For your convenience, applications are accepted throughout the year, and admission decisions are made soon after all necessary documents are received. (Please note that all documents submitted become the property of the university and cannot be returned.) An application file is easy to assemble, and you may apply for admission up to six months prior to enrollment. (Please note that the application fee is non-refundable.) You will be admitted under degree requirements in effect at the time of your admission.
If you are an international applicant or an applicant applying to receive veterans' benefits, you should apply by the following dates to allow time for processing the government documents necessary for your attendance:
Admission to academic programs and eligibility to enroll is valid only when verified and confirmed in writing by the Office of Enrollment Services.
Admission to Golden Gate University is based on an assessment of your educational and professional background, and a determination of your ability to benefit from the particular degree or program objective.
Applications are reviewed individually and the admission decision may specify certain requirements as determined by the faculty; these may include satisfying additional admission requirements, satisfying admission conditions, or achieving certain academic progress standards.
The Office Enrollment Services, in consultation with the appropriate faculty, reviews all documents received, including official academic records from other institutions, scores on any required tests, personal statement, professional resumes, letters of recommendation, personal interviews, and any other relevant information.
Applicants whose academic preparation does not meet the university admission criteria, but who show potential for academic achievement, may be offered conditional or exceptional admission with the approval of the appropriate academic department.
Applicants who have been denied admission may not register for classes, and must wait a minimum of one year before applying again at the same academic level.
All application materials become the property of the university and cannot be returned.
All undergraduate and graduate applicants whose first (native) language is not English must meet an English language proficiency requirement to qualify for admission.
Official TOEFL score requirements for full admission
|525 or higher on paper-based test||550 or higher on paper-based test|
|197 or higher on computer-based test||213 or higher on computer-based test|
|71 or higher on Internet-based test||79 or higher on Internet-based test|
If you are a graduate of an American college or university and are applying for admission as a master's degree candidate, you must have earned a bachelor's or higher degree from a college or university accredited by the appropriate regional accreditation association. (International applicants who are not graduates of a regionally accredited American college or university must have earned a degree comparable to a US bachelor's degree.)
Proof of fulfillment of GGU's English Language Proficiency Admission Requirements is required of all undergraduate and graduate applicants who are non-native speakers of English. Test score reports must be sent directly from the Educational Testing Service (ETS) or (IELTS) directly to the Admissions Office. Alternatively, an institutionally administered TOEFL exam may be scheduled through the Office of Admissions and Student Affairs (firstname.lastname@example.org or 415-442-7800).
A Certification of Finances form must be submitted by all applicants intending to study while on student and scholar visas. This form gives us information that is required by the US Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement. It can be downloaded here, or it can be obtained from the Office of Enrollment Services. It is also included in the application packet that is sent upon request.
The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is required of MBA
applicants, all concentrations. GMAT
score reports must be sent directly from the Educational Testing
Service (ETS) to the Admissions
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International applicants who are admitted as degree candidates may be required to complete more than the number of units specified as required for the degree, regardless of the extent of previous work, if it is determined by the Admissions Office and/or the faculty that additional academic preparation is necessary.
The university is authorized under federal law to enroll nonimmigrant alien students. The university will not issue the appropriate documentation until the student has been admitted as a full degree or certificate candidate, and has been financially certified by the university's Certification of Finances approval process.
Students holding student or scholar visa status may only attend the San Francisco campus.
New students should be prepared to pay the first term's tuition and fees in full at the time of registration.
The US Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement requires international students holding student visas to be enrolled for consecutive terms of sufficient duration and units, typically consisting of no fewer than twelve (12) units per term at the undergraduate level and nine (9) units per term at the graduate level.