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 and feature our program directors. 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

A collage of 2023 3MT winners and event highlights

2023 GVSU 3-Minute Thesis Competition Winners are Here!

On Thursday, February 16th, The Graduate School hosted the 2023 3-Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition. This event welcomed 8 graduate students from all different disciplines. We are happy to announce this year’s winners:

1st place – Karina White (M.S., Biology)

2nd place – Autumn Cannon (M.S., Speech-Language Pathology)

3rd place – Emily Bemben (D.N.P.)

Applause to all participants for putting themselves out there!

To check out the photos and a video highlight of the event, please visit the 3MT webpage here.

Nature's Survey Reports Master's Students Find Value in Their Degrees

A survey by the journal Nature has found that, of the 756 master's students who participated, 68% reported they were satisfied with their programs. Furthermore, 79% of master's participants were glad to have pursued their degree, and they also found their graduate experience rewarding. In addition, the survey reported the top two elements students enjoyed the most from their master’s programs were working with interesting and bright colleagues and the intellectual challenge. In the past, Nature had only surveyed Ph.D. students. This is the first Nature graduate student survey that also includes master’s students.

Nature is a scientific journal based in London. The publication features peer-reviewed research from various academic fields in science and technology.

To read the full story, check out our news article here!

A student at Commencement smiling at President Mantella
Marlee Busalacchi next to the award-winning poster at the 2023 Midwinter Conference of Immunologists

Biomedical Sciences Laker Wins the Ray Owen Poster Award

Marlee Busalacchi (Biomedical Sciences, M.H.S.) presented a collaborative project, and won the Ray Owen Poster Award, at the 2023 Midwinter Conference of Immunologists. The event featured experts sharing cutting-edge research as well as presentations from immunology labs around the world through posters. This is a collaborative effort by Marlee Busalacchi and other members of the Renkema Lab. The team aims to investigate how exposure to microbes shapes the adaptive and innate immune system, as well as the immune response to cancer.

You can check out the full article here.

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.

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 March 20, 2023