Grand Canyon University is a private Christian school in Phoenix. Students can choose to earn a bachelor's or master's degree in a wide variety of programs offered online or on campus. GCU's programs are available to first time undergrads as well as working professionals, allowing those with differing time constraints to still receive an advanced degree. Time spent in the classroom will focus on various tasks such as reading, writing, participating in discussion groups with peers and instructors, working on projects and conducting research. Students attending online courses will be expected to log in to the school’s Web portal four times a week and meet assignment deadlines. Students typically take one course every eight weeks, two each 16-week semester. Students take only one class at a time to allow them to fully concentrate on the subject. Every two months, new classes are offered to GCU students so they are able to continually acquire skills that can help them advance in their careers
College of Arts and Sciences—foundational college of Grand Canyon University and contains majors in the sciences and social sciences, media and communications, and the humanities.. The College of Arts and Sciences has the largest number of faculty members of any college at the university and provides course offerings ranging from Molecular Genetics to Robert Frost. The College of Arts and Sciences represents what is commonly called the "core education." Core classes are courses that are required for all student degree programs and support GCU's stated mission and vision of student development: "GCU prepares learners to become global citizens, critical thinkers, effective communicators, and responsible leaders by providing an academically challenging, values-based curriculum from the context of our Christian heritage." In addition, the College of Arts and Sciences represents a wide range of bachelor's and graduate programs related to the medical field, including programs to prepare students for medical careers as doctors, physician assistants, pharmacists, athletic trainers and addiction counselors. College of Education—teaching future educators has been one of GCU's core competencies since its inception. Educational programs include TESOL, elementary, secondary, special education and educational administration. All education programs at GCU are developed to aligned with state and national standards and use the Understanding by Design framework to ensure effective learning. Grand Canyon University College of Education ground, traditional graduates have a 99% placement rate. College of Fine Arts & Production—the artistic hub of Grand Canyon University, the College of Fine Arts & Production offers degree programs in music education, theater and drama, digital film with an emphasis in production or screen writing. College of Nursing—for more than 25 years GCU has offered both ground and online programs. Students who plan to become professional registered nurses (RNs) can enter GCU's nursing program as freshmen to begin the pre-requisites or enter the program later with transfer hours. They will earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree and be prepared for an exciting nursing career. The College of Nursing has degrees ranging from the Undergraduate RN to BSN program to a Masters in Nursing with an Emphasis in Nursing Leadership in Health Care Systems In 2010, Grand Canyon University opened a satellite campus in Albuquerque, New Mexico for pre-licensure nursing students in partnership with Presbyterian Health System  Ken Blanchard College of Business—focused on servant leadership, innovation and entrepreneurial spirit the Ken Blanchard College of Business offers programs for undergraduate and graduate level students in a variety of business disciplines. Such programs include: bachelors in accounting, marketing, business administration, entrepreneurial studies and finance and economics. The College of Business also offers graduate programs including the Ken Blanchard Executive MBA programs. College of Doctoral Studies - The College of Doctoral Studies offers three distinct doctorate degree programs tailored toward the specific interests of students: the Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership, Doctor of Business Administration and Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology College of Theology - As a Christian university, GCU encourages students to find their purpose in Christ, with an emphasis on applying Christian values and ethics to their studies and to the workplace. GCU offers several undergraduate and graduate Christian studies degrees meant to equip learners to lead as Christians in their areas of influence, be they secular, religious, professional or personal.