Grantham University Online

Grantham University was founded in 1951, and is among the oldest private distance-education institutions in the nation. The university got its name from Don Grantham, a World War II veteran who founded the university as Grantham Radio License School in Los Angeles. The name, location, and scope of the school have changed dramatically over time, and today the school operates solely as a distance-education institution with administrative offices in Kansas City. The university’s focus is on serving nontraditional students, particularly military personnel and veterans. In fact, more than 90% of the student body is active-duty military, veterans, retired military service members, and military spouses. Even so, the university also evens the playing field for working adults and first-generation college students. Grantham University is committed to providing an accessible higher education to its nearly 14,000 enrolled students that is professionally relevant to students’ future careers.

Programs Offered

Grantham University offers 38 different associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and certificate programs 100% online. The degree and certificate programs are offered through the university’s four colleges: the Mark Skousen School of Business, the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Engineering and Computer Science, and the College of Nursing and Allied Health. Courses are delivered through the Angel online learning platform. Associate degrees are available in a variety of areas, including business administration, business management, computer science, criminal justice, and medical billing and coding, among others. Bachelor’s degree options are even more plentiful, including accounting, health systems management, human resource management, information systems, information systems security, and an RN-to-BSN degree. Master’s programs include a general MBA and two MBA specialization options, four different Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) specializations, and an RN-to-MSN option, as well as master’s programs in business intelligence, information technology, performance improvement, health systems management, and health care administration.


Grantham University is accredited by the Distance Education and Training Council, Accrediting Commission. The university has maintained this accreditation since 1961.


Prospective students begin the admissions process at Grantham University by contacting the university over the phone or completing the online admission application. To qualify, students must possess a high school diploma, GED certificate, or state-recognized home school graduation certificate. Students can typically verify high school completion by sending in their high school transcript. Military personnel and veterans have the option of submitting certain military documents that certify high school graduation in lieu of this. Students applying to the BSN completion program must possess a current registered nursing license and an associate degree in nursing from an accredited nursing program. Transfer students will need to submit transcripts from all institutions previously attended. Applicants to graduate programs must possess a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution with a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher. Those who do not meet the GPA requirement have the option to request a waiver from the GPA requirement, and the dean or chair of the department will consider these applicants on a case-by-case basis. MSN applicants must possess a BSN degree and a current registered nursing license. Standardized test scores (e.g., SAT, ACT, GRE, GMAT) are not required for undergraduate or graduate admissions.

Admissions Contact

Grantham University
Admissions Office
7200 NW 86th Street
Kansas City, MO 64153

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