Schools: Edward S. Ageno School of Business

For 100+ years, The Ageno School of Business has been educating adult working professionals in the heart of San Francisco.

Student Success

The Edward S. Ageno School of Business (ASOB) grew out of the night school of the San Francisco YMCA. For much of the 20th century, it was the only place working professionals in San Francisco could earn an advanced degree. ASOB is home to Northern California's first evening (and third largest) MBA program and the oldest Public Administration degree program. Today, the school's programs teach competencies that address the demands of the ever-evolving marketplace. Recently-revamped graduate degree programs have spawned a new Digital Marketing Concentration for the Master of Science in Marketing program, a Law Enforcement & Security Concentration for the Executive Master of Public Administration program, and the development of two master of arts degrees in psychology.

Student Success

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.

Do I need work experience in the field to be admitted?

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.

What are the application requirements of my program?

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Is the GMAT required for admission?

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Can I take classes before I am formally admitted?

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.

Must I satisfy all course pre-requisites to enroll?

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Can I use student loans? What are the requirements?

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Are there scholarships?

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.

How quickly can I complete my degree?

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.

How many classes should I take each term?

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.

Do I have to take my classes in a certain order?

Many programs have courses that require prerequisites. For details, please refer to your program of choice in our online catalog.

When can I start?

GGU offers 3 terms per year; Fall, Spring, and Summer. Please refer to our academic calendar for specific start dates.

Class Schedule- how often do we meet and when?

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.

Can I do it online? Do I have to do it online? Can I mix and match?

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.

What kind of students will I be studying with?

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.

What is a cohort?

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.

If I begin as a certificate candidate, can I apply the courses I earn for the certificate toward a degree?

Yes, if you are admitted to the degree program.

Are there any career services available for students?

Our fully staffed career services office offers individual career advising, resume & industry workshops, a job & internship board and more. Click Here to View.