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2011-2012 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog
Grand Valley State University
2011-2012 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog 
  Sep 16, 2019
2011-2012 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 members within their program of study. Students should contact the graduate program director or the academic 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, develop an educational plan, register for and complete courses, and where required, develop a research proposal, conduct the research, and write a research report. Those students selecting to complete a thesis, dissertation, or a research project work very closely with the faculty advisor and other appropriate faculty members.

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
Office of Graduate Studies: (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 on the Allendale Campus, Robert C. Pew Grand Rapids Campus, and Meijer Campus in 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 on the Allendale Campus and in the DeVos Center Plaza on the Pew Grand Rapids Campus and provide services for registering for classes, tuition payments, Grand Valley 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 29 graduate degrees and 79 areas of study. Visit for an interactive version of the list below.

Graduate Programs

Accounting, M.S.A. 

Biology, M.S. 

Biomedical Sciences
Biomedical Sciences, M.H.S. 

Biostatistics, M.S. 

Business, M.B.A. 
Business Administration and Law, M.B.A/J.D.  
Business, Traditional MBA
Business, Full-time Integrated MBA

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 Administration - Curriculum and Instruction 
Master of Education in Educational Technology 
Higher Education, M.Ed.
   Adult and Higher Education 
   College Student Affairs Leadership  
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 
   Teach Eng Speakers Other Languages (TESOL)  

School Counseling, M.Ed.
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. 
Electrical and Computing Engineering
Manufacturing Operations
Mechanical Engineering
Product Design and Manufacturing Engineering
   Manufacturing Engineering Ctrl/Auto Certificate
   Manufacturing Engineering Design Certificate                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
Mechanical Engineering Design Certificate
   Production Engineering Operations Certificate                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        
Professional Engineering Practice Certificate                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

English, 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 (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. 

Tax Studies, Graduate Certificate