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Administration, MBA

Program at a Glance


Business Administration, MBA


Online, Hybrid

Total Units



No GMAT or
GRE Required

Program Overview

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.

Real-World Skills for Real Business Success

The Master of Business Administration (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.

Admission Requirements

The Master of Business Administration (MBA) requires completion of 6 units in the foundation program, 30 units in the core program, and 9-12 units in the concentration area, with a cumulative grade-point average of 3.00 or better in courses taken at Golden Gate University that are applicable to the program’s requirements.

For further information regarding graduation requirements, see Academic Requirements for Graduate Programs in the course catalog.

  • 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.
  • The GMAT/GRE is NOT Required. A statement of purpose and Resume are required for applicants with an undergraduate GPA below 3.0.

Proficiency Requirements

Graduate Writing Proficiency Requirement – Students are expected to possess proficiency in writing to ensure they can be successful in their course of study. Students may 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.

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

Business Core – 21 Units

Students are strongly encouraged to complete the courses in the order below. It is also recommended that students take BUS 202 with LEAD 300 in their first semesters.

Strategic Courses and Capstone Course – 9 Units

(Capstone course to be taken in final semester.)

Students may select from the following concentrations:

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


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.

Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the Master of Business Administration program will have the knowledge and skills 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.

Getting my master’s degree had been on my to-do list for 8 years. In choosing a school, I did my research. The flexibility of the every other Saturday classes was a deciding factor.

Here at GGU – in a city where being an entrepreneur and being innovative can take you to the next level – you will be challenged and engaged. You will walk away with both technical and soft skills: better decision-making, understanding management, leadership skills, and values.

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