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Grand Valley State University    
2010-2011 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog 
  Sep 19, 2019
2010-2011 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Graduate Information

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Graduate Academic Policies and Regulations

Refer to the General and Graduate sections of the Academic Policies and Regulations for graduate policies and regulations.


At the graduate level, students are advised by faculty within their program of study. Students should contact the departmental office to identify the name of their advisor and arrange for an initial advising session. A complete list of graduate degree programs and academic departments is listed by college in the Office of Graduate Studies  section of this catalog.

Academic Advising for graduate students is highly individualized for each student as he/she works with a faculty advisor to select an emphasis within a degree program, to develop an educational plan, to register for and complete courses, and, where required, to develop a research proposal, conduct the research, and write a research report. Those students selecting to complete a thesis or a research project work very closely with the faculty advisor and other appropriate faculty. Please note that some programs require a faculty advisor to agree to work with a student in a research area, before he/or she can be admitted to the degree program. To learn more about academic advising for graduate students, please contact the support services noted below.

Graduate Student Support Services
Graduate Studies Office: (616) 331-7105,
Currently enrolled graduate students or persons interested in graduate studies at Grand Valley State University are welcome to visit the Graduate Dean for assistance, advice, or to provide feedback on any aspect of their graduate education.

Fred Meijer Center for Writing and Michigan Authors: (616) 331-2922, (616) 331-6407,
With locations in Allendale, Grand Rapids, and Holland, the Fred Meijer Center for Writing and Michigan Authors assists all writers at any stage of their writing processes.

Student Assistance Center: (616) 331-3327
Student Assistance Centers are located in the Student Services Building in Allendale and in the DeVos Center Plaza in Grand Rapids and provide services for registering for classes, tuition payments, GVSU ID cards, transcripts and degree progress reports, applications for graduation, processing loan deferments, check-cashing, and distributing student payroll checks.

Academic Programs

Grand Valley State University has more than 200 areas of study, 78 undergraduate degrees, and 29 graduate degrees. Use the links below to find the program(s) that apply to you!

Graduate Programs

Accounting, M.S.A. 

Biology, M.S. 

Biomedical Sciences
Biomedical Sciences, B.M.S. 

Biostatistics, M.S. 

Business, M.B.A. 
Business Administration and Law, M.B.A/J.D.  
E-Commerce Certificate
Graduate Tax Studies Certificate

Cell and Molecular Biology
Cell and Molecular Biology, M.S. 

Communication, M.S. 

Computer Information Systems
Computer Information Systems, M.S. 
Biomedical Informatics Certificate
Database Management Certificate
Distributed Computing Certificate
Information Systems Management Certificate
Object-Oriented Technology Certificate
Software Design and Development Certificate
Software Engineering Certificate

Criminal Justice
Criminal Justice, M.S. 

Educational Leadership, M.Ed.
   Educational Leadership 
   Special Education Administration  

Educational Specialist Degree in Leadership, Ed.S.
   Educational Specialist-Program Description 
Master of Education in Educational Technology 
Higher Education, M.Ed.
   Adult and Higher Education 
Instruction and Curriculum, M.Ed.
   Advanced Content Specialization  
   Early Childhood Education 
   Educational Differentiation 
   Elementary Education   
   Secondary Level Education  

Literacy Studies, M.Ed.
   Reading and Language Arts 
   School Library Media Services 
   Teach Eng Speakers Other Languages (TESOL)  

School Counseling, M.Ed.
   School Counseling  
Special Education, M.Ed.
   Cognitive Impairment 
   Early Childhood Developmental Delay 
   Emotional Impairment 
   Learning Disabilities  

Certificate Programs
Post Baccalaureate Teacher Certification 
Graduate Teacher Certification Program (GTC) 
Professional Certification-Program Description 

Engineering, M.S.E. 
Manufacturing Egr Ctrl/Auto Certificate
Mechanical Engineering Design Certificate
Manufacturing Engineering Design Certificate
Production Engineering Operations Certificate
Professional Engineering Practice Certificate

English Language and Literature, M.A. 

Health Administration
Health Administration, M.H.A. 

Medical and Bioinformatics
Medical and Bioinformatics, M.S. 

Nursing, M.S.N. 
Nursing, D.N.P. 

Occupational Therapy
Occupational Therapy, M.S. 

Physical Therapy
Physical Therapy, D.P.T. 

Physician Assistant Studies
Physician Assistant Studies, M.P.A.S. 

Professional Science Masters
Professional Science Masters (PSM) 
Biostatistics, M.S. 
Cell and Molecular Biology, M.S. 
Medical and Bioinformatics, M.S. 

Public and Nonprofit Administration
Public Administration, M.P.A. 
Nonprofit Leadership Certificate

Social Work
Social Work, M.S.W. 
School Social Work Certification 

Taxation, M.S.T. 
Tax Studies, Graduate Certificate 
Taxation and Law, M.S.T/J.D. 
Certificate in Graduate Tax Studies  

Graduate Studies and Grants Administration

The mission of the Graduate Studies and Grants Development and Administration divisions is to promote and support excellence in graduate education and the research and scholarly activities associated with it; and to promote the growth of sponsored programs, and provide support and oversight to all grant activities at the university, and to ensure that the externally funded programs at Grand Valley follow practices of good grants management.

For more GSGA information, refer to the Office of Grants Development and Administration  section of this catalog.