College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Founded in 1949 on a 100-acre urban campus in Phoenix within just four hours from the popular tourist destination its named for, Grand Canyon University is an accredited comprehensive for-profit private inter-denominational Christian institution owned by Grand Canyon Education Inc. to serve over 68,000 worldwide. Best known for being a leader in convenient distance learning options for working professionals, GCU offers over 100 majors in eight distinct colleges at the bachelor's, master's, and doctoral levels. Aligned with a Christian worldview, the College of Humanities and Social Sciences is committed to promoting academic inquiry and critical thinking among students seeking to advance our society into the 21st century.
Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Psychology
At the undergraduate level, the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Psychology program is structured to provide a broad introduction to increase students' understanding of human actions and encourage their application in helping others achieve insight into their own actions. Whether pursued on the main Phoenix campus or online from anywhere, the 120-credit program will give students better awareness of the emotional, social, psychological, and biological factors influencing our mental health with the goal of improving relationships. Graduates can pursue entry-level positions in human or social services, but most use this degree as a stepping stone into graduate school.
Master of Science (M.S.) in Psychology with an Emphasis in General Psychology
As a non-thesis program, the Master of Science (M.S.) in Psychology with an Emphasis in General Psychology is designed for graduate students who desire to receive continued academic exposure to various fields of psychology. With the mission of developing solid critical thinking and leadership skills, the program explores human cognition and behavior for application in numerous different careers. Offered online or in a convenient evening format, the 36-credit program includes courses in liberal arts, ethical issues, learning, motivation, social psychology, human development, statistics, health psychology, research methods, and psychopathology before completing the capstone project.
Master of Science (M.S.) in Psychology with an Emphasis in Industrial and Organizational Psychology
Available with a unique emphasis in Industrial and Organizational Psychology, this Master of Science (M.S.) in Psychology program is focused on preparing graduate students as consultants or academicians for studying how psychological principles can be applied in creating more productive workplaces. With a strong focus on building the research skills to produce data studying workplace performance to give usable recommendations to managers or executives, the program includes a hands-on master's research project. Students can choose to earn the 36-credit program fully online on their own schedule or on-campus in Phoenix in convenient evening courses.
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in General Psychology with an Emphasis in Cognition and Instruction
Offered fully online or through evening courses, the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in General Psychology with an Emphasis in Cognition and Instruction program is geared towards qualified graduate students working in school systems, government agencies, and other instructional settings. Based on an empirical research-based approach, the program encourages doctoral students to explore the most effective methods for teaching and training individuals for optimal learning. In the context of formal education, students in the 60-credit program will examine mental processes, interpret psychological tests, study social factors affecting individual behavior, and apply theories of cognitive psychology to learning.
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in General Psychology with an Emphasis in Industrial and Organizational Psychology
Whether doctoral students are working to become staff psychologists, consultants, researchers, or professors at the university level, the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in General Psychology with an Emphasis in Industrial and Organizational Psychology program will open various career opportunities in studying human behavior in the workplace. Based on the principles of business, the program examines how methods of psychology can be applied to talent management, coaching, employee training, hiring, performance assessment, organizational development, and work-life balance. Offered in an online or evening format, students must complete at least 60 credits with a dissertation in their quest to better understanding employee-management relationships.
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in General Psychology with an Emphasis in Integrating Technology, Learning, and Psychology
With a unique emphasis in Integrating Technology, Learning, and Psychology, this 60-credit Ph.D. program is designed to give doctoral students the chance to examine the psychological principles of applying technology to individuals, organizations, and communities. As a broad research degree, the program appeals to students seeking to inform research and create solutions for building effective social networks through technological advancement. Unlike most other programs where independent research comes last in the curriculum, GCU allows students to begin the dissertation process from their very first course to consecutively develop the abilities needed to conduct research, write their results, and defend their work.
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in General Psychology with an Emphasis in Performance Psychology
Within the Ph.D. in General Psychology program, students have the option to select an emphasis in Performance Psychology to apply psychological theories of emotion, cognition, learning, attention, decision-making, and motivation to better understand peak performance. As a broader degree than its industrial/organizational psychology counterpart, the program examines psychomotor performance, behavior modification, information processing factors, emotion regulation, and performance enhancement with the goal of improving performance conditions in various areas. Students can choose to complete the 60-credit program on-campus during evening hours or online for support through the doctoral journey. Accreditations
- Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association (NCA)
3300 West Camelback Road
Phoenix, AZ 85017