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Why Earn Your Graduate Degree at SVSU?

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We are pleased that you are exploring Graduate Programs at SVSU. As you consider your next life changing decision – envision yourself at Saginaw Valley State University, a university that offers you these features and many, many more.

Conveniently Located

SVSU's main campus is centrally located within the State of Michigan and near Mid-Michigan's tri-cities of Saginaw, Bay City and Midland. The MBS International Airport is only ten minutes from campus and Detroit is two hours by car.

  • Graduate education programs are offered at the Regional Education Centers in Chesterfield and Troy, Michigan. Additional education programs are offered at various other locations in the Thumb region of Michigan.


SVSU offers the lowest graduate tuition of all public universities in Michigan and many Midwestern states.

Skills-Based Learning

SVSU’s programs are practical, skills-based, and designed to respond to the needs of the public and private sectors regionally, nationally and globally.

Highest Level of Accreditation

SVSU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

  • The College of Business & Management is accredited by the AACSB - International (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business). AACSB accreditation is the mark of quality distinction most widely sought after by business schools - less than 5% worldwide have earned the achievement.
  • The College of Education is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and is approved as a teacher preparation institution by action of the Michigan State Board of Education.
  • The Crystal M. Lange College of Health & Human Services nursing program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education which is affiliated with the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. The Occupational Therapy program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational therapy (ACOTE), affiliated with the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA).

Credentialed Faculty

The majority of SVSU faculty hold a Ph.D. and many bring both academic credentials and professional experience to the classroom.

Quality Course Delivery

Learning at SVSU is most often face-to-face and interactive with some on-line courses and hybrids - a combination of in-class and on-line courses.

Small Classes

Graduate classes average 16 students per course.

Breathtaking Campus

SVSU's campus is modern, compact and state-of-the-art. The Health & Human Services building constructed in 2010 provides a dozen high-tech classrooms and laboratories for students in disciplines such as nursing, occupational therapy, exercise science, athletic training and social work. More than 70 percent of the SVSU campus has been constructed in the last 15 years. Parking is ample and free. SVSU's residential facilities have been voted "Michigan's Best Residential Life" by Michigan Organization of Residence Halls Association (MORHA).

Vibrant University Culture

SVSU has almost 10,000 students, including more than 900 international students from nearly 50 countries. You can expect caring faculty, small classes, and a rich campus culture with concerts, guest lectures, theatre performances, and myriad athletic programs.