Online Learning

Many working professionals aspire to attain a higher level of education. Grand Canyon University’s (GCU) online degree programs offer the flexibility you need to get ahead, providing a quality education to help you thrive in today's complex business world. Backed by the legacy of our traditional campus, GCU is an accredited university that stands out from other online education institutions. We also create opportunities to develop and reward the broader educational community through educational alliances.

Online Students at GCU

As an online student at GCU, you will encounter:

Benefit from experienced, full-time faculty members and fully trained adjunct instructors committed to your individual growth and success.

Online courses offer flexibility and convenience for working professionals and students with busy schedules.

GCU offers a competitive, affordable online tuition rate to encourage higher learning.

Choose from online degrees in education, business, liberal arts, nursing and health sciences, and earn your bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degree online.

Our online degrees are designed to foster communication and connectivity through discussion boards and projects.

Students have access to web-enhanced learning tools through our learning management system, including eBooks, forums and helpful calendar reminders.

GCU Online Degree FAQs

We want you to be assured that an online platform is the best option for you and your educational path. Take a look at our list of frequently asked questions to learn more about our online programs.

For many, education serves as a gateway to new career opportunities and advancements. Understandably, many prospective students want to harness new opportunities but are unsure of whether an online degree will be respected. In fact, there are several quotients that determine the value of an online degree:

  • Accreditation
    Employers take an institutions accreditation into consideration when evaluating a candidate with an online degree. GCU’s online degrees are fully accredited, helping to ensure that your degree will be taken seriously by prospective employers.
  • University’s Reputation
    Often, employers weigh the online degree with the reputation of the university. Online classes are designed to provide students with the same quality education as traditional students through our challenging courses and experienced faculty. A student graduating with an online degree from GCU will have the traditional campus’ reputation and heritage as reinforcement for the degree’s credibility.
  • Degree Requirements
    The scope of an online degree is another critical factor to whether employers or students can take their degree seriously. Does the degree require a comparable amount of credits to other traditional programs? Are a comprehensive number of classes required? If so, employers are more likely to see the value of an online degree and view the online degree as credible.

One reason for pursuing an online degree is to increase employability and expand career options. An online degree makes career advancement a viable opportunity for the thousands of students earning a degree while working. Whether looking to enter the workforce or find advancement within your career field, an online degree provides opportunity for vocational growth and eligibility.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are over 170 occupations that require a minimum of a bachelor’s degree for employment. These jobs are anticipated to grow by 10 percent from 2016-2026*. A degree from GCU can help equip you for this job growth.

The top online degrees for career opportunities are:**

  • Business
  • Science, Technology and Engineering
  • Healthcare
  • Education
  • Criminal Justice
  • Communication

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Over 70,000 GCU students have chosen to take pursue their degree online. An online degree offers students control over their own schedule, empowering students to achieve balance in their personal and professional lives. The online format allows students to forgo the commute in favor of investing time in work, family life and personal goals.

Our online degrees offer an affordable option for earning your bachelor’s, master’s or doctorate degree. If you are looking for an affordable online degree, GCU has competitive rates, aiming at allowing students to focus on their education. When pursuing an online degree, students are freed from the financial obligations that accompany some traditional degrees, such as room accommodations or gas.

GCU offers a large selection of bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral and certificate programs fully online in a variety of subject areas. To view our online degrees and find a program that fits your goals, view our Online Degrees page.

Online bachelor’s degrees vary in length depending on the chosen program. To view program length, select your desired degree from our bachelor’s program page and view the degree lengths on that page. For more information, contact your counselor or call 1-855-GCU-LOPE.

To complete your online degree, you will need access to a computer, Wi-Fi and a word processor like Microsoft Word. These are necessary to access the student portal and complete your assignments. Some programs may require different resources. Check with your student counselor for specific expectations upon applying for your program.

Our accredited online degree programs are designed to provide the skills and credentials needed to advance your career. Find a degree that aligns with your career goals.

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