About Grand Canyon University's Doctoral Degree Programs

Grand Canyon University's (GCU) doctoral learners are passionate about their fields of study and ready to lead the communities in which they serve. As a doctoral learner, you'll learn how to apply research, critical thinking and analytical skills to solve real world problems in business, education and many other industries. 

Supported by peers, faculty and technology, you can find your purpose and learn to successfully apply psychological and leadership theories to design, develop and direct both people and organizations in a complex and fast-moving world while emphasizing practice and leadership from a Christian perspective through a focus on values and ethics.

GCU's College of Doctoral Studies offers a variety of programs and embedded emphases to suit your interests and are available online or through an evening cohort program:

Our degree formats and wealth of available resources will help guide your journey every step along the way:

  • Residencies:  EdD and DBA programs include participation in two in-person residencies that provide face-to-face interaction and personal attention focused entirely on the dissertation journey. Residencies are optional for PhD and EdS programs.
  • Support:  From experienced and knowledgeable faculty, to counselors and a student service advisor, you’re never alone. Many of our faculty hold senior leadership positions in schools, public and private companies and our librarians are trained to help learners at every turn.
  • Integrated Dissertation Process: Our approach to the dissertation phase initiates planning at the beginning of your doctoral journey and continues through incremental milestones toward researching, analyzing and ultimately defending your dissertation. Fully supported by peers, faculty, staff and online resources, this is a challenging journey learners will not take alone.

Grand Canyon University is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. (800-621-7440; http://www.ncahlc.org/)

For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information, please visit our website at gcu.edu/disclosures. Please note, not all GCU programs are available in all states and in all learning modalities. Program availability is contingent on student enrollment.