The demand for health care professionals in Michigan is high. Health care is the second fastest growing industry in the state with more than 6,000 jobs available statewide. Grand Valley State University is ready to meet this demand with graduate programming opportunities spanning the health care spectrum. In fact, Grand Valley is the number one provider of health care professionals in West Michigan. Whether you are looking to advance in your current health care job or are new to the industry, Grand Valley has the advanced degree to help you achieve your career goals. Many of our programs are unique to West Michigan and some are accelerated to get you into the workplace even sooner. No matter what program you choose, you know it's backed by Grand Valley's outstanding reputation around the region and across the state.

Explore some of our most in-demand healthcare programs and degrees below or see all of our graduate programs here. Whatever your goals, whatever your interests, you'll find a program that will lead to a healthy and fulfilling career.

Health Care is the 2nd Fastest Growing Industry in Michigan
11% Job Growth in Michigan by 2024
6,000+ Health Professions Jobs in Michigan

July 2019-May 2020

Master of Athletic Training

Athletic trainers are health care professionals who specialize in preventing, recognizing, managing, and rehabilitating athletic injuries. Grand Valley's Master of Athletic Training (MAT) is offered through the Department of Movement Science. The MAT is a two-year degree that provides students with a theoretical and conceptual foundation combined with extensive hands-on clinical experience for professional preparation.

Doctor of Audiology

The audiology degree at Grand Valley is a professional degree that is clinically focused, allowing the student greater application of knowledge upon graduation than other research-based programs. Students will be prepared to sit for the national exam and to qualify for state licensure upon completion of the program. Grand Valley's audiology degree will prepare students with the skills they need and employers want.

Master of Science in Clinical Dietetics

Clinical dietetics is a systematic approach to treating medical conditions, complex disease processes, and their associated symptoms through medical nutrition therapy. The Master of Science in clinical dietetics at Grand Valley is a five-semester program, which results in the award of a master's degree and a verification statement for completion of supervised practice.

Master of Science in Occupational Therapy

The Master of Science degree in occupational therapy has two curriculum options: a traditional full-time/two-year program or a hybrid full-time/three-year program (for students who must maintain employment throughout the program due to life commitments). Both lead to an entry-level Master of Science in occupational therapy. Students can then continue their studies to earn their doctorate degree, if they choose. 

Post-professional Doctorate in Occupational Therapy

The post-professional Doctorate in Occupational Therapy (Dr.O.T.) is designed for practicing occupational therapists who have a desire to expand knowledge and advance practice skills in the areas of policy, advocacy, leadership, and education. The program provides practitioners the opportunity to explore innovative and emerging topics in chosen areas.

Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology

Speech-language pathologists identify and treat speech, language, and swallowing disorders; contribute to differential diagnosis; and provide guidance on prevention and preservation of functional communication and swallowing across the lifespan. Students can pursue a graduate degree through one of two tracks. Track one is an intensive four-semester applied program for those who have completed the pre-professional requirements and a bachelor's degree. Track two is a six-semester program; the first two semesters meet pre-professional requirements and the final four semesters are an intensive applied program. 


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. If you have been previously enrolled at GVSU, your $30 application fee is waived. 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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