Great Hearts has developed partnerships with several Institutions of Higher Education that share our commitment to liberal arts education to secure scholarships for our teachers that further reduce the cost of graduate education.  Many of these universities and colleges have allocated scholarships specifically for Great Hearts teachers to participate in their programs, and Great Hearts works with these institutions to ensure that their programming is tailored to serve the needs of teachers in classical schools.

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Partner Institutions of Higher Education
Arizona State University
Grand Canyon University
St. John’s College
Templeton Honors College at Eastern University
University of Dallas

University of St. Thomas

Location Tempe, AZ Phoenix, AZ Annapolis, MD
Santa Fe, NM
St. David’s, PA Irving, TX Houston, TX
Degrees/Certificates Offered MA Classical Liberal Education and Leadership View GCU’s Degree Programs MA Liberal Arts

Liberal Arts Education Certificate

MAT Classical Education MA Humanities with Classical Education Concentration

Master of Humanities with Classical Education Concentration

Certificate of Classical Learning

Executive Master in Liberal Arts
Approximate total price of degree ASU Tuition Estimator Varies depending on degree selection, transfer credits and scholarships. For a complimentary evaluation to determine your estimated cost to complete your degree, visit $38,232 M.A.
$19,116 Certificate
$23,430 $28,440 $14,100
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Scholarships $20,000 Jaffa Graduate Fellowship

$10,000 Cook Family Graduate Scholarship

Up to $3,000 Student Success Award

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• Up to 25% off tuition for Great Hearts employees

• 5% off tuition for spouses of faculty and staff†

• 5% off tuition for parents of students attending Great Hearts who are entering a master’s program through GCU’s College of Education or a doctoral degree related to the field of education

50% tuition scholarship
Great Hearts teachers given special consideration
$19,116 total cost (M.A.)
60% Tuition Scholarship

$9,372 total tuition cost

Classical Education students receive partial tuition remission to $483.20 per credit hour, plus fees.

$18,655.20 total cost (tuition and fees)

50% Tuition Scholarship

$7,050 total cost (tuition only)

Program Details In-person/online In-person/online; fully online option In-person/online; fully online option In-person/online In-person/online; fully online option In-person/online; fully online option
Timeframe / Location
  • Classes offered at ASU over the summer and during the academic year with teacher-compatible scheduling
  • 100% Online. Access to GCU resources, including access to student service counselors, the GCU library, technical help and more.
  • Evening Campus. One evening per week for working professionals.


  • a) Four summers in Annapolis or Santa Fe.b) Four semesters online, including two summers in Annapolis or Santa Fe and two semesters onlinec) Fully onlined) Two summers either in-person or online for the 18 credit certificate.
  • Two summers in St. David’s, PA with online classes during the year and practicum credit
  • Extended timetables available
  • Classes offered on-site in Phoenix/San Antonio, or at UD’s Irving campus.
  • One-credit courses are offered on a case-by-case basis at other locations.
  • Complete degree at your own pace (avg. 2-3 years).
  • Optional Rome summer program at UD’s Rome campus (some additional cost)
  • Evening synchronous courses offered Fall and Spring, including compressed tracks in Fall and Spring, and Summer compressed tracks
  • Asynchronous courses available
  • Study abroad opportunities
  • Thesis optional
  • 30 hours for degree completion.
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Fall: February 15
Spring: November 1
Summer: April 1

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Key Information

Q. Which program is right for me?

A. You can find program descriptions for each program at the links below.  ASU has a Great Books program with an emphasis on civic education and leadership; GCU is a private university with a wide array of degree options; St. John’s College is the oldest Great Books college in the country; the Templeton Honors College program is focused chiefly on the pedagogy of classical education; UD offers a classical education degree with a broad focus on the traditional liberal arts; and the University of St. Thomas offers a broad liberal arts degree that is available online.

Q. Will Great Hearts make any contribution toward tuition and program fees?

A. Only if you apply for funds from the Professional Growth Initiative through your campus.  Note that these funds come from your Academy’s budget, so you should speak with your Headmaster first.

Q. I am interested in pursuing external funding (e.g. grants and loans).  Does Great Hearts have any resources for that?

A. Yes!  We have a financial aid resource document available for your reference.

Q. Can I participate in any of these programs without traveling over the summer?

A. Yes.

Q. Do any of these programs have opportunities to study abroad?

A. Yes.  The University of Dallas operates a Rome program each summer worth 3 graduate credits. All Great Hearts teachers are invited to participate.  The University of St. Thomas–Houston also has study abroad opportunities.

Q. Do I have any work-commitment associated with participation in the program?

A. Not necessarily. If you are grandfathered into the interest-free loan program, then you must pay it back in full before leaving Great Hearts, but you are not committed to employment for the duration and may pay off your balance at any time.  However, recipients of funds from the Professional Growth Initiative make a commitment to stay on their campus for 2 years after the completion of their degree.

Q. Am I eligible to participate?

A. Please review your campus handbook to confirm your eligibility for the Professional Growth Initiative. All Great Hearts teachers are eligible to receive scholarships from our University partners.

Q. How do I apply for these graduate program opportunities?

A. Interested teachers should complete the application process for the universities via the links below. The universities will make determinations about the scholarships that you are able to receive based upon your application.