College of Doctoral Studies

Take the next step in your career by earning your doctoral degree from Grand Canyon University (GCU). Our College of Doctoral Studies offers several doctorate programs, from a Doctor of Business Administration to an online EdD in leadership or PhD studies in psychology. Learners in the doctoral studies programs apply their research, critical thinking and analytical skills to solve real-world problems in areas such as business, leadership, and psychology.  

Our dissertation process is embedded into conventional coursework to help you move quickly toward graduation, with a supportive learning community to keep you engaged. In everything we do, GCU’s One Foundation is at the forefront of our mission to inspire service, integrity and purpose through our Christian worldview.

Do you have doctoral credits from another institution? GCU’s Progressive Transfer Policy makes it easier than ever to transfer over any doctoral credits from the same type of degree (e.g., EdD, PhD, etc.) and the same type of content (e.g., Organizational Leadership, Business Administration, etc.). Learn more about how GCU’s Progressive Transfer Process can help you achieve your degree.

The College of Doctoral Studies Purpose

The College of Doctoral Studies seeks to engage learners in the process of becoming scholar-practitioners by deliberately invoking design principles that create scaffold, embedded curriculum grounded in adult learning theory. The College of Doctoral Studies provides structured, integrative, learning-centered doctoral programs which encourage reflective thinking from learners and collaborative interactions among learners and faculty.

Our doctorate college programs balance rigorous, meaningful and reasonable quantity of work with an overall design which leads learners to their ultimate goal of completing the dissertation. In addition to the learning design, CDS is committed to excellent learner support as part of its ongoing focus on learner success.

Create a unique doctoral program experience that connects faculty and learners in a vibrant learning community and creates a learning opportunity for scholar-practitioners to complete a purposeful doctoral journey.

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Alumni Doctoral Degree Scholarship

GCU alumni enrolling in a doctoral program for the first time may be eligible for a $2,000 scholarship.1 Request more information about this opportunity.

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Doctoral Degrees

Business administration, nursing practice, an online EdD and an online PhD are only a few of Grand Canyon University’s (GCU) doctorate programs, preparing you to face critical challenges within the work environment. Throughout our doctoral degrees, we also provide emphasis opportunities that range from behavioral health and Christian ministry to industrial and organizational psychology. Develop your passion for your field of study and prepare for leadership within your profession and community.

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GCU has merited outstanding academic credentials, including regional accreditation with college-specific and program-specific accreditations.


Learn more about what the tuition costs per credit and how GCU can help with financing through scholarship opportunities. GCU also offers discounts for active duty and active reserve military members.

The College of Doctoral Studies includes a different set of requirements for acceptance, while specific programs hold their own set of criteria. Find out more about the application process and the requirements for acceptance into your chosen program.

Doctoral DNA

“DNA” is a symbolic framework we use to describe the building blocks of our doctoral programs. Here are several main components:

  • Academic Support
  • Core Research, Content, and Emphasis Courses
  • Research Knowledge and Skills
  • Research Artifacts and Assessments
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1MOU-Alumni Monthly Jun2022: The Alumni Scholarship for Doctoral Programs is only valid for those applicants who submit a complete application and begin a Doctoral program in June 2022. This scholarship cannot be used in conjunction with any other GCU scholarship or awards and only applies to online and evening programs. Please speak to a university counselor for complete details.

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