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School Profile: Grand Canyon University Online

A profile of Grand Canyon University Online with info including when the school was founded, accreditation, online programs offered, degrees offered, tuition, financial aid options, and special programs for military personnel.

Information as of April 2010.

1. Date School Established/Online:

Grand Canyon University, an accredited, private, Christian university located in Phoenix, AZ, was founded in 1949

2. Accreditation:

Grand Canyon University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association. Other associations include:

  • Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (Business Programs)
  • The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and the Arizona State Board of Nursing (Nursing Programs)

3. Degrees Offered:

Certificates, Bachelor’s, Master’s, Doctoral

4. Tuition:

As of April 2010. Rates are per credit:

Undergraduate: $415

Graduate – Business $485

Graduate – Nursing (Prof. Studies): $535

Graduate – Professional Studies and other programs: $440

5. Number of Students:

According to the website, there are over 12,000 students enrolled on campus and online.

6. Number of Faculty:

Approximately 700

7. Financial Aid Options:

Grand Canyon University Online offers loans, grants, scholarships, and tuition payment plans. Federal financial aid programs include:

  • Federal Stafford Student Loan
  • The Federal PLUS Loan
  • The Federal Pell Grant

8. Special Programs for Military Personnel:

Grand Canyon University Online offers tuition assistance to active duty soldiers, and honors VA education benefits administered by the Department of Veteran Affairs. These include:

  • Chapter 30 – Montgomery GI Bill
  • Chapter 31 (Vocational Rehab for Disabled Veterans)
  • Chapter 32 (Vocational Rehab for Disabled Veterans, or VEAP)
  • Chapter 34130 (Regular GI Bill)
  • Chapter 35 (Survivor’s and Dependants Education Assistance)
  • Chapter 1606 (Selected Reserves Education Benefit)
  • Chapter 1607 (Reserve Educational Assistance Program, or REAP)

9. Career Placement Services Provided?

Grand Canyon University’s Career Services Department provides:

  • Career Assessment
  • College Major Exploration
  • Career Exploration
  • Advising
  • Job Post Listings
  • Virtual Career Fair – Connect with employers
  • Career and Job Fairs – Local and Regional
  • On-campus Jobs o Off-campus Jobs
  • Internships o Volunteer Opportunities
  • GCU Career Events
  • Small Discussions and Workshops
  • Walk-in Appointment

10. Online Programs Offered:


Accounting (Bachelor’s)

Applied Management (Bachelor’s)

Business Administration (Bachelor’s)

Business Administration (MBA)

Emphasis in:

  • Leadership
  • Nursing Leadership in Healthcare
  • Accounting
  • Administration Finance
  • Strategic Human Resource Management
  • Emphasis in Leadership
  • Health Systems Management 
  • Leadership
  • Disaster Preparedness and Executive Fire Leadership

Entrepreneurial Studies (Bachelor’s)

Finance and Economics (Bachelor’s)

Marketing (Bachelor’s)

Public Safety and Emergency Management (Bachelor’s)


Education in Curriculum and Instruction (Master’s)

Emphasis in:

  • Reading with an Emphasis in Elementary Education
  • Reading with an Emphasis in Secondary Education

Technology Education in Education Administration (IR) (Master’s)

Education in Education Administration: Organizational Lead (Non-IR) (Master’s)

Education in Elementary Education (IR or Non-IR) (Master’s)

Education in Organizational Leadership (Doctoral)

Emphasis in:

  • Organizational Development
  • Higher Education Leadership
  • Effective Schools
  • Behavioral Health

Instructional Leadership Education in Secondary Education (IR or Non-IR) (Master’s)

Education in Special Education (IR, Non-IR or Certified Special Educators) (Master’s)

Education in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (Master’s)

Elementary Education: (Bachelor’s)

Emphasis in:

  • Early Childhood Education
  • Special Education
  • English
  • Math

Science Secondary Education: (Bachelor’s)

Emphasis in:

  • Business Education
  • English
  • Math
  • Social Studies

Teaching with an Emphasis in Professional Learning Communities (Master’s)

Teaching with an Emphasis in Teacher Leadership (Master’s)


Communications (Bachelor’s)

Criminal Justice (Master’s)

Emphasis in:

Law Enforcement 

Legal Studies

Christian Studies (Bachelor’s)

Christian Studies (Master’s)

Emphasis in:

  • Christian Leadership
  • Pastoral Ministry
  • Urban Ministry

Youth Ministry English Literature (Bachelor’s)

History (Bachelor’s)

Interdisciplinary Studies (Bachelor’s)

Justice Studies (Bachelor’s)

Psychology (Bachelor’s)

Psychology (Master’s)

Emphasis in:

  • General Psychology
  • Industrial and Organizational Psych. Sociology (Bachelor’s)


Addiction Counseling (Certificate, Bachelor’s, Master’s)

Health Care Administration (Bachelor’s, Master’s)

Health Science: Professional Development & Advanced Patient Care (Bachelor’s)

Marriage and Family Therapy (Master’s)

Medical Imaging Services (Bachelor’s)

Nursing: RN to BSN (Bachelor’)

Nursing (Master’s)

Emphasis in:

  • Nursing Education
  • Nursing Leadership in Health Care Systems

Professional Counseling (Master’s)

Respiratory Care (Bachelor’s)

Bridge to MSN Clinical Nurse Specialist: Education

Bridge to MSN Clinical Nurse Specialist

Bridge to MSN Family Nurse Practitioner

Bridge to MSN Nursing Education

Bridge to MSN Nursing Leadership Health Care System

Post MSN Adult Clinical Nurse Specialist

Post MSN Certificate Clinical Nurse Specialist: Education