Grand Canyon University Reviews

  • 512 Reviews
  • Phoenix (AZ)
  • Annual Tuition: $17,800
59% of 512 students said this degree improved their career prospects
52% of 512 students said they would recommend this school to others
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  • Reviewed: 9/7/2022
  • Degree: Elementary Education
"Getting started you get alot of help .It’s a 50/50 chance if you get a professor who is good . I was told (by a professor) that they are given a curriculum they don’t write .Some have no clue what is assigned each week some expand on that curriculum."
  • Reviewed: 8/25/2022
  • Degree: Management
"I graaduate from CGU w/ a 3.8 in applied mangement. It was purdy easy 2 do the studies. Just cut and paste most if the work and boom a degree. I going back 4 my master one in leadship and business. Its a 2fer. I am kidding of course. There are several students that compose messages like this and it is my opinion that these are the ones on here bitching about everything. It is college people, it is supposed to be tough. The courses are challenging but not terribly difficult with a little time management and self accountability. The worst issues I had were with the counselor and the group work. The counselor was not responsive. The group work sucked because there are people that are not supposed to be in college anyway. This is just as good a school as any other out there."
  • Reviewed: 8/3/2022
  • Degree: Early Childhood Education
"I would never recommend this school to anyone! At this point I am absolutely disgusted with the way I have been treated by various staff at GCU. Since graduating, I haven’t been able to get in contact with anyone. I haven’t received my diploma and when I call I am being given the run around. I’ve reached out to my assigned counselor and she haven’t responded to my email. I don’t get it. If you owe them money they hound you until paid. Yet, they owe me something and I cannot seem to get a live person to rectify this issue. Instead I’m being sent to voicemail after voicemail. Shame on you, GCU!"
  • Reviewed: 8/1/2022
  • Degree: English
"The overall MS English program with an Education Specialty was satisfactory. Most instructors were on task and provided guided timely feedback. I must deduct stars however from the program as a whole. Two of the required courses are a complete waste of time. We spent eight weeks studying Grant Writing as a Graduate English class from a little, flimsy text. This should be a one week topic for a class in nonfiction writing. The second class that was a total waste time was the Social Media Campaign course. It mirrored a high school technology class “pretending to be” a Graduate English class. Overall, the program was okay but without the ridiculous “fluff”."
  • Reviewed: 7/15/2022
  • Degree: Elementary Education
"I TECHNICALLY graduate in October but have completed all of my classes for my degree as of June. I would like to start by saying that I was very reluctant to attend GCU for a variety of reasons including (but not limited to) the horrible reviews I have seen online. While I did run into a couple of small snags with Student Services and Financial Aid, my overall experience in this university was pretty good! The vast majority of the instructors were knowledgeable and helpful, the workload was challenging but certainly doable, and the assignments were pretty straightforward and self-explanatory. I will say that this school is quite expensive. That much is absolutely true. However, all the other nonsense I have seen about not finding a career and not being a 'legitimate' degree is WILDY inaccurate. I am not a Christian and did not find my program overly religious nor was I penalized for my beliefs. I haven't even completed certification and have already received offers of employment at public district schools. If you are driven and know how to solve your own problems, this program is a breeze and gets you where you need to go if you are willing and able to put in the time and work."
C Fuller
  • Reviewed: 7/13/2022
  • Degree: Special Education
"I recently graduated from GCU with a Master's in Special Education. I absolutely loved the program. That is not to say that it did not require a lot of hard work, with dedicated time to study and write papers, as well as make regular posts. There were many life events that I had to pass on so that I could maintain my focus and good grades. I had the opportunity to also be teaching in Special Education while attending school and every class aligned and helped me with my actual job. The online learning platform was easy to navigate, and I received timely feedback when I did reach out to my professors. I also completed part of my undergrad in an online setting and I can say hands down that my experience with GCU far exceeded my expectations. I am already considering continuing on with my Doctorate. Deciding to further your education does take internal motivation and the drive to be organized and stay the course, even when it's not fun. GCU offers a great platform to be able to do this when you cannot attend on campus."
  • Reviewed: 7/5/2022
  • Degree: RN to BSN
"I did not do my research before attending GCU's online RN-BSN program. I went because my nursing school advertised them A LOT. The degree is extremely difficult for those who work full time. At first, it's easy with 1 paper a week and 2 discussion questions, and 6 peer responses. But then as the program continues you have to do community projects (you have to have signed papers from administrators and organizations in the community), interviews with nearly unattainable people (community health workers etc.) , presentations at churches/community centers, a 10 week 100 hour clinical that they DO NOT help you with. I still do not have a clinical site PLUS who has that kind of time when theyre working full time?! Also, with all these assignments in the community it is 100% your responsibility to find sites and people willing to work with you on very short notice. I am absolutely thinking about transferring, it sucks because I am already so far in. It is just becoming too hard to do while working. Do your research before starting this program."
  • Reviewed: 6/30/2022
  • Degree: Psychology
"Unfortunately, other reviewers are right in their reviews. This school is not what it offers to attract students, their doctorate programs are nothing but money-producing products. The dissertation chair and committee that you are assigned either quit in the middle and you have to start over with the next one trashing all of your hard work and time that you put into your dissertation. The committee deliberately disagree with one another only adding additional time to the students' end wasting their time and money. Once students are out of their usual course track they have to pay from their own pocket to maintain their attendance in the program and to continue working on their dissertation work. Spending $500 for an 8-week course that only continue to drag on for 2 years is an unacceptable act that only leads to running out of a 7-year time frame. I would not recommend their online doctorate programs to anyone."
David W
  • Reviewed: 6/24/2022
  • Degree: Psychology
"I recently completed my Master of Science in Psychology at Grand Canyon University (GCU). My emphasis area was Gero-Psychology. I love the elderly, subjects related to aging, and everything that goes along with the aging process. I absolutely loved GCU and recommend it to all! Ok, in fairness, I did not ALWAYS love the courses because they could be very stressful at times, due to complex subject matter or deadlines. But in general, I loved GCU and the Psychology program. The online GCU program is intended to move swiftly, thus allowing students to complete their program or degree faster. Most students are working as well as studying. It takes incredible focus, dedication, and time management skills to succeed at GCU. If any of these items are lacking, trouble will follow. However, the online learning management system (LMS) is excellent. It is called HALO. GCU switched to HALO last year or so (you can do a test drive here >> HALO helps students stay focused on assignments and class discussions. It also helps keep students organized so deadlines are not missed. In my 2-3 years at Grand Canyon University, I never once had a technical issue. I overwhelmingly approve of the program, the course instruction and instructors, and the course content. It helps to have some type of background in a psychology related field, for example mental health work, social services counseling, case management, gerontology, clinical work, community agency volunteer work, school counseling, etc. If lacking in these backgrounds, it is still doable, especially if you had a related undergraduate degree. There is a required, introduction to graduate studies course at the beginning of the program. It is worth it, especially if you have not been in school for a while. You will also learn all about general psychology topics such as ethics and ethical issues (APA Code of Ethics anyone?), along with social and cultural psychology. As my program had a gerontology emphasis, courses about aging and older adults make sense. They were super interesting. These courses covered sociology of aging, physical health, and biology of aging, and psychological, emotional, and spiritual aspects of aging. In addition, there was a most intriguing course about death and dying. This course will grab your attention! And … warning: this GCU program is graduate level. It adheres to national standards associated with doing research. That is right, research is a huge part of this program. In fact, there are two required, challenging courses on statistics and research methods. Prospective students will need to be ready for takeoff when these course start. Get the reading done early and practice, practice, practice. These two courses are not for the faint of heart, but extra help is available if needed. I got through without needing extra help, for what it is worth. But I know some students were REALLY struggling with these two courses. Finally, there is a capstone course. It is the last course for the program. There is a lot of career-related subject matter in this course. It is very helpful. The instructors were either very good or great. The ones who were very good were more than sufficient. I had four very good teachers. Then I had six excellent teachers who went above and beyond while instructing. There are online discussion topics. Excellent teachers interact with students with high energy. They make the course very engaging by offering up interesting discussion or participation questions. The main objective of these discussions is to replace the lack of in-person communication with something similar. So, someone posts a reply and then students can follow up. Sometimes discussions can be a bit dull when students reply to other students they know from a previous class. You can tell they are going through the motions. But the excellent teachers push the discussions to higher ground with other excellent, related topics and resources. This allows for expansion of participation and discussion and improved knowledge sharing. LMS insinuates that students be independent and motivated. If you are motivated and manage time well, then LMS is for you. But there may be trouble if a student struggles to comprehend material or hands in assignments late. At that point, they will need to seek extra help, using instructor office hours. GCU offers a robust technical support program if needed. The GCU online library is outstanding. The course textbooks are included with the tuition and fees. I am not sure if this is common nowadays with other schools, but it sure is nice. I was always able to easily access the primary course text online. Microsoft Office is included free for GCU students. I took advantage of that. It was VERY helpful to have the software installed on my computer. I think I have written too much. But I am a big fan of GCU. I am so glad I chose this school! I hope this helps."
Ed Paxson
  • Reviewed: 5/29/2022
  • Degree: History
"I got my Master of Arts in History with an Emphasis in Education from GCU in 2021. I’m a teacher and they pay teachers with a Master’s more than those with a Bachelor’s, so I decided to go ahead with this option. Since there is no thesis in this Master’s, it would not be a good option for those who want to pursue a PhD in History. The vast majority of teachers get their Master’s in Education, but I dislike and don’t respect education classes, so I didn’t want to go overboard with that because I already have a Bachelor’s in Education (and a Bachelor’s in History). I enjoyed every minute of my history degree, so I figured this route, while it would be much harder, would be far more rewarding. It was! It was also at least a couple thousand dollars cheaper than all the different Master’s in Education programs I looked into. This is a non-thesis-based Master’s. You could think of this program as like having history as its major and education as its minor because you take six history classes and two education classes. It doesn’t matter what order you take them in. I completed the program in thirteen months by doubling up on classes over four months which covered the summer break. The normal time to complete the program is about 16 months with no breaks. The only formal break from the program is a two-week break over Christmas and New Year’s. Other than that, you end one eight-week class on a Wednesday and start another one on Thursday. The classes are all asynchronous which aids those of us who have jobs and may not be in common time zones. Once the class is released to you, you can work ahead, you just can’t submit assignments before the start of that week. The only thing you can’t work ahead on is the responses to the discussion prompts. You need to respond to three prompts per week for 20 points and write two discussion posts for 5 points each. Your weekly essay or assignment is usually worth about 100 points, so put most of your effort into that. I had a Bachelor’s in History from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. I had some good, challenging professors during that time, particularly with my Historiography and Senior Thesis classes, which helped me immensely in being able to step up my game to this next level. Since it’s asynchronous online, all your learning is your responsibility. GCU is a Christian university and you see snippets of it here and there, but it’s never pushed down your throat. If your professor is religious, they may have some weekly Bible quote and offer prayers on a separate discussion thread that you can ignore, and if they’re not religious, then I think they have a list of weekly Bible quotes that GCU asks them to post. I’m not remotely religious and I would argue that their Christian affiliation is nothing that should turn off non-religious prospective students. Because GCU’s online programs attract plenty of conservative Christians, I found the class makeup to actually be very ideologically diverse, which a lot of universities cannot claim. The two education classes were lots of easy busy work, much like all the education classes I took for my Bachelor’s in Education. The six history classes were usually very challenging, but not overwhelming, particularly if you have a background in this as an undergraduate. You take World History, U.S. History, American West, and a class on Race, Class, Gender, and Ethnicity (sexuality is the glaring topic never covered in this class). This last one was very challenging to me because I had never studied it before and the material is highly theoretical, almost philosophical. Applied Studies in History Graduate Education is a mix of historiography, public, and local history. One memorable assignment from that class was calling up an old history professor of mine to talk all about the history profession and his experiences in it. Another one was researching a historic building in my community. The last history class is Graduate Research Seminar in History and you spend most of your time researching a topic of your choice and how you’d be able to turn that into a publishable research paper. This is the longest paper you have to write which is 25-pages. The other weeks have assignments, but they aren’t nearly that long. Some of the short essays are about 1,000 words and during the first couple of classes, I got real good writing annotated bibliographies on material that you can realistically only skim through to figure out their argument. I never had the same professor twice and their stories widely vary. Almost all had a PhD in the field and were adjuncts living somewhere else in the U.S. while holding academic positions at other universities. I suspect they simply take this on for extra cash. The class is already predesigned, so they’re there to facilitate discussion and grade essays. Some professors are very dedicated and engaging while others are more hands off and easy going with the grades so long as you check all the boxes. Overall, I was very pleased with my online GCU experience. It did for me exactly what I needed it to and I was usually taking classes that I took pride in. It was definitely challenging and time consuming, but not to the point where I had to quite my day job. To succeed in this program, you need to be good at time management, constantly writing short and long essays on history, prioritizing what is important based upon how much weight it has in your overall grade, and be able to comb through lots of material to quickly figure out what is useful and useless to your purpose. Having at least a basic background in studying history or a related field such as political science will give you an important leg up. Go Lopes!"
Lana Nesterenko
  • Reviewed: 5/23/2022
  • Degree: Nursing
"I had a great experience at GCU. My team was always supportive, professors answered my questions quickly and gave me good advice on how to do my job perfectly. The good news for foreign nurses is that an English language test is not required. I am very satisfied with the process and the result of studying at this university."
  • Reviewed: 4/19/2022
  • Degree: Criminal Justice
"Grand Canyon University is absolutely amazing! I am so glad that I transferred to GCU for my master's program. Two of my counselor's are very helpful and the school has a really good service, so it a 100%. Thanks to my counselor's for helping me achieved my goals. They made adjustments to my schedule to double up my classes and I will graduate in December 2022. I loved the structure of the classes and I find them pretty easy. While I was reading some negative reviews for the school, everyone is entitled to their own opinion. Once you are in grad school, you are on your own meaning you have to teach yourself, but it different from undergraduate. There is no videos of professor's lecturing, but you will read articles and videos on your own. I attended Regis University last year starting in October 2021 through December 2021 and I had to teach myself. But GCU is way better compare to Regis University and I would recommend GCU to anyone who would like to further their graduate degree program! I know it a for-profit school, but it super great. I just loved the excellent service and classes are too easy. Trust me!"
  • Reviewed: 4/13/2022
  • Degree: Psychology
"GCU has good instructors, however the lack of support to online students to complete a doctorate degree has been very unsatisfying in my case. I spent a lot of money and time to be turned away and be told that I have reached my 7 year limit !! IT does not take 2 years, but it takes time and being an online student is part of the struggle as the advisors are students and they cannot advise to be supportive. I was told I cannot complete, I tried to write letters and spoke with advisors, student advisors, but nothing has resulted of my request to complete. I was mis-informed that I could complete the program and when I returned, I was told I couldnt because of the time frame. So as a former student, I don't recommend GCU, if you are considering GCU, please ask questions!"
  • Reviewed: 4/9/2022
  • Degree: Psychology
"Stay far away from this University. They should close this place. No Christian oriented, but oriented for student's money. Unprofessional staff, they use recordings against the students and other nasty tricks to cover each others. No departments supporting students. Be careful."
S Choi
  • Reviewed: 3/22/2022
  • Degree: Ministry
"I regret studying at Grand Canyon University. I took my first class in 2015. Then I made the big mistake of returning to GCU in 2020. Stay away from Grand Canyon University. There is no official process for filing a formal grievance or complaint against an instructor. GCU only cares about money. If an instructor gives an unfair and unreasonable grade, the student service counselors will tell you that there is nothing that you can do and that the unfair grade cannot be changed. Whatever you do, stay far away from for-profit colleges. For-profit colleges truly only care about money and profits for shareholders. For-profit colleges are predatory businesses that view students as dollar signs."
Rebecca DesJarlais
  • Reviewed: 3/10/2022
  • Degree: Nursing
"I am completely disgusted and devastated. I enrolled into this Grand Canyon University as an ADN, and was offered the RN to MSN program. After learning more about the program I decided to enroll. Here I am about to complete the program that I was told I was enrolled in, only to find that I will only be graduating with my BSN and not my MSN. When I asked why I did not receive my BSN diploma after completing my capstone course 6 months ago I was told that I would receive it with the MSN diploma at the end of the program. I am not entirely sure where the communication was lost in translation, so I am going to say that I think I was sold into this program under false pretenses, and am considering legal action. I am quite distraught to find this out 1 month before graduation."
  • Reviewed: 2/26/2022
  • Degree: Sociology
"GCU is a great school! Everyone in NY that has gone there is I found the 8-week online class sequence to be very thorough, with academic rigor. As an online student, you have to do 8 discussion posts (APA format) with references to make a substantive post that will earn you a 100% for the participation points. In my experience, I have learned that at GCU, there is a lot of reading in my online program. The classes are writing intensive, and there are 1-2 projects (be it essays, filling in charts with research, etc.) every week. Professors are faithful, friendly and experienced (for the most part. I did have a grade appeal because one of my professors (I have taken over 10 classes here) didn't have due diligence in opening up an assignment because I sent him the wrong assignment through the online platform. I didn't see what the problem was since every other professor knows how to do it. My grade appeal was denied, but at least I got a B+. My only complaints are that it costs twice as much to finish your degree sooner, than just taking one class at a time. I found this school with Chapel on Mondays (that are live-streamed). I am from NY, so I found this to be very refreshing"
  • Reviewed: 2/22/2022
  • Degree: Communications
"I love GCU! My master's in Communication and Education was awesome! I learned so much! I loved my teachers and had no issues. Honestly, the only ones in here that gave a bad review are because they didn't pull their end. Let's be real!! I worked full time, have four children and as able to get a 3.96. I am not a genius! It's a great school and you won't be sorry!"
Cameron Gudgell
  • Reviewed: 2/15/2022
  • Degree: History
"GCU's Master's degree in History with an emphasis on Education program is an excellent program for any K-12 social studies teacher or anyone that has a passion for history and education. The curriculum is challenging but well worth the experience. I am starting my Ed.D program in K-12 Leadership soon and am excited to get started."
  • Reviewed: 2/7/2022
  • Degree: Health Sciences
"Worst decision I have ever made regarding an education. My money would have been better invested in a small business. Is the program doable? Apparently very doable since I have classmates who write on a 6th grade writing level and yet continue to get passed from one class to the next through the program. The goal of GCU is clearly to collect money for classes and shuffle people along with no regard to quality education or accountability. The school counselors tell you only to "leave feedback at the end of course survey"- there is no actual guidance offered. Although I have had a few good professors, most have simply been facilitators who check in now and then and give grades. My present "professor" has given absolutely no feedback whatsoever, has not participated in any dialogue, and has made no corrections to erroneous posts. There are no class lectures, but merely posted articles (many of which are outdated) and random textbook reading assignments which may or may not pertain to the topic. I struggle to get the work done, not because it is difficult, but it is frustrating 'busy work' and one must be dedicated to being self-taught to get anything out of this. Make no mistake- this school is in the business of being a business, not providing an education. I am nearly finished with the program with a 4.0. If I had not sunk investment in and if I could find this particular degree (grief and bereavement) anywhere else, I would have left after the second class. All I can say is that I will have an MS and hopefully those letters after my name will mean something to someone and no one will ask where it is obtained."