Colangelo College of Business

Earn a Business Degree From GCU’s Accredited Business School

The Colangelo College of Business offers degrees that address the needs of contemporary business environments. We nurture the startup spirit, propelling your entrepreneurial visions on a powerful platform with opportunities to help you thrive. Our philosophy is Lopes First, which means that we embrace a student-centric culture with an emphasis on higher purpose, conscious capitalism and academic success.

Servant Leadership. Ethics. Entrepreneurism. These are the pillars that guide our student experience, challenging you to become a values-driven business leader. GCU’s Christian worldview guides our educational approach, instilling within graduates the professional ethics necessary to benefit both industry and the global community.

The Colangelo College of Business challenges and inspires students to be servant leaders with the business skills and values to drive organizational success and positively impact society.

The Colangelo College of Business is a Christian business school for servant leaders and innovation based upon ethics, purpose and stakeholder integration to help communities prosper and flourish.


Second best college for business in Arizona for 2024, according to Niche.com1

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Business Degree Programs

With a depth of on-campus and online college business degree options, our strong Christian identity informs the education you receive, preparing you to apply faith-integrated principles within the business arena. GCU offers undergraduate bachelor's degrees and master’s programs with a wide range of emphases. Our business school programs encompass specializations that can help you achieve personal or professional goals in your area of interest.

Explore our bachelor’s and master’s business degrees to find what is right for you.

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Business Minors

GCU aims to help you build skill sets relevant for tomorrow’s workforce while learning the principles of servant leadership and entrepreneurism. Explore our variety of minor degree options today.

Jerry Colangelo represents the best of what it means to be a Christian university from a standpoint of conducting business with strong character, integrity and servant leadership. We want to instill those same characteristics into every one of our students. If an employer gets a Colangelo College of Business graduate, they will know what they are going to get.

Brian Mueller, President and CEO, Grand Canyon University

About Jerry Colangelo

Jerry Colangelo is an influential and caring sports entrepreneur. Colangelo has delivered top athletic teams to Arizona, with more than 50 years of experience in sports business management and franchise ownership, as well as dozens of other business organizations. 

Among his many accomplishments, Colangelo has owned the NBA Phoenix Suns, built two sports facilities, won an MLB World Series title with the Arizona Diamondbacks and led USA Basketball to four consecutive gold medals in international competition. Colangelo’s achievements in Arizona, professional sports and the study of leadership are remarkable. As a dynamic community leader and committed Christian, his activities transcend the world of sports and serve as an inspiration for future generations.

Jerry Colangelo with business students at GCU

Colangelo Scholarship

GCU’s business college is proud to offer the Colangelo Scholarship. Available to incoming freshmen, this scholarship recognizes students who have dedicated themselves in service to others through volunteering and entrepreneurship, while meeting ethical and academic standards. For more information and how to apply, visit our scholarships and grants page.

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If you come to GCU's Colangelo College of Business, you'll meet amazing servant leaders and find refreshing friendships among people who also want to push themselves professionally.

Avery Bernard, BS in Entrepreneurial Studies, Class of 2023

FAQs for Aspiring Business School Students

If you’re considering becoming a business student at GCU, read through some of the most frequently asked questions and answers below to gain more insight into earning your business degree.

Earning a business degree can provide you with deep knowledge of different areas of interest related to business. Business degree programs often covers many important areas of the business field, such as economics, accounting, finance and management, depending on which degree you enroll in. Gaining knowledge in these areas may be useful when deciding on which career path you wish to follow.

In addition, according to the U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, about 911,400 new jobs are estimated to open for business and financial occupations per year from 2022 to 2032.2

The requirements for admission to a university’s business college will vary depending on the university. To learn more about how to gain entry into GCU’s business college, view our admission requirements and fill out the form on this page to speak with a university counselor.

Yes. Many universities offer an online modality when earning your undergraduate or graduate business degree. GCU offers various online degrees in business at the undergraduate and graduate levels in many different areas of interest, including marketing, finance, accounting, management, economics and many more. To support you as you complete your online degree, GCU also offers various online learning resources.

You can gain the same level of knowledge from studying your business degree online as you would in a traditional campus setting. When enrolling in a business degree program, ensure that your university is institutionally accredited. Accreditation reflects the quality of a university’s education and covers both on-campus and online modalities for degree programs. A university’s accreditation status will inform you that your university delivers an approved curriculum that meets established educational standards.

Integration of GCU’s Christian Identity in Curriculum

We remain committed to providing students with a biblically rooted college education centered on Christian principles, known as One Foundation.

Colangelo College of Business faculty integrate GCU’s Christian identity and mission into the curriculum through personal experience with their faith as well as connecting lessons in the Bible to content being taught in the classroom. Servant leadership and professional ethics are key concepts that are integrated throughout the student experience to support human flourishing and benefit both industry and the global community. In teaching principles of the free markets and conscious capitalism, the Colangelo College of Business celebrates and promotes purpose and prosperity and elevating humanity, as well as using business as ministry.

Students from the Colangelo College of Business can directly benefit from the GCU mission through experiences both in and out of the classroom. Students learn how to operate professionally, morally and ethically to develop personally and professionally and further support the community. The Colangelo College of Business’ guiding pillars focus on servant leadership, ethics and entrepreneurism. These form the foundation for students to have the opportunity to become well-rounded and purpose-minded leaders whether they are learning in the classroom, applying concepts at an internship or running and participating in club activities on campus. Entrepreneurism is creating and capturing value by solving problems for society at scale. As Christians serving society by solving problems, this provides the foundation for any business to contribute to their community and economy.

The Colangelo College of Business strongly encourages students and faculty to express their faith in the classroom and bridge Christian worldview concepts within the industry being studied. The goal is to promote the integration of faith, living and work to support our communities.

The Colangelo College of Business promotes principles of human flourishing through the lens of servant leadership, entrepreneurism and conscious capitalism. Business needs to be used as a force for good and to make an impact beyond profit. This is accomplished through teaching students about free markets firsthand. Through this we integrate all stakeholders, further support human flourishing and demonstrate our obedience to the greatest commandment — to love God and love our neighbors. However, none of this can occur until profits — or better stated, a surplus or abundance — is created by business. A business that is led and operated better can allow margins for abundance. These can then be reinvested back into the company, its employees, its community and any other stakeholder — that leads to human flourishing. (2024). 2024 Best College for Business in Arizona. Retrieved April 22, 2024.

COVID-19 has adversely affected the global economy and data from 2020 to 2022 may be atypical compared to prior years. Accordingly, data shown is effective September 2023, which can be found here: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Business and Financial Occupations, retrieved on Oct. 26, 2023.