Master of Business Administration (MBA)

General

Program Description

Real-World Skills for Real Business Success

Golden Gate University's MBA program blends foundational skills of core business disciplines with essential soft skills such as effective communication, executive presentations, and team building. You'll apply these concepts in a hands-on, case-study framework that takes place in classrooms resembling actual management experience. Expert instructors, who also work in some of the Bay Area's most successful businesses, will provide you with the insight you need to become a successful leader.

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Overview

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.

Curriculum

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.

  • Fundamentals of Business
  • 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:

  • Management & Leadership
  • Personal Leadership
  • Communications & Presentations
  • Teamwork in Organizations

Contextual Courses - 6 units

  • Strategic Analysis & Design
  • Context of Business

Functional Courses - 12 units

  • Corporate Finance
  • Information Technology
  • Marketing Management
  • Operations and Supply Chain Management

Capstone Course - 3 units

  • Business Planning

Concentrations

General Concentration

Whatever the student's goal in the world of business, the general concentration allows the student to tailor the MBA program to his or her individual needs.

Students may choose any four 3-unit courses from the GGU graduate catalog to build a custom course of study. With an array of electives to choose from, students can pick those courses that provide the set of knowledge and skills that they will need in their careers. Students may select courses from accounting, economics, finance, information technology management, international business, management, marketing, operations and supply chain management, project management, public administration, psychology, or taxation.

Adaptive Leadership Concentration

This practice-based concentration educates students in an understanding of contemporary leadership and management theories with special emphasis on application and skill development. Students who take this concentration will be well prepared to manage, lead, and produce results in today’s complex, global business environment.

Business Analytics Concentration

A targeted graduate concentration designed for MBA students to work within the business analytics field.

Business analytics has exploded in the last few years, offering many new opportunities for managers who understand business operations and are able to evaluate massive amounts of data. The Business Analytics Concentration is designed for the MBA student who must be able to apply data analytics tools and techniques to both structured and unstructured data, extracting information that the organization can use for strategic decision-making. Students taking this concentration will be introduced to specialized analytics tools and technologies.

Entrepreneurship Concentration

For ambitious persons who want to start and grow their own business, and/or manage innovation within a larger enterprise.

This concentration offers the opportunity to learn how to design, finance, and manage a new venture. Real-world practical skills combined with the most current theory provides a solid foundation. All students in this program will construct a business plan for their venture, and will also have the flexibility to choose additional courses to support their particular interests.

Finance Concentration

An analytical graduate concentration designed to prepare MBA students for a finance specialty.

Whatever goal students have in the world of business, from corporate management to consulting and entrepreneurship, the study of finance gives them the grounding in decision-making techniques that will help ensure the financial health of their enterprise in the competitive global market. Students learn capital budgeting, capital structure, investment management, and short-term capital management. Our unique method; combining theoretical knowledge of finance with extensive hands-on learning, using real-life case studies and our state-of-the-art computer labs, gives students the ability to be an effective and competent manager in any organization.

Human Resource Management Concentration

In the competitive global marketplace, effective management of human resources is necessary for success. Students learn to understand the human resource issues brought about by technology and the international business environment, and how to apply their knowledge as a human-resources professionals in organizations. Students will choose among courses to learn how to hire, train, develop, retain, compensate, and ethically manage a workforce.

Information Technology Management Concentration

A focused graduate concentration designed to prepare MBA students to work with or within the IT field.

The concentration in information technology introduces students to the capabilities made possible by IT, as well as the challenges associated with being an IT manager. Students learn about selecting and planning IT initiatives, applying data analytics to business problems, and addressing issues of security and privacy within the business environment. Upon completion, students will also understand how to align IT with business needs and how IT enables business value.

Marketing Concentration

A fundamental graduate concentration designed to prepare MBA students for success in the rapidly changing marketing field.

Often considered the central discipline of business, the challenges and practices of marketing are evolving along with the changes in the contemporary business environment. This concentration prepares students to manage the marketing function inside private or public sector business organizations. General management and marketing techniques, such as market research and market planning, are covered along with the current trends and techniques in the field like digital marketing, social media, and the increasing mobile marketing trends.

Project Management Concentration

A structured graduate concentration designed to groom MBA students for careers in project management

Golden Gate University is a PMI® member.

The concentration in Project Management gives students grounding in multiple skills including budgeting, conflict resolution, communication, project scope, developing and using resources, leadership, and team building. Students gain knowledge from faculty who are certificated by PMI®. The content of courses is integrated with the Project Management Institute, A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK®, Guide) - Fifth Edition, Project Management Institute, Inc. 2013. As students progress through their courses, they are preparing themselves for the Project Management Professional (PMP®) certification exam. The PM concentration provides an opportunity for those who wish to build on their MBA degree work by obtaining project management skills. The certificate is for those who may be working and intend to apply project management skills in their present and future professional endeavors.

PMP® is a registered trademark of the Project Management Institute, Inc.

Public Administration Concentration

A progressive graduate concentration designed to prepare MBA students to navigate the bureaucracy of the public sector.

Outsourcing of public sector services to business and non-profit organizations has increased the need for private sector managers who understand how the government bureaucracy works. This concentration provides students with the necessary skills and knowledge to be successful at public management, applying what they learned to approach the public sector with the mindset of a private sector manager. Students will learn to manage finances in a not-for-profit company, labor practices in the public sector, and running a business amid all the legal red tape that can come along with public administration.

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.

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Admission 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.

Cost & Fees

Estimated total tuition: $49,050-$55,590

International Scholarships

Golden Gate University welcomes students from all over the world and offers a scholarship for all qualified international students who enroll in a master's degree program in our School of Business, School of Accounting, or Braden School of Tax. Admitted students that have not previously attended Golden Gate University and satisfy the admissions criteria will be automatically considered for an International Student Scholarship or Grant through the admission process. For the 2020-2021 academic year, a limited number of scholarships will be awarded in each of the following categories:

International President's Scholars -- $15,000

Admitted students who earned a bachelor's degree with a minimum 3.5 cumulative grade point average (CGPA) and who demonstrate English language proficiency as evidenced by a minimum TOEFL a score of 90, Duolingo score of 120, PTE of 65, or IELTS composite of 7.5 with no sub-score of less than 6.5 will be considered. Students who have earned a master's degree after earning a bachelor's degree will be considered using the cumulative grade point average and English language proficiency as noted above. An International President's Scholar is eligible to receive up to $15,000 to complete their degree, $5,000 per term for up to 3 consecutive terms.

International Dean's Scholars -- $12,000

Admitted students who earned a bachelor's degree with a minimum 3.3 cumulative grade point average (CGPA) and who demonstrate English language proficiency as evidenced by a minimum TOEFL score of 85, Duolingo score of 115, PTE of 62 or IELTS composite of 7.0 with no sub-score of less than 6.0 will be considered. Students who have earned a master's degree after earning a Bachelor's degree will be considered using the cumulative grade point average and English language proficiency as noted above. An International Dean's Scholar is eligible to receive up to $12,000 to complete their degree, $4,000 per term for up to 3 consecutive terms.

Welcome Grant -- $3,000

Admitted students who earned a bachelor's degree with a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average (CGPA) and who demonstrate English language proficiency as evidenced by a minimum TOEFL score of 79, Duolingo score of 100, PTE of 57 or IELTS composite of 6.5 will be considered. Students who have earned a master's degree after earning a bachelor's degree will be considered using the cumulative grade point average and English language proficiency as noted above. Our Welcome grant is a one-time award of $3,000 applied to tuition in the first term of enrollment.  

To be considered for any of the scholarships listed above:

  • Students must have their applications complete and ready for review by June 15 for fall 2020 and October 1 for spring 2021 admission.
  • Students must be international students who entered the United State using an F Visa or studying in their home country. Students studying on a J visa are not eligible for these scholarships or grants.
  • President's and Dean's scholarship recipients must be continuously enrolled in 9 or more units and maintain satisfactory academic progress as evidenced by achieving and maintaining a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher in each term of enrollment. These scholarships are renewable for a maximum of three consecutive (3) terms.
  • Students may only receive one scholarship or grant. Specifically, President's and Dean's, scholarship recipients are not eligible for the Welcome Grant or the Alumni Referral Grant.

A $1,000 US tuition deposit is required of all admitted students prior to the issuance of visa eligibility documents (commonly known as form I-20). The deposit is credited toward the first term's tuition and is non-refundable. Tuition deposits must be paid by the following dates or students will forfeit the scholarships:  

  • Priority application for fall 2020 scholarships was June 15, 2020 but GGU is still accepting applications.
  • Spring 2021 admission - tuition deposit must be paid by October 31st.

Deferring your enrollment may impact your scholarship eligibility. Please speak with your enrollment counselor for further details.

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Last updated Jun 2020

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