enrollment: Admission Requirements
Returning to school is convenient at Golden Gate University. The following are the requirements to get started in a degree or certificate program.
The Office of Enrollment Services, in consultation with the appropriate faculty, reviews all documents received, including official academic records from other institutions, standardized test scores, personal statement, professional resumes, letters of recommendation, personal interviews, and any other relevant information.
Applicants whose academic preparation does not meet the university admission criteria, but who show potential for academic achievement, may be offered conditional or exceptional admission with the approval of the appropriate academic department.
Applicants who have been denied admission may not register for classes, and must wait a minimum of one year before applying again at the same academic level.
Once submitted, all application materials become the property of the university and cannot be returned.
Cancellation of Application
An application may remain in pending status for up to one calendar year from the date on which it was received in the Office of Enrollment Services. If the file is not completed within that year, the application will expire and the documents associated with that application will be destroyed. Admission is valid for the term for which you were admitted, and the two subsequent terms. If you do not enroll during that time period (approximately one year), the offer of admission is canceled and the documents associated with that application will be destroyed. Re-applying after that time will require a new application, application fee, and the submission of all transcripts and other required credentials.
Contact your enrollment counselor at 415-442-7800 to find out about the status of your application.
Applicants to undergraduate and graduate studies may enroll as open enrollment students while the admission application is pending final admissions decision. All rules applicable to Open Enrollment must be followed. Applicants should be familiar with open enrollment application and policies.
Change of Program
Degree students wishing to change their degree objective or area of concentration must file a "Change of Degree Program/Major" and submit it to the Office of Records and Registration or. Students on academic probation may apply for a change of program. If the dean of the school in which the new program is housed determines that your qualifications meet the requirements of the new program, the application will be forwarded to the Committee for Admissions and Academic Probation (CAAP) for review. Applicants who want to change their degree program prior to an admission decision should submit the request to the Office of Enrollment Services. There is no charge for this process.
Changing from Certificate Status to Degree Status
Certificate students who wish to enter a degree program should submit the appropriate admission application and all required supporting documents and fees. If admitted to a degree program, students will be required to fulfill the degree requirements to that program in effect at the time of admission. In addition to prior school records and test scores, performance in certificate course work at Golden Gate is used as a criterion for admission to degree programs.
Changing from Open Enrollment to Degree or Certificate Status
Open enrollment is a registration program, but does not constitute admission to the university. Students who wish to change from open enrollment to a degree or certificate program should apply for admission online or request a mailed application.
For admission to degree programs and certificate programs you must:
- Hold an earned bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited US institution or the equivalent from a recognized foreign (outside the US) institution;
- Demonstrate academic and professional capability to study at the graduate level;
- Possess quantitative, writing, and computing skills needed to succeed in a competitive and dynamic environment.
Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree program applicants will be evaluated by undergraduate grade-point averages in combination with Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) score. MBA applicants must fulfill the MBA Degree Proficiency Requirements, including writing proficiency, and are expected to understand the degree requirements outlined in the university catalog under Graduate Programs.
The GMAT is a basic aptitude test and does not require knowledge of business subject content. The GMAT is offered in a computer-adaptive format at various locations in the San Francisco Bay Area and around the world. Test appointments can be made with the Graduate Management Admission Council by calling 1-800-717-GMAT or by the GMAT Web page at www.mba.com.
GMAT Waiver Policy
Some applicants to the MBA program are not required to provide a GMAT score. The exceptions to the GMAT requirement are:
- Applicants who have an earned master's or higher degree from a regionally accredited US institution;
- Applicants who have a cumulative 3.50 grade-point average or higher in studies leading to a US bachelor's degree from an accredited or approved institution;
- Applicants who have a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) license;
- Applicants who have other professional licenses or designations earned by passing a nationally recognized US examinations (e.g. CMA, CIA) and who petition and are granted approval from the dean of the Edward S. Ageno School of Business;
- Applicants who have more than five (5) years of substantial professional and/or supervisory managerial work experience, and who petition and are granted approval from the Dean of the Edward S. Ageno School of Business. (Examples of professional experience are: practicing CFAs, attorneys, physicians or other qualified professional careers; supervisory managerial work experience refers to experience directing others in the accomplishment of tasks.);
- Applicants to the Executive Master of Business Administration (Executive MBA) degree program are directed to the Executive MBA program page for other required documents for additional information including required credentials.
- Applicants to the Professional Master of Business Administration (Professional MBA) degree program are directed to the Professional MBA program page for additional information including required credentials.
If you do not meet the admission guidelines as stated above, you may be admitted conditionally with the approval of the academic department. Graduate students who are conditionally admitted must maintain a cumulative 3.00 grade-point average in their first nine (9) units at the University.
Admission Application Documents
To be considered for admission to the graduate program, you should provide the following:
- Admission Application Form and Fee: The completed application form with the nonrefundable application fee ($70 for domestic degree applicants; $40 for domestic certificate applicants; $85 for domestic doctoral candidates; and $110 for all international applicants) should be sent to the Office of Admissions.
- Official Academic Transcripts: Graduate applicants must submit transcripts from the degree-granting undergraduate institution. The transcripts must clearly state that a bachelor's degree or an industry standard equivalents been conferred. However to maximize transfer credit, we recommend submitting transcripts from all institutions attended. Note: Applicants for the master of accountancy degree must meet the criteria for the English Language Proficiency Admission Requirements stated in the university catalog. Provide official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended. Transcripts must be sent to the Office of Enrollment Services directly from other schools, colleges, or universities issuing the documents.
- Test Scores:
- A GMAT score is required of MBA degree applicants unless the applicant meets the criteria for exception as noted above.
- The GMAT or GRE may be required of other master's degree applicants if academic transcripts do not indicate sufficient academic preparation.
- Applicants whose first (native) language is not English, must meet the English Language Proficiency Admission Requirements. Most applicants take the TOEFL exam and submit the official test score from ETS. For a list of alternative options for satisfying this requirement, refer to the English Language Requirement section of the University Catalog.
- Test score reports must be sent directly from the Educational Testing Service (ETS) to the Admissions Office.
- Personal Statement (Optional): In cases where the academic history of an applicant does not meet the minimum admission requirements, it is recommended that a written personal evaluation be submitted with the application materials. The statement should give a realistic appraisal of any academic work since graduation from high school. Note any inconsistencies in the academic record and the reasons for them. In addition, include a plan to affirm a commitment to academic success while attending Golden Gate University. Applicants are encouraged to be as forthright and open as possible, and should feel free to discuss unusual circumstances or situations of adversity that may have influenced their current values. Be aware that both the quality of the writing and the thoughtfulness of the statement will be evaluated.
- Certification of Finances: If you are an international student who will be attending on a student or scholar visa, you must also provide a Certification of Finances form. Certification of Finances 2007-2008.pdf 2008-2009 Catalog Year Certification of Finances, clickCertification of Finances 2008-2009.pdf to download.
Please note: All application materials become the property of the university and cannot be returned.
Admission to the Executive MBA, Professional MBA, and Doctoral Degree Programs
Two Masters Degrees in Different Fields
Many students who have previously earned a master's degree either from GGU or another regional accredited institution enroll for a second master's degree. Applicants in this may transfer up to 12 units of credit from the first degree to the second, subject to approval by the department chair, program director, or dean.
Multiple Concentrations in the MBA Program
Two or more concentrations may be taken in the MBA program. In addition to the degree requirements for the concentration, you must also complete the required courses for the entire foundation and the advanced programs. All of the courses for multiple concentrations must be completed prior to graduation. You may not request any additional concentrations after conferral of your MBA.
Your diploma will list all of the concentrations that you have successfully completed prior to degree conferral.
To be considered for admission to undergraduate programs, you should have a community college, college, or university cumulative grade point average of 2.00 (C) or better with 24 or more semester units of prior transferable credit.
If 23 or fewer semester units have been earned, the application may be considered with the following: a high school grade point average of 3.00 (B) or higher; a resume showing three or more years of professional work experience; a statement of purpose stating why Golden Gate University is the right institution to meet your personal and professional goals; and, in some cases, participate in an interview (by telephone or in person) with the dean of Undergraduate Programs.
If you do not meet the admission guidelines mentioned above, you may be admitted conditionally with the approval of the dean, or his/her designee. Undergraduate students who are conditionally admitted must achieve a cumulative grade point average of 2.00 in their first 12 units at Golden Gate University.
Admission Application Documents
You should provide the following documents:
- Admission Application Form and Fee: The completed application form with the nonrefundable application fee ($55 for domestic degree applicants; $40 for domestic certificate applicants, $110 for all international applicants) should be sent to the Office of Enrollment Services.
- Official Academic Transcripts: If you have 24 semester units (36 quarter units) or more of transferable credit, you need only provide college transcripts. If you have fewer than 24 semester units of transfer credit, you must provide transcripts of all high school (secondary school) and previous college work. Students who did not complete high (secondary) school must provide results from the General Educational Development (GED) examination or the California High School Proficiency Examination (CHSPE). Non-native speakers of English must satisfy criteria for the English Language Proficiency Requirement. All official transcripts must be sent to the Office of Enrollment Services. These official transcripts must be sealed by the sending organization.
- Test Scores: GGU does not require entrance exams (ACT/SAT) for undergraduate applicants. If your first (native) language is not English, you must meet the English language proficiency for admissions. Click here for a list of ways to meet this requirement. If you have earned AP, CLEP or DANTES credit prior to your application to GGU, you should request official copies of the test scores. Test score reports must be sent directly from the Educational Testing Service (ETS) or the College Board to the Office of Enrollment Services.
- Personal Statement (optional): In cases where the academic history of an applicant does not meet the minimum admission requirements, it is recommended that a written personal evaluation be included. The statement should give a realistic appraisal of any academic work since graduation from high school. Note any inconsistencies in the academic record and the reasons for them. In addition, include a plan to affirm a commitment to academic success while attending Golden Gate University. You are encouraged to be as forthright and open as possible, and should feel free to discuss any adversity that may have influenced your current values toward education and your professional goals. Be aware that both the quality of the writing and the thoughtfulness of the statement will be evaluated.
- International Applicants: Please note that as of the Summer 2012 term, GGU will no longer offer admission to those who require a student visa and wish to earn a Bachelor's degree. Prior to that date, interested applicants should review the International Student admissions requirements for details on required documentation.
Undergraduate Advanced Placement Credit
High school graduates may earn up to 30 units (one academic year) of credit for advanced placement college-level courses completed in high school when validated by grades of 3, 4, or 5 on the AP Examinations of the College Board. Advanced placement is also offered to students who have earned the International Baccalaureate Diploma when validated by scores of 5, 6, or 7 on the I.B. Higher Level examination.
Choice of Major
Undergraduate degree programs applicants must choose a program of study. Applicants will not be admitted as "undecided". Golden Gate University does not offer double major degrees. Students who wish multiple concentrations should refer to the policy below.
Multiple Concentrations in the BA in Management & BS in Business Programs
Two or more concentrations may be taken in the undergraduate degree programs. In addition to the course requirements for the concentrations, you must also complete the course work for all the lower division courses, the liberal studies courses, and the business core courses, plus any additional degree requirements. All of the coursework for multiple concentrations must be completed prior to graduation. Additional concentrations may not be added after graduation from the BAM. Your diploma will list all of the concentrations that you have successfully completed in total by graduation.
Requirements for admission to a GGU certificate program:
- An official transcript documenting the equivalent of a high school diploma from an approved institution is required for undergraduate applicants. Students with 24 transferable semester units or 36 quarter units or more from a regionally accredited college or university must submit complete official transcripts detailing this coursework. An official and complete transcript documenting the award of the undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution is required for graduate applicants. An official TOEFL test score report or other proof of fulfillment of GGU’s “English Language Proficiency Admission Requirements” is required for all applicants whose native language is not English. Once these documents have been received, the decision for admission to certificate studies is communicated in writing by the Office of Enrollment Services.
- Many certificate courses require prerequisite courses that must also be satisfied. It is not guaranteed that every course required for each certificate is offered every term.
- Admitted certificate program students are required to maintain applicable academic progress standards, including grade-point average.
- All courses for a certificate program must be completed in residence at Golden Gate University. No transfer credit is granted. Courses earned at GGU in a certificate program may also be used toward a degree program at the university.
- The certificate will be awarded at the end of the trimester in which the student successfully completes all of the coursework and submits a Certificate Order form to the Office of Records and Registration.
- Beginning summer 2011, new students starting only certificate programs are not eligible for Title IV financial aid. In addition, continuing students who are pursuing only certificate programs and are applying for financial aid for the first time are not eligible for Title IV financial aid.
- Beginning fall 2012, Title IV financial aid will not be available to any continuing students who are pursuing only certificate programs.
The Open Enrollment Program is intended for students enrolling in courses for the purposes of continuing education and personal enrichment or students who have applied for admission to a program of study and, as yet, have not been notified of their admission status. Students in the latter category may register in Open Enrollment for a maximum of twelve (12) undergraduate units or nine (9) graduate units prior to admission.
To register for graduate courses in open enrollment status, you must have an earned bachelor's degree; to take undergraduate courses, you must have earned a high school diploma or GED. Open enrollment does not require submission of GMAT scores.
Open enrollment is not available to international students in Student Visa/ Scholar Visa status who have applied for, but have not received, admission to the university, unless they are in valid immigration status at another college-level institution, have written authorization from that institution to enroll in classes at Golden Gate University and have met GGU's academic and TOEFL requirements.
Non-native speakers of English must meet the English Language Proficiency Admission Requirements.
Students registered in open enrollment status are not eligible for financial aid.
Registering as an Open Enrollment Student
Open Enrollment students are required to have each course approved by an advisor prior to registering each term. Permission to register for individual courses is based on prior academic performance and preparation in appropriate prerequisites.
- Step 1: Complete the Open Enrollment Application
- Step 2: Log into GGU4YOU and make an advising appointment
- Step 3: Log into GGU4YOU and register for courses
Applying Open Enrollment Courses to a Degree or Certificate
Students registered in open enrollment status are not eligible to earn certificates or degrees. However, after gaining admission to a program, courses completed in open enrollment status are applicable to degree and certificate programs on a limited basis. A maximum of nine units of course work completed in Open Enrollment status may be used toward meeting requirements for a graduate degree or certificate program and a maximum of 12 units may be used toward meeting the requirements of an undergraduate degree or certificate program.
Open Enrollment students are subject to the same Academic Progress and Grade standards as degree or certificate students.