Golden Gate University

Fast Facts

  • School Size


  • Cost of Attendance

    $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

    IELTS: Band 6.5 +, TOEFL: 79+

  • 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.

  • Founded – 1901, private, not-for-profit University  
  • Estimated Student population – 3000
  • Alumni – 68,000+
  • Average graduate class size – 15
  • Student: faculty ratio 12:1
  • International Student Population – about 500 from over 50 different countries including China, India, Vietnam, Thailand, Nepal, Taiwan, Iran and more
  • Ranking statistics - Ranked #1 University for Adult Learners, Accounting and Tax


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 

(This program is being redesigned - check back with us later.)

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 2017-2018 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 and School of Accounting: $3,045 per 3-unit course*
  • Braden School of Taxation: $3,150 per 3-unit course

Fees and books are separate.

Estimated cost of living expenses is USD$20,000 per one-academic year (two trimester terms). 

Tuition rates will change every academic year. For the most up-to-date tuition information, please visit our website:

* All programs except Executive MPA, Executive MBA and DBA.



Term Start/End Date

Fall 2018:

August 26 – December 15 2018

Spring 2019:

January 6 – April 27 2019

Summer 2019:

May 1 - August 20 2019

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 level applicants whose first (native) language is not English must meet an English Language Proficiency Requirement to qualify for admission. See table below:


Minimum Scores:
TOEFL paper-based test (pBT): 500
TOEFL Internet-based test (iBT): 79
IELTS: 6.5
Pearson Test of English (PTE): 57

Braden School of Taxation or School of Accounting

Minimum Scores:
TOEFL paper-based test (pBT): 550
TOEFL Internet-based test (iBT): 79
IELTS: 6.5
Pearson Test of English (PTE): 57

All students are still required to take the Graduate Writing Placement Exam and Math Proficiency Exam prior to term start.

Golden Gate University does not offer ESL/English Language Courses.

Please visit for more information on satisfying these requirements.

BUS 201 Fundamentals of U.S. Business

Graduate students in the Edward S. Ageno School of Business (except Psychology, EMPA & DBA) and Braden School of Tax are required to take the BUS 201 Fundamentals of U.S. Business to learn about United States business practices. 

Scholarships and Grants

Partial scholarships and grants from Golden Gate University are available to all international students. Applicants who are not  U.S. citizens or permanent residents including those intending to study in the US using an F or J visa are not eligible to receive federal or state financial aid.  Resources to help pay for your education may be available from your home country. GGU offers payment plan options for tuition assistance. Please visit our Scholarship Page - for more information.

Golden Gate University

International Admissions
536 Mission Street
San Francisco CA 94105-2968
P: +1-415-442-7800
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