for working professionals by Washington MonthlyRanked #1
70% scholarship for 5,000 students$100 Million Fund
travel to San Francisco and learn with peersOptional Campus Immersion
Program Duration36 Months
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    *Only those residing outside the United States of America may apply to this program

    Program Overview

    Key Highlights

    WASC-Accredited DBA
    WASC-Accredited DBA
    70% scholarships for 5,000 students - Check your eligibility!
    70% scholarships for 5,000 students - Check your eligibility!
    Doctorate designed for working professionals
    Doctorate designed for working professionals
    Golden Gate University alumni status
    Golden Gate University alumni status
    Optional on-campus immersion in San Francisco, USA
    Optional on-campus immersion in San Francisco, USA
    Live & interactive faculty, alumni, and industry-specific sessions
    Live & interactive faculty, alumni, and industry-specific sessions
    Design your own concentration by combining three courses or pick from one available
    Design your own concentration by combining three courses or pick from one available
    English subtitles available for recorded content
    English subtitles available for recorded content
    24x7 student support
    24x7 student support

    “We’re eager to welcome professionals from across the world to learn through online & hybrid channels and be a part of our heritage to become the leaders of tomorrow. With upGrad, we look to enable high quality education for working professionals."

    Prof. Brent White
    Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Golden Gate University, San Francisco.


    A unique research-led curriculum which allows you to work 1:1 with a supervisor to help you master your domain and earn a Dr. prefix.

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    About the Program

    Learn As You Work

    Learn As You Work

    Ranked as the #1 university in the US for online learning and working professionals, Golden Gate University’s curriculum is designed to allow students to learn as they work.

    WASC Accreditation & WES Recognition

    WASC Accreditation & WES Recognition

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

    1:1 Thesis Supervision

    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.

    Who Is This Programme For?
    The Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) program is desigview more
    Minimum Eligibility
    Master's Degree (or equivalent) or Bachelors Degree with 5+ view more
    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


    *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.


    A DBA program led by Golden Gate University professors and scholar practitioners. Designed for professionals from all backgrounds.

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

    Final Dissertation

    32 Credits


      Topics Covered


      12 Credits
      Corporate Finance Financial Theory and ApplicationsInternational Finance

      The upGrad Advantage


      $100 Million Scholarship Fund

      $100 Million Scholarship Fund
      Ever since education was only accessible to the privileged, GGU has been at the forefront of breaking this norm. Since its first ever class in 1850 under the evening skies of San Francisco, GGU has led the mission of ‘Education For All’.
        It aims to continue its legacy even in the 21st century. In line with the commitment to help aspiring students achieve their dream of credible higher education, students across the globe who dare to walk the lesser taken path for a successful career are welcome to apply.
          Up to 70% scholarship to fulfill your learning aspirations. Apply now to check your eligibility.

            Learning Support

             Learning Support
            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.

            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

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            Admission Process

            There are 5 simple steps in the Admission Process which is detailed below:

            Program Fees: USD 65,800

            ($1,175 cost per credit for 56 credits)*

            *Earn a Certificate from the #1 Business School in the world for an additional $2000.
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            Refer someone you know and receive cash reimbursements of up to $500!*

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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 and senior management professionals looking to become experts in their domain of choice or add credibility to their profile and transition into a consultant role. 

            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.

            Refund Policy/Financials

            What is the refund policy for this program?

            Refund Policy:

            1. You can claim a refund for the amount paid towards the Program at any time, before the Program Start Date, by visiting and submitting your refund form via the "My Application" section under your profile. You can request your Admissions Counsellor to help you in applying and withdrawing for a refund by sending them an email with reasons listed. For post program refund please connect with your Admissions Counselor to understand the policy. This is applicable even for those students who could not complete their payment, and could not be enrolled in the batch opted for. However, the student can avail pre-deferral as per the policy defined below for the same.

            2. Student must pay the full fee within seven (7) days of payment of the deposit amount or Batch Start Date, whichever is earlier; otherwise, the admission letter will be rescinded.

            3. Request for refund as per point no. 1 of the refund policy must be sent via email in the prescribed refund request form. The refund will be processed within 30 working days of submitting the duly signed refund form, after being duly approved by the Academic Committee.


            1. upGrad does not grant credit; credits are granted, accepted or transferred at the sole discretion of an educational institution. upGrad does not make any representations regarding the recognition or equivalence of the credits or credentials awarded, unless otherwise expressly stated. If you intend to pursue a post graduate or doctorate degree upon completion of this course or apply for employment which requires specific credits, we advise you to enquire further regarding the suitability of this degree for your academic and/or professional requirements before enrolling.

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