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B.S. in Early Childhood

Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education (Leads to initial teacher licensure). An increasing emphasis on early childhood education programs, and a general movement toward universal preschool education, will increase the importance of and demand for teachers with expertise in this critical area of teaching and development. This relevant and robust degree program is designed for individuals seeking knowledge and skills in the field of early childhood development and teaching. 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. The degree program has embedded practicum experiences throughout the coursework, requires a student teaching component, and, upon approval, will lead to a teaching credential in Arizona. Teacher candidates are required to complete their internship experiences in a K–3 classroom. Graduates of this program will be equipped with the tools, techniques, and knowledge needed to successfully motivate, develop and educate children from birth to Grade 3.

B.S. in Early Childhood Education and Early Childhood Special Education

B.S. in Educational Studies (Does Not Lead to Teacher Licensure)

B.S. in Elementary Education / Special Education (Dual Major)

Bachelor of Science in Elementary/Special Education (Dual Major) (Leads to initial teacher licensure). This robust and specialized degree program is designed for any individual who seeks an elementary or cross-categorical teaching certificate to teach children with special needs in the K–12 setting. 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 students through observational and practice-based experiences. Teacher candidates must have access to a K–12 special education classroom to complete the program assignments. Teacher candidates must be prepared to complete a full-time, 16-week student teaching component at the end of the program. Eight weeks of student teaching is completed in a regular education setting and 8 weeks is completed in a resource room, self-contained class, or in a special school for students with disabilities. These special education settings must include at least 3 or more of the following disability categories: mental retardation, learning disabilities, emotional disabilities, physical/health impairments; and they must be completed with a certified special education teacher. Graduates of this program are prepared to become effective educators in both regular education and special education settings, and to implement individualized educational plans to accommodate the students’ various learning, behavioral, and social needs.

B.S. in Elementary Education with an Emphasis in Christian Education

B.S.in History for Secondary Education (ITL)

Bachelor of Arts in English for Secondary Education

Bachelor of Science in Business for Secondary Education

Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education

Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education with an Emphasis in English as a Second Language

Bachelor of Science in Math for Secondary Education

M.A. in Autism Spectrum Disorders

M.A. in Reading with an Emphasis in Elementary Education

M.A. in Reading with an Emphasis in Secondary Education

M.Ed. in Early Childhood (Does not lead to initial teacher licensure)

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.

M.Ed. in Early Childhood (Leads to initial teacher licensure)

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. With a focus on children from birth through third grade, this program has embedded practicum experiences throughout the coursework, requires a student teaching component, and will lead to a teaching credential in Arizona.

M.Ed. in Educational Leadership (Does not lead to initial teacher licensure)


Grand Canyon University's Master of Education in Educational Leadership (Does not lead to initial teacher licensure) program is designed for individuals interested in educational administration in the PK-12 setting and social services settings for children, but who must postpone a school site-based administrative internship or do not choose to seek a K-12 administrative certificate. The Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium (ISLLC) and the Educational Leadership Constituent Council (ELCC) standards form the foundation of this program of study. Courses are taught by expert practitioners in their respective fields who share knowledge and experience in areas of school and business leadership, administrative foundations, organizational theory and culture, PK-12 legal issues, public school finance, curriculum development, and instructional and team leadership. As an opportunity to apply theory to practice, field experience/practicum hours are embedded throughout the program. The Action Inquiry process frames these experiences. Benchmark assessments within each course guide students through observation, practice, and hands-on leadership experiences. Graduates of the program are prepared to become educational leaders in the home, church, private schools, and other settings not requiring an administrative credential. To be admitted into this program, 3 years of teaching experience is strongly recommended. Students who complete this program and then desire to secure an administrative credential will be required to complete the program requirements of the Master of Education in Educational Administration. This program does not include a student teaching component, and does not therefore lead to licensure or certification, but may lead to career advancement for those already certified as teachers.

M.Ed. in Elementary Education (Does not lead to initial teacher licensure)

Master of Education in Elementary Education (Does not lead to initial teacher licensure). This current and comprehensive degree program is designed for any individual interested in the education of children in the Grades K–8 setting, but who must postpone student teaching, or who does not choose to seek a teaching certificate. Courses in this state and regionally accredited program are taught by experts in their respective fields who share knowledge and experience in areas of educational psychology, reading strategies, teaching methods, and curriculum development. The program covers a range of relevant subjects, including classroom engagement and management, learners with diverse needs, and curriculum planning and assessment for the fundamental K–8 areas of learning. Opportunities are provided to apply concepts, theories, and research throughout the program. Assignments within each course guide students through observational and practice-based experiences. Participants must have access to a K–8 classroom to complete the program assignments. Graduates of this program are prepared to become informed and effective educators in the home, church, private schools, and other settings not requiring a teaching credential. Participants are also prepared to move into a student teaching/credentialing component with Grand Canyon University should they wish to change to the Eligible version of the program prior to the posting of their degree.

M.Ed. in Elementary Education (Leads to initial teacher licensure)

Master of Education in Elementary Education (Leads to initial teacher licensure). This current and comprehensive degree program is designed for any individual interested in the education of children in Grades K–8, and who is seeking teacher certification. 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 an 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 educational psychology, reading strategies, teaching methods, and curriculum development. The program covers a range of relevant subjects, including classroom engagement and management, learners with diverse needs, and curriculum planning and assessment for the fundamental K–8 areas of learning. Opportunities are provided to apply concepts, theories, and research throughout the program. Assignments within many of the courses guide students through over 130 hours of observational experiences, and the final semester of the program includes a full-time, 16-week student teaching component. All courses are directly aligned with the Arizona Professional Teacher Standards and the Interstate New Teacher Support and Assessment Consortium Standards. Graduates of this program are prepared to become informed and effective K–8 educators in public and private schools and other settings requiring a teaching credential.

M.Ed. in Master of Education in Early Childhood Education and Early Childhood Special Education-ITL

M.Ed. in Master of Education in Early Childhood Education and Early Childhood Special Education-NITL

M.Ed. in Secondary Education (Does not lead to initial teacher licensure)

Master of Education Secondary Education (Does not lead to initial teacher licensure). This current and applicable degree program is designed for any individual interested in the education of children in the Grade 7–12 setting, but who must postpone student teaching or who does not choose to 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 educational psychology, reading strategies, teaching methods and curriculum development. Opportunities are provided to apply concepts, theories, and research throughout the program. Assignments within each course guide students through observational and practice based experiences. Participants must have access to a Grade 7–12 classroom to complete the program assignments. Participants 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. Graduates of the program are prepared to become informed and effective educators in the home, church, private schools and other settings not requiring a teaching credential. Graduates are also prepared to move into a student teaching/credentialing component with Grand Canyon University at a later date.

M.Ed. in Secondary Education (Leads to initial teacher licensure)

Master of Education in Secondary Education (Leads to initial teacher licensure). This current and applicable degree program is designed for any individual interested in the education of children in the Grade 7–12 setting who is seeking 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 educational psychology, reading strategies, teaching methods, and curriculum development. Opportunities are provided to apply concepts, theories, and research throughout the program. Assignments within each course guide students through observational and practice based experiences. Participants must have access to a Grade 7–12 classroom to complete the program and practicum assignments. Assignments within many of the courses guide students through over 140 hours of observational experiences, and the final semester of the program includes a full-time, 16-week student teaching component. Participants 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. Graduates of the program are prepared to become informed and effective educators in public and private schools and other settings requiring a teaching credential.

M.Ed. in Special Education: Cross-Categorical (Does not lead to initial teacher licensure)

Master of Education in Special Education (Does not lead 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, but who must postpone student teaching, or who does not 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. Graduates of the program are prepared to work with special needs populations and implement individualized educational plans to accommodate the students’ various learning needs. Participants are also prepared to move into a student teaching/credentialing component with Grand Canyon University should they wish to change to the Eligible version of the program prior to the posting of their degree.

M.Ed. in Special Education: Cross-Categorical (Leads to initial teacher licensure)

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.

M.S. in Instructional Technology

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.

Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction

The Master of Education in Secondary Education (Eligible for Institutional Recommendation) program is designed for students interested in the education of children in grades 7-12 who are also seeking a teaching certificate. Courses are taught by experts in their respective fields who share knowledge and experience in areas of educational psychology, reading strategies, teaching methods, and curriculum development.

Master of Arts in Gifted Education

The Master of Education in Secondary Education (Eligible for Institutional Recommendation) program is designed for students interested in the education of children in grades 7-12 who are also seeking a teaching certificate. Courses are taught by experts in their respective fields who share knowledge and experience in areas of educational psychology, reading strategies, teaching methods, and curriculum development.

Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

The Master of Education in Secondary Education (Eligible for Institutional Recommendation) program is designed for students interested in the education of children in grades 7-12 who are also seeking a teaching certificate. Courses are taught by experts in their respective fields who share knowledge and experience in areas of educational psychology, reading strategies, teaching methods, and curriculum development.

Master of Science in Biology with an Emphasis in Education

Master of Education Secondary Education (Does not lead to initial teacher licensure). This current and applicable degree program is designed for any individual interested in the education of children in the Grade 7–12 setting, but who must postpone student teaching or who does not choose to 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 educational psychology, reading strategies, teaching methods and curriculum development. Opportunities are provided to apply concepts, theories, and research throughout the program. Assignments within each course guide students through observational and practice based experiences. Participants must have access to a Grade 7–12 classroom to complete the program assignments. Participants 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. Graduates of the program are prepared to become informed and effective educators in the home, church, private schools and other settings not requiring a teaching credential. Graduates are also prepared to move into a student teaching/credentialing component with Grand Canyon University at a later date.

Master of Science in Chemistry with an Emphasis in Education

Master of Education Secondary Education (Does not lead to initial teacher licensure). This current and applicable degree program is designed for any individual interested in the education of children in the Grade 7–12 setting, but who must postpone student teaching or who does not choose to 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 educational psychology, reading strategies, teaching methods and curriculum development. Opportunities are provided to apply concepts, theories, and research throughout the program. Assignments within each course guide students through observational and practice based experiences. Participants must have access to a Grade 7–12 classroom to complete the program assignments. Participants 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. Graduates of the program are prepared to become informed and effective educators in the home, church, private schools and other settings not requiring a teaching credential. Graduates are also prepared to move into a student teaching/credentialing component with Grand Canyon University at a later date.

Ed. S. in K-12 Leadership

Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership with an Emphasis in Special Education

The Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership program develops the learner’s ability to generate new knowledge and responsibly apply knowledge to achieve high-performing entities that allow organizational employees and followers to grow and develop to their full potential. Learners will study the major bodies of literature in leadership, reflect critically on existing theory, and identify appropriate applications of theory in education, business, and other organizational cultures. Learners will develop academic and organizational research expertise through the study of statistical and research methodologies. The program of study is consistent with Grand Canyon University's mission to develop learners who are global citizens, critical thinkers, effective communicators, and responsible leaders. Graduates who earn the Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership with an Emphasis in Special Education will advance the study of leadership within the field of special education with an in-depth research-based approach to facilitate the leadership abilities and role as a strategic professional.

B.S. in Accounting

Grand Canyon University’s Bachelor of Science in Accounting program addresses the areas of servant leadership, innovation, entrepreneurial spirit, and business skills in order to develop the global citizens, critical thinkers, effective communicators, and responsible leaders required in today’s global economy. The program prepares students for professional practice in corporate accounting, corporate finance, or public accounting. Completing the requirements for the accounting major qualifies students to sit for the Certified Management Accountant (CMA) exam and the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam.

B.S. in Applied Management

Grand Canyon University’s Bachelor of Science in Applied Management program is designed to provide working professionals skills and concepts that will be immediately applicable to their organizations. The program emphasizes organizational behavior, real-world management, leadership and supervision, marketing concepts, managerial accounting, and effective oral and written business communications required of business managers.

B.S. in Business Administration

Grand Canyon University’s Bachelor of Science in Business Administration program addresses the areas of servant leadership, innovation, entrepreneurial spirit, and business skills in order to develop the global citizens, critical thinkers, effective communicators, and responsible leaders required in today’s global economy. The program prepares students to compete for entry-level management positions in business through coursework that addresses the key functional areas of management, accounting, finance, marketing, operations, and human resources.

B.S. in Business Administration with an Emphasis in Business Intelligence

Grand Canyon University's Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with an Emphasis in Business Intelligence program prepares student for career options which include business analyst, project manager, quality assurance, e-business and m-business solution manager, and business intelligence. Students completing the program complete coursework that addresses the key functional areas of management, accounting, finance, and marketing. Students also apply business intelligence knowledge and skills within a real-world environment, preparing graduates for entry-level management of information systems positions in business.

B.S. in Entrepreneurial Studies

Grand Canyon University’s Bachelor of Science in Entrepreneurial Studies program addresses the areas of servant leadership, innovation, entrepreneurial spirit, and business skills in order to develop the global citizens, critical thinkers, effective communicators, and responsible leaders required in today’s global economy. The program is built on the principles of personal integrity, values, and innovation. It provides students with the personal and business skills to think analytically, ask the right questions, solve problems, and function as entrepreneurs in their own business or intrapreneurs in larger companies.

B.S. in Finance and Economics

Grand Canyon University’s Bachelor of Science in Finance and Economics program addresses the areas of servant leadership, innovation, entrepreneurial spirit, and business skills in order to develop the global citizens, critical thinkers, effective communicators, and responsible leaders required in today’s global economy. The program prepares students to compete for entry-level positions in corporate finance and in banking, insurance, and investment companies.

B.S. in Marketing

Grand Canyon University’s Bachelor of Science in Marketing program addresses the areas of servant leadership, innovation, entrepreneurial spirit, and business skills in order to develop the global citizens, critical thinkers, effective communicators, and responsible leaders required in today’s global economy. The program prepares students to compete for entry-level management positions in corporate marketing or brand management through major coursework that addresses marketing principles, marketing management, and the key elements of advertizing and public relations.

B.S. in Public Safety and Emergency Management

Grand Canyon University’s Bachelor of Science in Public Safety and Emergency Management program is a bachelor’s degree completion program that provides a theoretical and applied approach to the professional education of students, while ensuring relevance to the homeland security and public safety industries. The program emphasizes the fundamentals of emergency management while providing an interdisciplinary course of study in the skills and practices of emergency planning and management. Candidates for the degree include those working in or desirous of working in one of several fields, including emergency management, fire protection, emergency medical response, law enforcement, environmental health and safety, and other related fields. The program highlights the application of research methodology; the utilization of communication skills at the personal, professional, and public level; and the development of professional skills and knowledge in the fields of public safety and emergency management.

B.S. in Sports Management

The Bachelor of Science in Sports Management prepares students for careers in the sports industry. The core curriculum emphasizes the development of the functional area skills required to become effective business leaders, and the major courses prepare students to become professional managers in areas such as sports marketing, sports media, amateur and professional athletics, and sports and entertainment event planning.

Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management

Doctor of Nursing Practice with an Emphasis in Educational Leadership

M.B.A. and MS in Leadership (Dual Degree)

Grand Canyon University’s Master of Business in Administration and Master of Science in Leadership (MBA/MSL) dual degree program is designed for students who desire to pursue a traditional MBA degree and a leadership degree concurrently. Graduates will be able to integrate a conceptual foundation for an executive leadership role that emphasizes the immediate application of ethical and practical leadership skills. They will be able to identify patterns, connections, and relationships across business practices within organizational systems in order to address organizational performance challenges. Students will combine their business management and leadership skills to successfully analyze and evaluate structures, processes, and systems within changing organizational environments in order to build highly effective organizations.

M.B.A. with an Emphasis in Project Management

M.B.A. with an Emphasis in Sports Business

M.B.A.: Accounting

Grand Canyon University’s Master of Business Administration with an Emphasis in Accounting 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 advanced management positions in corporate or public accounting through emphasis coursework that addresses the areas of financial accounting and reporting, management accounting and reporting, auditing, regulation, and specialized accounting and emerging topics.

M.B.A.: Business Administration

The Master of Business Administration program is designed for working professionals who desire to complete a program of study that allows focus across technical, human, and conceptual skills that encompass the functional areas of business. The core courses in the MBA program allow the student to develop strong foundations across accounting, economics, finance, information systems, management, marketing and quantitative methods provided in the core courses. Courses in the critical areas of leadership and human resources management will provide the student the broad management perspective as well as the analytical and interpersonal skills needed to succeed in global business.

M.B.A.: Finance

Grand Canyon University’s Master of Business Administration with an Emphasis in Finance 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 provides students with the skills necessary to demonstrate proficiency in corporate financial management and investments in order to ensure corporate solvency, profitability, and efficiency.

M.B.A.: Health Systems Management

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.

M.B.A.: Leadership

Grand Canyon University’s Master of Business Administration with an Emphasis in Leadership 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.

M.B.A.: Marketing

Grand Canyon University’s Master of Business Administration with an Emphasis Marketing 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 advanced management positions in corporate marketing or brand management through emphasis coursework that addresses the areas of services marketing, marketing management, and technology as tool.

M.B.A.: Strategic Human Resource Management

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.

M.S. in Leadership

Grand Canyon University’s Master of Science in Leadership program provides students with the skills to develop professionally and gain self-confidence in their own leadership styles. 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 the ability to create, communicate, and influence decisions using critical thinking and problem-solving skills that are grounded in theory and research. The program emphasizes establishing and maintaining relationships based on intrapersonal and interpersonal communication skills in order to lead diverse and global organizations.

M.S. in Leadership: Disaster Preparedness & Executive Fire Leadership

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.

M.S. in Organizational Leadership and Entrepreneurship

Master of Public Administration with an Emphasis in Government and Policy

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.

Master of Public Administration with an Emphasis in Health Care Management

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.

Master of Science in Accounting

D.B.A. with an Emphasis in Management

Grand Canyon University’s Doctor of Business Administration with an Emphasis in Management program is designed for those who desire a deeper understanding of business theory and its application to their area of professional interest. Graduates learn to create, advance, and disseminate new knowledge in a business field and will be prepared to apply it as practitioners and experts in organizations. The degree also prepares graduates to be educators and administrators in institutions of higher learning.

Ed. D. in Organizational Leadership with an Emphasis in Health Care Administration

The Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership program develops the learner’s ability to generate new knowledge and responsibly apply knowledge to achieve high-performing entities that allow organizational employees and followers to grow and develop to their full potential. Learners will study the major bodies of literature in leadership, reflect critically on existing theory, and identify appropriate applications of theory in education, business, and other organizational cultures. Learners will develop academic and organizational research expertise through the study of statistical and research methodologies. The program of study is consistent with Grand Canyon University's mission to develop learners who are global citizens, critical thinkers, effective communicators, and responsible leaders. Graduates who earn the Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership with an Emphasis in Health Care Administration will advance the study of leadership within the field of health care with an in-depth, research-based approach to facilitate the leadership abilities and role as a strategic professional.

Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership with an Emphasis in Behavioral Health

Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership with an Emphasis in Behavioral Health. This doctoral-level degree program is designed specifically for practicing behavioral health professionals, including licensed professional counselors, licensed marriage and family therapists, licensed social workers, school counselors, psychiatric nurses, and behavioral health agency managers. Participants must hold a master’s degree in a behavioral health-related field to participate in this program, which assists them with their development into behavioral health servant leaders who are ethical agents of change with diverse populations in a wide variety of behavioral health organizational settings. The program develops leaders capable of innovation, invention and discovery as well as the responsible application of current best practices to achieve organizational goals and objectives. This highly relevant and robust curriculum focuses on the major bodies of leadership literature and theory and identifies the most appropriate and effective applications to educational, business and organizational environments. Participants will develop academic and organizational research expertise through the study of statistics and research methodology. The program of study is consistent with Grand Canyon University's mission to develop students who are global citizens, critical thinkers, effective communicators, and responsible leaders. With the Emphasis in Behavioral Health, the program further provides a broad understanding of leadership and supervision within the behavioral health settings. This includes models and methods of supervision, current research, interventions, as well as legal and ethical considerations. Graduates will possess the knowledge and skills needed to lead a behavioral health organization serving today’s complex, dynamic and diverse populations.

Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership with an Emphasis in Higher Education Leadership

Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership with an Emphasis in Higher Education Leadership. This doctoral-level degree program is designed for teaching professionals who are ready to rise to the challenge of leadership in today’s complex and dynamic environment of higher education. The program develops leaders capable of innovation, invention and discovery as well as the responsible application of current best practices to achieve organizational goals and objectives. This relevant and robust curriculum focuses on the major bodies of leadership literature and theory and identifies the most appropriate and effective applications to educational, business and organizational environments. Participants will develop academic and organizational research expertise through the study of statistics and research methodology. The program of study is consistent with Grand Canyon University's mission to develop students who are global citizens, critical thinkers, effective communicators, and responsible leaders. With the Emphasis in Higher Education Leadership, the program further prepares graduates to lead a higher education institution through strategy, financial management, and planning, both of the physical facilities and of the human resources within the organization. Participants gain valuable insight and understanding of the foundation and history, organizational needs, and learning environment of higher education. Graduates acquire the knowledge and expertise needed to effectively lead the colleges, universities and corporate educational departments of today and strategically plan for their future success.

Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership with an Emphasis in K-12 Leadership

The Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership program develops the learner’s ability to generate new knowledge and responsibly apply knowledge to achieve high-performing entities that allow organizational employees and followers to grow and develop to their full potential. Learners will study the major bodies of literature in leadership, reflect critically on existing theory, and identify appropriate applications of theory in education, business, and other organizational cultures. Learners will develop academic and organizational research expertise through the study of statistical and research methodologies. The program of study is consistent with Grand Canyon University's mission to develop learners who are global citizens, critical thinkers, effective communicators, and responsible leaders. Graduates who earn the Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership with an Emphasis in K-12 Leadership will advance the study of leadership within the field of K-12 education leadership with an in-depth, research-based approach to facilitate the leadership abilities and role as a strategic professional.

Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership with an Emphasis in Organizational Development

Ed.D in Organizational Leadership with an Emphasis in Organizational Development. This doctoral-level degree program is designed for individuals who are ready to rise to the challenge of leadership in today’s complex and dynamic organizations. The program develops leaders capable of innovation, invention and discovery as well as the responsible application of current best practices to achieve organizational goals and objectives. This highly relevant and robust curriculum focuses on the major bodies of leadership literature and theory and identifies the most appropriate and effective applications to educational, business and organizational environments. Participants will develop academic and organizational research expertise through the study of statistics and research methodology. The program of study is consistent with Grand Canyon University's mission to develop students who are global citizens, critical thinkers, effective communicators, and responsible leaders. With the Emphasis in Organizational Development, the program further prepares graduates to lead organizations, both for-profit and non-profit, through an examination of leadership styles, organizational culture, governance, accountability, and value-driven focus. Graduates of this program are equipped with the knowledge and skills needed to provide servant leadership and tackle the complex challenges facing modern organizations today.

B.S. in Counseling with an Emphasis in Addiction, Chemical Dependency, and Substance Abuse

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.

B.S. in Health Care Administration

Bachelor of Science in Health Care Administration. This professional 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.

B.S. in Health Sciences: Professional Development & Advanced Patient Care

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.

Bachelor of Science in Behavioral Health Science

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.

Bachelor of Science in Behavioral Health Science with an Emphasis in Childhood and Adolescence Disorders

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.

Bachelor of Science in Behavioral Health Science with an Emphasis in Family Dynamics

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.

Bachelor of Science in Behavioral Health Science with an Emphasis in Trauma

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.

Graduate Certificate of Completion in Mental Health and Wellness Emphasis in Community Health Administration

At Grand Canyon University, the Master of Science in Mental Health and Wellness gives students the opportunity to develop expertise in biological, social, cultural and spiritual factors that impact mental wellbeing. This degree path does not lead to licensure, but places students on track for broad integration of mental health concepts into their chosen field. Utilize this strong foundation to deliver ethical and culturally-competent support for individuals, organizations and communities.

M.S. in Addiction Counseling

Master of Science in Addiction Counseling. As society understands more about addiction, more people are seeking treatment and more drug offenders are being sent to treatment programs rather than prison. As a result, demand for substance abuse counselors is expected to increase much faster than demand for most other occupations through 2018. This next-level degree program is designed to meet the needs of learners who wish to pursue a career as an addiction counseling professional. The program prepares students to treat substance abuse and dependency disorders. Courses provide a comprehensive survey of counseling theories, group counseling, social and cultural issues, psychopharmacology, family issues, and more. In addition, a supervised internship provides 150 contact hours of opportunity for student to develop their counseling skills. In many states, a master’s degree is required for the highest level of licensing or certification. Graduates of this program are prepared to meet the academic requirements for licensure in Arizona as a both a Licensed Associate Substance Abuse Counselor (LASAC) and a Licensed Independent Substance Abuse Counselor (LISAC). Additionally, program graduates from most other states will be academically prepared to begin the process of seeking certification and licensure in their home state. Licensing and certification requirements may vary from state to state. It is the student’s responsibility to check the requirements in their state.

M.S. in Health Care Administration

Master of Science in Health Care Administration. The health care industry will continue to expand and diversify, requiring qualified managers to improve quality and efficiency of health care, while controlling costs, as insurance companies and Medicare demand higher levels of accountability. This comprehensive and current degree program provides the skills and experience necessary to perform as middle- and upper-level managers in a variety of health care organizations, and to serve as innovative change agents and leaders of organizational improvement and adaptation within the health care industry. The program emphasizes the conceptual, analytical, and application skills required to manage in contemporary health care organizations. Courses include an in-depth examination of health sciences, contemporary health care, research, leadership, organizational structure, human resources, marketing, and business and project planning. Graduates prepare themselves to excel in administrative positions in hospitals, long-term care facilities, outpatient facilities, physician offices, mental health agencies, insurance companies, public health agencies, and other types of health organizations.

M.S. in Health Care Informatics

Master of Science in Health Care Informatics. Dramatic changes in the management of patient records and other healthcare information processes have made health care IT one of the fastest growing career fields. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, demand for health information professionals is expected to grow 20% through 2018—much faster than most other career fields. This current and relevant degree program prepares students for success in this important and demanding field. The program equips professionals and leaders to integrate information technology into patient-care systems, with training in clinical operations, data management systems, health care system operations, project management, decision-making, and quality assessment. The curriculum provides the knowledge and skills needed to excel in a variety of roles, including automating clinical care, building new operational data systems, training health care workers in the use of computer systems, collecting and analyzing data to improve patient care, and more. Graduates of this innovative program possess the expertise to manage and improve the delivery and usefulness of health information in today’s more complex healthcare environments.

M.S. in Mental Health and Wellness

At Grand Canyon University, the Master of Science in Mental Health and Wellness gives students the opportunity to develop expertise in biological, social, cultural and spiritual factors that impact mental wellbeing. This degree path does not lead to licensure, but places students on track for broad integration of mental health concepts into their chosen field. Utilize this strong foundation to deliver ethical and culturally-competent support for individuals, organizations and communities.

M.S. in Mental Health and Wellness with an Emphasis in Community Mental Health Administration

Grand Canyon University’s Master of Science in Mental Health and Wellness with an Emphasis in Community Mental Health Administration degree program is designed for students who want to pursue a leadership and administrative role in churches, hospitals, community-based organizations and settings that provide social services. You will develop the skills and knowledge for program planning and development, including policies, procedures and working with budgets. You will also explore concepts of effective communication, motivation, supervisory skills, culture, advocacy, ethics, and personal and professional development. This degree does not lead to licensure.

M.S. in Mental Health and Wellness with an Emphasis in Family Dynamics

Grand Canyon University’s Master of Science in Mental Health and Wellness with an Emphasis in Family Dynamics degree program is designed for students who have a passion to work with families and in various community settings to promote mental health and wellness. You will explore areas of human nature—including behavioral, mental, spiritual, cognitive, interpersonal, resiliency, social motivations and family dynamics. The study of human nature will help you develop the foundation to help families determine and resolve problems, as well as achieve and maintain health and wellness. This family dynamics degree program also provides an in-depth look at mental health and wellness research and best practices in relation to family dynamics and systems. This degree does not lead to licensure.

M.S. in Mental Health and Wellness with Emphasis in Grief and Bereavement

Enhance your ability to support end-of-life services with Grand Canyon University’s Master of Science in Mental Health and Wellness with Emphasis in Grief and Bereavement. This degree is not a path to licensure, but instead provides an interdisciplinary program of study uniting grief research and theory with the science of mental health. As cultural willingness to address the process of death has expanded, so have career opportunities for those who specialize in this phase of life. This master’s-level bereavement training degree does not lead to licensure, but the completion of the program positions you for leadership within a variety of individual, family and community services settings.

M.S. in Mental Health and Wellness with Emphasis in Prevention

Grand Canyon University’s Master of Science in Mental Health and Wellness with an Emphasis in Prevention puts you on track for an innovative career in preventative psychosocial care. This degree path does not lead to licensure. Students leverage this prevention science degree to proactively address the experiential and biological factors that can lead to mental illness, as part of change-making work in fields such as human services, community health and more.

M.S. in Professional Counseling

Masters of Science in Professional Counseling. The curriculum offers an in-depth examination of counseling theories, chemical dependency, marriage and family, social and cultural issues, psychopharmacology, diagnostics, assessment and treatment, psychopathology, research methods, and more. In addition, four practicum-internships provide a total of 600 contact hours of opportunity for students to develop counseling skills. Courses in this rigorous program were chosen to meet the academic requirements established by the National Board for Certified Counselors for the National Certified Counselor credential (NCC) and by Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners. A master’s degree in counseling is required in 48 states for individuals seeking to become licensed as counselors. Graduates from this program are prepared to meet the academic requirements for licensure in Arizona as a: Licensed Associate Counselor (LAC), Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Licensed Associate Substance Abuse Counselor (LASAC) and Licensed Independent Substance Abuse Counselor (LISAC). Additionally, graduates from most other states will be academically prepared to begin the process of seeking certification and licensure in their home state. Licensing and certification requirements may vary from state to state. It is the student’s responsibility to check the licensing and certification requirements in their state.

M.S. in Professional Counseling with an Emphasis in Childhood and Adolescence Disorders

M.S. in Professional Counseling with an Emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy

M.S. in Professional Counseling with an Emphasis in Trauma

Ph.D. in General Psychology with an Emphasis in Integrating Technology, Learning, and Psychology

Ph.D. in General Psychology with an Emphasis in Performance Psychology

B.A. in Communications

The Bachelor of Arts in Communications program develops leaders in the fields of human communication and media. The program is built on a values-based liberal arts foundation. Students develop the knowledge, creativity and intermodal communication skills necessary to design and deliver compelling messages. Video production, website design and social media proficiency are included in their skill base. Graduates go on to careers in public relations, marketing, advertising, media relations and internal communication departments within companies and organizations.

B.A. in Digital Design with an Emphasis in Animation

Gains in video gaming, motion graphics and special effects have all been made through developments in digital design. Enter the next wave of technology with skills in digital design and animation. The College of Fine Arts and Production's Bachelor of Arts in Digital Design with an Emphasis in Animation degree helps you balance an aptitude for technology with a passion for the creative arts. Core courses in the digital design with an emphasis in animation program inspire you to think critically, act ethically and communicate effectively. In this animation degree program, you can enhance your abilities in drawing, photography and composition and study motion graphics for television and film. Introductory classes in kinematics, typography and visual arts provide the groundwork for your learning. Advanced studies in sculpture, modeling, film production and visual effects prepare you for an accelerated animation and design curriculum. At Grand Canyon University (GCU), learning extends beyond the classroom walls. Digital design students are encouraged to participate in the creative community on campus, including our student design organization and AIGA, as well as establish connections with the larger design community.

B.A. in Digital Design with an Emphasis in Web Design

With the College of Fine Arts and Production's Bachelor of Arts in Digital Design with an Emphasis in Web Design, you can specialize in an exciting field that combines multimedia and digital design. Under the guidance of experienced faculty, study the fundamentals of effective communication and critical thinking before venturing into your web design focus, and prepare for a creative career in visual arts and design. The digital web design major provides you with a well-rounded theory and practice-based education. Study the factors of website design including multi-language programming, concept development and content management. Examine web applications, interactive design, 3D modeling and animation, drawing and photography. Coursework in this web design degree program places emphasis on creative problem solving, aesthetics and advanced technical skills in multimedia technologies using current digital production software. Branding and social marketing are integrated throughout the curriculum as well as opportunities to create digital content, interactive web applications and models using current design software tools, such as Adobe Creative Cloud and Maya. In your final web design course, create your portfolio to demonstrate your ability to provide professional design solutions.

B.A. in Digital Film with an Emphasis in Production

Grand Canyon University’s Bachelor of Arts in English Literature program is designed to provide its majors with a general knowledge of the history of English and American literature and specific knowledge of selected authors, periods, and genres. Students will acquire skills and practice in written and oral communication, critical thinking about literary and other texts, and grammar and linguistics relevant to primary and secondary teaching. Students will gain a critical appreciation for literature and recognize the broad value of literature and its potential to expand students’ perspectives and transform their visions of the world.

B.A. in Digital Film with an Emphasis in Screenwriting

Grand Canyon University’s Bachelor of Arts in English Literature program is designed to provide its majors with a general knowledge of the history of English and American literature and specific knowledge of selected authors, periods, and genres. Students will acquire skills and practice in written and oral communication, critical thinking about literary and other texts, and grammar and linguistics relevant to primary and secondary teaching. Students will gain a critical appreciation for literature and recognize the broad value of literature and its potential to expand students’ perspectives and transform their visions of the world.

B.A. in Government with an Emphasis in Legal Studies

B.A. in Government with an Emphasis in State and Local Public Policy

B.A. in History

The Bachelor of Arts in History program entails the study of diverse world cultures by using the records of the past. This degree allows students to develop the skills and knowledge associated with a liberal arts degree, while giving graduates the analytical skills necessary to compete in a global economy. Since history is universally taught in the primary and secondary education systems, graduates can combine the study of history with preparation for teaching and find a rewarding career in teaching history. The degree also prepares students for graduate studies in history, law and related fields.

B.A. in History with an Emphasis in Public History

B.S. in Justice Studies

Grand Canyon University’s Bachelor of Science in Justice Studies prepares students to enter careers in law enforcement, governmental and private agencies, research, social work, political science, and a variety of other fields. Graduates will be able to describe the components of the justice system from a systems perspective, including function, organization, issues, practices, and interrelationship of law enforcement agencies, the courts, and the corrections system.

B.S. in Psychology

The psychology major offers a broad array of courses that increase our understanding of human actions in the past and present. With this understanding comes the responsibility to improve our relationships with others and to help others to achieve similar understanding and insight into their own behaviors. The program helps prepare the student for entry-level positions in agencies and organizations which seek to help those in need. It should be understood that the requirements for employment in many positions in the helping professions include advanced education beyond the bachelor’s degree.

B.S. in Psychology with an Emphasis in Performance and Sports Psychology

B.S. in Sociology

The Bachelor of Science in Sociology degree seeks to encourage students to think deeply and seriously, using both the Christian and scientific perspectives, about the consequences of social structures upon human social behavior in its many diverse contexts. Students learn about the norms of social behavior, the varieties of human groups, the extent of societal influence on individuals, and the reasons that efforts to control human behavior are not always successful. Importantly, students learn how to discover facts about human social behavior using the scientific method and how to interpret facts and information using theories about social behavior. Graduates can go on to careers in the fields of human services, politics, research and government service.

Graduate Certificate of Completion in Forensic Psychology

Graduate Certificate of Completion in GeroPsychology

Graduate Certificate of Completion in Health Psychology

Graduate Certificate of Completion in Human Factors Psychology

M.S. in Criminal Justice: Law Enforcement

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.

M.S. in Criminal Justice: Legal Studies

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.

M.S. in Psychology with an Emphasis in Forensic Psychology

M.S. in Psychology with an Emphasis in Health Psychology

M.S. in Psychology with an Emphasis in Life Coaching

M.S. in Psychology: General Psychology

The Master of Science in Psychology with an emphasis in General Psychology is a program designed for individuals who desire promotion and/or continued academic exposure in the field of psychology. The program focuses on the development of critical thinking and leadership qualities. Graduates with these attributes impact those around them through leadership, action research, and introduction of programmatic community changes whether they are acting from the perspective of teachers, practitioners or researchers.

M.S. in Psychology: Industrial & Organizational Psychology

The Master of Science in Psychology with an emphasis in Organizational Psychology is a program designed for individuals who desire promotion and/or continued academic exposure in the field of psychology. The program focuses on the development of critical thinking and leadership qualities. Graduates with these attributes can impact companies and organizations which are interested in making their work environments ones in which individuals can thrive and contribute to the goals of the organization.

M.S. Psychology with an Emphasis in Geropsychology

Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership with an Emphasis in Christian Ministry

Ph.D. in General Psychology with an Emphasis in Cognition and Instruction

The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in General Psychology with an emphasis in Cognition and Instruction is geared toward individuals who work in government positions, industry, school systems, and other types of instructional and applied settings. This program also prepares individuals for teaching and research at the university and college level. With a focus on how the human mind works and retains information, the Ph.D. in Cognition and Instruction explores the most effective way to teach and train so that information becomes embedded.  Core areas of knowledge include history and systems of psychology, cognition, research methods, statistics, as well as personality, abnormal, social, multicultural, and developmental psychology. Students are advised to inquire directly with their state if they intend to pursue licensure, as this degree does not lead directly to licensure in and of itself.

Ph.D. in General Psychology with an Emphasis in Industrial and Organizational Psychology

The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in General Psychology with an emphasis on Industrial and Organizational Psychology was developed for individuals who want to become behavioral specialists in the work place. Those with a Ph.D. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology often pursue careers as teachers or researchers at the college or university level, consultants and staff psychologists, or researchers. In the workplace, industrial and organizational psychologists work to improve areas such as selection and placement, training and development, and the evaluation of employee performance. This program involves an in-depth study of how individuals behave in a variety of settings. Students are advised to inquire directly with their state if they intend to pursue licensure, as this degree does not lead directly to licensure in and of itself.

B.S. in Nursing (Registered Nurse - R.N. to B.S.N)

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN). The RN to BSN program is designed for registered nurses with an associate’s degree or diploma in nursing. The format and courses of the regionally accredited program are tailored to meet the needs of the adult learner RN, and to maximize strengths that the working RN possesses. A bridge course facilitates the transition of the working RN into the baccalaureate program. Courses are taught by experts in their respective fields who share knowledge and experience in areas of clinical patient care, health care management, and professional nursing practice and leadership. Opportunities are provided to apply concepts, theories, and research in the RN’s clinical practice. Both the science and art of nursing are integral components of the program and are woven throughout. The curriculum covers nurse competencies, management and leadership, health assessment, statistics, research, trends and issues, ethical decision-making, family-centered health, public health, and spirituality in health care. In addition, the student’s learning will culminate in project proposal to resolve and issue or problem in the nursing practice. Graduates of the program are prepared to become effective leaders in the nursing profession.

M.B.A. and M.S. in Nursing: Nursing Leadership in Health Care Systems (Bridge)

The Bridge to Master of Science in Nursing program is designed for registered nurses with a bachelor’s degree in health sciences or other related fields. The program is intended to meet the needs of adult learners who already posses a bachelor’s degree and an RN license who desire to pursue a graduate degree in nursing. Courses in the bridge program are a blending of RN to BSN core courses that are considered essential requisites to graduate study. Upon completion of bridge courses from the BSN core, students enter one of five emphases offered for the Master of Science in Nursing or the Master of Business Administration and Master of Science in Nursing: Nursing Leadership in Health Care Systems (Dual-Degree)

M.B.A. and M.S. in Nursing: Nursing Leadership in Health Care Systems (dual degree)

M.S. in Nursing with an Emphasis in Leadership in Health Care Systems (Bridge)

Master of Science in Nursing with an Emphasis in Leadership in Health Care Systems (Bridge). This program is designed for registered nurses with a bachelor’s degree in health sciences or other related fields who desire to pursue a graduate degree in nursing. Courses in the bridge program are a blending of RN to BSN core courses that are considered essential requisites to graduate study. Upon completion of bridge course from the BSN core, students enter one of five emphases offered for the Master of Science in Nursing. The Leadership in Health Care Systems emphasis provides the knowledge, values, and skills needed for advanced generalist practice in an evolving health care system. The coursework in leadership provides an overview of leadership styles and the functioning of organizations with an emphasis on communication skills required to establish and maintain effective relationships. Courses include exploration of nursing theory, roles, and practice, as well as research, ethics, policy and finance in the health care system. In addition, a capstone course provides an opportunity for students to develop an evidence-based project proposal addressing a problem or issue in professional practice. Graduates of this program are equipped to excel as effective managers and leaders in a health care setting, including roles such as assistant director, director, vice president, or chief of nursing.

M.S. in Nursing: Nursing Education (Bridge)

Master of Science in Nursing: Nursing Education (Bridge). This program is designed for registered nurses with a bachelor’s degree in health sciences or other related fields who desire to pursue a graduate degree in nursing. Courses in the bridge program are a blending of RN to BSN core courses that are considered essential requisites to graduate study. Upon completion of bridge course from the BSN core, students enter one of five emphases offered for the Master of Science in Nursing. The Nursing Education emphasis prepares students for a variety of roles in nursing education, either as clinical educators or academic educators in both traditional and nontraditional settings in nursing education. Graduates are prepared to assess educational needs, plan programs to meet those needs, and evaluate the outcomes of their programs. The curriculum includes an in-depth examination of nursing theory, roles and practice; research, ethics, policy and finance in the health care system; and pathophysiology, pharmacology and health assessment for nurse educators. In addition, curriculum design and technology for nursing education is explored. A capstone course provides an opportunity for students to develop an evidence-based project proposal that addresses a problem or issue in professional practice. Graduates of this program will possess the knowledge and skills needed to successfully teach nursing in a wide variety of settings.

M.S. in Nursing: Health Care Informatics

Health care informatics is a rapidly emerging discipline that offers new frontiers requiring innovative leadership. As health care reform begins to impact all areas of the health care system, greater attention is being focused on the value of health informatics in reducing health care costs, increasing access to health care, and improving the quality of health care services. Health care informatics is quickly becoming vital to the growth and security of the United States’ health care system. The integration of information technology into health care and the continuous changes in patient-care systems require professionals and leaders with training in clinical operations, data management systems, health care system operations, project management, decision making, and quality assessment. Graduates of the Master of Science in Nursing with an Emphasis in Health Care Informatics program may perform a variety of functions for the organization, such as automating clinical care, building new operational data systems, training health care workers in the use of computer systems, collecting and analyzing data to improve patient care, etc. Depending on their areas of strength and focus, graduates may serve as project managers, project designers, researchers, systems analysts, or administrators and executives at all levels of the organization. Graduates may work in a variety of settings, including hospitals, primary care facilities, doctor’s offices, insurance companies, pharmacies, technology suppliers, consulting firms, and more. Potential employers for graduates of this program include the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institutes of Health, clinical data exchange insurance sites, the government’s Military Health System (hospitals), Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, state health care organizations, and informational technology vendors.

M.S. in Nursing: Health Care Informatics (Bridge)

The Bridge to Master of Science in Nursing program is designed for registered nurses with a bachelor’s degree in health sciences or other related fields. The program is intended to meet the needs of adult learners who already posses a bachelor’s degree and an RN license who desire to pursue a graduate degree in nursing. Courses in the bridge program are a blending of RN to BSN core courses that are considered essential requisites to graduate study. Upon completion of bridge courses from the BSN core, students enter one of five emphases offered for the Master of Science in Nursing or the Master of Business Administration and Master of Science in Nursing: Nursing Leadership in Health Care Systems (Dual-Degree)

M.S. in Nursing: Nursing Education

M.S. in Nursing: Nursing Leadership in Health Care Systems

M.S. in Nursing: Public Health

The demand for public health professionals is rapidly increasing as a result of health care reform, environmental health concerns, emerging and re-emerging diseases, sociopolitical factors affecting our nation’s health, and expansion of health issues that are global in scope. Professionals who graduate from the Master of Science in Nursing with an Emphasis in Public Health program may hold positions of responsibility in a variety of settings, including health care facilities, county and state health departments, social service agencies, health policy and planning organizations, universities, nongovernmental organizations, governmental agencies, international health organizations, community-based health education and health promotion settings, and the corporate world. Graduates of Grand Canyon University’s Master of Science in Nursing with an Emphasis in Public Health program can be actively involved in the coordination, planning, development, implementation, and evaluation of health programs and services. The Master of Science in Nursing with an Emphasis in Public Health program is designed for nurses interested in disease prevention and community health. Public health professionals draw on knowledge and skills from a variety of disciplines to define, assess, and ultimately resolve public health problems. Students study theories, concepts, and principles of public health and their application. The curriculum, developed around the nursing core and national public health curriculum standards, uses a multidisciplinary approach that emphasizes psychological, behavioral, and social factors influencing population-based health disparities; principles of epidemiology and biostatistics; environmental public health concepts; public health administration systems and processes; and economic factors. It prepares students for an expanding range of professional opportunities and roles in public health and nursing. The Master of Science in Nursing with an Emphasis in Public Health program culminates with a practicum and capstone project that students are able to design to best fit their area of specific interest.

M.S. in Nursing: Public Health (Bridge)

The Bridge to Master of Science in Nursing program is designed for registered nurses with a bachelor’s degree in health sciences or other related fields. The program is intended to meet the needs of adult learners who already posses a bachelor’s degree and an RN license who desire to pursue a graduate degree in nursing. Courses in the bridge program are a blending of RN to BSN core courses that are considered essential requisites to graduate study. Upon completion of bridge courses from the BSN core, students enter one of eight emphases offered for the Master of Science in Nursing or the Master of Business Administration and Master of Science in Nursing with an Emphasis in Nursing Leadership in Health Care Systems (Dual-Degree).

Ph.D. in Nursing Practice

B.S. in Business Information Systems

B.S. in Applied Business Analytics

B.S. in Applied Business Information Systems

B.S. in Computer Programming

B.S. in Information Technology

B.S. in Information Technology with an Emphasis in Cyber Security

Bridge to the M.S. in Information Technology Management

Grand Canyon University’s Bridge (Master of Science in Information Technology Management) degree program is designed for students without a technology-related degree who aspire to gain the leadership skills and business management knowledge in information technology. Offered within the Colangelo College of Business, this IT management degree program will provide you with a strong information technology foundation necessary to move forward toward earning your master’s degree. You will develop the training and participate in hands-on activities to gain the skills and understanding that you can apply during the MS in IT Management program.

M.S. in Information Technology Management

Grand Canyon University's Master of Science in Information Technology Management program is designed to prepare students for leadership positions in information technology. The IT management program consists of a unique blend of management courses that will provide you with the business knowledge required to manage information technology functions across a wide range of industries. If you have experience or a background in information technology and want to take the next step in your career, this IT management program is for you. The information technology degree covers a broad range of topics in the functional areas of business, such as accounting, finance, organizational behavior and strategic management, as well as technology topics, including information security and risk management, innovation in information technology and data management, business process analysis, and IT project management. You will have the opportunity to synthesize and practice what you have learned throughout the program by undertaking an applied IT project. Your project will focus on IT and systems management solutions to meet contemporary business needs with emphasis on critical thinking and problem-solving skills applicable in contemporary, IT-driven business organizations.

Master of Science in Cyber Security

Master of Science in Cyber Security (Bridge)

B.A. in Christian Studies

This relevant and important degree program is for students who seek a college-level introduction to the Bible, basic Christian doctrines and theology, personal spiritual development, a brief overview of other world religions, and principles of leadership in churches and other Christian ministries. As such, the program is good preparation for someone planning to attend graduate school or seminary and becoming a church pastor or a lay leader in a local church. The curriculum utilizes biblical studies as the foundation, and an understanding of theology, philosophy, and Christian history as the framework, for communicating Christ to various audiences. In addition to spiritual formation and exegetical skills essential to Christian studies, graduates will be able to employ communication, leadership, and organizational skills necessary for effective ministry.

B.A. in Christian Studies with an Emphasis in Global Ministry

B.A. in Christian Studies with an Emphasis in Philosophy

B.A. in Christian Studies with an Emphasis in Worship Leadership

B.A. in Christian Studies: Biblical Studies

Graduates of Grand Canyon University’s Bachelor of Arts in Christian Studies program will utilize biblical studies as the foundation, and an understanding of theology, philosophy, and Christian history as the framework, for communicating Christ to various audiences. In addition to spiritual formation and exegetical skills essential to Christian studies, graduates will be able to employ communication, leadership, and organizational skills necessary for effective ministry.

B.A. in Christian Studies: Youth Ministry

Graduates of Grand Canyon University’s Bachelor of Arts in Christian Studies program will utilize biblical studies as the foundation, and an understanding of theology, philosophy, and Christian history as the framework, for communicating Christ to various audiences. In addition to spiritual formation and exegetical skills essential to Christian studies, graduates will be able to employ communication, leadership, and organizational skills necessary for effective ministry.

Graduate Certificate of Completion in Life Coaching

M.A. in Christian Leadership

The Master of Arts in Christian Leadership is a unique multidisciplinary program designed for those who desire to lead as Christians across a variety of church, ministry and other settings. Offered by the Grand Canyon Theological Seminary, this Christian leadership degree program equips you academically, spiritually and professionally to navigate the challenges of 21st century leadership. Enhance your administrative skills and knowledge. Transform your church or local community by developing effectiveness as a corporate or community leader. Step into the Grand Canyon Theological Seminary and learn the Christian leadership development practices necessary to guide others with wisdom in church and community contexts.

M.A. in Christian Ministry

The Master of Arts in Christian Leadership is a unique multidisciplinary program designed for those who desire to lead as Christians across a variety of church, ministry and other settings. Offered by the Grand Canyon Theological Seminary, this Christian leadership degree program equips you academically, spiritually and professionally to navigate the challenges of 21st century leadership. Enhance your administrative skills and knowledge. Transform your church or local community by developing effectiveness as a corporate or community leader. Step into the Grand Canyon Theological Seminary and learn the Christian leadership development practices necessary to guide others with wisdom in church and community contexts.

M.A. in Urban Ministry

The Master of Arts in Urban Ministry is designed for the Christian leader with a heart for service beyond the walls of the church. Grand Canyon Theological Seminary’s unique program prepares pastors, ministers and nonprofit leaders to bring Christ-like service to fast-paced urban environments.Learn to contextualize the Christian message for the 21st century without compromising the integrity of the gospel. This program is an optimal experience for those seeking to conduct outreach and ministry to urban church counterparts or start a nonprofit ministry in an urban setting.

M.A. in Youth and Family Ministry

Transform the effectiveness of your ministry to youth, children, families and congregations with the Master of Arts in Youth and Family Ministry. Grand Canyon Theological Seminary provides this youth ministry degree program for ministers, assistant pastors, family ministers or para-church leaders who have passion for discipleship at every stage of human development.Step into our spirit-filled community and learn to build a powerful and transformative ministry that changes lives. Speak to the specific needs of young people and families with a ministry centered on the gospel of Jesus Christ.

M.S. in Mental Health and Wellness with an Emphasis in Christian Ministry

Grand Canyon University’s Master of Science in Mental Health and Wellness with an Emphasis in Christian Ministry degree program provides a foundation in biblical knowledge and theological wisdom for students who want to pursue ministry in mental health and serve as a wellness-focused Christian worker. You will develop a deepened understanding of the gospel to discuss relevant issues from a Christian perspective. The exploration of spiritual health, growth, character development and human nature areas will provide you with the knowledge in life and practice to help individuals who seek support and encouragement within a Christian framework. This Christian ministry degree does not lead to licensure.

M.S. in Psychology with an Emphasis in Life Coaching

Master of Divinity

Master of Science in Christian Counseling

Master of Science in Christian Counseling of Substance Abuse and Addictive Disorder

Since 1949, Grand Canyon University has been helping students find their purpose and achieve their potential by preparing them to pursue their chosen career, advance in their current career or re-career into a different field.

As a Christian university, GCU also encourages students to find their purpose in Christ, with an emphasis on applying Christian values and ethics to their studies and workplace. GCU offers online and campus-based degree programs within a dynamic learning environment for both traditional students and working professionals.

Our classes involve engaging interaction with classmates and individual attention from faculty who care about student success. GCU is also experiencing an exciting time of campus expansion, including brand-new residence halls, a student recreation center, campus eateries, classroom buildings for STEM learning and more.

The main attraction is the 7,000-seat GCU Arena—home to our men’s and women’s basketball teams and host for other events, such as concerts and world-renowned Christian speakers.

For more information, visit www.gcu.edu.

Campuses

  • Colangelo College of Business
  • College of Doctoral Studies
  • College of Education
  • College of Fine Arts and Production
  • College of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • College of Nursing and Health Care Professions
  • College of Science, Engineering & Technology

  • Military and International

  • International Students
  • Military Students

GCU Key Advantages

Convenience

Complete courses online, on campus or a combination of both.

Variety

Choose from over 60 bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs in education, business, liberal arts, nursing, and health sciences.

Academic Excellence

Quality academic programs provide the essential knowledge and skills needed to be effective in today's complex business world.

Earlier Graduation

Our 4-credit courses allow you to complete your degree program in less time.

Transfer Friendly

We will request your transcripts, evaluate your coursework, and determine in 48 hours your anticipated graduation date. No GRE or entrance exams are required.

Financial Options

Your financial options include financial aid, scholarships, direct bill and military benefits.

Nursing Accreditation

  • Earlier Graduation - Our 4 credit classes allow you to complete your nursing degree in less time.
  • Degree Variety - GCU offers bachelors and masters degrees, as well as post-masters certificates. We offer highdemand programs such as RN to BSN, and MSN's with multiple emphases.
  • Accredited - The College of Nursing and Health Care Professions offers programs accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)1 and approved by the Arizona State Board of Nursing.
  • Learn From Leaders - At Grand Canyon University, classes are taught by industry leaders and subject matter experts
  • The baccalaureate degree in nursing and master's degree in nursing at Grand Canyon University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.
  • GCU's College of Nursing and Health Care Professions is also approved by the Arizona State Board of Nursing
  • Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition, Registered Nurses, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/registered-nurses.html
    http://degree.gcu.edu/nursing/international/lp-one.php

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