We started as the night school of the San Francisco YMCA, and for much of the 20th century we were the only choice for working professionals to earn a graduate or undergraduate degree. Since then, our business programs have developed distinctive competencies, evolving to match the demand of the current market place. We were the first evening MBA program in Northern California and the first master of public administration degree program in the Bay Area. Recently we've grown our programs in healthcare, human resources, sustainability and have a new concentration in entrepreneurship. ASOB is recognized as having the third largest MBA program in the Bay Area
Schools: Edward S. Ageno School of Business
Golden Gate University named its School of Business in March 2000 in honor of Edward S. Ageno. Edward S. Ageno was born and raised in Oakland, California. Born into an Italian immigrant family, he was the epitome of the self-made man who attained his goals through study, hard work and perseverance. He typified the Golden Gate University, adult working student who achieves his or her personal and career goals through our practice-based higher education.
While attending Golden Gate’s night school at the old Central YMCA building from 1934-1938, Mr. Ageno earned his B.C.S. degree in Accountancy despite a long commute by ferry and streetcar from the East Bay and a full-time work schedule. During those years he also worked for several companies doing accounting and auditing to help pay for his education and support his family.
Following his graduation, Mr. Ageno entered the public accounting field, eventually forming his own accounting firm. Through his accounting business, he made the contacts that led him into his entrepreneurial career. He was Accountant/Bookkeeper for Galileo-Capri Salami Company, eventually becoming its president and sole owner. The company is now a division of the Sara Lee Corporation.
Most of our programs do not require work experience. However, it is required for admission to the PMBA, EMBA, MSHRM (cohort only), and MSITM. For details, please refer to our online catalog.
Each degree program has different requirements for admission. Please refer directly to your program of interest in our online catalog.
The GMAT is only required for the MBA and the DBA, however, the GMAT can be waived by meeting certain requirements. For our GMAT waiver policy, please refer to page 95 of our online catalog.
You may take advantage of open enrollment before being formally admitted. A maximum of 9 units can be completed in open enrollment status and can be credited toward meeting a graduate degree or certificate program.
Pre-requisites, proficiencies, and foundations do not necessarily need to be completed to be admitted to a program. In some cases, it is possible to take a proficiency exam at GGU to address a requirement.
The total cost depends on the program of choice and the number of units you’re required to meet. For a complete breakdown of tuition costs, please refer to page 102 of our online catalog.
Many GGU students use financial aid to help cover tuition costs. To view eligibility requirements, please refer to page 104 of our online catalog. Note: Financial aid is not available for certificate programs and/or open enrollment. Click Here to View.
Yes, there are graduate scholarships for new and continuing students and range from $500 to $3000 a semester. The deadline for scholarship essays is the first week in July. Students must be at least half-time status in the fall. Continuing students at GGU must be in good academic standing according to financial aid criteria and continuously enrolled. The scholarships are listed on our website. Click Here to View.
With the exception of our cohort programs, GGU’s programs are self paced. Each student chooses a course of study that fits his or her life. The MS or MBA may be completed in 16 months.
This depends on your particular life circumstances. On average, a GGU student that is working full time will take 2 courses per term. Important note: In order to be eligible for financial aid, a student must be enrolled in courses with at least a half-time enrollment status.
Many programs have courses that require prerequisites. For details, please refer to your program of choice in our online catalog.
GGU offers 3 terms per year; Fall, Spring, and Summer. Please refer to our academic calendar for specific start dates.
Most classes meet once a week on a week-night. Cohorts often meet on Saturday or Sunday. For specific course details, please refer to our online course schedule.
Most degrees with the exception of MS IMC and Psychology can be taken fully online. Rather, you may follow those classes in person if you choose. Mixed mode classes are a combination of the two.
The average age of GGU students is 34. GGU students come from all over the world, creating a multi-national classroom. Many of GGU’s students are working professionals.
A cohort is a group of fellow students that follow the program together, with a set schedule and completion date. We offer cohorts for the MS HRM, PMBA, EMBA & EMPA.
Yes, unless you are a member of a cohort. In order to preserve admission, GGU requires students to enroll in and complete at least one course every three trimesters. Failing to do so will result in an automatic withdrawal from the university. Students whose circumstances require them to be absent for three consecutive trimesters may be eligible for a leave of absence. For information regarding a leave of absence, please refer to page 136 of our online catalog.
If I begin as a certificate candidate, can I apply the courses I earn for the certificate towards a degree?
Yes, if you are admitted to the degree program.
Our fully staffed career services office offers individual career advising, resume & industry workshops, a job & internship board and more. Click Here to View.