Courses and Programs

Grand Valley's degree programs, badges, and certificates were created to provide career-focused adults like you with the specific skills employers ask for in job descriptions. For many programs, all instruction and coursework are online. Hybrid programs include valuable experiential learning during a limited number of in-person visits at a GVSU campus. 

Whether online or hybrid, our programs fall into the following areas of interest. Choose the one that interests you or keep scrolling to see what is available.

Health

Doctor of Nursing Practice - Hybrid program meeting once a month face-to-face in Grand Rapids, with the remaining coursework completed online.

Graduate Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis - Students will develop in-depth knowledge and applied competence in the delivery of behavior analysis to improve the quality of life of individuals in schools, community, and work settings. Allows students to pursue certification as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA).

Graduate Certificate in Palliative and Hospice Care - Prepares individuals interested in palliative and hospice care with a deep understanding of the personal, professional, economic, and legal perspectives of delivering care to patients facing life-limiting disease, terminal illness, and death.

Masters in Medical Dosimetry - Hybrid program in which students come to campus 1 time (Grand Rapids) at the start of the program and 1 time at the end of the program.

Masters in Public Health - Hybrid track of the program meets 2-3 times in Grand Rapids per semester.

Masters in Occupational Therapy - Hybrid track available for a cohort of 20 students, who come to the Grand Rapids campus 1 weekend per month.

Master's of Science in Nursing - A hybrid program meeting face-to-face up to three times each semester in Grand Rapids (or in locations negotiated with practice partners) with required experiential learning opportunities; remaining coursework is completed online.

R.N. to B.S.N. - For individuals currently working on or having completed academic preparation as an associate degree prepared nurse. Classes include content on research, safety and quality, professional identity,  leadership, community and population health nursing.


Technology

Graduate Badge in Cybersecurity - Prepares students in analyzing risk, discussing legal and ethical issues, securing a network against attack, hardening operating systems, cyber forensics, and describing software vulnerabilities.

Graduate Badge in Web and Mobile Computing (Available Winter 2021) - Prepares students in designing mobile applications, developing web-based applications, designing distributed systems, EER modeling, schema design and normalization, SQL/DDL, SQL/DML, stored procedures, database triggers, and TCP/IP protocol stacks.

Undergraduate Certificate in Applied Data Analytics - Focuses on understanding how to interpret, use, and apply data and statistics in the workplace. Students learn foundational computing and statistical skills like visualization, predictive analytics tools, and computer coding in Python and R.


Education

Graduate Teacher Certification—Elementary - Hybrid program (Grand Rapids) that requires 3 face-to-face meetings per semester.

Graduate Teacher Certification—Secondary - Hybrid program (Grand Rapids) that requires 3 face-to-face meetings per semester.

Graduate Certificate in Online/Blended Instruction and Assessment - Provides K-12 teachers with knowledge and skills necessary to successfully design, develop, teach, and assess learning in online/blended environments.

Master's of Education in Instruction and Curriculum: Early Childhood - Prepares teachers, supervisors, and directors in preschools, child development centers, Head Start programs, and kindergarten classrooms, as well as researchers and program specialists in the field for general and high-risk students.

Master's of Education in Instruction and Curriculum: Educational Differentiation - Prepares teachers and specialists to meet the education needs of students with exceptional abilities within the mixed-ability classroom. Focuses on assessment, methodology, materials, curriculum, and administration.

Master's of Education in Literacy Studies Reading/Language Arts - Offers teachers the opportunity to enhance student literacy learning through effective literacy practices as classroom teachers, reading specialists, literacy coaches, and curriculum administrators.

Master's in Educational Leadership - Emphasizes theory, research, and practice in such areas as effective leadership, curriculum organization and improvement, personnel administration, finance, law, assessment, and other related topics.

Masters in Educational Leadership - Hybrid program that requires three face-to-face meetings per semester. Available in Grand Rapids, Traverse City, and Detroit.

Masters in Educational Leadership—Special Education Administration - Hybrid program that requires 3 face-to-face meetings per semester. Available in Grand Rapids and Detroit.

Masters of Education in Literacy Studies—Reading/Language Arts Hybrid program that requires 3 face-to-face meetings per semester. Available in Grand Rapids and Detroit.

Master's of Education in School Counseling - Prepares students with the skills needed to develop and manage a comprehensive school counselor program.

Master's in Educational Technology - Prepares educators, trainers, coaches, and leaders to integrate technology into instructional settings.


Professional

Integrative Studies Adult Degree Completion - Students hone the writing, communication, and critical-thinking skills valued by employers from multiple professions. The degree is customizable with a combination of electives from their disciplines of choice.

Intercultural Competence (ITC) Badge - Helps individuals become more comfortable communicating effectively with people from other cultures and backgrounds.

Masters of Business Administration - This program is hybrid, and offered part-time. Classes meet in-seat one time per week— 50% of class meetings are online.

Professional Master of Arts in Social Innovation Program - The program is offered on a hybrid model, with seated course meetings offered one of two evenings on the Pew Campus in downtown Grand Rapids. Most (7 of 9) elective “application” courses offered by other colleges are also offered online/hybrid and/or evening formats; students may select any 3 of these 9 courses to complete the program. The program concludes with synthesis courses, which are also offered in hybrid/evening formats.

Undergraduate Certificate in Leadership - Focuses on social change and business communication, and includes exploration into organizational theory, team building, design thinking, and grant writing. Students will be developing skills employers are looking for such as team building and ethics.

Undergraduate Certificate in Project Management - Integrates industry-proven project management practices with Agile principles. Students work in small teams to initiate, plan, execute, control, and bring closure to real-world project(s) using MS Project and other enterprise management software.