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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 unit 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 research project, thesis, or dissertation 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 online, 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, and processing loan deferments.

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 Associate Vice Provost for 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, 100 undergraduate degrees, and 45 graduate degrees.

Graduate Programs

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

Applied Behavior Analysis
Applied Behavior Analysis Certificate

Applied Computer Science
Applied Computer Science, M.S.
Combined Computer Engineering B.S.E. /Applied Computer Science M.S.
Combined Computer Science B.S./Applied Computer Science M.S.
Combined Information Systems B.S./Applied Computer Science M.S.

Applied Statistics
Applied Statistics, M.S.
Combined Statistics B.S./Applied Statistics M.S.

Athletic Training
Athletic Training, MAT
Combined Exercise Science B.S./Athletic Training M.A.T.

Audiology, Au.D.

Biology, M.S.
Aquatic Sciences
Natural Resources

Biomedical Sciences
Biomedical Sciences, M.H.S.
General Studies (Non-Thesis)
Research (Thesis)
Combined B.S./M.H.S.

Biostatistics, M.S.
Combined Statistics B.S./Biostatistics M.S.

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

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

Clinical Dietetics
Clinical Dietetics, M.S.
Combined Applied Food and Nutrition B.S./Clinical Dietetics M.S.

Communications, M.S.
Combined B.A./B.S. in Advertising and Public Relations and M.S. in Communications
Combined B.A./B.S. in Communication Studies and M.S. in Communications
Combined B.A./B.S. in Health Communication and M.S. in Communications
Combined B.A./B.S. in Journalism, Broadcasting, and Digital Media and M.S. in Communications

Criminal Justice
Criminal Justice, M.S.

Master of Science in Cybersecurity
Combined B.S./M.S.
Combined Computer Science B.S./Cybersecurity M.S.
Combined Information Systems B.S./Cybersecurity M.S.
Combined Information Technology B.S./Cybersecurity M.S.

Data Science and Analytics
Data Science and Analytics, M.S.
Combined Computer Science B.S./Data Science and Analytics M.S.
Combined Statistics B.S./Data Science and Analytics M.S.

Educational Leadership, M.Ed.
Educational Leadership
Special Education Administration
Educational Technology, M.Ed.
Educational Technology
Instructional Design
Master of Education in Learning, Design, and 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
Graduate Teacher Certification
Secondary Level Education
Literacy Studies, M.Ed.
Elementary Reading
General Literacy Studies
K-12 Reading Specialist
Secondary Reading
School Counseling, M.Ed.
Special Education, M.Ed.
Autism Spectrum Disorder
Cognitive Impairment
Learning Disabilities

Educational Specialist in Leadership, Ed.S.
English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Certificate
Online/Blended Instruction and Assessment Certificate
Graduate Teacher Certification Program (GTC)
Professional Certification

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

Health Administration
Health Administration, M.H.A.
Hospital Administration
Long-term Care Administration
Practice Management

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

Medical Dosimetry
Medical Dosimetry, M.S.

Nursing, M.S.N.
Nursing, D.N.P.
Adult/Older Adult Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
Family Care Nurse Practitioner
Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
Pediatric Dual Care Nurse Practitioner
Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
Interprofessional Health Informatics Certificate
Palliative and Hospice Care Certificate
Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Certificate

Occupational Therapy
Occupational Therapy, M.S.
Occupational Therapy, Dr.O.T.
Combined M.S./Dr.O.T.

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
Applied Statistics, M.S.
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
Combined B.A./B.S. in Public and Nonprofit Administration and M.P.A. in Public Administration

Public Health
Public Health, M.P.H.
Health Promotion
Combined B.S. in Allied Health Sciences and M.P.H. in Public Health
Combined B.S. in Exercise Science and M.P.H. in Public Health

Recreational Therapy
Recreational Therapy, M.S.
Combined B.S./M.S.

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.

Water Resource Policy
Water Resource Policy, M.S.

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