College of Theology

Grand Canyon University's (GCU) College of Theology serves the evangelical community, "teaching what accords with sound doctrine" (Titus 2:1). Our college of ministry reaches a broad variety of like-minded Christian congregations and organizations, embracing interdenominational faiths 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. This conviction shapes all that we do and provides a firm foundation for theological studies and ministerial preparation. At GCU, aspiring ministers and Christian leaders receive focused theological training that is grounded in biblical truth.

The College of Theology offers a variety of transformative degrees with real-world relevance, such as Christian studies, pastoral ministry and the online Master of Divinity. We have recently launched the Center for Worship Arts to develop new talent in Christian leadership, performance and production.

If you hope to serve the church, there is no better place to grow than here at GCU. Whether learning on campus or online, our College of Theology graduates emerge fully equipped to minister. From the bachelor's to master's level, our college of ministry offers the education you need to prepare the next generation of disciples.

Commitment to Our Christian University

The College of Theology embraces and supports GCU's commitment to educate students from a distinctively Christian perspective that is rooted in a rich evangelical heritage. We provide leadership and support to all of the colleges within GCU, as the university works diligently to integrate faith, learning and work across all of its academic disciplines.

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.

Being a Christian Studies with an emphasis in Biblical Studies major, I feel like I'm growing closer to God more and more every day!

- Justin Watkins B.A. in Christian Studies with an Emphasis in Biblical Studies

Dean’s Message: Explore the College of Theology

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GCU integrates faith, learning and work across all academic disciplines. As a Christian institution, it is of utmost importance to be a godly influence in our students' hearts and minds, which entails a concern for character as well as intellect. If God has called you to ministry, I encourage you to explore GCU's College of Theology. It is our pleasure to help you prepare to share the precious gospel of Christ as a faithful follower of the Lord Jesus. We are here to serve you and look forward to hearing from you in the near future. May the Lord keep you and bless you and cause His face to shine upon you!

Dean Jason S. Hiles, PhD
College of Theology

Guiding Pillars

Gospel Centered

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).

Church Focused

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.

Missions Oriented

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.

Statement of Faith

We believe that all Christians are united spiritually in our Lord Jesus Christ, demonstrated by the command of Jesus to love one another. As a Christian university, GCU prepares you for a lifetime of effective leadership, innovation and service.

The university's Doctrinal Statement defines our identity and mission. It articulates the fundamental teachings of the Christian faith. These teachings represent the core truths that Christians hold in common and provide a strong basis for unity and cooperation.

As a campus that welcomes students from all walks of life, GCU offers an environment of mutual respect. Though we identify our university as a Christian institution, we welcome dialogues from diverse perspectives and respect freedom of conscience in matters of faith and practice.

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 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.

Read Our Covenant

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:


Spiritual 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.

Academic Principles

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

Social Principles

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.

Moral and Ethical Principles

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.

One Foundation

Through reflection on God's Word, we learn to think critically, set and achieve goals and fulfill God's calling. Discover how GCU's One Foundation helps us live out this mission.

Theology Majors

Whether you are looking to earn an undergraduate degree or you are seeking entry into our theological seminary to fulfill your calling to serve others, GCU has a program for you.

College of Theology Educational Alliances

GCU's College of Theology collaborates with community leaders, schools and organizations to help K-12 students and working professionals advance toward a college degree.

GCU Accreditation

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

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