Individual College Courses – Online and Campus Options

Whether you are a professional who wishes to learn more about a specific content area or a college student seeking transfer credits to complete your degree program, Grand Canyon University (GCU) offers a variety of college courses to help you meet your goals. Individual college courses from our bachelor's and master's degree programs are conveniently available online in areas such as education, nursing, counseling, accounting and science.

Convenient Online College Courses

While attending GCU, you will experience class using the university's online learning system and participate with both those seeking to complete a single course and those pursuing a degree. A university counselor will guide you through the online classroom and help you understand the various resources available. In addition, you will have access to university resources, such as our online library, tutoring and mentoring.

To learn more about online and on-campus individual college courses at GCU, browse the course guide table below. Click on each single course to explore the curriculum to identify if it will meet your needs. You can also estimate your investment before applying for single college courses.

To review a comprehensive listing of online and on-campus individual college courses, take a look at our Academic Catalog.

For more information about campus and online tuition and our academic programs, visit our Tuition and Fees page.

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How To Apply for Individual Courses

Once you have chosen the courses you wish to take, it is time to apply. Complete the form on this page with the area of study and program that includes the courses you would like to take. Once you let us know how to contact you, a university counselor will be in touch to go over next steps of admission. This is when you will be able to share which individual courses you would like to take.

Individual Online College Courses FAQs

Because these courses come from an accredited university, they are able to be transferred to a full degree program at GCU. If you wish to transfer these courses to a university other than GCU, it is recommended you check with that university to confirm if the individual courses would be accepted.

Many of the single courses do require prerequisites to be taken. When you apply to GCU, we take a look at your previous college transcripts via our Lopes Unofficial Credit Evaluation to check if any of the courses you have taken would be accepted for your chosen course or program.

Individual courses are not accredited. However, GCU and many of its degree programs are accredited by their respective accrediting body. Visit our University Accreditation page to learn more about GCU’s institutional and programmatic accreditations.

The most important factor that employers look for when hiring for a job is experience. On its own, a single course may not be enough to land you a new job. But when combined with your current and past experience, the information you learn in your single course could push you ahead.

The length of time to complete an individual course depends on the number of credits and location. Generally, most online classes take seven or eight weeks to complete, while most on-campus classes take 15 weeks to complete. It is recommended you search the details of the course you wish to take to find out exactly how long the course will take to complete.

The class size for an individual course depends on the location, but here at GCU, we make it a priority to keep our class sizes small. In Spring 2023, the average traditional class size for all GCU classrooms, including lecture and labs, on the main campus was 33 students.