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Edward S. Ageno School of Business – Golden Gate University - Executive MBA

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 39 credits.

Students meet on campus every other Saturday for instruction and cohort collaboration, and spend the time in between bi-monthly sessions to complete coursework, participate in online instructions, and collaborate as a team.


The 48-unit Golden Gate University Executive MBA curriculum is broken down by four trimesters, each containing three separate courses. Over the course of the four trimesters, students will take: Management & Teamwork, Personal Leadership, Context & Legal Aspects of Business, Managing in a Global Environment, Accounting Essentials for Executives, Economics of Marketplace Transformation & Disruption, Data Analysis for Managers, Business Analytics for Competitive Advantage, Finance for Executive Decision-Making, Marketing for Executives, Operations & Supply Chain Management, and Innovation & Technology Management. Students complete their coursework with a capstone course, entitled Formulating & Implementing Business Strategy.

Class Profile

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

Tuition, Scholarships, and Financial Aid

The entire Golden Gate University Executive MBA course tuition costs $75,000.

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. EMBA students are also eligible for a Corporate Fellow Scholarship, which is awarded to 15 students per year and covers 50 percent of tuition.

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 Perkins Loans. Private loans may also be available.


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

To apply to Golden Gate University 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 $65 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. In addition to the standard graduate admissions criteria, EMBA applicants must also submit a written statement of purpose, a writing sample, a detailed resume showing at least five years of work experience and three years of managerial experience, and a letter of recommendation from the applicant’s employer.

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

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