Golden Gate University San Francisco CA

Golden Gate University

Fast Facts

  • School Size


  • Tuition

    $10,000 — $15,000 Semester

  • Affiliation


  • Type of School


  • Student Body Gender


  • Religious Affiliation

    No Affiliation

  • Scholarships for International Students


  • Conditional Admission Available


  • Top Programs

    Business Analytics, Business Administration, Information Technology

  • Setting


  • Accreditation and Certification


  • Type of Housing

    No housing available

  • Test Scores

    TOEFL: 60 +, IELTS: Band 6 +

  • Social Media

General Background Information

More than 110 Years of Professional Education

Founded in 1901 in San Francisco, Golden Gate University (GGU) meets the needs of aspiring and working professionals by offering graduate programs in business and management, accounting, taxation, and law. Courses are designed to engage students in real-world business situations and to prepare them to compete in a global marketplace.

With its main campus located in downtown San Francisco, students can live and study in the heart of the city’s financial district while utilizing the most advanced technologies and learning tools available.


Golden Gate is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). Its School of Law is also accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA), the State Bar of California and the Association of American Law Schools (AALS).

Graduate Degree Programs


  • Master of Accountancy with concentrations in:
    • Forensic Accounting
    • Taxation
  • Master of Science in Accounting
    • Forensic Accounting

Business and Management

  • Master of Business Administration (MBA) with concentrations in:
    • Accounting
    • Business Data Analytics
    • Entrepreneurship
    • Finance
    • Global Supply Chain Management
    • Human Resource Management
    • Information Technology Management
    • International Business
    • Management
    • Marketing
    • Project Management
    • Public Administration
    • Public Relations
  • Professional Master of Business Administration
  • Doctor of Business Administration

Finance & Financial Planning

  • Master of Science in Finance with concentrations in:
    • Corporate Finance
    • Investment Management
  • Master of Science in Financial Planning
  • Master of Science in Financial Planning and Taxation with concentrations in:
    • Estate Planning
    • Taxation

Human Resources

  • Master of Science in Human Resource Management

IT Management

  • Master of Science in Information Technology Management with concentrations in:
    • Business Data Analytics
    • IT Healthcare


  • Juris Doctor
  • Juris Doctor/MBA (Joint Degree)
  • Master of Laws
  • Doctor of Juridical Science

Marketing & Public Relations

  • Master of Science in Marketing
    • Digital Marketing Concentration
    • General Marketing Concentration
    • Integrated Marketing Communications program
  • Master of Science in Integrated Marketing Communications

Project Management

  • Master of Science in Project Management


  • Master of Arts in Psychology with concentrations in:
    • Counseling
    • Industrial/Organizational Psychology
    • Marriage and Family Therapy


  • Master of Science in Taxation
  • Master of Science in Financial Planning and Taxation with concentrations in:
    • Estate Planning
    • Taxation

Tuition Charges

Tuition is based on the total course cost for a 3-unit course, including standard fees. Courses that have fewer than three units are prorated accordingly. Tuition varies by program. The following rates for tuition and fees reflect the 2015-2016 school year.

Rates usually remain in effect for at least one academic year. The university reserves the right, however, to adjust the rates for tuition and fees prior to the beginning of each term.


  • Ageno School of Business: $2925 per class*
  • Braden School of Taxation: $3300 per class
  • School of Accounting: $2925 per class
  • PLUS+: $5200 total program

* All programs except Executive MPA, Professional MBA, DBA, SJD and PLUS.

Tuition rates are subject to change. For the most up-to-date tuition information, please visit our website:


Fall 2016: August 28 – December 17

Spring 2017: January 5 - April 26  

Summer 2017: April 30 - August 19 

Fall 2017: August 27 – December 16

Application Deadlines and the Admissions Process

GGU operates on an academic calendar of three, 16-week trimesters each year. International students are welcome to apply for any of the trimesters. GGU recommends that international students complete applications at least 30 days before the term start date. There are no specific application deadlines.

English Language Proficiency Admission Requirements

All graduate applicants whose first (native) language is not English must meet an English language proficiency requirement to qualify for admission. This requirement may be met in any of the following ways:

  • TOEFL score requirements for full admission: 550 or higher on paper-based test;
  • Completion of English 1A/1B (or equivalent) at regionally accredited US college or university with grades of B or better in both;
  • Bachelor's degree from regionally accredited US college/university (or equivalent from recognized college/university in another English-speaking country) with at least 60 units completed at the US college (or equivalent);
  • Master's degree or higher from a regionally accredited US college/ university (or equivalent from recognized college/university in another English-speaking country);
  • IELTS (Cambridge) Graduate: Band 6.5 or higher;
  • APIEL (College Board) Graduate: 4 or higher;
  • Completion of 3 years of high school in the US or another acceptable English-speaking country;*
  • Completion of a British-standard "O-level" examination in English Language/ Literature with a mark of C or higher**;
  • Completion of a British-standard "A-level" examination in English Language/ Literature with a mark of A/O or D or higher**.

*Note 1: Not all English medium educational systems fulfill this requirement. Countries that qualify are: Australia, Anglophone Canada, Great Britain, Ireland and New Zealand.

** Note 2: Not all countries that offer O- and A-level examinations meet British examining board standards. Countries that meet this standard include: Bahamas, Belize, Brunei, Ghana, Great Britain, Guyana, Hong Kong, Ireland, Jamaica, Malaysia, Malta, Mauritius, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

You can still be admitted to Golden Gate University even if you do not meet these requirements. Check out GGU's PLUS Program: Preparation in Language and University Studies. For students who do not meet the above language requirements, successful completion of the PLUS Program is required in order to qualify for admission to a degree or certificate program.


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Golden Gate University

Golden Gate University
International Admissions
536 Mission Street
San Francisco CA 94105-2968
P: +1-415-442-7800
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  • Law
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  • MBA
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