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Application Requirements

Send the following application materials to the Admissions Office, Grand Valley State University, Allendale, MI 49401-9403. You must submit a completed application form and all required documentation to the Admissions Office before your application file receives further admission consideration. Applicants whose files are incomplete will not be considered for admissions. You can monitor the completeness of your application by calling the Admissions Office at (616) 331-2025 or (800) 748-0246. All documents and supporting data required for admittance become the property of Grand Valley State University and will not be returned to the applicant.

  1. Completed graduate application for admission
  2. A $30 nonrefundable application fee (unless you have previously applied to Grand Valley)
  3. Official copies of transcripts from all institutions of higher education previously attended. Transcripts must be sent from those institutions directly to the GVSU Admissions Office. NOTE: We do not require official transcripts from Grand Valley.
  4. General eligibility requirements for federal aid require a valid Social Security Number. To assist with your financial aid processing, please complete this field on the application

Letters of Recommendation should be submitted using the online application. If you need to print a recommendation form, please click here.

The following is a checklist of materials that are required to complete your graduate application by program. Please see the Grand Valley State University catalog for specific admission requirements.

  • Accounting (M.S.A.)
  • Biology (M.S.)
  • Biomedical Sciences (M.H.S.)
  • Biostatistics (M.S.)
  • Business Administration - Full-Time Integrated Program (M.B.A.)
  • Business Administration - Traditional Program (M.B.A.)
  • Cell and Molecular Biology (M.S.)
  • Clinical Research Trials Management Certificate
  • Communications (M.S.)
  • Computer Information Systems (M.S.)
  • Criminal Justice (M.S.)
  • Education (M.Ed.)
  • Education Specialist in Leadership (Ed.S.)
  • Engineering (M.S.E.)
  • English (M.A.)
  • Health Administration (M.H.A.)
  • Medical and Bioinformatics (M.S.)
  • Nursing (M.S.N.)
  • Nursing (D.N.P)
  • Occupational Therapy (M.S.)
  • Physical Therapy (D.P.T.)
  • Physician Assistant Studies (M.P.A.S.)
  • Public Administration (M.P.A.)
  • Public Health (M.P.H.)
  • Social Work (M.S.W.)
  • Speech-Language Pathology (M.S.)
  • Taxation (M.S.T.)
     
  • Accounting (M.S.A.)
    -Official GMAT scores
    -One-page essay/personal statement
     
  • Biology (M.S.)
    -Three recommendations
    -Essay/personal statement
    -Official GRE scores
     
  • Biomedical Sciences (M.H.S.)
    -Official GRE, MCAT or DAT scores
    -Essay/personal statement
    -Three recommendations
     
  • Biostatistics (M.S.)
    -Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or satisfactory GRE or GMAT scores
    -Resume
    -Essay/personal statement
    -Two recommendations
     
  • Business Administration - Full-Time Integrated Program (M. B.A.)
    -Official GMAT scores
    -Essay/personal statement
    -Resume
    -Typed response to the following questions:
      Limit each response to 350 words.
      1.  What event, experience, or person has had the greatest influence on you
            and why?
      2.  Assume you are evaluating your application from the perspective of the
            FIMBA Admissions Committee.  Why would you and your peers select
            you for admission, and what impact would you make as a member of
            the FIMBA program?
     
  • Business Administration - Traditional Program (M.B.A.)
    -Official GMAT scores
    -One-page essay/personal statement
     
  • Cell and Molecular Biology (M.S.)
    -Undergraduate GPA of 3.0
    -Official GRE scores
    -Essay/personal statement
    -Two recommendations
    -Resume
     
  • Clinical Research Trials Management Certificate
    -Undergraduate GPA of 3.0
    -Three recommendations
    -Essay/personal statement
    -Resume
     
  • Communications (M.S.)
    -Resume
    -Two recommendations
    -Essay/personal statement
     
  • Computer Information Systems (M.S.)
    -Two recommendations
    -Resume
    -Essay/personal statement
    -Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or satisfactory GRE or GMAT scores
     
  • Criminal Justice (M.S.)
    -Essay/personal statement
    -Three recommendations, including two from current or former professors
     
  • Education (M.Ed.)
    -Three recommendations
     
  • Education Specialist in Leadership (Ed.S.)
    -Official GRE scores
    -Essay/personal statement
    -Three recommendations, including two professional, addressing your leadership skills and success. One from an individual who can address your academic/scholarly capabilities.
    -Current resume must include the following:
      1.  Title of master's project or thesis, degrees received with dates,
            institutions, majors, and minors.
      2.  Listing of employment
      3.  Description of leadership experiences, dates, and location
      4.  Presentations, publications, memberships, and professional
            development
     
  • Engineering (M.S.E.)
    -Resume
    -Essay/personal statement
    -Three recommendations
     
  • English (M.A.)
    -Official GRE scores
    -Writing sample
    -Essay/personal statement
     
  • Health Administration (M.H.A.)
    -Resume
    -Essay/personal statement
    -Three recommendations
     
  • Medical and Bioinformatics (M.S.)
    -Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or satisfactory GRE or GMAT scores
    -Resume
    -Essay/personal statement
    -Two recommendations
     
  • Nursing (M.S.N.)
    -Curriculum vitae/resume
    -Official GRE scores. The GRE will be waived for post BSN applicants who have an undergraduate GPA of 3.3 or higher.
    -Essay/personal statement. 
     
  • Nursing (D.N.P.)
    -Curriculum vitae/resume.
    -Official GRE scores. The GRE will be waived for post BSN applicants who have an undergraduate GPA or 3.3 or higher and for post MSN applicants who have a graduate GPA of 3.3 or higher.
    -Essay/personal statement. Please indicate within essay the program emphasis to which you are applying.
     
  • Occupational Therapy (M.S.)
    -Two recommendations, including a registered occupational therapist and a professor who can comment on academic performance. A graduate assistant or teaching assistant may not provide a recommendation. For non- traditional students an employer may substitute for the academic professor requirement.
    -Documentation on the OT Documentation of Experience form of the minimum 50 hours of volunteer experience completed under the supervision of a registered occupational therapist.
    -Completion of Achievement Summary form detailing student accomplishments that reflect the core goals of the program.
    -Documentation of all prerequisite coursework on the prerequisite GPA calculation form.  The prerequisite courses and an undergraduate degree must be completed by the first day of class of the professional program. Students in process of completing these must submit a written plan (include course name, number, semester, credit hours, and university) outlining course and degree completion.
     
  • Physical Therapy (D.P.T.)
    -Applicants must apply online through PTCAS at www.ptcas.org
    -In addition to completion of the PTCAS application, students must also submit the GVSU Supplemental Form and $30 application fee.  The link to the Supplemental Form is on the PTCAS website.
     
  • Physician Assistant Studies (M.P.A.S.)
    -
    Official GRE scores (for students applying for Fall 2015 entrance and beyond)
    -Two recommendations from health professionals. We recommend, but do not require, that at least one be from a practicing physician assistant.
    -Documentation on the graduate application of 500-plus hours of significant volunteer, work, or observational experience in a health care environment.  This experience must be hands-on patient care activities.
    -All prerequisite course work and an undergraduate degree must be completed by May 1 of the year of program admission. Students in process of completing these must submit a written plan (include course name, number, semester, credit hours, and university) outlining course and degree completion.
     
  • Public Administration (M.P.A.)
    -Resume
    -Three recommendations
    -Essay/personal statement
     
  • Public Health (M.P.H.)
    -Undergraduate GPA of 3.0
    -Two recommendations
     
  • Social Work (M.S.W.)
    -Three recommendations
    -Resume detailing work and volunteer experiences
    -Coursework requirement form
    -Indicate if you are applying for Advanced Standing status
    -Typed response to the following statements:
      Limit total response to five pages.
    1.  What motivates you to pursue a master's degree in social work at this
          time?
    2.  The profession of social work is committed to social, political, and
          economic justice, the alleviation of poverty and oppression, and the
          reduction of social problems. Address a social problem about which you
          are particularly concerned. Concisely discuss your understanding of
          social, political, and economic justice.  How do you think that you can 
          advance the aforementioned? What experiences or factors have shaped
           your interest in advancing justice?
    3.  Describe some of your experiences and achievements in school, work 
          (volunteering or employment), and in your personal life. Include a
          description of any barriers you have encountered in pursuing your
          education, work, or personal goals. Indicate the steps and strategies you
          have used, or are using, to overcome these barriers.
    4.  Describe examples and experiences that demonstrate you can work
          effectively with individuals and communities that represent diverse
          populations (for example but not limited to, people and communities
          reflecting diverse ethnicities, racial identities, abilities, socio-economic
          class, gender, or sexual orientations). Describe any difficulties you have
          encountered when working with any of the diverse groups mentioned
          above.
    5.  Please describe your plans for completing the MSW program if you are
          admitted. For example how do you plan to balance your work, education,
          and personal life? What supports are in place for you when you enter
          field placement?
     
  • Speech-Language Pathology (M.S.)
    -Undergraduate GPA of 3.0
    -Official GRE scores
    -Resume
    -Names of three references
    -Essay/personal statement
     
  • Taxation (M.S.T.)
    -Official GMAT scores
    -One-page essay/personal statement
Admissions Office • 1 Campus Drive • Allendale MI 49401-9403
Phone (616) 331-2025 • 1-800-748-0246 • admissions@gvsu.edu