Master of Business Administration

From the heart of San Francisco’s thriving high-tech and financial district, Golden Gate University offers an ideal opportunity for students seeking an MBA. As one of the oldest universities in California and an early MBA degree designed for working professionals, Golden Gate University has consistently produced graduates with top skills that employers want.

5 out of 6 learners get positive career growth
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  • Top 10%
    U.S. Universities according to College Factual
  • Ranked #1
    For working professionals by Washington Monthly
  • 120+ Years
    of Educational Excellence
  • 15 Months
    program duration with 16 hours/week
  • Jul 1, 2022
    Next start date
  • 70% Scholarship
    For 5,000 Students
  • Certificate
  • Syllabus
  • Concentrations
  • Benefits
  • Careers
  • Fees
  • GGU Alumni Companies
  • Refer & Earn
About the Program

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).

Learn from Scholar Practitioners

GGU instructors are scholar practitioners with decades of senior level work experience in the San Francisco Bay Area, including major Silicon Valley and Fortune 500 companies.

Immersion and Study Abroad

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


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

Program Overview

Key Highlights

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

- Phalgun Kompalli
Co-Founder, upGrad

Master 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 Master 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
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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.


*The curriculum and credits are a virtue of University's guidelines while meeting international standards and quality.

  • Data Analysis for Managers
    • Fundamentals of Business
      • 3 Credits
    • Management and Leadership
      • 3 Credits
    • Marketing Management
      • 3 Credits
    • Foundations of Business Analytics
      • 3 Credits
    • Corporate Finance
      • 3 Credits
    • Teamwork in Organization
      • 3 Credits
    • Information Technology
      • 3 Credits
    • Context of Business
      • 3 Credits
    • Operations and Supply Chain Management
      • 3 Credits
    • Strategic Analysis and Design
      • 3 Credits
    • Business Planning (Capstone)
      • 3 Credits
    • Concentrations (Choose any 1)
      • 9 Credits
    • 10+
      Case Studies
    • 10+
    • 25+
      TA Sessions
    • 50+
      Live Sessions
    • 42


    Flexibility to choose a single track or a combination of topics from the listed concentrations that allow you to have exposure in inter-related business fields

    • Finance
    • Business Analytics
    • Marketing
    • Adaptive Leadership
    • General
    • Topics Covered

      • 9 Credits
      Financial Reporting and Analysis
      Financial Modeling
      Business Valuation
    • Topics Covered

      Business Analytics
      • 9 Credits
      Business Intelligence
      Enterprise Performance Management & Metrics
      Web & Social Network Analytics
    • Topics Covered

      • 9 Credits
      Integrated Marketing Communication
      Market Research
      Digital Marketing and E-commerce
    • Topics Covered

      Adaptive Leadership
      • 9 Credits
      Personal Leadership
      Leading Complex Change
      Adaptive Decision Making
    • Topics Covered

      • 9 Credits
      Choose a total of 3 courses from any of the 4 concentrations
    • Career Services
      Access to upGrad’s career portal
        1:1 mentorship session
          Access to 300+ job openings
            Resume building tool
              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)
                $1,090 Cost per credit * 42 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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