Founded in 1949, Grand Canyon University is a private, student-focused Christian university that’s committed to helping students pursue their dreams and advance their careers. In addition to its beautiful campus in the heart of Phoenix, GCU also offers flexible online programs that allow you to study from any location!
GCU’s online programs are backed by the history of its traditional campus, and built to meet the needs of busy, working professionals and families.
In choosing a university, you should ensure your choice is regionally accredited, as this provides an assurance of quality as well as continual institutional program improvement.
Regional accreditation in higher education originated almost a century ago as an American process conferred by a nongovernmental agency. Today, one of the most respected agencies is the Higher Learning Commission, which is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.
The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and its predecessor have accredited GCU continually since 1968. GCU obtained its most recent 10-year reaccreditation in 2007.
To be accredited, the HLC's examiners and trained peers visit GCU's campus, analyze and accept the university's operations and academic outcomes as meeting HLC's core competencies.
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The Bachelor of Science in Behavioral Health Science degree program prepares students to work as behavioral health technicians or specialists in various settings as members of a clinical team. This behavioral health program within the College of Humanities and Social Sciences provides a more general and broader perspective on specific areas in the behavioral health field. You will gain a comprehensive study of human behavior within a Christian values-oriented environment designed to emphasize compassion and ethics. This behavioral health science degree does not lead to licensure.
The Bachelor of Science in Behavioral Health Science with an Emphasis in Childhood and Adolescence Disorders degree program prepares students with the skills and training to work in various settings as behavioral health technicians or specialists. You will gain a comprehensive knowledge base of childhood and adolescent development and behavior, and in particular, a thorough understanding childhood and adolescent disorders. Within the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, you will explore the biological, emotional and environmental aspects that impact childhood and adolescent development, as well as theories related to childhood and adolescent physical and behavioral health. The behavioral health science program addresses the assessment, diagnosis, intervention and best practices for the behavioral health treatment of both children and adolescents. This behavioral health degree does not lead to licensure.
The Bachelor of Science in Behavioral Health Science with an Emphasis in Family Dynamics degree program develops graduates who are prepared to work as behavioral health technicians or specialists. These professionals may work in various settings, such as residential, inpatient or outpatient clinics, as members of a clinical team. This behavioral health science program within the College of Humanities and Social Sciences is designed to provide an extensive study of behavioral health with a strong foundation in family dynamics. Along with essential behavioral health skills, you will gain an in-depth understanding of family origins and perceptions in order to play a role in helping to improve client relationships. An array of professional associations and guidelines guide the programmatic competencies, including the American Psychiatric Association (APA), American Counseling Association (ACA) Code of Ethics and American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) Code of Ethics, to name a few. This behavioral health degree does not lead to licensure.
The Bachelor of Science in Behavioral Health Science with an Emphasis in Trauma degree program provides students with the foundation to enter the field as behavioral health technicians or specialists. You will acquire the skills and training to work within diverse settings, such as an inpatient, outpatient or residential clinic, as part of a clinical team. This behavioral health science program within the College of Humanities and Social Sciences offers a comprehensive study of the biopsychosocial impact of trauma and trauma-informed care. This program is also designed to reflect GCU’s Christian worldview with a focus on instilling Christian values, such as compassion and empathy, within coursework and the learning environment. You will complete this behavioral health degree program with a professional capstone project designed to reflect synthesis and integration of course content. The goal is to prepare a written proposal for a community-based behavioral health organization focusing on your specific area of interest.
The Bachelor of Science in Counseling with an Emphasis in Addiction, Chemical Dependency, and Substance Abuse is designed to train practitioners in the field of addiction counseling, chemical dependency, and substance abuse treatment. The coursework focuses on the nature of psychopathological conditions and their impact on the physical, emotional, social, intellectual, and spiritual nature of the human being. Core courses include study of the psychopathological behavior's impact on the individual, family, and society; screening and assessment methods at the beginning of treatment; and case management during the treatment phases. Counseling skills courses and a fieldwork/practicum course complete the focused coursework list. Completion of this program may qualify graduates to meet the standards for state, national, and international certification for professional prevention specialists and treatment counselors/providers. Participants should contact the appropriate certifying body to ensure that courses meet certification requirements.
This program is not available in the following states: AR, CO, GA, ID, IL, MO, MS, OH, SC, TN, KS, VT
This professional Bachelor of Science in Health Care Administration degree program equips students for entry-level supervisory roles in health care organizations. Ideal candidates for this program are students looking for career entry in health care administration and those looking to advance from clinical or technical roles to supervisory roles. The program emphasizes both the conceptual and analytical skills required to manage in contemporary health care organizations. The program also prepares students who wish to eventually seek their master's degree in order to obtain senior health care executive positions. The curriculum features investigative and experimental opportunities in project management, teamwork, and leadership.
Students of this program will have the opportunity to gain an in-depth understanding of the health care organization, strategic management and decision-making, finance, human resources, marketing, information management, and quality improvement. In addition, the impact of various dynamics, including regulatory, legal, ethical and public policy, are explored. Graduates of this program are prepared for administrative positions in hospitals, long-term care, outpatient facilities, physician offices, mental health organizations, insurance companies, public health agencies, and other types of health organizations.
This program is not available in the following states: MS
Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences with an Emphasis in Professional Development & Advanced Patient Care. The nursing practice continues to change and become more complex. As a result there is an increasing demand for nursing professionals with training in areas such as communication, leadership and critical thinking, and a bachelor's degree or higher is often required for greater effectiveness and promotion to management and leadership positions. This very current and relevant curriculum is a degree completion program designed for health care professionals who graduated from accredited certificate and/or associate degree program and who wish to acquire baccalaureate level competencies in health sciences theory and in health care professional issues.
Courses include advanced patient care, health care systems and trends, risk management, health care regulations, pharmacology, statistics, transcultural health care, and spirituality in health care. In addition, a capstone course is designed to aid in the development of inquiry and research skills. Graduates of this course are equipped with the knowledge, skills and academic credentials to taken on greater responsibility and be more effective nursing professionals.
In a crucially relevant sphere of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), a growing demand for special education services and higher graduation standards intersect in public schools across the nation. As the field of diagnosis in spectrum disorders continues to advance, ASD has become the fastest growing area of diagnosis within the disorder spectrum. Children with special needs are identified earlier in their lives, leading to higher enrollment rates of ASD students in primary education. GCU’s master’s degree in autism spectrum disorders provides licensed special education teachers a deep understanding of an educator’s responsibility to special needs students.
As the paradigm shifts and standards become more rigorous in school districts across the nation, elementary literacy and reading quality falls into the spotlight. Educational success in the classroom reflects on the depth of instruction within the lines of the regulatory framework. With a focus on literacy coaches and reading specialists who empower classroom teachers as leaders and interventionists, GCU‛s online M.A. in reading for elementary education aligns with the standards of the International Reading Association, a global network committed to literacy. Graduates of the program may seek a reading endorsement but requirements do vary for each state.
As the focus shifts toward college and career readiness standards in high schools across the country, educational success in the classroom reflects on the depth of instruction within the regulatory framework. With a focus on literacy coaches and reading specialists who empower classroom teachers as leaders and interventionists, GCU‛s online M.A. in reading for secondary education aligns with the standards of the International Reading Association, a global network committed to literacy. Graduates of the program may seek a reading endorsement but requirements do vary for each state.
Grand Canyon University's Master of Business Administration with an Emphasis in Health Systems Management program provides students with the capacity for transformational leadership through the application of business practices. The program highlights the impact of the global economy on organizational decision making, planning, and sourcing of organizational resources. Students draw upon interpersonal skills to address each practice, as well as to comprehend the influence that diverse cultures have on it. The use of telecommunications, emerging technologies, and e-commerce applications combine with essential business principles that encompass finance, accounting, economics, marketing, and management, providing students with the capacity to lead and manage business enterprises both effectively and ethically. The program encourages students to be informed critical thinkers and decision makers through active research and the application of quantitative methods that transform raw data into useful information. The program prepares students to compete for critical leadership roles in current and future organizations through coursework that addresses leadership theory, problem solving, organizational leadership, self-leadership, and highly effective teams. The program prepares students for advanced management or senior administration positions in the health care industry through coursework that addresses the legal and ethical concerns in health care and health care policies and economics.
The Master of Business Administration with an Emphasis in Strategic Human Resource Management, offered by the Ken Blanchard College of Business, covers the Society for Human Resource Management's critical competencies. By aligning this program to the human resource competencies identified by the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM), students will be well-prepared for careers as senior human resources specialists or as general managers with strong strategic HR acumen.
In an environment of continuous growth and perpetual change, a highly strategic level of project management expertise is essential to every organization. GCU‛s MBA in project management provides a comprehensive exploration of the discipline. It aligns with the global standards outlined by the Project Management Institute (PMI), the leading professional membership organization in this field. MBA candidates who choose to pursue GCU‛s project management emphasis are offered strong academic preparation for PMI‛s competitive certification process.
It’s a dynamic combination: The rapid growth of sports’ popularity combined with necessary 21st century business, leadership and management skills. Grand Canyon University put these two facets together to create its own Master of Business Administration with an Emphasis in Sports Business Management degree. You’ll apply business concepts, critical thinking skills and an enhanced understanding of management within sports. The sports business management degree combines those skills, knowledge and Christian values and ethics while building networking skills and relationships fostered by College of Business namesake Jerry Colangelo. In turn, the sports business management program is designed to create future sports business leaders: chief executive officer, general manager, operations manager, sales, marketing and more. Students in this program are encouraged to be informed critical thinkers and decision makers through active research and the application of quantitative methods that transform raw data into useful information.
The Master of Education in Early Childhood Education is a program for students seeking knowledge and expertise in the field of early childhood development and teaching. The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) standards form the foundation of this program. The curriculum includes instructional strategies, teaching methodologies, assessment techniques, theories of early childhood growth and development, and the impact of family and cultural diversity on early childhood.
This program is not available in the following states: AR, GA, KY
The Master of Education in Elementary Education is a program designed for any individual interested in the education of children in the K-8 setting, but who must postpone student teaching, or who does not choose to seek a teaching certificate. The courses of the regionally accredited program are tailored to the adult learner. Courses are taught by experts in their respective fields who share knowledge and experience in areas of educational psychology, prescriptive reading, teaching methods, and curriculum development. Assignments within each course guide students through observational and practice-based experiences. Students must have access to a K-8 classroom to complete the program assignments. Graduates of the program are prepared to become informed educators in the home, church, private schools, and other settings not requiring a teaching credential. The students are also prepared to move into a student teaching/credentialing component with Grand Canyon University.
The Master of Education in Elementary Education is a program designed for any individual interested in the education of children in the grade K-8 setting, but who seeks a teaching certificate. The courses of the state and regionally accredited program are tailored to the adult learner. Courses are taught by experts in their respective fields who share experience in educational psychology, reading strategies, teaching methods, and curriculum development. Students must have access to a grade K-8 classroom to complete the program assignments. Students must be prepared to complete a full-time 16 week student teaching component at the end of the program. Graduates of the program are prepared to become informed educators in public and private schools and other settings requiring a teaching credential. The student should consult the Grand Canyon University Catalog and academic advisor on current policies and procedures inherent in a teacher credentialing program.
This program is not available in the following states: AR, KY
The Master of Education in Secondary Education is a program designed for any individual interested in the education of children in the grade 7-12 setting, but must postpone student teaching or who does not choose to seek a teaching certificate. The courses of the regionally accredited program are tailored to the adult learner. Courses are taught by experts in their respective fields who share experience in educational psychology, reading strategies, teaching methods and curriculum development. Students must have access to a grade 7-12 classroom to complete the program assignments. Graduates of the program are prepared to become informed educators in the home, church, private schools and other settings not requiring a teaching credential. The students are also prepared to move into a student teaching/credentialing component with Grand Canyon University. Students must have a minimum of 24 units in a content area commonly taught in public grade 7-12 schools to be admitted to the program.
Master of Education in Special Education (Leads to initial teacher licensure). Educational reforms and legislation regarding individuals with learning disabilities will contribute to an increased demand for Special Education Teachers. This cross-categorical degree program is designed for any individual interested in the education of children with special needs in the K–12 setting, and who seek a teaching certificate. Participants are responsible for contacting their state department of education for certification requirements and program approval. In addition, participants should consult the Grand Canyon University Catalog and academic advisor to obtain current information about teacher credentialing programs. Courses in this state and regionally accredited program are taught by experts in their respective fields who share knowledge and experience in areas of learning disabilities, emotional and behavioral disabilities, and other physical and cognitive impairments. Opportunities are provided to apply concepts, theories, and research throughout the program. Assignments within each course guide teacher candidates through observational and practice-based experiences. Participants must have access to a K–12 special education classroom to complete the program assignments. The classroom setting must have at least 3 of the 5 following disability categories represented: emotional disability, learning disability, mental retardation, physical impairment, and/or health impairment. Participants must complete a full-time, 16-week student teaching component at the end of the program with a certified special education teacher. Graduates of the program are prepared to be effective special needs teachers who can implement individualized educational plans to accommodate various learning needs.
Grand Canyon University's Master of Science in Accounting program is designed to enhance theoretical and practical accounting skills for practitioners, researchers, and educators. The program will prepare students to sit for the CPA exam and will provide opportunities for current CPAs and accountants to advance their skills in theory, practice, and research. The coursework focuses on advanced accounting, auditing, and taxation practices in accordance with current rules and regulations.
The Master of Science in Criminal Justice with an emphasis in Law Enforcement is designed for students seeking to expand their understanding of the law, social order and justice. This program is particularly suited for law enforcement personnel who wish to advance in their field, as well as corrections, probation, and parole officers; law clerks; and other decision makers who address questions of public policy, social research and administration of justice in the public sphere.
The Master of Science in Criminal Justice with a Legal Studies emphasis is designed for students seeking to expand their understanding of the law, social order and justice. This program also prepares students for work in legal foundations where in-depth research on legal and social issues is carried out.
Grand Canyon University’s Master of Science in Instructional Technology program is designed for practicing teaching professionals who have an interest in becoming a technology specialist or coach—or educators who endeavor to increase their knowledge of technology in the classroom. This instructional technology program and courses are aligned to the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Standards for Technology Coaches, as well as the Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (InTASC) standards.
Grand Canyon University's Master of Science in Leadership with an Emphasis in Disaster Preparedness and Executive Fire Leadership provides students with the skills to develop professionally and gain self-confidence in their own leadership styles. The program offers an opportunity for graduates of the National Fire Academy's Executive Fire Officer Program (NFA-EEOP) to complete a graduate degree. Students learn to integrate a conceptual foundation for an executive leadership role that emphasizes the immediate application of ethical and practical leadership skills as well as disaster preparation and crisis management. Environmental issues directly related to leadership skills development and content required of leaders in the area of emergency public safety and disaster preparedness will also be addressed.
The Master of Science in Organizational Leadership and Entrepreneurship is designed to provide business leaders, intrepreneurs, and entrepreneurs with knowledge and skills to focus an enterprise on organic growth through innovation, the commercialization of resultant innovation, and the subsequent sales and marketing of products and services developed.
A broad range of topics related to innovation, marketing and sales will be explored, and the proven principles of servant leadership and values-based management are infused throughout the program to prepare graduates to develop and nurture an entrepreneurial spirit within their organizations. Students will discuss the formulation and execution of growth strategies within organizations and how to stay competitive in a global marketplace.
The Master of Public Administration with an emphasis in Government and Policy prepares students for careers in the public sector. The program is targeted at individuals working or desirous of finding employment in all levels of government. The core coursework gives students the opportunity to apply administrative skills in the areas of economics, leadership, human capital development, and governance within the public sector environment. Emphasis courses will challenge students to identify and provide solutions for the unique issues facing public sector organizations in the areas of financial management, inter-agency cooperation, policy and law.
The Master of Public Administration with an emphasis in Health Care Management prepares students for careers in the public sector, specifically in the healthcare industry. The program is targeted at individuals who desire to have an impact in the area of healthcare delivery and management at the federal, state and local level. The core coursework gives students the opportunity to apply administrative skills in the areas of economics, leadership, human capital development, and governance within the healthcare environment. Emphasis courses will challenge students to identify and provide solutions for the unique issues facing the healthcare industry, such as healthcare ethics, healthcare delivery systems and healthcare economics.
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Must live in the United States. Minor state restrictions based on program.
Perkins Loan, Stafford Student Loans, PLUS Loans, Leveraging Educational Assistance Partnership (LEAP) State Grant, Arizona Post-Secondary Education Voucher Program State Grant, Federal Pell Grant, Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG)
I choose Grand Canyon for the smaller class sizes and the personal relationships you develop with each instructor. The academic advisors are really helpful.