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The Golden Gate University (GGU) MBA program will advance your leadership skills and business knowledge using an activity-based learning approach. Faculty members are seasoned professionals in their respective fields and will prepare you to lead in today's complex business environment.

GGU's MBA program builds your business acumen, leadership skills, and contextual knowledge throughout the practical degree design. It provides an integrated perspective of management, and allows you to tailor the program with one of several concentrations to meet your professional interests and goals. Concentrations include business analytics, entrepreneurship, project management and even the option to design your own.

Since launching the MBA program more than half a century ago, GGU has pioneered evening and online programs for working professionals to achieve their career objectives. You can proceed at your own pace in deciding how many courses to take in a given trimester and study fully in-person, completely online or a combination of both.

Students in the program come from the San Francisco Bay Area, the United States and more than 50 countries around the world. With our location in the heart of San Francisco's thriving business community, strong connections to Bay Area business leaders, and a distinguished community of more than 70,000 alumni, the educational experience and the networks available to you are unparalleled.

FOUNDATION PROGRAM - 6 UNITS

The two-course foundation program provides the groundwork for the advanced program core and concentration courses. Some, or all, of the foundation course requirements may be waived if they have previously completed comparable undergraduate courses at a regionally accredited college or university with a grade of “C” or better. Students may be admitted to advanced program courses before completion of the entire foundation program, but they must complete the foundation program by the time twelve units have been earned in the advanced program.

BUS 202
Fundamentals of Business
MATH 240
Data Analysis for Managers

ADVANCED PROGRAM - 45 UNITS

CORE COURSES - 33 UNITS
SKILL COURSES - 12 UNITS

Students are strongly encouraged to complete the courses in the following order:

LEAD 300
Management & Leadership
LEAD 301
Personal Leadership
MKT 302
Communications & Presentations
LEAD 303
Teamwork in Organizations
CONTEXTUAL COURSES - 6 UNITS
MBA 311
Strategic Analysis & Design
MGT 345
Context of Business
FUNCTIONAL COURSES - 12 UNITS
FI 300
Corporate Finance
MBA 323
Information Technology
MKT 300
Marketing Management
OP 300
Operations and Supply Chain Management

CAPSTONE COURSE - 3 UNITS

MBA 350
Business Planning

PLAN YOUR SCHEDULE

CONCENTRATION COURSES -- 12 UNITS

One of the following:
  • General Concentration
  • Adaptive Leadership
  • Business Analytics
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Finance
  • Human Resources
  • Information Technology Management
  • Marketing
  • Project Management
  • Public Administration

or choose Declaring Concentrations*

Students may declare up to two concentrations in a given degree program. Students seeking to declare more than two concentrations will be required to appeal to the dean for approval. Students’ diplomas will list the concentrations that they had successfully completed at the time their degrees were conferred. Students may not declare additional concentrations after their degrees have been conferred.

CONCENTRATIONS

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

General Graduate Admissions Requirements

GMAT / GRE

The GMAT / GRE is NOT required for applicants with more than 5 years of professional work experience (and a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited US institution or the equivalent from a recognized foreign institution). See below for additional waivers.

Applicants with fewer than 5 years of professional work experience will be evaluated by undergraduate grade-point averages in combination with a GMAT or GRE score.

Additional waivers for the GMAT / GRE:
  • A master's or higher degree from a regionally accredited US institution.
  • A bachelor’s degree with a GPA of 3.2 or above.
  • A Certified Public Accountant (CPA) license.
  • Four or more years of military service.
  • A professional license or designation earned by passing a nationally recognized US examination (e.g. CMA, CIA) AND approval granted by petitioning the Dean of the Edward S. Ageno School of Business.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Graduates of the MBA program should be able to:
  • Demonstrate a general management "holistic" perspective.
  • Demonstrate managerial and leadership skills, such as teamwork, critical thinking and problem solving, communications and presentations, self-awareness.
  • Master and apply general management analytic processes and tools for decision making.
  • Integrate strategic business objectives within competitive industry dynamics.
  • Integrate strategic business objectives within the socio-political-economic-ecological-global context.
  • Understand functional areas' impact on business and departmental interaction issues.
  • Demonstrate integrated business level planning.
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