Online Accelerated Bachelor's Degree for Adults


The world is changing. Whether it's the pandemic, the ever-changing workplace, or another factor, the way we work, live, and learn is evolving daily. At Grand Valley State University, we see those challenges as opportunities to learn, grow, adapt, and thrive. Whatever is next for you, our LEADS* program will help you take control of your future and reach your goals. We offer adults like you online certificates in specific skills Toledo area employers are asking for and an accelerated bachelor's degree completion program that can help you take control of your future and reach your goals. Best of all, you get all of the academic quality and challenge of one of the Midwest's most trusted and respected universities with the convenience of taking classes from wherever your busy life finds you. 

You can get in touch with any one of our advisors by calling (616) 331-7180, emailing, or by making a phone appointment.

Registration is Open for classes beginning January 19, 2021. Click for other start dates.

$500 Per Credit
(Most courses are three credits)
Earn a Bachelor's Plus an Online Certificate in One of Five In-Demand Areas
Try It, Like It, Your Next Class is Free

A Degree Made for You

LEADS is a fast-paced, accelerated, online bachelor's degree designed specifically for working adults like you. While there is no such thing as a typical student, this program is perfect for students 24+ years old with two or more years work experience, the ability to do college-level work online, and the motivation to change their lives for the better.

When you're done, you'll have earned a bachelor's degree in integrative studies and a valuable certificate and specific skills in your choice of five relevant certificates:

The bachelor's degree requires 120 total credit hours and we'll work with you to transfer and maximize any credits you already have toward your degree.

Required Courses

Customized with a faculty advisor, choose from courses you’ve already taken and/or choose from certificates in

All majors are required to select at least three elective courses. These often can be chosen from coursework you’ve already done.

  • INT 491: Practicum (this is often done through a project in your workplace or expanding something you may be doing in the community)
  • INT 495: Senior Seminar (research and investigation from an interdisciplinary perspective, conducted in a seminar format)

B.S. Requirements

B.A. Requirements

  • Third semester proficiency in a foreign language

Why Grand Valley?

We're Right Next Door. And Right For Adults Like You.

Grand Valley State University is an established four-year public university with campuses in Allendale, Grand Rapids, Holland, and Detroit, Michigan. With our strong liberal education foundation and dedication to hands-on learning, we prepare our more than 23,000 students to thrive in today's modern workforce and become leaders in their respective communities.

While our degree completion program does include two in-person visits to campus over the course of the degree, our nearby Detroit Center makes it easy for Toledo area students programs to take advantage of Grand Valley's value and reputation. 

Compared to those who have associate's degrees or high school diplomas, there are currently 11,000 more jobs available in the Toledo area for those who have bachelor's degrees, and they pay an average of $16,000 more annually. Our LEADS program and four online certificates – leadership, data analytics, project management, or global communications – dovetail well with the needs of the Toledo employers and you can be confident that our programs and degrees are respected and valued in Toledo, across the Midwest, and around the country.


Map of Michigan with GVSU marked in Allendale and Detroit.

Tuition Costs

Tuition Cost

Financing your degree is one of the greatest concerns adults have in returning to college. That’s why we’ve set one price for all classes within the LEADS program.

  • $500 per credit hour.
  • Most classes are three credits, so you can generally plan on $1,500 per class.
  • After the completion of your first course, we will reimburse you for the cost of a future one.

Some options to help finance your degree:

  • Grants and loans: Fill out the FAFSA.
  • Scholarships: Several scholarships are specifically targeted to adult students, and our advisors are happy to help you find these.
  • Company deferment: This plan allows you to defer the amount your employer will pay in tuition benefits until the end of the semester.

Start Dates

Fall 2020

Winter 2022

Spring 2021

Summer 2021

Session 1: August 30-October 13

Session 2: October 27-December 18

Session 1: January 10-February 23

Session 2: March 14-April 30

May 9-June 22

June 27-August 10

Speak With an Advisor

We know you are busy and we are here to help you get started. Our advisors will:

  • review courses you’ve already taken at GVSU or other schools to determine how we can maximize your credits;
  • explain the goals and outcomes of the integrative studies degree;
  • discuss services and support available throughout the program;
  • assist with the admissions and financial aid process; and
  • give you a personalized degree plan.

You can get in touch with any one of our advisors by calling (616) 331-7180, emailing [email protected], or by making a phone appointment.

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Are You A Veteran?

Grand Valley has services and support dedicated to those who have served in our armed forces. Plus, Grand Valley was recently awarded Gold Star Status in 2019-2020 by the Michigan Veteran's Affairs agency and ranked 20th by U.S. News & World Report in their "2021 Best Colleges" rankings. Check out our Veteran Complete program to learn more.

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