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2019-2020 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 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.

Academic advising for graduate students is highly individualized for each student as they work 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 the student can be admitted to the degree program. To learn more about academic advising for graduate students, please contact the support services noted as follows.

Graduate Student Support Services

Fred Meijer Center for Writing and Michigan Authors: (616) 331-2922, (616) 331-6407,
With locations on the Allendale Campus, 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 Lubbers Student Services Center on the Allendale Campus and in the DeVos Center Plaza on the Pew Grand Rapids Campus. The centers 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.

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

Academic Programs

Grand Valley State University has more than 300 areas of study, 91 undergraduate degrees, and 41 graduate degrees.

Graduate Programs

Accounting, M.S.A.
Combined B.B.A./M.S.A.

Applied Behavior Analysis
Applied Behavior Analysis Certificate

Applied Linguistics
Applied Linguistics, M.A.

Athletic Training
Athletic Training, M.A.T.

Audiology, Au.D., Fall 2020

Biology, M.S.
Aquatic Sciences
Natural Resources

Biomedical Sciences
Biomedical Sciences, M.H.S.

Biostatistics, M.S.

Business Administration
Executive Program (EMBA)
Professional M.B.A.

Cell and Molecular Biology
Cell and Molecular Biology, M.S.
Combined B.S./M.S.
Bioinformatics and Genomics, Graduate Certificate

Clinical Dietetics
Clinical Dietetics, M.S.

Communications, M.S.

Computer Information Systems
Computer Information Systems, M.S.
Combined B.S./M.S.
Combined B.S./M.S.E.
Biomedical Informatics
Database Management
Distributed Computing
Information Systems Management
Software Design and Development
Software Engineering
Web and Mobile Computing

Criminal Justice
Criminal Justice, M.S.

Data Science and Analytics
Data Science and Analytics, M.S.

Educational Leadership, M.Ed.
Educational Leadership
Special Education Administration
Educational Technology, M.Ed.
Higher Education, M.Ed.
Adult and Higher Education
College Student Affairs Leadership
Instruction and Curriculum, M.Ed.
Early Childhood Education
Educational Differentiation
Elementary Education
Secondary Level Education
Literacy Studies, M.Ed.
Reading and Language Arts
Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
School Counseling, M.Ed.
Special Education, M.Ed.
Cognitive Impairment
Emotional Impairment
Learning Disabilities
Leadership, Ed.S.
Online/Blended Instruction and Assessment Certificate
Graduate Teacher Certification Program (GTC)
Professional Certification

Engineering, M.S.E.
Combined B.S.E./M.S.E.
Biomedical Engineering
Electrical and Computing Engineering
Manufacturing Operations
Mechanical Engineering
Product Design and Manufacturing Engineering

English, M.A.

Health Administration
Health Administration, M.H.A.

Health Informatics and Bioinformatics
Health Informatics and Bioinformatics, M.S.
Bioinformatics and Genomics, Graduate Certificate

Medical Dosimetry
Medical Dosimetry, M.S.

Nursing, D.N.P.
Advanced Practice: Adult/Older Adult
Advanced Practice: Child/Adolescent
Health Systems Leadership
Palliative and Hospice Care Certificate

Occupational Therapy
Occupational Therapy, M.S.

Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership
Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership, M.P.N.L.
Community Impact
Mission Advancement
Nonprofit Healthcare
Nonprofit Leadership Certificate

Physical Therapy
Physical Therapy, D.P.T.

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

Professional Science Masters
Biostatistics, M.S.
Cell and Molecular Biology, M.S.
Data Science and Analytics, M.S.
Health Informatics and Bioinformatics, M.S.

Public Administration
Public Administration, M.P.A.
Criminal Justice
Health Administration
Nonprofit Management and Leadership
Policy Analysis, Advocacy, and Evaluation
State, Regional, and Local Governance

Public Health
Public Health, M.P.H.
Health Promotion

School Psychology
School Psychology, M.S
Psychology Specialist, Psy.S.

Social Innovation
Social Innovation, M.A.

Social Work
Social Work, M.S.W.
School Social Work Certification

Speech-Language Pathology
Speech-Language Pathology, M.S.

Taxation, M.S.T.

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