2015-2016 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog
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 and professional advisors 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 an 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
Fred Meijer Center for Writing and Michigan Authors: (616) 331-2922, (616) 331-6407, www.gvsu.edu/wc
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.
Office of Graduate Studies: (616) 331-7105, www.gvsu.edu/gs
Currently enrolled graduate students or persons interested in graduate studies at Grand Valley State University are welcome to visit with the graduate dean for assistance, advice, or to provide feedback on any aspect of their graduate education.
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.
Grand Valley State University has more than 200 areas of study, 87 undergraduate degrees, and 37 graduate degrees. Use the following links to find the program(s) that apply to you!
Allied Health Sciences
Clinical Research Trials Management Certificate
Biomedical Sciences, M.H.S.
Cell and Molecular Biology
Cell and Molecular Biology, M.S.
Computer Information Systems
Computer Information Systems, M.S.
Biomedical Informatics Certificate
Database Management Certificate
Distributed Computing Certificate
Information Systems Management Certificate
Software Design and Development Certificate
Software Engineering Certificate
Criminal Justice, M.S.
Educational Leadership, M.Ed.
Special Education Administration
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.
Advanced Content Specialization
Early Childhood Education
Secondary Level Education
Literacy Studies, M.Ed.
Reading and Language Arts
Teach Eng Speakers Other Languages (TESOL)
School Counseling, M.Ed.
Special Education, M.Ed.
Graduate Programs in Education
Post Baccalaureate Teacher Certification
Graduate Teacher Certification Program (GTC)
Electrical and Computing Engineering
Product Design and Manufacturing Engineering
Health Administration, M.H.A.
Occupational Therapy, M.S.
Physical Therapy, D.P.T.
Physician Assistant Studies
Physician Assistant Studies, M.P.A.S.
Public and Nonprofit Administration
Public Administration, M.P.A.
Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership, M.P.N.L.
Nonprofit Leadership Certificate
Sustainability in Public and Nonprofit Organizations Certificate
Public Health, M.P.H.
School Psychology, M.S.; Psychology Specialist, Psy.S.
Speech-language Pathology, M.S.