Application Requirements

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.

If you have questions, please don't hesitate to contact Graduate Admissions or 515-263-2830.

Transfer of Graduate Credit

Students admitted to graduate study at Grand View University may submit a request for up to six semester hours of previously earned graduate credit to be accepted as transfer credit. Previous graduate work must:

  • Have been earned at an accredited college or university.
  • Have been completed within the last five years prior to admission to graduate study at Grand View.
  • Have been awarded a grade no lower than a B-.
  • Be reviewed and evaluated at the time of admission to graduate study at Grand View University.

All requests for transfer credit must be accompanied by:

  • An official transcript, course description, and course syllabus.

Graduate Student Checklist

  1. Complete the application for admission.
  2. Pay $40 nonrefundable application fee. Application fee is waived for students seeking an endorsement or certificate.
  3. Submit official transcripts. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Minimum of two years of professional work experience (except Sport Management, Athletic Training, and Education).
  6. 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). The GRE is most appropriate for those in Athletic Training, Education and Nursing (No GRE or GMAT required for Organizational Leadership).
  7. Submit the following:
  • 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.