Grand Canyon University © 2011 - All Rights Reserved. GCU is an accredited university founded in 1949. We are a Christian university and offer online degree programs and campus based classes. As a private university in Arizona , GCU has six colleges offering business degree programs including an Executive MBA, health science degrees , liberal arts degrees , doctorate degrees , nursing programs , and teaching programs . Our Performing Arts College offers fine arts and production degree programs. GCU is a military friendly school and offers military tuition rates.