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Our EMBA program is based on 100+ years of proven success developing and delivering programs for working professionals, and was designed to leverage the real-world professional experience and knowledge of the EMBA participants with GGU's renowned active and practice-based learning methods.

As you complete GGU's 16-month Executive MBA program, you will gain confidence not only from advancing your knowledge of business and leadership concepts, but also from mastering and applying what you learn to boost your professional performance.

From day one, you will have the opportunity to connect with a peer group of accomplished, high-energy professionals, in the heart of San Francisco's thriving business district. You will join an active alumni community that is 68,000-strong, and you will benefit from a network of corporate partnerships and entrepreneurs that GGU has forged during its 115-year history in the center of this world-changing business hub.

As a participant in the EMBA program, you will collaborate with and learn from executive coaches and instructors who are influential business leaders and who transform GGU classes into dynamic learning laboratories. More than 80% of our EMBA faculty members are scholar-practitioners, and they will constantly challenge you to enhance your business knowledge and hone your leadership skills by solving real, meaningful and practical business problems.


  • Applicants should hold a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited US institution or the equivalent from a recognized foreign (outside the US) institution, and provide official transcripts.
  • Applicants whose native language is not English must meet the English Language Proficiency Admission Requirements.
  • Applicants should also submit:
    • A written statement of purpose explaining the applicant’s interests in how the executive MBA program will benefit their career.
    • A detailed resume showing at least five years of full-time work experience with three years at the managerial or professional level.
    • A letter of recommendation from an officer of the applicant’s employment organization.
  • Candidates will be contacted by the program director to schedule an interview upon receipt of all application documents.
  • GMAT/GRE is not required.
  • F1 Students are not eligible for the Executive Master of Business Administration degree.

Sequence of Courses

First Trimester
EMBA 300
Accounting Essentials for Executives
EMBA 301
Economics of Marketplace Transformation & Disruption
EMBA 302
Data Analysis for Managers
EMBA 303
Management & Teamwork
Second Trimester
EMBA 304
Foundations of Business Analytics
EMBA 305
Personal Leadership
EMBA 306
Finance for Executive Decision-Making
Third Trimester
EMBA 307
Marketing for Executives
EMBA 308
Operations & Supply Chain Management
EMBA 309
Innovation & Technology Management
Fourth Trimester
EMBA 310
Context & Legal Aspects of Business
EMBA 311
Managing in a Global Environment
EMBA 312
Formulating & Implementing Business Strategy (Capstone Course)


GGU's EMBA program is designed for busy professionals who recognize the value of applying their learning from day one. The program is delivered in a 16-month, accelerated cohort format, specifically designed to leverage the professional experience of EMBA students.

During the program's four, 16-week trimesters, the cohort meets on GGU's campus every other Saturday, where students are immersed in GGU's renowned activity-based learning methodology. In between these on-campus sessions, EMBA students use GGU's innovative eLearning platform to perform course work, connect and collaborate in teams and engage in groundbreaking discussions with classmates and faculty members.

Throughout the program, EMBA students also have access to a wide range of on-campus and online learning events — speakers, panels and workshops — that address current management and leadership topics, cases and challenges.


Graduates of the executive MBA program will be able to:

  • Work effectively in teams
  • Sell their ideas
  • Apply theory to understand real practical situations
  • Think “outside the box” and develop novel solutions
  • Integrate the functional department issues into a coherent strategic whole
  • Analyze and synthesize problems
  • Manage the development of their own careers

Graduates will be knowledgeable about:

  • Current international and global issues
  • Ethical and diversity issues
  • Current technology and environmental issues
  • Leading change in an organization
  • Current management trends

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