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How Does the Seminary Relate to Grand Canyon University?


By Jason Hiles, PhD
Dean, College of Theology

Grand Canyon Theological Seminary (GCTS) exists under the auspices of the College of Theology (COT) as well as the larger university within which the college is situated.

In addition to several other departments, GCU features nine colleges that are embedded within the larger university. These colleges provide education in specific academic areas. Among them is COT, which represents a unique covenantal community that provides all theological training at university.

Thus, COT, like other colleges, exists within the larger university community and depends significantly on the shared services and collaborative efforts of several other departments.

Similarly, Grand Canyon Theological Seminary (GCTS) is embedded within COT and represents a distinct graduate theological entity.

As such, GCTS features a core faculty, dedicated administrative leadership and the resources necessary to fulfill its stated mission. We believe that a clear distinction between our graduate and undergraduate programs enhances cultural and programmatic development by providing clear structure, responsibility and focus at both levels.

Consequently, all graduate theological programs, whether online or on the main campus, are under the auspices of the seminary. Students who graduate from these programs are considered seminary graduates who enjoy all the rights and responsibilities associated with this honor.

For these reasons, the relationship between the seminary, the college and the university is symbiotic and mutually beneficial for all involved. Students and faculty at the seminary commit to the same doctrinal, ethical and covenantal standards as other theological students in the College of Theology.

Likewise, seminarians participate in the same rich campus community as all others at Grand Canyon University.

Grand Canyon Theological Seminary is the College of Theology’s graduate school. To learn more about theology degrees at GCU, visit our website or contact us today using the Request More Information button at the top of the page.

About Jason Hiles
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Dean of the College of Theology

Dr. Hiles is a native of St. Louis and Dean of the College of Theology at GCU. He studied sculpture, completed an M.Div., and earned a Ph.D. in systematic theology from Southeastern Baptist Seminary before becoming a professor. His interests relate to the doctrines of salvation and the church as well as the intersection of theology and culture.

“It’s difficult to comprehend all that God is doing at GCU. Incredible opportunities to serve Him present themselves every day. I am richly blessed to be involved in the College of Theology at a time when the university is experiencing explosive growth. Our theology programs are expanding in new and exciting directions, our faculty is amazing, and students’ lives are being transformed by the power of Jesus Christ. God is good!”

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