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Graduate Students

Requirements for Admission to Graduate Studies

Admission to the graduate program is determined by the Council of Graduate Studies. Completed application files will be reviewed each month and applicants will be notified of action on the 15th of each month. New nursing students will be admitted to the program once a year, at the beginning of the Fall term; other progams have both Fall and Spring term admissions. For more information, please contact Graduate Admissions at gradadmissions@grandview.edu or 515-263-2830.



  • Complete the Application for Admission.
  • Pay $40 nonrefundable application fee. To pay your application fee, click here. (Application fee is waived for students seeking an endorsement or certificate.)
  • You must have earned a baccalaureate degree earned from a regionally accredited institution, evidenced by an official transcript. Transcripts must be sent directly from the institution(s) granting the credit.
  • Your validated minimum undergraduate grade-point average must be 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. If your GPA is less than 3.0, please address in a cover letter or an addendum.
  • Minimum of two years of professional work experience (except Sport Management, Athletic Training, and Education).
  • Submit scores from the Graduate Record Exam (GRE), the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT), or a written essay (in addition to the required cover letter). Go to www.gmat.com or www.gre.org. The GRE is most appropriate for those in Athletic Training, Education and Nursing (No GRE or GMAT required for Organizational Leadership). Click here for instructions about the essay.
  • Submit: 
       * A cover letter that addresses 1) the student’s interest in the program, including the identification of short-term and long-term career goals; 2) the skills and experiences the student will contribute to the program; and 3) expectations the student has of the program.
       * A professional resume.
       * Three letters of recommendation, including one from an undergraduate faculty member (or a substitute approved by the Council of Graduate Studies), one from an employer, and one from another person who can attest to the student’s ability to successfully engage in graduate study. Instead of a letter of recommendation, you may ask your recommenders to fill out and submit the electronic recommendation form, here.


  • Required prerequisite courses, with a minimum grade of C.
    Human Anatomy and Human Physiology; Nutrition or Sports Nutrition; Exercise Physiology; Biomechanics or Kinesiology; Statistics (can be taken concurrently in first term)
  • Complete 50 hours of observation under the direct supervision of a BOC-certified athletic trainer. (submit observation sheet)
  • Meet the technical standards. (sign and return technical standards document)
  • Current CPR/AED certification. (submit electronic copy of certification or card)
  • The following requirements will be met after acceptance but prior to the start of classes:
       * Background check
       * Liability insurance
       * NATA student membership
       * Up-to-date vaccinations
    Materials can be submitted to:
    Christopher Viesselman
    1200 Grandview Avenue
    Des Moines, IA 50316


  • A current license to teach in the state of Iowa, or a teaching license from another state and seeking Iowa licensure.


  • Baccalaureate degree with an upper division major in nursing from a program accredited by the National League for Nursing or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.
  • Current Iowa license as a registered professional nurse.
  • Professional liability insurance of $1,000,000/$3,000,000 coverage.
  • An upper-level (300 or above) baccalaureate biostatistics course taken within five years of the application date.
  • Current CPR (professional level) certification.
  • Health requirement, including TB testing, hepatitis B, varicella.
  • Criminal background screening.

Students whose native language is not English must also submit evidence of mastery of the English language: a minimum TOEFL score of 550 for the paper test or 210 for the computerized test.