S.

Educational Leadership, M.Ed.

Educational Specialist in Leadership, Ed.S.
Educational Technology, M.Ed.
Higher Education, M.Ed.
Adult and Higher Education
College Student Affairs Leadership
Instruction and Curriculum, M.Ed.

Literacy Studies, M.Ed.

School Counseling, M.Ed.

Special Education, M.Ed.

Professional Certification-Program Description

Engineering, M.S.E.

Biomedical Engineering Minor
Electrical and Computing Engineering
Manufacturing Operations
Mechanical Engineering
Product Design and Manufacturing Engineering
Manufacturing Engineering Ctrl/Auto Certificate
Mechanical Engineering Design Certificate
Manufacturing Engineering Design Certificate
Production Engineering Operations Certificate
Professional Engineering Practice Certificate

Management Certificate

English Language and Literature, M.A.

Health Administration
Health Administration, M.H.A.

Medical and Bioinformatics
Medical and Bioinformatics, M.S.

Nursing, M.S.N.

Nursing, D.N.P.

Occupational Therapy
Occupational Therapy, M.S.

Physical Therapy
Physical Therapy, D.P.T.

Physician Assistant Studies
Physician Assistant Studies, M.P.A.S.

Biostatistics, M.S.

Cell and Molecular Biology, M.S.

Medical and Bioinformatics, M.S.

Public and Nonprofit Administration
Public Administration, M.P.A.
Nonprofit Leadership Certificate

Social Work
Social Work, M.S.W.

School Social Work Certification

Speech-Language Pathology

Speech-Language Pathology, M.S.

Taxation, M.S.T.

Graduate Tax Studies Certificate

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