Online Degree Programs at GCU

GCU offers a variety of accredited online degree programs to help you advance your career. Our online courses, offered through many of our distinct colleges, offers a values-based curriculum developed so that you receive the well-rounded education you need to take your career to the next level. Explore our online degree programs to find the program right for you. Our online degrees offer:

  • A convenient, streamlined option for achieving your degree on your time that pairs with a quality education.
  • Access to a host of GCU resources to support your education journey including access to student service counselors, the GCU library, technical help, and more.
  • Affordable options for all our bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees, as well as scholarship opportunities and special rates for those in military service and their spouses.

To learn more about online degrees, view our Online Learning page.

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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.

Do employers take online degrees seriously?

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.

Can I get a job with an online degree?

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

Is an online education affordable?

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.

What degrees can you get online?

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.

Is an online degree right for my lifestyle?

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.

How long does it take to get a Bachelor's degree online?

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.

What resources do I need to complete my online degree?

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.

*Retrieved from: https://www.bls.gov/careeroutlook/2018/article/bachelors-degree-outlook.htm
**Retrieved from: https://successfulstudent.org/20-best-online-degrees-for-careers/


Online Bachelor’s Degrees

Experience the convenience of earning your bachelor’s degree online, without sacrificing on the quality of education or the connection to a college community. We strive to make our online classes collaborative so you can participate in the college experience. Learn more about our program offerings by browsing the list below.

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Online Master’s Degrees

With an online master’s from GCU, you will have the flexibility needed to pursue graduate school as a path to reach your professional goals. View our wide variety of online master’s options and take a step toward starting your degree.

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Online Doctoral Programs

Doctoral programs at GCU are designed to develop you into an independent researcher with the skills needed to innovate and lead in your chosen field. Graduates will be forward thinkers, problem solvers and able to take on leadership roles in their fields.

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Visit our Majors and Programs page to research all of our offered degrees.

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