Edward S. Ageno School of Business – Golden Gate University

Golden Gate University Executive MBA Program Structure

The Golden Gate University Executive MBA at Ageno School of Business is designed for working professionals in mid-level management. The cohort-based system will focus on efforts for students to begin working well with teams, sell ideas, and apply practical applications in a professional environment. Unlike the GGU traditional MBA, the students can complete the EMBA with 48 credits.


The 48-unit Golden Gate University Executive MBA curriculum is broken down by four trimesters, each containing three separate courses. The first trimester features: Managerial Analysis and Team Dynamics, Quantitative Aspects of Decision Making, and Accounting for Decision Making.

The second trimester features: Managerial Economics, Financial Management, and Management and Communications.

The third trimester features: Innovation and Technology Management, Marketing Management and Operations Management.

And the fourth trimester features: Contextual Environment of Business, Developing Personal Leadership and Strategic Management.

Class Profile

Students entering the Golden Gate University Executive MBA program are generally in mid-level management and are around 34-years old.


Students and alumni have free access to career advising, career management seminars, job search resources and networking opportunities. One-on-one, confidential appointments with a career consultant are available for support in all aspects of career planning including job searching, resume and cover letter writing, interviewing techniques, LinkedIn profile development, networking skills and salary negotiations.

Online tools and resources include access to online resources such as InterviewStream, JibberJobber, CareerBeam and Vault Career Insider.

Students can view and sign up for upcoming events such as resume workshops and employer info sessions. Career assessments such as MBTI, Strong Interest Inventory, CareerLeader, StrengthsQuest and SkillScan are also provided.

Tuition & Financial Aid

The entire Golden Gate University Executive MBA course tuition costs $50,500.

The Economic Assistance Grant is for a portion of the tuition costs and is not directly given to the student. Undergraduates may be awarded a total of $1000 one time only and Graduates may be awarded a total of $1500 one time only.

Endowed and Gift scholarships are funded through the generosity of GGU alumni, friends, foundations and corporations. These scholarships typically are awarded on the basis of academic merit in addition to other specific criteria established by the donors of the funds.

Graduate student grants and scholarships will be offered to the most qualified graduate students who have, through past and present efforts, demonstrated a substantial and meaningful commitment to community service and social justice. It is intended for tuition costs only and available for renewal through the completion of the original degree program, based upon satisfactory academic progress.

Most student loans are based on either financial need or creditworthiness and are available only to US citizens and permanent residents.  Students commonly use the Federal Stafford Loan Program and Alternative Education Loans. Private loans may also be available.

Admissions Procedures

Applicants to the MBA programs must have completed a Baccalaureate degree or recognized qualifications equivalent to a degree.

To apply to Golden Gate University’s full-time MBA program, applicants must submit a completed application form, and official copies of transcripts from each institution attended. The school also requires applicants to submit a personal essay. Official GMAT score OR GRE scores must also be sent in by applicants, along with a $70 application fee. Under some conditions, the GMAT can be waived; please see the San Francisco section of MetroMBA’s Guide to MBA Programs that Don’t Require the GRE or GMAT for more details.

Non-native English speaking applicants must provide proof of English fluency, usually done by submitted TOEFL test scores.

Application Deadlines

Admissions to the Golden Gate University MBA are rolling, though students are advised to apply at least six-to-eight weeks prior to the start of each semester.