Grand Canyon University: Online

About Grand Canyon University Online

Grand Canyon University Online (GCU), is an accredited, private, Christian university located in Phoenix, AZ. Originally established by the Southern Baptist Church, GCU is today an interdenominational university that welcomes students from all backgrounds. GCU offers online graduate programs in diverse fields. Their enhanced curricula provide working professionals, in areas such as nursing and business, the opportunity to earn an online degree from a traditional, brick and mortar school with Christian values.

Why consider Grand Canyon University

GCU Mission, Vision and Values

Founded in 1949, with a biblically rooted mission, GCU’s vision is to provide quality online academics while remaining a student-centered organization. As a Christian university, Grand Canyon University Online value system is to integrate faith, learning, work and service.

Enrollment, Attendance, Retention Rates, Graduation

Based on data from Fall 2015i, Grand Canyon University Online has a total graduate enrollment of 26,149 students of which 94% are enrolled in distance education. In the years 2014-2015, 9,000 Bachelor’s degrees, 6,588 Master’s degrees, 74 Doctorate, and 149 Postgraduate Certificates were awarded. Of these Master’s degrees, 866 were granted in Business Administration and Management, 3,059 were granted in Education, and 1,692 were granted in health professions and nursing.

  • 100% Part-time graduate attendance
  • Overall graduation rate of is 34% for students who began their studies in Fall 2009
  • 43% of all applicants admitted

Financial Aid

GCU offers non-traditional tuition rates and some scholarships for qualified online and evening students.

  • GCU offers a special scholarship to qualified veterans and their spouses, and employees of the DOD, DPHS, and NOAA.
  • Eligible students may receive Pell Grants and other federal aid (e.g. direct loans)i
  • Nursing Concurrent Enrollment Program (NCEP): GCU works with community colleges in the Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) to provide students who already have a Bachelor's degree a more efficient, less costly way to obtain their Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree through the NCEP.


Grand Canyon University Online typically seeks future graduates with diverse interests, experiences and perspectives. While infused with Christian values, no statement of faith or religious affiliation is required of prospective students. Registration for online students is done through a free online application. Admission requirements differ based on graduate degree level, program and modality.

Graduate Admission Requirements

Graduate applicants for most programs at GCU need an undergraduate degree from an accredited college or program that has been approved by Grand Canyon University (GCU), with a 2.8 GPA or higher. If you do not meet the GPA requirement, you may be eligible for admission with a graduate degree from an accredited, GCU-approved college or program and passing test scores of:

  • Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT): 500
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE): 1,000 combined verbal/quantitative, prior to August 2011; 300 combined verbal/quantitative, after August 2011

Doctoral Admission Requirements

Grand Canyon University Online welcome doctoral applicants. Acceptance to a doctoral program involves meeting one of the following criteria:

  • Candidate has earned a Doctoral degree from a regionally accredited institution with an overall GPA of 3.4 or higher. Applicants with a GPA less than 3.4 may be accepted with specifications.
  • Candidate has earned a Master's degree from a regionally accredited institution with an overall GPA of 3.4 or higher. Applicants with a GPA of 3.0 - 3.39 will be accepted with specifications. Applicants with a GPA below a 3.0 will not be accepted.


Learn from professional educators and industry leaders. Grand Canyon University Online has a total faculty of 4,380 part-time and 339 full-time instructional faculty. For instance, the College of Nursing and Health Care Professionals is led by seasoned professionals who are committed to mentoring their students and fostering positive outcomes from their students.

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Why Consider Grand Canyon University Online?

GCU stands out from other online education institutions, since online students receive full access to campus events and facilities on the main campus. Also, GCU is transfer friendly and welcomes international students. Once GCU has requested your transcripts, they evaluate your graduate coursework and determine your anticipated graduation date within 24 hours.

Online Program Model

GCU uses an advanced online learning management system called LoudCloud, and offers a variety of online library resources available anytime, anywhere. Study when it is convenient to you with course credit options to help you graduate earlier! At the beginning of your online degree program, you will enter a tutorial to become familiar with the online structure. This learning management system offers several Web-enhanced learning tools including discussion forums and eBooks. Through GCU’s online system students may:

  • Access GCU Online homepage
  • Communicate with instructors
  • Navigate the digital classroom environment
  • Submit assignments and receive feedback
  • Review a calendar of assignment due dates and reminders

Grand Canyon University Online also has a technical support center online. This includes basic troubleshooting and FAQ, live chat, call in and other ways to get the tech support you need for online education.

GCU Student Experience

GCU’s online graduate programs are designed to help students gain real-work experience and prepare to pursue a variety of careers.

  • University Development Counselors: Help students with career and academic goals
  • Office of Internships: Helps students find, select and prepare for internship opportunities.

Student Support Services

Aside from their connection to their campus, Grand Canyon University Online students benefit from other support services including:

  • Native American Community: GCU has a team of university development counselors, as well as student services counselors, specific to serving the Native American population.
  • Study Abroad: Interested in immersing yourself in another culture? Grand Canyon University offers study abroad and Global Mission trips.
  • Instructional Research: Students and faculty members partner to conduct research and publish findings that benefit a multitude of disciplines and departments.

Services and Programs for Service Members and Veterans

Grand Canyon University Online is a participant in the Yellow Ribbon Program. GCU provides additional services to military service members, veterans, Department of Defense personnel and their dependents.

  • GCU Veteran Affairs Officehas dedicated advisors and military benefit liaisons who can help you learn how to use your benefits to earn your degree at GCU Online.
  • The Reserve Officer Training Corp (ROTC) program offers cadets paid tuition and a guaranteed military career post-graduation.
  • Qaulified online members of the military are offered reduced tuition amounts. Eligible students who are currently serving in the military and can utilize military educational benefits are offered a special rate per credit. This applies to spouses.

GCU Accreditation

Accreditation speaks to the quality of an institution and its programs. Grand Canyon University Online is regionally accredited. Several of their programs are also notably accredited.

  • Regional Accreditation Grand Canyon University Online is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), which is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.
  • Nursing Program Accreditation Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate, master’s and doctorate degree levels are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.
  • Business Program Accreditation Accreditation Council Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), Arizona State Board of Education, Arizona Department of Education, Commission of Athletic Training Education (
  • State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (SARA) Participant: As a SARA participating institution, GCU may offer several of its programs to students living within SARA member states.
  • Grand Canyon University Online is in the process of seeking accreditation by Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools.

GCU Academics and Degree Programs

GCU’s online degree programs can help professionals maintain a work-life balance. GCU offers online graduate degree programs in fields; such as accounting, business, counseling, justice studies, education, leadership, nursing and liberal arts.

  • Flexibility: Since GCU offers Bachelors, Masters and Doctorate degrees, it is possible to flow from one degree in your field to another. For instance, students can earn an MBA and a DBA with Grand Canyon University Online.
  • Relevant Online MBA Programs: Emphases range from accounting and finance to healthcare systems and sports management.
  • Prepare for Teacher Licensure: GCU’s offers an online Masters in Education to help prepare students for initial teaching licensure. Limited enrollment means students can connect with faculty.

Program Highlights: Online Nursing Programs

Interested in taking your nursing career to the next level? The College of Nursing and Health Care Professional has been providing healthcare education for 30 years. Explore a full spectrum of nursing degrees, from a pre-licensure BSN degree to a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program.

GCU Nursing At a Glance

  • GCU’s programs allow you to develop direct care skills in a simulation lab
  • If your degree program requires a field practicum to graduate, the Office of Field Experience (OFE) Field Experience Specialists (FES) support you in setting up your clinical or practicum experience to meet academic and professional standards.
  • CCNE and AACN Accredited programs

Accelerated Online Nursing Programs

RN to BSN: RN to BSN candidates who are interested in earning an MSN can accelerate their nursing education and career through a fast track option. Both the BSN and MSN degrees can be earned in about 30 months, offering two valuable career credentials in less time and for less overall cost.
BSN to MSN Fast Track Option : simulates an RN to MSN program in length but allows you to take advantage of the opportunities that a BSN provides. Complete two graduate-level courses from your chosen MSN emphases as electives towards your BSN.
BSN to DNP in Leadership : offers another time-efficient pathway. With this option, you may be able to earn both your MSN in leadership and DNP in leadership in just 3.5 years.

Online Master of Nursing Practice (MSN)

At Grand Canyon University Online, MSN online programs are accredited by Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and aligned with American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) Essentials for Nursing Practice.

MBA-MSN: Nursing Leadership in Health Care Systems: : This unique joint degree program is designed for experienced nurses who have earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. With courses that span ethics and economics, students develop cross-functional skills and knowledge. This includes both business management and leadership abilities. All applicable in nursing!
MSN Degree Programs are offered in multiple emphases. This includes public health, informatics and education, as well as family nurse practitioner and acute care nurse practitioner. Online MSN degree programs help prepare advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs).

Online Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

Already an advanced-practice registered nurse? Practice-focused leaders might pursue an online DNP degree at GCU. Offered through the College of Nursing and Health Care Professions, GCU’s doctorate of nursing practice degree program consists of curriculum aligned to AACN essentials for DNP nursing. Learn how to apply science to advanced nursing.

Choose a Program at GCU Online

Browse the directory of GCU programs below. Click the program icon or hyperlink for details about individual degree programs. Then use the on-page form to request more information from Grand Canyon University Online.

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