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    The Growing Field of Business

    As the number of jobs requiring bachelor's degrees continue to increase, so does the need to earn a graduate degree in order to stay competitive in the job market. Each of the top ten fastest-growing occupations requires at least a bachelor's degree, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics*. It is projected that these ten fields will grow faster through 2018 than all other occupations. Of the top ten fastest growing occupations, eight are in business fields. Earning a business degree is a smart choice due to the projected career outlook for these fields.

    Accounting Marketing
    Finance Leadership
    Public Safety Sports Management
    Business Administration Management

    Learning Options as diverse as our students

    At Grand Canyon University, our students are unique and have different learning needs. For this reason, we offer a variety of learning options including: traditional degree programs offered at our main campus, evening programs at our main campus as well as select off-site satellite locations, and those offered 100% online.

    *Source: "Fastest Growing Jobs for College Graduates,"
    Dawn Rosenberg McKay, Guide (found July 2011)

    Grand Canyon University

    Founded in 1949, Grand Canyon is more than a University; it is your partner in your education. Degree programs are designed to meet today's business needs and are structured to fit in your busy schedule as a student. Whether you are meeting up in the student union, or participating in an online conversation in the student portal you will be connected with your fellow students and your instructors.

    Grand Canyon has been recognized as offering some of the best online education programs in the nation by noteworthy sources including Fortune Small Business, Technology & Learning Magazine,, Online Education Database (OEDb), and more.


    Grand Canyon University holds many accreditations, some college-specific and others program-specific. Accreditation is desirable as it speaks to the quality of the college or university, acknowledged by peer institutions. In choosing a university, parents and students should ensure their university of choice is regionally accredited.

    Regional accreditation in higher education originated almost a century ago as an American process conferred by a nongovernmental agency. It provides quality assurance and ensures institutional program improvement. The agency's expert and trained peers have visited and reviewed Grand Canyon University. During the visit, Grand Canyon University is reviewed from a variety of facets, including:  educational activities, administration, financial stability, admissions and student personnel services, resources, student academic achievement, organizational effectiveness, and relationships with outside constituencies.

    Six regional agencies provide institutional accreditation on a geographical basis — Middle States, New England, North Central, Northwest, Southern, and Western. While independent of one another, the six regional associations cooperate extensively and recognize one another's accreditation.

    The Higher Learning Commission and its predecessor have accredited Grand Canyon University continually since 1968, obtaining its most recent ten-year reaccreditation in 2007. The Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education licenses GCU in Arizona.

    Higher Learning Commission

    The Higher Learning Commission (member of North Central Association of Colleges and Schools) accredits Grand Canyon University.

    The Higher Learning Commission
    North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
    30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2400
    Chicago, Illinois 60602-2504
    Phone: 312-263-0456
    Toll-free: 800-621-7440

    Arizona State Private Post-Secondary Education

    Grand Canyon University is licensed in Arizona by the Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education.

    Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education
    1400 West Washington, Room 260
    Phoenix, AZ 85007
    Phone: 602-542-5709

    Veteran's Administration

    Grand Canyon University is approved for the education and training of Veterans under the provisions of Title 10 and 38, United States Code. We accept Chapter 30, 31, 32, 35, 1606, 1607 recipients. Veterans are approved for benefits for numerous programs. For more information regarding using your VA benefits at GCU, please email [email protected] or visit us at – Student Services, Military Information, Veteran Affairs Benefits

    In addition, the University has obtained the following specialized accreditations and approvals for our core program offerings:  Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs, Arizona State Board of Education, Arizona Department of Education, Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, and Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education.

    Ken Blanchard College of Business

    The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs, 7007 College Boulevard, Suite 420, Overland Park, KS 66211, 913-339-9356, accredits the following programs of the Ken Blanchard College of Business: Bachelor of Science in Accounting, Bachelor of Science in Marketing, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Bachelor of Science in Entrepreneurial Studies, Master of Business Administration, and Executive Master of Business Administration.

    College of Education

    Grand Canyon University's College of Education is approved by the Arizona State Board of Education and the Arizona Department of Education to offer institutional recommendations (credentials) for the certification of elementary, secondary, and special education teachers, as well as principals.

    College of Nursing and Health Sciences

    The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One DuPont Circle NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, 202-887-6791, and the Arizona State Board of Nursing accredit the University for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Master of Science in Nursing degree.

    The Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) accredits the Athletic Training Education Program, 2201 Double Creek Drive, Suite 5006, Round Rock, TX 78664.

    Intercollegiate Athletics

    Intercollegiate athletics function under the guidelines of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II, 1802 Alonzo Watford Sr. Drive, Indianapolis, IN 46202, regarding eligibility to participate in intercollegiate sports.

    Military / Veteran

    As one of the nation's top military friendly schools, Grand Canyon University has developed a military university program specifically to meet the needs of military professionals DOD personnel and their families.

    Whether you're looking to accelerate your career in the military or transition into the public sector, earning your degree can give you the competitive edge you're looking for. With academically challenging, values-based curriculum, GCU prepares learners to become global citizens, critical thinkers, effective communicators and responsible leaders

    Grand Canyon University offer Military Professionals and their families:

    • Programs that fit the military lifestyle. Attend classes online or on campus at times that fit your rigorous military schedule. Complete your program without interruption no matter where you're stationed.
    • Earlier graduation. Our 4-credit courses allow you to complete your degree program in less time.
    • Military scholarships and discounts. With a special Military University Tuition, scholarship per-credit costs are fully covered by military assistance programs, allowing undergraduate military students to earn their bachelor's degree with no out-of-pocket costs.
    • Dedicated military student support. Our knowledgeable Military Enrollment and Academic Counselors, most of whom are veterans, are well versed in the educational needs and available benefits for active and retired military members and their families. Grand Canyon University was recently named one of the top Military Friendly Schools by GI Jobs Magazine
    • Veterans benefits for numerous programs. GCU is approved for the education and training of Veterans under the provisions of title 10 and 38, United States Code.

    Transfer Students

    Grand Canyon University understands that not all students complete their degree at the same pace. Perhaps you earned college credits from other colleges or universities, or maybe you earned credits through serving in the military, or you may be able to take valuable life experiences and turn that into college credits through our Lifelong Learning Assessment.

    Complete the form to the right to have an enrollment counselor provide additional information on the various programs available that may help you earn your degree even faster than you could have imagined!

    Transcript Pre-Evaluation – in as little as 48 hours, a specialist can evaluate your unofficial transcripts and determine how these credits will be applied to the general education component of your desired program.

    Lifelong Learning Assessment – provides the opportunity to earn up to 8 general education or elective credits, where students demonstrate the mastery of already acquired college-level knowledge in a specific subject area based on a life experience.

    Military – For those who have served in the armed forces, you may be able to transfer credits from alternative methods of earning college credits including CLEP, DANTES, Excelsior, AP and IB. In addition, GCU may award an additional 30 credits for military training and experience as included on the ARMY/ACE REGISTRY TRANSCRIPT SYSTEM (AARTS) and SAILOR/MARINE/ACE REGISTRY TRANSCRIPT (SMART). In conjunction with the other alternative credit methods, military students may transfer in up to 60 credits (30 military training and 30 alternative credit methods). Credits earned above 60 credits, must transfer in from a regionally, accredited institution.

    Learning Options

    At Grand Canyon University, our students are unique and have different learning needs. For this reason, we offer a variety of learning options including traditional degree programs offered at our main campus, evening programs, and those offered 100% online.

    Evening Programs

    In response to our students' diverse needs, Grand Canyon University is now offering selected degree programs in an evening format. These programs are designed to meet the needs of today's working adults as they balance their work and personal lives with the desire to earn a degree. With programs that meet just one evening per week, students can conveniently integrate advancing their education with maintaining their career.

    Many of the programs will be offered directly on the main GCU campus, located in the heart of Phoenix, Arizona. For students who live or work a distance away, selected programs will be offered at strategic off-site satellite locations throughout the greater Phoenix metro area as well as other areas. Class sizes are kept small to allow students to receive individual attention and progress through the program with the same classmates, providing an opportunity to forge relationships that go beyond the classroom.

    Earn Your Degree Online

    With the demands put on working professionals, online education has become a popular way to earn a college degree. An online education allows you to attend class on your own schedule, from the comfort of your own home or a location of your choice.

    Grand Canyon University stands apart from the other online education institutions because we are backed by the history of our traditional campus. Our online classes allow you to study at the times that work for your schedule while still enjoying the close connection with your classmates and instructor via online discussions. All of our online courses use the same online learning technology, which means you will have a consistent format in each of the classes you take.

    We understand the importance of hiring quality faculty, who are dedicated to helping students succeed. This is why in addition to the outstanding faculty instructing at the GCU campus, the university is pleased to provide dedicated, faculty members, many whom are full-time, to exclusively serve our online education students.

    Our Campus

    Located in the heart of Phoenix, GCU is home to over 3,000 students who live and commute to this 100-acre oasis. This smaller, more intimate university in Arizona boasts amenities and facilities found at many larger universities. For those who love sports, GCU offers 22 NCAA Division II athletic teams including baseball, basketball, softball, volleyball, soccer and wrestling. Since 2010, the campus has undergone dramatic expansion and growth through several projects including:

    • 2 new dorms accommodating over 700 new students. Ground will be breaking on another new dorm in the fall of 2011.
    • A 5,000-seat area recently opened that will serve as the home court for the men's and women's basketball teams as well as other sporting events, concerts and conferences.
    • Thunder Alley opened in the fall of 2011 featuring several new fast food style restaurants, a convenience store, and 6-lane bowling alley.
    • The Student Recreation Center features three basketball courts, a cutting-edge athletic training facility and a fitness center for all campus residents.
    • Student recreation fields including a new intramural field and the Quad which hosts various events.
    • A new classroom building opened in January 2011 supporting the College of Education as well as labs and classrooms for the College of Nursing. In the fall of 2011 a new College of Arts and Science building will break ground featuring state-of-the-art classrooms and labs for the nursing and health science programs.