Founded in 1946 by the Southern Baptist University, Grand Canyon University (GCU) is a great option for obtaining a Christian degree via distance learning. Grand Canyon University is located in Phoenix, Arizona and offers degrees at the bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral level through traditional on-campus classes and through distance learning with on-line classes. The mission of Grand Canyon University is to foster critical thinking, effective communication, and responsible leadership in its students through a curriculum that is challenging and based on its Christian values. Indeed, GCU is fulfilling its mission; Grand Canyon University was ranked as one of the top 10 best online universities by the Online Education Database, and was named one of the “5 Top e-Schools” in Fortune and Small Business’s rankings for “American’s Best Colleges for Entrepreneurs.”
Grand Canyon University distance learning degrees are offered in cohort programs, which means that students will begin and complete their courses together. The advantage of a cohort system is that it allows students to form closer professional bonds with one another, which can lead to a closer alumni network. Additionally, this gives students structure in their course sequence, allows them to gain their knowledge in a progressive sequence, and ensures a set date for graduation. Courses are taught online through Angel, and each course will be taken 1 at a time during 8 weeks of a 16 week semester, which equals 2 courses per semester. Students are expected to “attend” class by logging in 4 times per week, and invest 10-12 hours per week on each course reading, researching, completing projects, participating in discussions, and turning in assignments by their deadline.
Grand Canyon University offers several degrees through distance learning. Opportunities are endless at the bachelor’s level. Bachelor’s degrees include Education, Psychology, Sociology, English Literature, Christian Studies, Justice Studies, Communications, Respiratory Care, Nursing, Healthcare Administration, Addictions Counseling, Business Administration, Management, Accounting, Finance and Economics, Entrepreneurial Studies, Sports Management, and Public Safety and Emergency Management.
Graduate degrees are offered at the master’s level through Grand Canyon University’s colleges and schools and at the doctoral level through the College of Doctoral Studies. Masters degrees include Counseling, Marriage and Family Therapy, Public Health, Healthcare Management, Nursing Education, Nursing Leadership, Christian Studies, Psychology, Criminal Justice, Business Administration (MBA), Public Administration, Accounting, Leadership, Education, and Educational Administration. Many degrees offered at the master’s level have specific areas of focus for students to choose from.
Grand Canyon University offers unique distance learning degrees through the College of Doctoral Studies. Of course, there is the Doctor of Education (EdD) in Organizational Leadership with an emphasis in either Organizational Development or Higher Education Leadership. There are also dual-degree master’s programs which allow students to work on 2 related master’s degrees simultaneously. For example, the MBA can also be obtained alongside the Masters of Science in Nursing (MSN) with an emphasis in Nursing Leadership or the Masters of Science in Leadership.
Tuition costs are between $435-$575/credit depending on the degree, and there a generous military discount is also available.