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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.


  • 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.
  • Master's degree holders only need to submit transcripts from previous graduate programs. However, applicants are encouraged to submit all transcripts to maximize transfer credit.
  • Applicants whose native language is not English must meet the English Language Proficiency Admission Requirements.
  • Applicants with an undergraduate GPA below 3.00 should submit a statement of purpose and a resume.
  • GMAT is required but can be waived if student meets one of following criteria:
    • Master’s degree earned from a regionally accredited U.S. institution.
    • Cumulative GPA of at least 3.20 in studies leading to a U.S. bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution.
    • CPA License.
    • 5+ years of professional managerial work experience or 4+ years of military experience (Must Submit Resume).
    • We will also accept official GRE.

Requirements for the Master of Business Administration

The Master of Business Administration (MBA) requires completion of 6 units in the foundation program, 30 units in thecore program, and 9-12 units in the concentration area, with a cumulative grade-point average of 3.00 or better in coursestaken at Golden Gate University that are applicable to the program’s requirements. For further information regarding grad-uation requirements, see Academic Requirements for Graduate Programs.

GMAT/GRE Requirement

The GMAT/GRE is NOT required if you have more than 5 years of professional work experience and hold an earnedbachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited US institution or the equivalent from a recognized foreign (outside the US)institution. If you have less than 5 years of work experience, you may need to take the GMAT or GRE. For all exceptions tothe GMAT/GRE requirement, please view our Graduate Admission information.

Graduate Writing Proficiency Requirement

Students are expected to possess proficiency in writing to ensure they can be successful in their course of study. Studentsmay meet this requirement by satisfying one of the screening criteria listed under the Graduate Writing Proficiency Requirement.

Graduate Mathematics Proficiency Requirement

Students are expected to possess a level of mathematical proficiency at least equivalent to MATH 20 Applied Intermediate Algebra. Students may meet this requirement by satisfying one of the screening criteria listed under the Graduate Mathematics Proficiency Requirement.


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
BUS 240
Data Analysis for Managers


The core program courses are taken by all MBA students. This ensures that all MBA graduates have an understanding ofthe important skills for effective management and an integrative knowledge of the core area of business, regardless oftheir area of concentration. Although they are required to choose either a concentration or a general concentration whenthey apply for admission, the common core allows students to rethink their concentration (or general concentration) de-cision, and to change it with minimum course penalty.


Students are strongly encouraged to complete the courses in the order below. It is also recommend that students take BUS 202 with LEAD 300 in their first semesters and MATH 240 in their second semesters of study.

LEAD 300
Management & Leadership
LEAD 303
Teamwork in Organizations
FI 300
Corporate Finance
MBA 323
Information Technology
MSBA 300
Foundations of Business Analytics
MKT 300
Marketing Management
OP 300
Operations and Supply Chain Management

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

MBA 311
Strategic Analysis & Design
MBA 345
Context of Business
MBA 350
Business Planning (Capstone course, to be taken in final semester.)


9-12 UNITS

One of the following:
  • Adaptive Leadership
  • Business Analytics
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Finance
  • General
  • Human Resource Management
  • Industrial-Organizational Psychology
  • Information Technology Management
  • Marketing
  • Project Management
  • Public Administration (4-unit courses)

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.



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.
  • Demonstrate an understanding and ability to identify the ethical, environmental, and social implications of business issues and formulate appropriate responses.

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