Doctor of Business Administration

Learning rooted in the innovation capital of the world, Golden Gate University, San Francisco is an ideal destination to begin your journey towards the pinnacle of professional education. Be a part of their 120+ year old heritage.

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Intro Video
  • Online + Optional Immersion
  • Ranked Among Top 10%
    Schools in the US by College Factual
  • Ranked #1
    For Working Professionals by Washington Monthly
  • 120+ Years
    of Educational Legacy
  • 36 Months
    Recommended 12-15 hrs/week
  • Jun 30, 2022
    Start Date
  • 70% Scholarship
    For 5000 Students
  • Overview
  • Program Overview
  • Overview
  • Certificate
  • Syllabus
  • Benefits
  • Careers
  • Fees
  • Hiring Partners
  • Refer & Earn


Note that GGU is a member of AALS, not accredited.

About the Program

1:1 Thesis Supervision

Get guidance from international supervisors. Direct contact enables a more desired learning outcome with global exposure.

Learn As You Work

Ranked by multiple platforms as #1 university for online learning and working professionals, GGU's curriculum is designed to allow learners to learn as they work.

An American Degree

GGU is a WASC accredited university. Based in the innovation capital of the world, a DBA from GGU will be nothing short of a great addition to a learner's academic achievements.

Program Overview

Key Highlights

  • Designed for working professionals
  • GGU alumni status
  • Choose 1 or a combination of 3 courses from multiple specializations
  • On-Campus immersion
  • 24x7 learner support
  • WES Approved
  • Live & interactive faculty, alumni, and domain specific sessions
  • 70% Scholarship for 5000 students with EMI option
  • A qualifying exam after completion of foundation courses to be eligible to start the specialization courses

“Through our association with Golden Gate University, San Francisco, upGrad endeavours to facilitate continuing education for working professionals throughout their careers. The pedagogy, program structure and delivery of these programs from the innovation capital of the world is our key differentiator.”

- Phlagun Kompalli - Co-founder, upGrad


Best-in-class content by leading faculty and industry leaders in the form of videos, cases, and projects.

  • Who Is This Programme For?
    Working professionals who are looking for a transition into the C-suite or Senior Management professionals looking to become experts in their domain of choice.
  • Minimum Eligibility
    Master's Degree (or equivalent) or Bachelors Degree with 5+ years of work experience.

Doctor of Business Administration from Golden Gate University, San Francisco

On successful completion of your dissertation, you become a part of a 120+ year education heritage as you receive a Doctor of Business Administration from the #1 University for Working Professionals in the US.

  • A degree from a pioneering university based in the innovation capital of the world.
  • GGU alumni status.
  • Join a 70,000+ network of NASA Astronauts, Mayors, CXOs, and entrepreneurs.
Doctor of Business Administration from Golden Gate University, San Francisco
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  • Foundation
    • 12 Credits
  • Choose Any 1 Specialization
    • 12 Credits
  • Final Dissertation
    • 32 Credits
  • 48+
    Nationalities Network
  • 1:1
    Thesis Supervision
  • 56
    Credits in Total
  • Career Services
    Access to upGrad’s Career portal
      1:1 Mentorship Sessions
        Access to 300+ job openings
          Resume building tools
            Industry specific interview preparation
              Just in time interviews
              • Industry Mentors
                • Receive unparalleled guidance from industry mentors, teaching assistants and graders
                • Receive one-on-one feedback on submissions and personalised feedback on improvement
                Student Support
                • Student Support available all day for your convenience (24*7)
                • For urgent queries, use the Call Back option on the platform.
              • Q&A Forum
                • Timely doubt resolution by industry experts and peers.
                • 100% expert verified responses to ensure quality learning.
                Expert Feedback
                • Personalised expert feedback on assignments and projects
                • Regular live sessions by experts to clarify concept-related doubts

              Global Leadership Scholarships Offered by Golden Gate University and upGrad

              Scholarships on Program Fee
              Students to be Offered Scholarships
              $100 Million
              Scholarships by GGU and upGrad
              Based on Merit

              Admission Process

              There are 4 simple steps in the Admission Process which is detailed below:

              Program Fee
              ($1,175 cost per credit* 56 credits)
              • 70% Scholarship Available for 5000 Students along with EMI Options

              Empowering learners of tomorrow

              Why Golden Gate University?
              • Rigorous cutting-edge curriculum ranked #1 across USA for Working Professionals
              • Ranked #1 for Best Online College in California by SR Education in 2020
              • Degree from Golden Gate University, San Francisco Without Quitting Your Job
              • Silicon Valley Based Professional Coaching
              • Networking Opportunities with 70,000+ Alumni & Leading Industry Experts
              • 120+ Years of Legacy
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