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Why GGU: Online Learning

GGU offers many of its courses online, providing cutting-edge courses taught by professionals working in their fields. The online format allows you to complete your coursework with a certain degree of flexibility, wherever and whenever convenient.

Programs

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Online degrees and certificates are offered in these areas:
  • Accounting
  • Business & Management
  • Finance
  • Financial Planning
  • Human Resources
  • IT Management
  • International Business
  • Marketing & Public Relations
  • Operations & Supply Chain Management
  • Project Management
  • Public Administration
  • Taxation

THE VIRTUAL CLASSROOM

Using the online learning platform, students access course materials, view videos or other multimedia content, and participate in course activities and projects. Students communicate with the instructor and with each other through threaded discussion forums, an essential part of every online course. Students are expected to contribute thoughtful, meaningful dialog in the threaded discussions at least once a week.

If you're brand new to online learning we invite you to try a mini demo class. This short demonstration class lets you take a look at the online interface while also teaching you some of the basics of being a successful online student.

FAQ

Are GGU's online programs accredited?

Golden Gate University offers individual courses, degree programs and professional certificates online that are accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). Although the online format is different than a traditional classroom experience, the courses are the same as those offered at any Golden Gate University location. Online courses are taught by the same faculty and are held to the same rigorous academic standards as courses offered in traditional classroom settings.

 
What are the types of online courses?

There are 3 types of online courses:

  1. Entirely Online: Courses in which no in-person classroom presence is required.
  2. Mixed Mode: Courses that mix online content with one or more in-person sessions.
  3. WebEnhanced: A traditional in-person course that also uses the online platform to facilitate some course activities or deliver content.
 
How do I take exams?

All courses that are entirely online (no in-person class sessions) will have at least one supervised (proctored) exam per term. The supervised exam may be paper-based or Web-based and can be supervised at the GGU San Francisco campus, a Consortium of College Testing Centers exam site, or using an independent proctor approved by GGU. WebEnhanced and Mixed Mode courses do not require a supervised (proctored) exam because they have at least one in-person class session, which satisfies the verification of identity requirement by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), Golden Gate University's accrediting body.

 
What course materials will I need and where will I purchase them?

For most courses, you will be able to order books from the GGU Bookstore. Other course materials may be made available through GGU Library course reserves, or by your instructor.

 
Will I have any contact with my classmates?

Limited class size and use of the online classroom enable faculty to create a seminar-style environment in which students interact with each other as much as they do with their professor. Since discussions are asynchronous (simultaneous participation is not necessary), you can ask questions as they arise and contribute to discussions within the parameters communicated by your instructor.

 
Can I contact an instructor if I need help?

You can contact an instructor through the online course environment, by e-mail and by phone, or the help desk at elearninghelp@ggu.edu. Online students also have access to a 24/7 help desk, that supports students with live Web chat, e-mails, FAQs, and toll-free phone assistance.

 
How can I learn more?

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How do I enroll?

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