Graduate Degrees

Grand Canyon University's Master of Liberal Arts and Master's in Healthcare Programs

Grand Canyon University's College of Arts and Sciences offers a variety of graduate-level courses and is comprised of two different types of degree programs: liberal arts and health sciences.

Master of Liberal Arts Programs

Master of liberal arts degree programs first emerged in the early 1950s in an effort to combat the "overspecialization" of degrees offered in the United States. Liberal arts degrees generally focus on the joy of discovering new knowledge as well as the ability to strengthen critical thinking skills. These are skills that can be used in nearly any field.

Grand Canyon University's master of liberal arts programs:

  • Foster life-long learning and cultural appreciation skills for a diverse global society.
  • Teach personal and professional communication skills for use in traditional and innovative modalities.
  • Hone critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
  • Provide a framework for serious contemplation of one's worldview.

At Grand Canyon University, we offer a variety of master of liberal arts degrees, including those with a focus on Christian Studies, Justice Studies and Psychology.

Master's in Healthcare Programs

In addition to the "Arts" side of the College of Arts and Sciences, the "Sciences" side consists of healthcare degree programs. There are a variety of reasons an individual may look to earn a master's in healthcare. Perhaps you've been working in the health care field for a number of years and wish to specialize, strengthen your skills, or qualify for promotions.

Grand Canyon University offers a variety of master's in healthcare programs at our traditional campus as well as online. These programs include specializations in Counseling, Public Health and Health Care Informatics.

Counseling is a field that is expected to have an above average rate of growth, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, especially in certain fields of counseling such as substance abuse. This field will continue to experience high demand for qualified professionals with a master's in healthcare. 

In addition, The Occupational Handbook forecasts a faster-than-average growth in the public health fields of health education and health services policy and administration. The MPH is the most widely-recognized professional credential for leadership positions in public health. This specialized master's in healthcare program is designed for people interested in disease prevention and community health. Professionals in this rewarding field draw on knowledge and skills from a variety of disciplines to define, assess and ultimately resolve public health problems.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor predicts health care and information technology jobs will comprise five of the top ten fastest-growing fields through 2016. So it comes as no surprise that the field of health care informatics is emerging as one of the nation's top career fields. Health care informatics is quickly becoming vital to the growth and security of the United States healthcare 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, healthcare system operations, project management, decision making and quality assessment.