Grand Canyon University Online

Grand Canyon University’s history dates back to 1949, when it was founded by the Southern Baptist Convention. The university changed hands in the early 2000s when it was acquired by a small group of investors. It went public in 2008, and is now under the parent company Grand Canyon Education, Inc. Today, Grand Canyon University has grown its enrollment to more than 12,000 students, but still holds true to the religious tradition it was founded on, encouraging students to apply Christian values and ethics in the workplace, holding weekly chapel services on campus, and hosting small groups for Bible study and fellowship. The university offers regular programs and evening programs through its Phoenix campus as well as flexible online programs. Since not every student is familiar with online education, each online course starts with a tutorial to familiarize students with the online structure. Online students take one class at a time so that they have a better chance to succeed.

Programs Offered

Grand Canyon University offers a wide variety of online programs, with approximately 100 bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs available in areas like education, nursing and health sciences, business, and liberal arts. Online undergraduate majors include early childhood, elementary, and secondary education; communications; English literature; history; counseling; health sciences; justice studies; psychology; sociology; and Christian studies. Undergraduate business programs include accounting, applied management, business administration, healthcare administration, sports management, and more. Master’s programs include 18 different Master of Education specializations; two Master of Arts in Teaching specializations; a Master of Public Health; and six Master of Science programs in areas like addiction counseling, criminal justice, professional counseling, and psychology; and multiple MBA and Master of Science in Nursing specializations. Finally, all of Grand Canyon University’s doctoral programs — from the DBA program to the Doctor of Education programs to the Ph.D. programs— are available online.


Grand Canyon University has been regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools since 1968. In addition, the university has specialized accreditation for specific programs through the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.


Applicants to Grand Canyon University’s undergraduate programs must be at least 16 years old and have a high school diploma or GED certificate. Work experience is recommended, but not required. Some programs of study have more rigorous academic requirements that must be met, so students should check for any additional admission requirements by program. Applicants to master’s programs must possess a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution approved by the university and a GPA of 2.8 or higher, or possess a graduate degree, to be eligible. Some graduate programs will have more rigorous requirements and/or a higher GPA that must be met, so check your individual program for more information. Finally, those applying for doctoral admission must have a master’s degree from a regionally-accredited institution and a GPA of 3.4 or higher, and submit a letter of intent between 200 and 450 words. Those with GPAs between 3.0 and 3.39 must meet different specifications, as do applicants applying to the DBA and Ph.D. programs.

Admissions Contact

Grand Canyon University
3300 West Camelback Road
Phoenix, AZ 85017-3030
1.800.800.9776 (toll-free)

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