Golden Gate University

About Golden Gate University

For the second consecutive year, Washington Monthly ranks Golden Gate University America’s #1 School for Adult Learners in its annual College Guide and Rankings. Founded in 1901, Golden Gate University prepares individuals to lead and serve by providing high-quality, practice-based educational programs in Accounting, Law, Taxation, Business and related professions – as a non-profit institution – in an innovative and challenging learning environment that embraces professional ethics and diversity.

Student Demographics

  • 3000 students
  • 500 international students
  • From 50+ difference countries
  • Accreditation — Western Association of Schools and Colleges Senior College and University Commission
  • Average graduate class size 15
  • 12/1 student/faculty ratio
  • 68,000+ alumni

Student Housing options

No Housing on campus.

Application deadlines

GGU international students are granted admission on a “rolling” basis. GGU does not have an application deadline. Students are encouraged to apply early to allow time for an admission decision, issuing the Form I-20 and visa appointment as necessary. Additional processing time may be needed to obtain government documents required for the admissions decision. Timely submission is important for students currently living outside the United States who will need to apply for an F-1 or J-1 visa in their home country.

Spring 2019 Jan 6 Dec 6 Nov 6
Summer 2019 May 1 Apr 1 Mar 1
Fall 2019 Aug 25 Jul 25 Jun 25
Spring 2020 Jan 5 Dec 4 Nov 4


English Language Requirement:

All graduate level applicants whose first (native) language is not English must satisfy the English language requirement to qualify for admission. The alternatives for meeting this requirement are noted below.

TOEFL paper-based test (pBT) 550
TOEFL Internet-based test (iBT) 79
Pearson Test of English (PTE) 57


International Student visas issued

F-1 and J-1

Cost of attendance and financial assistance

Agent School of Business and School of Accounting $3,150 per 3-unit course*
Braden School of Taxation $3,600 per 3-unit course*
Books and fee not included
Estimated cost of living $20,000 per on-academic year

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

GMAT / GRE Scores:

The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) is ONLY required for the Masters of Business Administration (MBA) and Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) program.

The GMAT/GRE is NOT required if you have more than 5 years of professional work experience and hold an earned Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited U.S institution or the equivalent from a recognized foreign (outside of U.S) institution.

SAT or ACT scores are not required for admission into GGU’s Master’s programs.

Scholarship Information

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 U.S. 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. Click here for more info.

Internship Opportunities

International students can participate in paid or non-paid internship as a part of degree program.

Admissions Requirement:

  1. Apply online
  2. Pay application fee – $65 (non-refundable) due at time of application
  3. Submit/email your scanned/unofficial Bachelor’s and Master’s degree transcripts/marksheets and degree certificate (WES ICAP or CDGDC may be required)
  4. Submit/email your English-Language Proficiency Requirement – TOEFL (min score 79), IELTS (min score 6.5), Pearson (min score 57)
  5. Resume
  6. Statement of Purpose
  7. GMAT or GRE exam score, mailed directly to GGU – (MBA and DBA program only)
  8. 1-3 Letters of Recommendations – (DBA, and Accounting and Taxation Cohort program only)

If you are admitted into the program, you will need to submit the following document before a Form I20 can be issued to you for your visa appointment:

  1. Official Bank Letter showing more than USD$38,900
  2. Certificate of Finance Form
  3. Passport copy
  4. USD$1,000 tuition deposit
  5. Official degree transcripts and degree certificate, mailed directly to GGU

Student activities and campus life

Clubs & Government

There are a variety of networks in place for students to stay connected. GGU’s Student Government Association involves students in university policies, goals and objectives.

Student organizations and clubs provide students the opportunity to learn valuable skills and network with their peers at the University. The student newsletter is another option through which students connects with faculty, alumni, and each other, allowing them to keep up with classes, job openings, and any news from the administration.