Grand Canyon University Graduate Program Reviews

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93%
of students recommend
(4.27 out of 5.0)
School rating based on 518 respondents

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School Information

  • Website: Visit College Website
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Programmatic Accreditation: ACBSP
  • Campus Setting: City: Large
  • Student Population: 75,834 (46,297 undergrad)
  • Student to Faculty Ratio: 19 to 1
  • Graduate Attendance Status: 100% part-time, 0% full-time
  • Annual Tuition: $10,555
Source: NCES

Student & Graduate Reviews

4.5 out of 5.0
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Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2013

The program was very informative and challenging. Most of the instructors were very helpful and knowledgeable and responded quickly when I had questions or was confused. The program was easy to follow and each course helped me further my knowledge about the subject.
1.67 out of 5.0
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Degree: Counseling
Graduation Year: 2013

Grand Canyon University's online program has provided me with a great deal of knowledge about the field of counseling. I felt relatively prepared to begin my internship and work directly with clients. I had a foundation of the primary theories and techniques, ethics, and cultural competencies. The professors were always prompt in answering questions and I felt that the assignments were related to the subject matter, as well as what to expect in the field. However, GCU does not meet the requirements of licensure in my state, Michigan, and as far as I know, they have not alerted any students in my state of this. I am going to have to look elsewhere to get the required classes met and pay more in tuition, without getting reimbursement from GCU. Additionally, the support staff - academic and financial advisers - are terrible. Advisers are intermittently changed and often do not return emails or voice mails within their 24 hour turn around. I would be forced to talk with multiple advisers, who would provide differing responses.
5.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Education
Graduation Year: 2014

The pros to being an online student is that you can work full-time and attend graduate school full-time as well, and complete your work on your own time. The con is that you must be accountable for your own readings, work, and participation in your online classroom. That can be a con for an individual that is not well versed in time management.
5.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Business
Graduation Year: 2016

The support offered a Grand Canyon University is absolutely awesome. You recieve every opportunity to be successful in your course of study.
4.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Education
Graduation Year: 2016

Pros: Excellent Academic Advisor support Quality Residency Qualified Instructors/Professors Reasonable tuition cost Cons: Difficulty connecting to other students due to distance
5.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Business
Graduation Year: 2013

Here are the major benefits of attending GCU online: 1. Ease of access to the online classroom. 2. Faculty and Support Services are very accomidating and help with my hectic work schedule. 3. Course work is very engaging and applicible to my current work environment. 4. Log in anywhere you have an internet connection. Because my job is on the go, I can be in the classroom anywhere. Here are some things GCU can improve on: 1. More video resources in the lectures to provide commentary on current events that reveal theortical frameworks described in text books.
4.17 out of 5.0
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Degree: MBA
Graduation Year: 2014

Grand Canyon University is an excellent school. From the moment I first applied I have been guided by the counselors and instructor. The pros of the program are the curriculum, workload, and quality of educations. The only con I have at this moment is that I do not live near the college so I do not get to experience campus life.
3.38 out of 5.0
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Degree: MBA
Graduation Year: 2013

The experience at GCU has been good overall. I've encountered many instructors that care even on the graduate level, which is helpful to career development. The cohort classes are long, but worth it. I can't wait to graduate in the next 6 months!
3.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2013

I returned to school after 15 years of RN experience gaining my BSN, and then my FNP. One of the biggest reasons I chose GCU was because I liked the idea of not having to take an entrance exam to get into the grad program, and I found the online BSN program fit perfectly into my work and life schedule. The graduate program is completely different. It requires a huge amount of time, and even after stating that I feel it still lacks in the hours required for clinical training. A big problem for me was finding my own clinical sites. Although the school helps to find a clinical site, it is not guaranteed, and the student is expected to search at least 3 locations and fill out a request for assistance to find their clinical locations. This was problematic in my pediatric rotation, because the locations I found did not cover well-child exams, and I got no experience in that skill. Some of my classmates could not find adequate pediatric clinical locations to gain the skills required on the final clinical evaluations. Moving from the RN role to the provider role is quite a challenge (especially with now almost 19 yrs experience), on many levels. Another key skill I had to learn and research on my own was "presenting a patient", which was expected of me when being precept-ed by MDs. MDs are accustomed to hearing presentations of patients by medical residents, and when I was not able to present at the level of 3rd-4th yr. medical residents I was working with, I found my confidence level sink. Overall I still like GCU, I like the campus, atmosphere, and most of the nursing faculty are highly recommendable. This school does have over a 99% first-time pass rate on the boards (the other main reason I chose GCU).
5.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Health Sciences
Graduation Year: 2013

The pros of the graduate program include being able to complete the program in 2 years, having an assigned academic counselor and financial advisor, and support from the university. The cons of the graduate program include some of the instructors being inconsistent, some of the class information needs to be updated, and some of the instructors are spread too thin. The university does a great job at getting feedback from the students and making an effort to make improvements.
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