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Grand Canyon University

Grand Canyon University

Since 1949, Grand Canyon University has been a premier private university in Arizona, helping students find their purpose and achieve their potential through landing the job of their dreams, advancing their career, or changing occupations. As a Christian university, GCU also encourages students to find their purpose in Christ, with an emphasis on applying Christian values and ethics to the workplace.  In addition to the traditional campus, GCU offers online programs that allow you to be in any location, studying at any time of day or night you choose, while still enjoying the close connection with your classmates and instructor via online discussions.  It’s the perfect solution for those seeking the flexibility online classes offer.  Unlike exclusively online universities, our programs are supported with the integrity of a traditional campus.  As an online student at Grand Canyon University, you’re joining a community of dedicated faculty, staff and students who care about your success. The prestigious, private university is regionally accredited and consistently ranked among the top colleges offering online courses by noteworthy sources including Fortune Small Business, Technology & Learning Magazine,, Online Education Database (OEDb) and more.

College of Education

For over 60 years, Grand Canyon University has maintained a strong reputation as a prestigious Teaching College.  The primary goal of GCU’s College of Education is to provide you with the confidence to achieve excellence in your career as a teacher or administrator. At GCU, you will gain a real-world knowledge that can be directly applied to your classroom. Our intentionally-small class sizes allow our instructors to provide you with a comprehensive foundation to build your confidence in the classroom. Earning a degree from GCU’s College of Education provides the essential knowledge and in-demand skills needed for today’s demanding and diverse classrooms.

College of Doctoral Studies

Grand Canyon University’s doctorate degree programs provide the latest teaching tools, administrative techniques and leadership theories needed to develop and design the most successful organizations. Our doctoral graduates know how to apply the most effective leadership styles and organizational methods to develop organizations capable of thriving in an environment of ongoing, complex and increasingly-rapid change. The College of Doctoral Studies offers three distinct doctorate degree programs tailored toward the specific interests of our students: the Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership, Doctor of Business Administration and Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology. Our doctorate degree programs are dynamic, responding to the needs of a global society and each program uses a unique blend of coursework that follows Grand Canyon University’s commitment to servant leadership.

College of Nursing

Grand Canyon University’s College of Nursing has a 25-year history of providing outstanding education. Students who plan to become professional registered nurses (RNs) can enter GCU’s nursing program as freshmen to begin the pre-requisites or enter the program later with transfer hours. They will earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree and be prepared for an exciting nursing career. As a result of rigorous training and hard work, GCU students have an exceptional record of success on the NCLEX-RN licensure examination. While Grand Canyon University cannot guarantee employment after graduation, traditionally our graduates have been highly recruited by health care facilities.

College of Arts and Sciences

The College of Arts and Sciences exemplifies a premier education at a private Christian university where quality instruction and student learning are the primary objectives. With an intentionally-small class size,  instructors are dedicated to the highest quality instruction and success of students.  The College provides a premier learning environment and opportunity for mastery of course material. In addition to the high quality learning environment provided by the College in each course, faculty and staff work closely with students outside of the classroom to create a supportive extracurricular environment focused on the personal growth, community awareness, and professional development of each student. Graduates from the College of Arts and Sciences can be confident that they have received the highest levels of academic preparation and personal support, providing them with the knowledge, skills, and values necessary to be leading critical thinkers, global citizens, effective communicators, and responsible servant leaders in their profession and in society.

Ken Blanchard College of Business

Grand Canyon University has partnered with The Ken Blanchard Companies to create a unique Business College.  Through GCU’s Business College, you’ll have the opportunity to earn a bachelor’s or master’s degree in business that integrates Ken Blanchard’s proven leadership and values-based management concepts. Grand Canyon University is the only educational provider to offer this revolutionary educational model. You can earn your business degree at our Phoenix Campus or entirely online. With a cutting-edge curriculum that explores many of Ken Blanchard’s proven business techniques, you’ll gain the real-world business experience needed to succeed in today’s global marketplace.


The Higher Learning Commission and its predecessor have continually accredited Grand Canyon University since 1968, obtaining its most recent ten-year reaccreditation in 2007. In addition, the University has obtained specialized accreditations and approvals for our core programs. Please visit Accreditation for a complete list.