Please review the below proficiencies required for enrollment to programs at Golden Gate University. Should you have any questions, please contact us at 1-800-GGU-4YOU.

GRADUATE WRITING PROFICIENCY

Graduate degree programs require proficiency in writing to ensure that students are successful in their course of study. All students are required to take the Graduate Writing Placement Exam a minimum of five (5) business days prior to the term start. Students must be admitted to a program before registering for the exam.

The exam asks students to read an article and write a multi-paragraph response. Students have one hour and thirty minutes to complete the test.

Performance on the writing placement exam determines placement. There are three levels of placement: waiver of further writing requirements, placement into English 201 Graduate Writing, or placement into English 200 Graduate Communications.

English 200 is a six-unit course that focuses on building skills in both written and spoken English that lead to success in Golden Gate University's graduate business degrees. With the exception of accounting students, those who enroll in English 200 enroll concurrently in Business 201, Fundamentals of U.S. Business, a three-unit course that introduces students to the economic and regulatory environment of business in the U.S.

The Graduate Writing Proficiency Requirement is satisfied for students who meet one of the following:

MS programs in Marketing, IMC, HRM, & MA programs in Psychology:

  • Earned a graduate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution of higher learning (or the equivalent from an institution based in Australia, Anglophone Canada, Great Britain, Ireland or New Zealand and their affiliates), or
  • Earned at least the grade of "B" in a graduate writing course from a regionally accredited U.S. institution (or the equivalent from an institution based in Australia, Anglophone Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland or New Zealand and their affiliates), or
  • Earned a GMAT score of 4.5 on the analytical writing section, or
  • Earned a GRE combined score of 4.5 on the analytical writing sections, or
  • Passed a nationally recognized US exam that includes a significant written component such as the CPA, CFP, or Bar Exam or Foreign Service Officer Exam, or
  • Earned a score on the Graduate Writing Placement Exam high enough to receive a waiver, or
  • Waived by Dean or Program Director

MBA, EMBA, EMPA, MS PROGRAMS in Accounting, Business Analytics, Finance, Financial Planning, IT Management, Project Management, & Taxation:

  • Earned at least the grade of "B" in a graduate writing course from a regionally accredited U.S. institution (or the equivalent from an institution based in Australia, Anglophone Canada, Great Britain, Ireland or New Zealand and their affiliates), or
  • Earned at least the grade of "B" in an upper division undergraduate writing course from a regionally accredited U.S. institution of higher learning (or the equivalent from an institution based in Australia, Anglophone Canada, Great Britain, Ireland or New Zealand and their affiliates), or
  • Earned an undergraduate or graduate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution of higher learning (or the equivalent from Australia, Anglophone Canada, Great Britain, Ireland and New Zealand), or
  • Earned a GMAT score of 4.5 on the analytical writing section, or
  • Earned a GRE combined score of 4.5 on the analytical writing sections, or
  • Passed a nationally recognized U.S. exam that includes a significant writing component such as the CPA, CFP, or Bar Exam or Foreign Service Officer Exam, or
  • Earned a score on the Graduate Writing Placement Exam high enough to receive a waiver, or
  • Waived by the Dean (or Program Director for MBA, EMBA, EMPA and MS degrees in Business Analytics, Finance, Financial Planning and Project Management).

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GRADUATE MATH PROFICIENCY

Graduate programs may require a math proficiency to ensure that you are successful in your course of study. Please refer to the required Math proficiency on the degree program page of interest for specific details.

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GRADUATE BUSINESS PROFICIENCY

Graduate students in the Edward S. Ageno School of Business (except DBA, EMPA and Psychology) and Braden School of Tax are required to possess an understanding of United States business practices. Students can meet this requirement with one of the following: