Doctor of Business Administration

The Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) program is designed for professionals who want to further their career with the most advanced business degree program GGU offers. The DBA program addresses the learning needs and objectives of senior business managers, consultants, and university professors. Its primary objective is to produce graduates who can contribute to the advancement of their professions and to the expansion of knowledge and awareness of contemporary strategic issues and practices.

Intro Video
  • Online + Optional Immersion
  • Top 10%
    U.S. Universities according to College Factual
  • Ranked #1
    for working professionals by Washington Monthly
  • 120+ Years
    of Educational Excellence
  • 36 Months
    program duration with 12-15 hours/week
  • Jul 1, 2022
    Next start date
  • 70% Scholarship
    for 5,000 students
  • Program Overview
  • Overview
  • Certificate
  • Syllabus
  • Concentrations
  • Benefits
  • Careers
  • Fees
  • Refer & Earn
About the Program

1:1 Thesis Supervision

Interact with Golden Gate University senior academic advisors —many of whom are working professionals in the San Francisco Bay Area—during live, interactive 1:1 sessions with the allotted thesis supervisor.

WASC Accreditation & WES Recognition

GGU has been accredited by WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) since 1959 and it is WES recognized. WASC accredits universities in California and Hawaii, including Stanford, UC Berkeley, and others. WSCUC is nationally recognized by the US Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

On-campus Immersion

Engage in optional, interactive networking sessions with your program peers and experienced professionals for a more immersive GGU experience.

Program Overview

Key Highlights

  • Designed for working professionals
  • Choose a concentration from among five options
  • 24x7 student support
  • Live & interactive faculty, alumni, and industry-specific sessions
  • Join GGU’s 70,000+ alumni network
  • Optional on-campus immersion
  • WES recognized
  • 70% scholarship available for 5,000 students with EMI
  • Global case study discussions

“Through our association with Golden Gate University, San Francisco, upGrad endeavors 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 the program, graduates become a part of a 120+ year education heritage with all the benefits that accompany a Doctor of Business Administration from the #1 ranked university for working professionals.

  • A degree from a pioneering university based in the innovation capital of the world
  • Full alumni status from Golden Gate University
  • Join a 70,000+ network of NASA astronauts, mayors, C-suite leaders, and entrepreneurs
Doctor of Business Administration from Golden Gate University, San Francisco
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Learn like you’re right there in San Francisco

Watch David Fike (President, GGU), Brent White (Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs, GGU), and Phalgun Kompalli (Co-founder, upGrad) talk about the collaboration that makes it possible.


  • Foundation
    • 12 Credits
  • Concentration (Choose Any One)
    • 12 Credits
  • Final Dissertation
    • 32 Credits
  • 2-3
    Years Completion Time
  • 1:1
    Thesis Supervision
  • 56
    Credits in Total


  • Finance
  • Logistics and Supply Chain Management
  • Business & Data Analytics
  • Marketing
  • Leadership & Strategy
  • General
  • Topics Covered

      Corporate Finance
      Financial Theory and Applications
      International Finance
    • Topics Covered

      Logistics and Supply Chain Management
        Competitive and Global Supply Chain Management Strategies
        Global Supply Chain Planning, Tactics, and Execution
        Digial Supply Chain Strategy
      • Topics Covered

        Business & Data Analytics
          Managing Data as an Asset
          Operations Performance Management
          Application of AI in Solving Business Problems
        • Topics Covered

            Marketing Management
            Consumer Behavior
            Digital Marketing and New Media
          • Topics Covered

            Leadership & Strategy
              Leadership Theory, Research and Application
              Strategic Leadership
              Leading Complex Change
            • Topics Covered

                Choose a total of 3 courses from any of the 5 concentrations
              • 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 3 simple steps in the Admission Process which is detailed below:

                          Program Fee
                          (70% scholarship available for 5,000 students along with EMI options)
                          $1,175 cost per credit* 56 credits.

                            Empowering the students of tomorrow

                            Why Golden Gate University?
                            • Rigorous and innovative curriculum from top-ranked U.S. university for working professionals
                            • Ranked #1 Online College in California by SR Education in 2020
                            • Earn your degree from Golden Gate University in San Francisco without quitting your job
                            • San Francisco-based career and professional coaching
                            • Networking opportunities with 70,000+ alumni & leading industry experts
                            • 120+ year legacy in education
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