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    U.S. Universities according to College Factual

    Top 10%

    for working professionals by Washington Monthly

    Ranked #1

    of Educational Excellence

    120+ Years

    program duration with 12-15 hours/week

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    for 5,000 students

    70% Scholarship

    Accreditation and Membership

    About the Program

    About the University

    About the University

    Golden Gate University (GGU), is a private, nonprofit university in downtown San-Francisco with financial services and high-tech companies in its vicinity. GGU empowers working professionals to achieve their professional goals. GGU also has teaching locations in Silicon Valley and Seattle. GGU graduates join nearly 70,000 alumni including NASA astronauts, CXOs, Military veterans, Political and Legal leaders across the world. Founded in 1901, GGU has been a leader in online education for nearly three decades, and its programs offer maximum flexibility for modern students. GGU has been repeatedly ranked as #1 in the United States for working professionals based on superior flexibility and career outcomes for students.

    1:1 Thesis Supervision

    1:1 Thesis Supervision

    Interact with senior academic advisors - many of whom are working professionals from across the world - during live, interactive 1:1 sessions with the allotted thesis supervisor.

    WASC Accreditation & WES Recognition

    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

    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
    Designed for working professionals
    Choose a concentration from among four options
    Choose a concentration from among four options
    Student Support is available 24*7 all days for non-academic queries
    Student Support is available 24*7 all days for non-academic queries
    Live & interactive faculty, alumni, and industry-specific sessions
    Live & interactive faculty, alumni, and industry-specific sessions
    Join GGU’s 70,000+ alumni network
    Join GGU’s 70,000+ alumni network
    Optional on-campus immersion
    Optional on-campus immersion
    WES recognized
    WES recognized
    myGGU student portal access provided for online libraries, journals
    myGGU student portal access provided for online libraries, journals
    Digital GGU student ID card provided
    Digital GGU student ID card provided
    70% scholarship available for 5,000 students with EMI
    70% scholarship available for 5,000 students with EMI
    Global case study discussions
    Global case study discussions
    Earn the same U.S. Degree as awarded On-Campus
    Earn the same U.S. Degree as awarded On-Campus

    "Our aim is simple: We strive to create high-impact, hands-on experiences that prepare students for meaningful and productive careers.”

    - Ronnie Screwvala, Co-Founder, upGrad


    Why is the WES Equivalency Important?

    Golden Gate University DBA receives Global Acceptance.
    The GGU DBA is a globally acknowledged and recognized program which is validated by the doctorate equivalency awarded by WES.
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    • Whether it is about excelling in your current job or seeking overseas opportunities, GGU DBA shall catapult you to higher orbits across continents.
    • Go beyond your job - Consult For Businesses | Author Books | Be A Guest Lecturer | Speak At Conferences - Anywhere across the globe!


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

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    Who Is This Programme For?

    Working professionals who are looking for a transition into view more

    Minimum Eligibility

    Master's Degree (or equivalent) or Bachelors Degree with 5+ view more

    Why experts in their field chose a DBA

    • A Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA) is a professional degree representing the highest qualification in management. It is a doctorate designed for working professionals who may not be able to pursue a PhD due to time commitments.

    • While a DBA is not offered in India, it is globally recognised.

    • Here, professionals combine their business knowledge with analytical skills to design and execute research studies that have real-world impact, with many going on to publish their work in leading journals.

    Why experts in their field chose a DBA

    Golden Gate University Doctoral Candidate

    HR Candidates

    Sangram Pradhan

    Sangram Pradhan is an HR Head of YES BANK Ltd. and a mentor to the Human Resources department at YES SECURITIES (I) Ltd., the bank's subsidiary company. He is a senior HR professional with over 21 years of broad multi-faceted expertise in People Management within the BFSI domain (about 5 years' entrepreneurial experience). Click here to know more!

    Earn a U.S. Doctoral Degree from Golden Gate University, San Francisco

    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.
    Doctor of Business Administration from Golden Gate University, San Francisco
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    • 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

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    Learn on an AI-powered & personalised platform with best-in-class content, live sessions & mentoring from leading industry experts.
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    *This image is a sample degree from Golden Gate University, awarded to eligible students upon successful completion of the program. Please contact the admissions team to learn more.


    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.

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    Years Completion Time
    Thesis Supervision
    Credits in Total


    12 Credits
    • Doctoral Writing and Research Methods
    • Quantitative Research and Analysis
    • Qualitative Research and Analysis

    Concentration (Choose Any One)

    12 Credits
    • Finance
    • Business & Data Analytics
    • Marketing
    • Leadership & Strategy
    • General

    Final Dissertation

    32 Credits


      Topics Covered


      12 Credits
      Corporate Finance Financial Theory and ApplicationsInternational Finance

      Batch Profile

      The program is designed for people from various sectors. The variety of participants enriches discussions and interactions

      Did you know?

      1. 5 out of 6 learners get positive career growth (upGrad results are reviewed by Deloitte)
      2. Over 70,000 professional have turned their into reality

      Did you know?

      1. 5 out of 6 learners get positive career growth (upGrad results are reviewed by Deloitte)
      2. Over 70,000 professional have turned their into reality

      Batch Profile

      Nationality: 200+ international students from UK, Germany, Singapore, Canada, UAE, Thailand, Switzerland and more.

      Top Companies: EY, Deloitte, PepsiCo, Siemens, Schneider, JK Cement, ICICI Bank, HSBC, Glenmark, Godrej, Amazon, Capgemini, Fidelity Investments, Standard Chartered

      The upGrad Advantage


      Career Services

      Career Services
      • Access to upGrad’s career portal
      • Access to 300+ job openings
      • Resume building tools

      Learning Support

       Learning Support
      Industry Mentors
      • Receive unparalleled guidance from industry mentors, teaching assistants.
      • Receive one-on-one feedback on submissions and personalised feedback on improvement.
      Student Support
      • Student Support is available 7 days a week, 24*7
      • You can write to us via Or for urgent queries, use the "Talk to Us" option on the Learn platform.

      Doubt Resolution

      Doubt Resolution
      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.

      Admission Process

      There are 3 simple steps in the Admission Process which is detailed below:

      Global Leadership Scholarships Offered by Golden Gate University and upGrad

      Program Fees: Approximately $15,036 (post scholarship) with EMI options.

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      Frequently Asked Questions

      Course Eligibility

      Who is this program 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. 

      What is the minimum eligibility for this program?

      Master's Degree (or equivalent) or Bachelors Degree with 5+ years of work experience. 

      How do I become eligible for the scholarship? What is the application process?

      The scholarship is rolled out based on the academic and professional achievements. Once the application form is submitted with these details, the admission committee reviews the same. If you are admitted into the program, the scholarship that you are eligible for will be mentioned on the offer letter. Please note that admission is provisional until successful verification of supporting documents and completing the payment formalities.

      What are the requirements to get the Doctor of Business Administration degree from GGU?

      The Doctor of Business Administration requires completion of 12 units of foundation courses, 12 units of concentration courses, and a minimum of 32 units of dissertation research, for a total of 56 units. Students must earn a “B-” or better in each course and a cumulative grade-point average of 3.00 or better.


      Will I be able to avail EMI Options of my course fee even after receiving scholarships?

      Yes, 70% scholarship for 5,000 students along with EMI options are available.

      How much do I pay to block my seat?

      You need to pay INR 50,000 to block your seat. 

      Refund Policy/Financials

      What is the refund policy for this program?

      1. You may request a refund for the Program at any time before the Cohort Commencement Date by visiting and submitting your refund form via the "My Application" section under your profile. A processing fee of Rs. 10,000 will be charged. Please note that once the Program commences, no refund request will be considered, and any amount paid by the student will not be refunded.

      2. Requests for refund must be sent via e-mail in the prescribed Refund Request Form. The refund will be processed within 30 working days of commencement of the program. For refund and deferral policies please refer to this link.

      No Cost Credit Card EMI FAQ's

      0% EMI with Finance partners /Credit card option availability will vary program wise.

      1. Which banks allow using 0% Credit card EMI or Credit card EMI?
      No cost EMI is available on credit cards from all major banks (American Express, Bank of Baroda, HDFC Bank, ICICI Bank, IndusInd Bank, Kotak Mahindra Bank, RBL Bank, Standard Chartered, Axis Bank, Yes Bank, State Bank of India, CITIBANK and HSBC)

      2. Is there any minimum transaction limit ?
      Yes. 50000 is the minimum.

      3. Standard Chartered Bank offers 18 or 24 months No Cost EMI ?
      No. ONLY 12 months is available irrespective of the Program enrolled.

      4. Will I have to pay any extra amount for EMI transaction?
      If you are availing 0% credit card EMI, upGrad will not charge any processing fees or down payment for these transactions. Your bank may levy GST or other taxes on the interest component of the EMI.

      5. Are there any fees or down payment?
      Certain banks charge nominal processing fees between INR 99 - 500 on 0% Credit Card EMI transaction. If charged, will be billed in the first repayment installment.

      6. Can I use my International credit card for 0% credit EMI or Credit Card EMI?
      Only the Indian bank credit cards can be used. But you can pay the amount using the Credit card option in one shot / part payments, and later you can convert into EMI from your respective bank. The tenures and interest charged will depend on your bank. upGrad will not charge any processing fees or down payment for these transactions, this will be purely between you and your bank.

      7. Are there any charges in case I opt for cancellation/refund from the course after paying balance with no cost EMI ?
      Yes, there will be additional charges to the extent of interest paid by the upGrad to the bank, you will be refunded only Principal amount, i.e. the amount actually deducted/blocked from your card. This deduction will be in addition to the amount mentioned in the refund policy shared with your offer letter.

      8. Can I Pay Using Multiple Credit Cards ?
      Multiple cards can be used to complete the payments using Part payment option make sure to inform the learner, minimum transaction is INR 50000 to opt for 0% CC EMI E.g. Amount to be paid: 150000. I can pay using 2 Credit cards. Yes, Example :
      HDFC Card – Part payment – INR 100000
      ICICI Card – Part payment – INR 50000

      9. How can I opt for Credit card EMI if my bank is not listed in the 0% Credit card EMI or Credit card EMI?
      You can pay the amount using the Credit card option in one shot / part payments, and later you can convert into EMI from your respective bank. The tenures and interest charged will depend on your bank. upGrad will not charge any processing fees or down payment for these transactions.

      10. Why is the entire amount blocked on my credit card?
      Initially your bank will block the entire amount from your available purchase limit and from your next billing cycle, you will be charged the EMI amount. As you start paying your EMI, your credit limit will be released accordingly. For example, if you have made a payment of ₹100000 on 6-months EMI and your credit limit is ₹200,000 then initially your bank will block your credit limit by ₹100000. After payment of your first month EMI of Rs.15000, the blocked amount will come down to ₹85000.

      11. Why is interest getting charged on No Cost EMI?
      Your bank will charge you interest. However, this interest charge has been provided to you as an upfront discount at the time of your payment, effectively giving you the benefit of a No cost EMI. The total amount paid during the entire EMI tenure to the bank will be equal to the amount to be paid to upGrad.

      Eg. Amount payable to upGrad: INR 405000
      Let's say Amount deducted at the time of transaction: INR 379850 (Principal amount) Bank charges interest of 12-15% per annum on INR 379850
      [Note: Interest factor is reducing rate and not Flat rate]
      EMI AMOUNT = INR 33750 x 12 = INR 405000
      Effectively, you have taken loan on 379,850 instead of 405,000

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