The Graduate School at GVSU

We're glad you're considering a graduate degree from Grand Valley State University. Each of our graduate programs offers the connections, experiences, and superior value you need to open more doors, create more opportunities, and set yourself apart.

The Laker Lifetime Learning (L3) account is available for alumni to use for future classes at GVSU.

You can now explore GVSU graduate programs on the go by tuning into our program podcasts. These podcasts are filled with information about our graduate programming. Visit our podcast page and choose your program of interest to get started.

How Will You Benefit?

Individuals with graduate degrees have unique access to opportunities for:

  • Career Advancement
  • Career Flexibility
  • Recognition & Credibility
  • Financial Rewards

Why Choose GVSU?

Our graduates drive innovation within their chosen fields, benefiting from graduate programs designed around:

  • Real-world research opportunities
  • Vibrant service-learning
  • Community connections
  • Diversity & Inclusion

The Graduate School

The Graduate School (TGS) provides leadership and support and aims to prepare GVSU graduates to become:

  • Effective leaders in their field
  • Engaged, lifelong learners
  • Scholars who excel in a global environment

Recent Highlights

Dr. Snyder and Biology Graduate Students Conduct Research in the Grand River

Dr. Eric Snyder, graduate program director of Biology, leads graduate research labs with his students in the biology department. Students in his labs are working on two research projects this semester, both focusing on the State Threatened Lake Sturgeon in the Lower Grand River. The projects are being conducted in partnership with the Grand Rapids Public Museum, John Ball Zoo, Encompass Socio-ecological Consulting, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.  

Check out the full story here.

Dr. Snyder conducting research with a graduate student.
New Graduate Students at AWRI

Annis Water Resources Institute Welcomes New Cohort of Graduate Students

This year six students will be pursuing graduate degrees at Grand Valley within the Annis Water Resources Institute (AWRI) in Muskegon.

This cohort of students are all natives of Michigan, while Jillian Greene and Renée Tardani are proud GVSU alumnae. All students are involved in research that focuses on aquatic ecosystems in West Michigan and the northern Lower Peninsula.

Learn more about the students and their research, here

Scholarly and Creative Activites Presented at the Graduate Showcase 2023

A wide variety of research and scholarly activities from all disciplines were presented at the Graduate Showcase 2023.

Photos from the event are now available here.
If you would like higher-resolution version of the photos, feel free to contact our office at [email protected]

A photo college of the Graduate Showcase 2023

International Students

Greetings from The Graduate School at Grand Valley State University!  Our goal is to make your search for a Graduate Program as simple as possible, and to invite you to our campus. We have put together many resources to help support you throughout your process. 

Upcoming International Events

  • Every Friday morning at 9:00 AM our International Admissions team is hosting hour-long virtual sessions for prospective students and admitted students to discuss any questions that you may have. Whether you want general information, details pertaining to a specific program, or just want to see what GVSU has to offer, please take a look at the webinars available for you. We are here to support you in your quest for graduate education at GVSU.


Starting Fall 2023, new and returning international students are no longer permitted to take a majority of their courses online. Immigration is reverting to pre-COVID rules as follows:

  • Graduate students must take at least 9 credits each Fall & Winter semester (unchanged)
  • At least 6 of those credits must be in-person
  • Only 1 of the courses (3 credits maximum) can be taught in an online format
    • A [hybrid] course counts as online unless more than half of the course sessions are in-seat

Masters and Doctoral Degrees: See a full listing of our Graduate Programs, as well as, our Online and Hybrid Graduate Programs. 

Combined Bachelor/Master Degree Programs: Learn about all of our Combined Bachelor/Master degree programs. GVSU also offers a Student Initiated Combined Degree program.

Graduate Certificates and Badges: GVSU also offers a number of Certificate Programs and Graduate Badges.

Page last modified November 14, 2023