The Graduate School at GVSU


The Fall 2022 New Graduate Student Orientation will take place on Wednesday, August 24th. There will be one session from 3:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. and another session from 6-8 p.m. Both sessions will be held in the Charles W. Loosemore Auditorium on the Pew Campus/DeVos Building E. A resource fair will be provided from 5-6 p.m. Snacks and drinks will also be provided. Free parking is available for students in the Seward Parking Ramp.

If you are an online or hybrid student there will also be a Virtual New Graduate Student Orientation that will take place on Wednesday, August 25th from 3-5 p.m. via Zoom. A link will be provided closer to the orientation date.

Students can now register for their preferred session online.

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.

Whether your goal is the pursuit of knowledge, development of new skills, or advancement in your career, our programs will help you achieve your next goal for career success. In addition, we offer programs in a variety of formats, designed to meet the needs of busy professionals and adult learners

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

3 MT Competitor, Ellen Foley, Makes the Local News

This year's 3 MT 2nd place winner, Ellen Foley, spoke about her research with a local news channel. Neighbors of Church Lake are concerned about road salt runoff and the potential detrimental effects on the water quality and aquatic life. 

Foley, a Grand Valley State University graduate student research assistant, has been part of the team collecting samples.

“We’re seeing really high levels of chloride, which is a component of road salt, and we’re also seeing very high concentrations of phosphorous all at the bottom of the lake,” Foley said.

Read the full article here

Ellen Foley conducting research at Church Lake

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.

Have you listened to our graduate program podcasts?

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.

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.

Future StudentsInformation about admissions, graduate program tutorial podcasts, tuition and fees, international student admissions and resources, campus life, orientation, financial support, and more. 

Current Students: Information about opportunities, policies and procedures, thesis and dissertation information, student services, and more.

Faculty & Staff

Faculty & StaffInformation for faculty and staff about procedures and policies, instructions and forms, graduate assistantships and the Graduate Council.

Student Initiated Combined Degree Programs at GVSU

The Student Initiated Combined Degree program offers students a unique opportunity to combine undergraduate and graduate degree programs that meet their personal, academic, and career goals. Working with faculty advisors, students can combine degrees from different disciplines and tailor their own student-centered and goal-driven educational experience. The Student Initiated Combined Degree program provides students with extraordinary educational freedom and flexibility while reducing the time required to complete both programs separately.

Financial Assistance

Financial assistance may be available to help you continue your graduate studies at GVSU during the COVID-19 pandemic. This financial assistance is not limited to tuition assistance. The Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships has a short application for students to state how they’ve been impacted. Each individual application will be reviewed as quickly as possible. Here is the link to make a request: 

Please contact the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships with questions regarding financial assistance:
Telephone: (616) 331-3234 or 800-748-0246
Email: [email protected]

Should you be experiencing issues related to housing insecurity, please contact the Office of Housing & Residence Life at [email protected] or (616) 331-2120.

Health Resources

Laker Effect

The Laker Effect

Meet Jasmine Mancuso, a GVSU graduate student who explains how she has found success at Grand Valley in her Master of Biology program.

Page last modified August 2, 2022