Grand Valley State University's Master of Science in Engineering (M.S.E.) is offered through the university's School of Engineering in the Seymour and Esther Padnos College of Engineering and Computing The M.S.E program  is a design oriented program and is closely integrated with local West Michigan businesses, taught in outstanding state-of-the-art facilities.

While research is a key component to the graduate students' education at GVSU, emphasis is also placed on practical experience directly related to current engineering trends. Engineering knowledge and skills are strengthened by courses and projects that apply advanced engineering methods to solve practical problems.

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West Michigan Job Growth by 2024
Michigan Job Growth by 2024
Median Annual Wage


According to 2020 EMSI data, engineering jobs are expected to grow 11% in West Michigan and 7% in Michigan by 2024. Industrial engineering jobs, in particular, are growing steadily. The median annual wage for engineers is $92,310 but varies by region and job title. M.S.E. graduates often hold the following job titles:

  • Industrial Engineers
  • Mechanical Engineers
  • Electrical Engineers
  • Product Development Engineers
  • Design Engineers
  • Quality Engineers

Source: EMSI, 2020

Engineering faculty member Lindsay Corneal talks about working with co-op students and watching them get real world experience.

The Skills Employers Want

The M.S.E. in Engineering at GVSU will develop the skills you need to land the job you want. Whether the skills are advanced or general, you will build a resume of qualifications that are sure to attract employers. The following skills correlate with those pulled from actual job postings in the engineering field.

Advanced Skills

  • Electrical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • New product Development
  • Simulink
  • Systems Engineering
  • Simulations
  • Powertrain
  • Design Failure Mode And Effects Analysis
  • Computer Aided Engineering (CAE)

Common Skills

  • Management
  • Problem Solving
  • Communications
  • Leadership
  • Presentations
  • Innovation
  • Integration
  • Written Communication
  • Research

Source: EMSI, 2020

Other Reasons to Study Engineering at GVSU

Integrated. Grand Valley's engineering program is closely integrated with local West Michigan businesses. This has led to the unique partnership of the Industry-sponsored Graduate Fellowship program.

Focus Areas. The GVSU graduate engineering structure is unique in its design. The curriculum consists of three "focus areas": Professional Practice, Emphasis Core and Elective Courses, and culminates with a senior project.

Faculty. The faculty of the engineering school have a diverse background in research including alternative energy, biomedical, transportation, product and process development, integrated circuits, power systems, and nano technology.


Master of Science in Engineering (M.S.E.) program is a minimum of 33 credits. The program involves four course clusters of analysis, projects, and applications for the selected emphasis:

  • Chosen emphasis courses
  • Electives
  • Capstone experience
  • Professional practice

Visit the online catalog for course offerings and degree requirements.

Course Offerings


Students pursue the M.S.E. in any one of the following areas of study:

Each student, working with a faculty advisor, develops a program of study to fit individual interests and needs.

An M.S.E student works on a project in the Fred M. Keller building.


For Fall 2020, the Master of Science in Engineering (M.S.E.) application deadline is July 31, 2020. The winter semester deadline is September 1, 2020. The $30 application fee is waived if you’ve already applied to Grand Valley. Visit the online catalog to view admission requirements for this program.

Admission Requirements


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For more information on tuition and fees, please visit the costs portion of the GVSU Financial Aid website. For financial support, scholarship search, and filing for FAFSA, please visit the GVSU Financial Support website.

Note: Grand Valley does not charge a higher tuition rate based on residency. Tuition is based on the program in which you chose to enroll.


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