College of Theology

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Grand Canyon University’s (GCU) College of Theology serves the broadly evangelical community, "teaching what accords with sound doctrine" (Titus 2:1). Our college of theology reaches a broad variety of like-minded Christian congregations and organizations, embracing interdenominational traditions and reflecting a celebration of the unity we have in Jesus Christ. 

It is our conviction that the Bible is the true and authoritative Word of God. We embrace and support GCU's commitment to educate students from a distinctively Christian perspective that is rooted in a rich evangelical heritage. This conviction shapes all that we do and provides One Foundation, our Christian worldview and our commitment to living out God’s calling.

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College of Theology Mission

GCU’s College of Theology exists to educate students to communicate the gospel effectively, serve the church faithfully and minister with integrity at home and abroad.

At the core of the College of Theology's mission is the powerful message that Jesus, the Son of God, gave His life to reconcile men and women to the Father. The college offers a deeply focused theological education that is grounded in the biblical truth that God loved the world so much that He sent His one and only son who died to save all who believe in Him (John 3:16).

The gospel of Jesus Christ empowers those who follow Him to live with one another in a community characterized by faith, hope and love. The College of Theology trains leaders to faithfully live the message they teach and preach.

The driving concern of the College of Theology is to engage the world outside the walls of the church as salt and light, just as Jesus commanded. The life-giving message of Christ is the most precious gift we can offer to those we encounter in life and in ministry. This is why we share the gospel in our neighborhood and across the nation and world – training our students to do the same.

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Theology Degrees

For every point along your path, GCU’s theological degrees abound. Undergraduate theology degrees like the Bachelor of Arts in Christian Studies, available on campus or as an online degree program, examines the historic faith and offers an excellent foundation of biblical and theological knowledge. Grand Canyon Theological Seminary is home to our master’s degree programs, including our Master of Divinity (MDiv) which incorporates an immersive Residency program. Examine our degree offerings and find the degree that is right for your calling to service.

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Accelerated Undergraduate Degree to Master of Divinity

Traditional campus students enrolled in the Bachelor of Arts in Christian Ministry or Bachelor of Arts in Christian Studies, including all emphases, have the opportunity to complete graduate-level courses as part of their undergraduate degree pathway. The Accelerated Undergraduate Degree to Master of Divinity program serves as a fast-track option to benefit students who desire to jumpstart their graduate studies while completing their bachelor’s.

For students who have a clear calling to specifically serve in a pastoral ministry, we offer the Barnabas Pastoral Program. It requires an additional commitment to be trained, mentored and deployed in a local church after completing the degree.

Enrich Your Degree

GCU and the College of Theology offer a variety of minors to give you a well-rounded education within a more specific subject area that may be of professional interest.

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Barnabas Pastoral Program

For those who have thought and prayed about how to become a pastor, GCU offers the Barnabas Pastoral Program. This formal program instructs young men and women on the necessary requirements and biblical teachings in order to lead local ministries wherever they may be called. The program is supported by the local pastoral community from which students will receive sound training and mentorship throughout the length of the program.

Students who can demonstrate their sense of calling, express their mentality and leadership abilities and provide pastoral and character references will be considered for this pastoral program. It requires an additional commitment to uphold the moral values of GCU and the covenant that the College of Theology maintains. This program offers the Barnabas Pastoral Program Scholarship during the fifth year of study.

College of Theology Covenant

The College of Theology Covenant outlines the principles a student at the college is expected to embody and embrace. It describes a lifestyle that is consistent with GCU’s doctrinal commitments. The Covenant underscores the vital connection between Christian faith and Christian life.

Together with the Doctrinal Statement, the Covenant highlights and celebrates biblical, theological and moral bases for cooperation, under the clear biblical mandate to live a life worthy of the gospel of Jesus Christ  (Philippians 1:27).

All of our students and faculty in the College of Theology are asked to sign the Covenant in addition to the university's Doctrinal Statement.

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I understand and embrace GCU’s commitment to be a distinctively Christian institution characterized by devotion to the Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, in agreement with the university and its College of Theology, I commit to love the Lord with my whole being, to love my neighbors as myself and to obey Christ and His word in accord with the following principles:

I will seek the Kingdom of God and His righteousness before all things. I will labor to embody the qualifications for ministry outlined in Holy Scripture (1 Tim. 3:1-13, 4:6-16; 2 Tim. 2:14-26; Titus 1:5-16) so that I am qualified to minister within the church of the Lord Jesus and so that my example will glorify Christ and commend Him to others.

I will commit to growing in the knowledge of Jesus Christ through the study and application of Holy Scripture and sound theology.

I will maintain consistent involvement with a local church by regularly worshipping, serving and studying God's Word with a body of believers and will cultivate unity with fellow Christians, seeking reconciliation and resolution when conflicts arise (Matthew 18). I will seek to demonstrate the love of Christ, with gentleness and respect, to those who do not yet know Him as Lord and Savior.

I will conduct myself as a faithful disciple of Jesus Christ by treating people with love, grace and respect. I will strive to keep my mind and body pure and will seek to be above reproach, undefiled and virtuous in every way and will avoid all activities that violate GCU’s conduct policies.

GCU is an accredited university that holds both college-specific and program-specific accreditations. Learn more about accreditation and why it is important.

If you wish to apply to GCU, learn more about our simple registration process and the requirements needed for entrance into GCU.

GCU is here to help with your tuition and financing questions by providing valuable resources and university counselor assistance. If you have a calling for pastoral ministry within local churches, learn more about the Barnabas Pastoral Program. Be sure to look through our list of available scholarships that you may qualify for.

Center for Worship Arts

Recent years have witnessed significant transformations in Christian worship, which have led to a pressing need for a new breed of leaders in churches across the nation. For those interested in the exciting world of worship leadership, performance and production, we are proud to introduce the Center for Worship Arts.

The Center for Worship Arts has been a collaborative achievement for GCU. A blend of industry experts, instructors and seasoned worship ministers contribute to the learning experience in this integrative program. As the next step for a high school graduate, the center provides the following relevant theology degrees to become a worship leader in a contemporary church or ministry setting. Find out more about the Center for Worship Arts.

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Center for Worship Arts Auditions

Leading Christian praise and devotion requires a balance of musical talent and biblical wisdom. Join the next generation of worship leaders to impact churches around the world. Vocalists and instrumentalists, learn more about auditions for entry into our Bachelor of Arts in Worship Arts with an Emphasis in Worship Ministry. Call 855-GCU-LOPE for more information

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