Our accelerated Integrative Studies bachelor’s degree for adult students is a fast-paced, online program designed specifically for veterans like you. While there is no such thing as a typical student, this program is perfect for students 24+ years old who already have 30 or more completed college credits, two or more years of work or military experience, the ability to complete college-level work online, and the motivation to use their leadership skills to change their lives, and the world, for the better.

When you’re done, you’ll have earned a bachelor’s degree in integrative studies and a valuable certificate in project managementdata analytics, intercultural communications, business fundamentals, or leadership. The bachelor’s degree requires 120 total credit hours, and we’ll work with you to maximize all of the college credits you may already have.

You can get in touch with any one of our advisors by calling (616) 331-7180, emailing, or by Scheduling online

Registration is Open for classes beginning March 15, 2021. Click for other start dates.

GVSU was award Gold Star Status by the Michigan Veteran's Affairs Agency.

Gold Star Status in 2019-2020 by
the Michigan Veteran's Affairs agency.

Skills to Help You Meet Your Career Goals

In addition to the bachelor's degree in integrative studies, you will earn a certificate in one of these in-demand skills:

  • Business Fundamentals (NEW) - Helps you develop financial and accounting acumen, as well as better understand the fundamentals of the human side of business and organizational operations. You will build the knowledge and skills necessary to better understand and manage in your organization. Skills developed include analyzing financial statements and performance, creating operating budgets, managing and motivating others, and analyzing and using marketing information.
  • Project management - Integrates industry-proven project management practices with Agile principles. Students work in small teams to effectively initiate, plan, execute, control, and bring closure to real-world project(s) using MS Project and other enterprise project management software.
  • 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.
  • Leadership - Focuses on social change and business communication and includes further exploration into organizational theory, team building, design thinking, and grant writing. Students will develop professional skills that employers are looking for, such as team building and ethics.
  • Intercultural Communications - Prepares students with skills in effective communication within and across diverse international organizations by focusing on intercultural learning and competence in the global workplace. 

These certificates are also available on their own. You can find out more on this page.

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

Start Dates

Fall 2021

Winter 2022

Spring 2022

Summer 2022

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

Access Learning on Your Time

  • All classes are accelerated six-week sessions.
  • The LEADS program is primarily online with the option of two in-person meetings during the course of your degree. 
  • Our online classes enable you to access program content and contribute to class discussions each week when it fits your schedule. 
  • You do not need to be online on a specific day, and just like a traditional course, you can expect to have a syllabus with a course calendar for due dates. 
  • You can expect 15 hours of work a week and advisors will help you figure out how classes can fit into your life

This quiz assesses your learning style, along with your technology and academic skills. After the quiz, you will receive feedback on your strengths and opportunities to further develop your skills and decide whether online classes are right for you. 

Resources for Veterans

Grand Valley has the support you need, when you need it. From start to finish, our staff is standing by to make sure your experience is enjoyable. Through the support of our Military and Veterans Resource Center and Center for Adult and Continuing Studies, GVSU will ensure your transition to class is easy and your career goals are obtainable. PAVE, Grand Valley's peer advising group, is another highly recommended resource for veteran students.

Find out more about veteran resources by visiting our homepage

The Veteran Promise

If you have committed to serving our country for at least two years and are a 2021 Michigan high school graduate, we offer pre-approved admission to Grand Valley State University deferred until you’re ready. Your willingness to make a commitment to your country means something, and the least we can do is to eliminate the worry about being accepted to college.

Learn More About this Program

Admission Requirements

This program is designed for motivated learners who want to complete their degree or certificate with a virtual community of similarly dedicated individuals. The admission requirements include

  • a completed application;
  • a copy of your Joint Service Transcripts;
  • official transcripts from ALL colleges and universities attended;
  • thirty (30) completed college credits; and
  • a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher (exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis for those who demonstrate a potential for academic success in other ways).

Costs and Financial Aid

There are resources available for veterans who would like to complete their degree at Grand Valley State University. Our staff can assist with the following:

Are You Ready to Get Started?

We know you are busy and we are here to help you get started.

Our advisors will review courses you’ve already taken at Grand Valley 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 admission and financial aid process, and give you a personalized degree plan.

Get in touch with an advisor by calling (616) 331-7180, emailing ceinfo@gvsu.edu, or clicking below to make a phone or virtual appointment.

Schedule online with an Advisor