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    Jul 12, 2024  
2024-2025 Catalog 
    
2024-2025 Catalog

Admission



How to Apply for Admission

Applicants should use the online application portal to submit all required documents and accept or decline their offer of admission. Emailed application documents will not be accepted. Official transcripts and test scores are preferred to be received electronically at documents@ggu.edu. Physical documents can be sent to: Golden Gate University, 536 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94105. For help with questions about the application process, applicants may contact their enrollment advisor.

Admission Process

Admission to the university is based on a holistic assessment of applicants’ educational and professional credentials and an evaluation of their potential to benefit from and succeed in the particular academic programs to which they have applied. The Office of Enrollment Services, in consultation with the faculty, reviews all documents, including official academic credentials from other institutions, scores on any required tests, personal statements, professional resumes, letters of recommendation, personal interviews, and any other relevant information. Applicants are subject to additional policies based on the academic levels to which they have applied. See Undergraduate Admission Policies or Graduate Admission Policies for more information.

Application Documents

To be considered for admission to a degree program, all domestic and international applicants must provide the following. (Please note: All application materials become the property of the university and cannot be returned. Acceptance of documents is the sole discretion of the admissions personnel.)

  1. Online application completed here.
  2. Official Academic Transcripts:
    • Applicants must submit transcripts from all institutions as listed on their online application.
    • Graduate applicants must list and provide the degree-granting undergraduate institution in their application. The transcript must clearly state that a bachelor’s degree or an industry standard equivalent has been conferred. Undergraduate applicants must list all previously attended institutions including high school, General Education Development (GED) examination or the California High School Proficiency Examination (CHSPE).
    • Undergraduate applicants who are enrolled in their last semester of high school may apply and be admitted with Subject to Documentation status but must have a verification letter attesting that they have one semester remaining sent directly from the university registrar or controller of examinations to documents@ggu.edu.
    • International applicants must submit an original or certified transcript and certified English translation from each school previously attended. Examination scores and mark sheets may be submitted in lieu of a transcript for institutions that do not maintain transcripts.
    • All applicants may be admitted with “subject to documentation” status based on the submission of unofficial transcripts and/or if their bachelor’s degrees are in-progress. See Subject to Documentation status for more information.
  3. English Language Proficiency:
    • Applicants whose first (native) language is not English must satisfy the English Language Proficiency Admission Requirement. English Language Proficiency test score reports must be sent directly from the testing service office to the Office of Enrollment Services.
  4. Statement of Purpose:
    • The statement should give a realistic appraisal of any academic work completed since graduation from high school. Note any inconsistencies in the academic record and the reasons for them. In addition, include a plan to affirm a commitment to academic success while attending Golden Gate University. Applicants are encouraged to be as forthright and open as possible, and should feel free to discuss unusual circumstances or situations of adversity that may have influenced their current values. Applicants’ statements will be evaluated on both the quality of the writing and the thoughtfulness of the content. Applicants who submit fully AI generated statements will be denied and encouraged to reapply for a future term.
  5. Professional Resume
  6. Letter(s) of Recommendation (if applicable)
  7. Test Scores (if applicable)
    • Programs reserve the right to request additional admissions documentation such as a GMAT or GRE test score to determine admission for applications that do not meet the standard admission requirements
  8. Tuition Deposit (if applicable)
    • Domestic students who are offered admission will be required to submit a $250 Tuition Deposit in order to accept their offer of admission. Tuition Deposits may be waived if a domestic student is admitted and accepts their offer of admission prior to the Early Admission Deadline or is granted a special waiver from the Office of Enrollment Management.

International Candidates seeking to study in the U.S. on an F1 student visa or J1 scholar visa will also need:

  1. Copy of Passport
  2. Tuition Deposit - $250 USD
    • All international students seeking to study on an F1/J1 visa must submit a $250 Tuition Deposit to confirm enrollment intent. In specific contractual agreements, GGU may waive the deposit for some international partnerships. Please check with your agent or enrollment advisor to see if you qualify for a waiver.
  3. Certificate of Finance Form
  4. Financial Documentation - submit at least one of the following acceptable documents:
    • Bank Letter(s)
    • Bank Statements (Savings, Checking and/or Money Market Accounts, and/or Fixed/Term/Time Deposits)
    • Loan Letter(s)
    • Scholarship Letters (individual, government, employer/company, school, or institution/organization)
  • Financial documents that demonstrate proof of funding must:
    • Be in English or be accompanied by a certified English translation
    • Be on official bank/financial institution letterhead, with bank stamp or bank officer’s signature
    • Show at least minimum funding required for one academic year and type of currency
    • Include the account holder’s name (if account is not in student’s name, then name on financial document must match name of sponsor in Sponsor Agreement section of the Certificate of Finances Form)
    • Financial documents must be less than one-year old at the time of I-20 application

Application Deadlines

The application deadlines found below are due by 11:59 pm PT and are applicable to all domestic and international applicants.  Late applications will not be permitted. Domestic applications received by the Early Admission Deadline will have their application fee (if applicable) and tuition deposit waived.  

 

2024 Fall Term: Begins 09/08/2024

2025 Spring Term: Begins 01/12/2025

2025 Summer Term: Begins 05/11/2025

Early Domestic Application Deadline

07/07/2024 11/10/2024 03/09/2025

Final International Application Deadline (includes Study Abroad)

07/07/2024 11/10/2024 03/09/2025

International Tuition Deposit Deadline

07/21/2024 11/24/2024 03/23/2025

Final Domestic Application Deadline

08/11/2024 12/15/2024 04/13/2025

Last Day for I-20 Issuance

08/11/2024 12/15/2024 04/13/2025

Final Domestic Acceptance Deadline

08/25/2024 12/29/2024 04/27/2025

Final International Transfer-in/Beacon/upGrad (non-study abroad)  Appliation Deadline

08/25/2024 12/29/2024 04/27/2025

Final International Transfer-in/Beacon/upGrad (non-study abroad) Acceptance Deadline

09/01/2024 01/05/2025 05/04/2025

Official Transcript & Test Score Deadline

09/28/2024 02/01/2025 05/31/2025

Enrollment Eligibility Restrictions

  • GGU is not authorized to offer online instruction to students residing in the following states: Alabama, Arkansas, District of Columbia, Delaware, Georgia, Maryland, Minnesota, New Mexico, Rhode Island, or Wisconsin. Consequently, applicants residing in these states are not eligible to be admitted.

Minor Applicants (under 18 years of age)

GGU requires minor applicants (those under the age of 18) to submit written and signed consent of their parent or legal guardian to be admitted to the university and to enroll in courses. If it is learned that this requirement was not fulfilled, the student’s admission may be rescinded at any time. GGU does not assume parental responsibilities for these students and does not supervise or care for the personal needs of its students, including any special needs, of those who are under the age of 18. Applicants must be at least 15 years old at the time of the application submission if they intend on applying to a campus (face-to-face) based program. 

International Student Admission Application Documents

  • Graduates of U.S. colleges or universities who are applying for admission to graduate degree programs must have a bachelor’s or higher-level degree from a regionally accredited college or university. International applicants who graduated from accredited colleges or universities outside the United States must have degrees that are equivalent to a U.S. bachelor’s degree.
  • Undergraduate applicants must submit their official high school transcripts and satisfy the English Language Proficiency Admission Requirement. Applicants must be 18 years old or older to apply.
  • Official transcripts must be sent directly from the institution to the Office of Enrollment Management. If sent by mail, the official transcript must originate from the school (for undergraduate applicants), university registrar, or controller of examinations in an envelope sealed by the institution. Official digital transcripts must be sent through the institution’s official platform. Transcripts sent through email or in person will be deemed unofficial.
  • Unofficial transcripts may be used for admissions decision. See Subject to Documentation status for more information. 
  • GGU reserves the right to request transcript evaluation through approved credential evaluation services, attestation from the Department/Ministry of Education or higher education commission/authority in the country where transcript was issued, or any additional documents depending on the requirements for each country.
  • Options for credential evaluations are as follows:
  • Official transcripts, test scores, and foreign credential evaluations must be received no later than the Official Transcript & Test Score Deadline. Official documents must be sent directly from the university registrar or controller of examinations to GGU Admissions office. Non-compliance will result in the cancellation of the student’s I-20 and/or admissions.
  • English test scores, such as TOEFL, IELTS, iTEP, and PTE, are required for all undergraduate and graduate applicants who come from countries where English is not an official language. English language requirements may be waived for applicants who are residents of countries where English is an official language or can submit proof of fulfillment per GGU’s English Language Proficiency Admission Requirement.
  • Certification of Finances form must be submitted by all applicants intending to study while on an F-1 student or J-1 exchange visitor visa. The information requested on this form is required by the U.S. Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Contact the Office of International Admissions and Enrollment Services if you need assistance completing the form.
  • GGU has a zero-fraud tolerance practice. Submission of fraudulent documents are grounds for denial of admission and termination of their F-1/J-1 visa.
  • GGU supports the final review by U.S. Embassy/Consulate of documentation provided by the student during their visa interview and respects U.S. consular officers’ right to reject an F-1 visa application or request for additional documentation or verification.

Transfer of Credit Request

To maximize transfer credit, we recommend all applicants submit transcripts from all institutions attended on their application. Transfer of credit will not be reviewed until all official documents are on file. Graduate students must submit a transfer of credit request form prior to the first day of class for review. Undergraduate students will be reviewed upon receipt of all undergraduate transcripts received as listed on their online application. GGU does not do pre-evaluations of transcripts; however, students are encouraged to see what courses may transfer by utilizing our transfer of credit tool, Transferology.

Note: Applicants for the Master of Science in Accounting or Master of Science in Business Analytics must provide official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended. Official transcripts must be sent to the Office of Enrollment Services directly from the sending schools, colleges, or universities issuing the documents.

Note: Applicants may be admitted with “subject to documentation” status based on the submission of unofficial transcripts and/or if their bachelor’s degrees are in-progress. See Subject to Documentation status for more information.

Admission Decisions and Timeline

  • Admission decisions are typically made within three business days after all required documents have been received.
  • Application files that require an academic department review typically take five or more business days.
  • Applications are reviewed individually and, under certain circumstances, may be conditionally admitted. See Conditional Admission for more information.
  • Applicants are subject to additional policies based on the academic levels to which they have applied. See Undergraduate Admission Policies or Graduate Admission Policies for more information.
  • All documents submitted become the property of the university and will not be returned or released to the student or other parties.
  • The application fee and tuition deposit are nonrefundable.
  • Applicants may apply for admission up to one calendar year prior to their intended enrollment start terms. Students may begin their enrollment in the Fall, Spring, or Summer term.
  • Admission to academic programs and eligibility to enroll is valid only when verified and confirmed in writing in the letter of acceptance sent by the Office of Enrollment Services.
  • Domestic applicants to undergraduate and graduate programs may enroll in courses under Open Enrollment Status while their admission decisions are pending. They must comply with all Open Enrollment Status rules until their admission decisions have been made. Students who are subsequently denied admission will be dis-enrolled from their courses and from the institution.
  • Applicants who have been denied admission may not register for classes at any level or status and must wait a minimum of one year before reapplying. It is strongly recommended that applicants who are denied admission strive to improve their academic profile by completing additional courses at another regionally accredited institution or approved program.
  • Students’ academic program requirements are associated with their admission start terms per their admission applications.
  • International students who need to apply for an F1/J1 visa typically receive their I-20 within 10 business days pending that all documentation is accurate and submitted through the online application process. Students who are missing information or need additional information re-submitted/verified may delay the issuance of their I-20. Students are encouraged to apply early to ensure they have enough time to schedule Visa Interview Appointments. GGU does not offer expedited I-20 services.
  • International applicants planning to study in the U.S. using an F or J visa are not eligible to apply for open enrollment status or certificate programs.

Full Admission (with Official Transcripts) 

If the application meets standard admissions requirements and the University has received all official transcripts, from all institutions entered on their online application, the student will receive an offer of full admission in approximately three business days after the University has received the completed application. The student will receive an official email from their Enrollment Advisor and be able to view and accept/decline the admission decision via their online Application Portal.  

Chinese Academic Documents: Applicants must submit credential reports in English for transcripts and degree certificates, issued by the China Academic Degree & Graduate Education Development Center. The documents should be sent directly to Golden Gate University, Office of Admissions.

Subject to Documentation (with Unofficial Transcripts and/or Test Scores)

If the application fully meets the standard admissions requirements, the student may be admitted with “subject to documentation” status if the University has received and accepted the unofficial transcripts for all institutions attended, as entered on their online application, and/or the student’s official test scores (if required). Unofficial transcripts may be considered acceptable only if the document is in a pdf format and ALL of the following items are legible on the transcript document:  

  • Name of the institution 
  • Student name 
  • Cumulative Grade Point Average (preferred) 
  • Course numbers 
  • Course names 
  • Credit hours earned 
  • Grades earned 
  • Degree conferred with date (if applicable) 

No other documents will be accepted.

All documents must be submitted via the online application portal.  

If a student was admitted with subject to documentation using unofficial documents, the University MUST receive the student’s official transcripts from all institutions attended, as entered on their online application, along with any other missing official documents by the Official Transcript/Test Score deadline as shown in the Application Deadlines

Applicants may be admitted with “subject to documentation” status under the following circumstances: 

  1. They have submitted only unofficial transcripts, or they have not submitted official transcripts from their bachelor’s degree-granting institutions.
  2. Their U.S. bachelor’s degrees are in-progress and have not yet been conferred.

Students who are admitted with this status are subject to the following:

  1. They may enroll in courses for only their first term under this status.
  2. They must submit their official transcripts to the University no later that the Official Transcript/Test Score deadline.
  3. They are ineligible for Federal Financial Aid  in accordance with federal regulations.

Official Documents Not Received

If a student’s official transcripts, official test scores, and/or other official application documents are not received by the deadline:  

  1. A student will be removed from their course and receive a “W”.
  2. A student may be administratively withdrawn and be reinstated for the next available term if the University receives the student’s official transcript.
  3. A student may owe a tuition balance from being withdrawn and must have their tuition bill paid in full before being eligible for reinstatement.

Conditional Admission

Applicants’ admission decisions may specify conditions and requirements as determined by the school or academic department, which may include: additional admission requirements, and/or admission conditions, and/or achieving additional academic progress standards. Applicants whose academic preparation does not meet the university admission criteria, but who have potential for academic achievement, may be conditionally admitted with the approval of the academic department. See the Academic Standing requirements for Conditionally Admitted Students  for more information. See also course enrollment limitations for Conditionally Admitted Students .

Cancellation of Application/Admission

All applications that are not submitted and complete by the final deadline for the term requested will be automatically withdrawn and students will need to submit a new application for a future term. Submitted application materials will expire and the documents associated with that application will be destroyed after one calendar year. Admission is only valid for the term for which the applicant was admitted, unless a deferral exception was approved. If applicant fails to accept their offer of admission within fourteen (14) calendar days and/or does not enroll during that term, the offer of admission is canceled and the documents associated with that application will be destroyed. Re-applying after that time will require a new application, application fee (if applicable), tuition deposit, and the submission of all transcripts and other required credentials.

Accepting Admission Offer and Registration for Courses 

When a student’s admission decision has been made, the student will receive an official Admissions decision email which includes the next steps for accepting their offer. Students can also view the admissions decision via the online application portal found here. A student’s Enrollment Advisor will guide them through the next steps to accept their offer of admission and pay their non-refundable enrollment deposit (if applicable). Once a student accepts their offer, they will have until the first day of instruction for the term for which they were admitted to register. If a new student fails to register by this deadline, the student’s admission will be rescinded and the application will be withdrawn.    

Students will have fourteen (14) calendar days to accept their offer of admission by accepting or declining via the student portal. If a student fails to accept their offer of admission within the fourteen (14) calendar-day-time frame according to the Acceptance Date on the official Admission letter, the student’s admission will be rescinded and the application will be withdrawn.    

Students who apply late will forfeit the full (14) calendar day acceptance policy and will be required to accept their offer no later than the last official Deposit Deadline as set in the Application Deadlines, which may be less than (14) calendar days. Students should refer to their official Admissions letter for their exact acceptance deadline. If a student does not accept their offer of admission, or they do not register by the first day of instruction for the term for which they were admitted, they may choose to reapply for a future term. Deferrals are not automatic and not typically permitted; however, a student may apply for a deferral exception.    

Oregon Enrollment Agreement

Following the policies as outlined by the State of Oregon for Oregon residents, students are to sign and submit an enrollment agreement with GGU for their specific degree/certificate programs.

Enrollment agreements are provided for varying graduate levels and/or programs but do not include financial aid enrollment agreements, online admissions weblinks or offers of admissions acceptance forms.

The sample enrollment agreement includes the following:

  • School catalog-version, year, identifying information of when student enrolled.
  • Program student enrolling in, number of credits, start and estimated end date.
  • Applicable itemized tuition and fees for program student enrolled in.
  • Student’s right to cancel or withdraw.
  • Procedures for cancellation, refunds and withdrawal.
  • Refund policy - Oregon’s modified refund policy (refer to Section 3.2).
  • Transferability of credits and credentials earned at institution.
  • Policy for accepting transfer credit from other institutions.
  • Complaint language and contact information.

At time of admission, the student will receive their program specific enrollment agreement, which will provide information on the above. Students are required to review and acknowledge receipt of this information prior to enrollment completion.

Deferral Exception Appeal  

In extenuating circumstances, students may choose to apply for a Deferral Exception. Students who choose not to accept their offer of admission must apply for a Deferral Exception no later than their Acceptance Deadline as specified by the Admissions letter or will be withdrawn. Students who have accepted their offer of admission, but have not registered, must apply for a Deferral Exception no later than the first day of instruction for the term for which they were admitted, or will be withdrawn.   

Deferral Exception Requests are only eligible for the next immediate term. Students who would like to wait to start in future terms will need to reapply for admission and should contact their Enrollment Advisor for additional information regarding documents required for admission. Deferral requests submitted after the first day of instruction for the term for which the students were admitted will not be reviewed. Any student who has already been withdrawn due to missing their acceptance deadline, failing to register, or by voluntarily submitting a Withdrawal request will not be eligible to defer and must reapply for admission to enroll in courses.

  • If a student’s Deferral Exception application is denied, the student’s offer of admission will be withdrawn and they must wait one (1) additional term before reapplying.  

  • If a student’s Deferral Exception is approved, the student’s start date will be updated to the next immediate term and the student will be sent a new admissions letter indicating the approval and updated start date.  

  • If a student has not accepted their offer of admission, and is approved for a deferral exception, the student will have fourteen (14) calendar days to accept their offer from the date of the deferral approval as per their deferral approval letter. If a student does not accept their offer of admission within the fourteen (14) calendar-day timeframe, the student’s application will be withdrawn and the student must sit out one (1) additional term before reapplying.  

  • If a student has already accepted their offer of admission, and has been approved for a deferral exception, the student’s start date will be updated and a new admissions letter will be sent with the updated term and approval. If a student chooses to withdraw before the “last day to drop course without tuition charge” or is administratively withdrawn for any reason, the student must sit out one (1) additional term before reapplying to the program.  

  • Any student who chooses to reapply for a future term is not guaranteed admission and will be subject to any changes in tuition, scholarships, and/or admissions requirements for that term.       

Offer of Admission Expiration  

Offers of Admission are valid for one term only unless a Deferral Exception has been granted. To officially accept the offer of admission, a student must log into the student portal and accept their offer of admission. Email messages will not be accepted. If a student has not accepted an offer of admission within the fourteen-day (14) timeframe/deadline on their official Admissions Letter, he/she must reapply to the University and program after sitting out one additional term. Students should contact the Enrollment Office to verify what documents must be submitted for consideration.

Reapplying/Readmission

Students must reapply to a program under the following circumstances:

  • A student’s original offer of admission has expired, and the student never started the program.

  • A student requests to change to a different program.

  • A student failed to meet the requirements of a Conditional Admission or Subject to Documentation admission.

  • A student’s Deferral Exception Appeal was denied.

To reapply, students can login and start the online application using their previous login credentials. A student should contact the Enrollment Office if they have questions regarding the application.

Change of Program

Degree-seeking students wishing to change their credential objectives in terms of degree or major must complete a new application for admission. Students seeking admission to new degree programs will be required to fulfill the admission requirements for their desired programs that are in effect at the time of application. In addition to prior school records and test scores, performance in their current program coursework completed at GGU may be used as a criterion for admission to a new degree program.

A Change of Degree Program/Major Request form may be used for a change request for a degree major. Students will be re-evaluated by admissions or their academic advisor under the degree requirements in effect at the time the new application or form is received.

Students who are on academic probation may request a change of program. If the dean of the school of the requested program approves the change, the student must still achieve the minimally acceptable grade point average by the end of the probationary period. See Academic Standing standards  for more information.

Changing from Certificate-Seeking to Degree-Seeking Status

Certificate-seeking students who wish to pursue degree programs should submit the appropriate admission application and all required supporting documents and fees. Students seeking admission to degree programs will be required to fulfill the admission requirements for their desired programs that are in effect at the time of application. In addition to prior school records and test scores, performance in certificate program coursework completed at GGU is used as a criterion for admission to degree programs.

Changing from Open Enrollment Status to Degree or Certificate-Seeking Status

Open Enrollment status permits students with limited enrollment opportunities at GGU but does not constitute admission to the university. Students who wish to pursue degree or certificate programs should submit the appropriate admission application and all required supporting documents and fees. Students seeking admission to degree and certificate programs will be required to fulfill the admission requirements for their desired programs that are in effect at the time of application. In addition to prior school records and test scores, performance in coursework completed at GGU is used as a criterion for admission to degree programs. International applicants planning to study in the U.S. using an F or J visa are not eligible to apply for open enrollment status or certificate programs.

Maximum Number of Degree Programs

Students may be admitted to a maximum of seven GGU degree programs, as indicated below:

Degree Level   Maximum Number of Degree Programs
Associate’s Degree One (1)
Bachelor’s Degree    One (1)
Master’s Degree  Two (2)
Doctoral/Juris Doctor Degree One (1)
Graduate Law One (1)
DBA  One (1)

A student may be admitted to an additional degree program at the same degree level in excess of the maximums listed above (if offered) only upon approval of the dean of the school that offers the desired program. Students must provide adequate justification for how the additional degrees will assist them in their career goals in order for their requests to be approved. Students may not be admitted to additional degree programs at the same degree level that are significantly similar to programs which they have already completed. Students may seek admission to additional degree programs during their final terms of their in-progress degree programs.

Undergraduate Admission Policies

This section pertains to admission to associate’s degree, bachelor’s degree, and undergraduate certificate programs.

Undergraduate Admission Criteria

To be considered for full admission for any undergraduate program:

Applicants seeking to transfer with 12 or more semester units must:

  • Have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 (C) or better*. The GPA includes all grades received, including those for classes that have been repeated.
  • Satisfy the English Language Proficiency Admission Requirement.
  • Submit official† transcripts of all accredited‡ college coursework. 
  • Submit an application.

In rare cases, students may have completed more than 12 prior semester units but are not eligible for admission based on the requirements above. In this case, prior to admissions denial, students may instead be reviewed for admission based on their high school GPA and the requirements below.

Applicants seeking to transfer with fewer than 12 semester units will be considered for admission in certain cases. Such applicants must:

  • Have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.00 (B) for all academic high school work. Note: any college coursework completed is considered when making an admission decision.
  • Satisfy the English Language Proficiency Admission Requirement.
  • Submit official† transcripts of all accredited‡ college coursework. 
  • Provide results from the General Education Development (GED) examination or the California High School Proficiency Examination (CHSPE) for those who have not completed high (secondary) school.
  • Submit an application.

Domestic students seeking to transfer with fewer than 12 semester units must submit:

  • A resume/CV showing three or more years of professional experience or military service.
  • A statement of purpose stating why Golden Gate University is the right institution to meet the applicant’s personal and professional goals; in some cases, participate in an interview (by telephone, video conference, or in person) with the dean.

*An applicant whose GPA is slightly below 2.0 may still be conditionally admitted but must submit a resume/CV and personal statement demonstrating how they can be successful in an advanced university degree program to be considered.

†Applicants may be admitted with “subject to documentation” status based on the submission of unofficial transcripts. See Subject to Documentation status for more information.

‡Coursework completed in the U.S. must be from “regionally” accredited institutions to be eligible for transfer.

Undergraduate Advanced Placement Credit

High school graduates may earn up to 30 units (one academic year) of credit for advanced placement college-level courses completed in high school and validated by grades of three, four, or five on the Advanced Placement Examinations of the College Board. Also, advanced placement is offered to students who earn scores of five, six, or seven on the International Baccalaureate IB Higher-Level examination.

Choice of Major

Bachelor’s degree program applicants must choose a degree (i.e., Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science) and a major at the time of application. See the list of available Academic Programs  for more information. Applicants may not be admitted as “undecided” and may not choose to double major. However, students may pursue one or more minors. See Declaring Minors for more information.

Declaring Minors

Students may declare up to two minors for their bachelor’s degree programs. Students seeking to declare more than two minors will be required to appeal to the dean for approval.

Students will not be permitted to declare minors at the point of application but may do so following admission or prior to degree conferral. Students should make their minor declarations by submitting a Declaration of Minor Request form.

Students’ diplomas will list the minors that they had successfully completed at the time their degrees were conferred. Students may not declare additional minors after their degrees have been conferred.

Bachelor’s degree-seeking students may declare the minors shown below. Note: students may not declare minors that are the same as their majors.

Automatic Admission to Bachelor’s Degree Programs for Associate of Arts Program Students

Current GGU Associate of Arts program students who are nearing the completion of their programs may be automatically admitted into their choice of bachelor’s programs by submitting the Associate of Arts/Bachelor’s Degree Program Request form. Alumni of the Associate of Arts program may submit this form after their degrees have been conferred but must do so within one calendar year following the conferral of their Associate of Arts degrees to be eligible for automatic admission. Alumni who fail to submit the form in a timely manner will be required to apply for admission to a bachelor’s program through the regular admission process.

Conferral of Associate of Arts Degrees for Bachelor’s Program Students

Current bachelor’s program students who have completed the Associate of Arts program requirements may submit the Associate of Arts/Bachelor’s Degree Program Request form in order to have their Associate of Arts degrees conferred. Students must also apply for graduation via GGU4YOU from the Associate of Arts program after the program has been added to their records.

Earning a Second Bachelor’s Degree

Applicants who have previously earned a bachelor’s degree at Golden Gate University or other regionally accredited institution in the United States are not encouraged to pursue a second bachelor’s degree. A second bachelor’s degree has little educational or professional value. Except in the rare case of a student who is looking to earn a second degree in a discipline with a distinct difference from their first degree, a second bachelor’s degree would require duplication of course work previously taken. It is highly recommended that students who have completed a bachelor’s degree explore educational opportunities at the graduate level. Applications for a second bachelor’s degree may be denied admission by the dean, regardless of prior academic qualifications.

Pathway Programs

Applicants to certain GGU “Pathway” programs may take designated courses and have them applied to both their Bachelor’s and Master’s degree or graduate certificate programs. These courses will be included in the unit totals and GPAs for both applicants’ Bachelor’s and graduate degree programs.

Through the Path2CPA option, graduates of either the Accounting, BS  or Accounting Minor  program may reapply up to 12 units of designated graduate-level coursework toward the Master of Science in Accounting Data & Analytics (MSADA)  program or the Master of Science in Taxation  program. See the Accounting, BS  or Accounting Minor  program descriptions for course-related information.

Students who elect to pursue the Public Administration Minor  have the option of taking graduate-level courses from the Master of Public Administration (MPA)  program and applying them to both the minor requirements and the MPA. The Public Administration Minor  provides a solid foundation in essential management concepts, techniques, communication, and organizational behavior, while the Master of Public Administration (MPA)  provides a thorough understanding of the advanced processes, issues, and practices associated with the management of high-performing public service and nonprofit organizations at the municipal, regional, state, federal and international levels of governance. The MPA will introduce students to the relevant set of real-world knowledge and skills required to function effectively in a managerial or executive role within such organizational settings. Students will learn to organize, motivate, and lead individuals in diverse public and private business enterprises. Those who complete both the minor and the MPA program will be in a unique position to understand and navigate the complex interactions between the public and private sectors, including policy-making, ethics, and the increasing privatization of the public sector.

Applicants to some graduate Psychology degree or certificate programs who have previously earned Bachelor’s degrees from GGU with majors or minors (formerly concentrations) in Psychology may receive internal graduate-level transfer credit for certain courses. See the program descriptions for the list of specific courses that are eligible for this incentive: Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology  or Counseling Skills Graduate Certificate .

American Honors Program

The School of Undergraduate Studies offers academically ambitious international students (F-1 Visa) the opportunity to enroll in the associate degree program below as American Honors students. These students will take honors-level sections of the courses required for this program that will prepare them to transfer to four-year degree programs within the U.S. The American Honors Program will provide students with services to ensure their social, academic, and transfer success.

The following programs are available to American Honors Program students:

Associate of Arts

Graduate Admission Policies

This section pertains to admission to master’s degree programs.

Graduate Admission Criteria

For admission to degree and certificate programs the applicant must:

  • Have earned a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited US institution or the equivalent from a recognized non-US institution. 
    • Applicants with degrees from US institutions that are not regionally accredited may be considered for admission on an exception basis. Admission and/or transfer of credit from unaccredited institutions is not guaranteed.
    • International applicants who graduated from accredited colleges or universities outside the United States must have degrees that are equivalent to a U.S. bachelor’s degree. Three-year international baccalaureate degrees that are equivalent to a US bachelor’s degree may be considered for admission.

  • Have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 (B) or better*. The GPA includes all grades received, including those for classes that have been repeated.
  • Demonstrate academic and professional capability to study at the graduate level.
  • Possess quantitative, writing, and computing skills needed to succeed in a competitive and dynamic environment.
  • Graduate programs may request submission of additional items, such as scores from the GMAT or GRE, to supplement support demonstrating strong academic capabilities.

*Applicants whose academic preparation does not meet the university admission criteria, but who have potential for academic achievement, may be conditionally admitted with the approval of the academic department. Conditionally admitted students must achieve a 3.00 cumulative GPA within their first nine units of their academic programs. Failure to do so will result in academic disqualification. See Graduate Student Academic Standing Standards  for more information.

Note: International students, who require F-1 or J-1 Visas to study in the United States, may not be conditionally admitted due to U.S. Immigration regulations. 

*Graduate Record Exam (GRE) may be accepted in lieu of the GMAT. 

Declaring Graduate Program Concentrations

Students may declare up to two concentrations in a given degree program. Students seeking to declare more than two concentrations will be required to appeal to the dean for approval. Students’ diplomas will list the concentrations that they had successfully completed at the time their degrees were conferred. Students may not declare additional concentrations after their degrees have been conferred.

Additional Master’s Degrees

Applicants to master’s programs who have earned master’s degrees from other regionally accredited institutions may transfer-in up to 12 units of prior coursework to GGU and have it apply toward their GGU master’s degree programs, with the approval of their program directors or deans. However, the requirements for the GGU program, including academic residency, must still be satisfied. Applicants to master’s programs who have earned master’s degrees from GGU may have up to 12 units of coursework waived from each additional program, with the approval of their deans. However, the requirements for subsequent programs, including academic residency, must still be satisfied. See Graduate Transfer Credit for more information. See Graduate Academic Residency Requirement  for more information.

Program-Specific Admission Requirements

The following programs have additional admission requirements:

English Language Proficiency Admission Requirement

All international student applicants (undergraduate and graduate) must provide evidence of English language proficiency in the classroom by securely submitting their test scores from any of the following:

  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System)
  • PTE (Pearson Test of English Academic)
  • Duolingo English Test
  • iTEP (International Test of English Proficiency)
Test Graduate Minimum Score Undergraduate Minimum Score
TOEFL Internet-based (iBT)* 79 60
IELTS* 6.5 6.0
Person Test of English (PTE) 57 48
Duolingo 110 90
iTEP (Academic) 3.8 3.5

*Home editions are also accepted.

Applicants may satisfy this English Language Proficiency requirement by one of the following:

  • Accumulated five years of documented employment experience(s) in the U.S. or a country, territory, or commonwealth where English is an official language.
  • Completed ENGL 50  or ENGL 60  (or equivalent) at an accredited college/university where a medium of instruction is English with grades of “B+” or better in both.
  • For undergraduate applicants, attended a secondary school where a medium of instruction is English or a country, territory, or commonwealth where English is an official language.
  • Completed undergraduate, or graduate credits, certificate, or degree from an accredited college/university where a medium of instruction is English or a country, territory, or commonwealth where English is an official language.
  • Waived by the dean or Provost.

GGU reserves the right to request additional English proficiency exams/testing from any applicant based on the entirety of the application review; or, if the applicant’s proficiency in English should prove inadequate after admission to a program.

English is an Official Language

The following is a list of countries, territories, or commonwealths where English is an official language: American Samoa, Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Botswana, British Virgin Islands, Canada, Dominica, Gambia, Ghana, Grand Cayman Islands, Grenada, Guam, Guyana, Ireland, Jamaica, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Mariana Islands, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Montserrat, Namibia. New Zealand, Nigeria, Palau, Philippines, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Sierra Leone, Singapore, South Africa, St. Lucia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Swaziland, Tanzania, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, Uganda, United Kingdom, United States, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

Graduate students who satisfy the English Language Proficiency Admission Requirements are also expected to possess proficiency in writing to ensure they are successful in their course of study. Students may meet this requirement by satisfying one of the screening criteria listed under the Graduate Writing Proficiency Requirement .

English Language Schools 

Golden Gate University have partnered with several English Language Schools in San Francisco Bay Area as options to satisfy English Language Proficiency Admission Requirement. English Conditional Admit students are required to complete the required course(s) at English Schools below before they can start their program in Golden Gate University. 

  1. Intercultural Institute of California - San Francisco, CA 

  1. EC English - San Francisco, CA 

  1. English Language Institute - San Francisco 

  1. Language Pacifica - Palo Alto, CA  

  1. Silicon Valley Intensive English Program (SVIEP) - Redwood City, CA 

International Student Admission Policies

Golden Gate University enrolls international students from all over the world. However, students who need F-1 Student or J-1 Scholar visas to study in the U.S. can be admitted to undergraduate and graduate degree programs only. International applicants are not eligible to apply for certificate programs or open enrollment status and are strongly encouraged to carefully read the following. Please refer to the Application Deadlines and Application Documents sections for more information.

International Student Enrollment

Some international students will be required to complete more than the minimum number of academic units required for their programs when additional preparatory coursework is deemed necessary.

  • The university is authorized by U.S. federal law to enroll non-immigrant students. The university will not issue an I-20/Form 2019 until the applicant has been fully admitted into a degree program and has been deemed financially capable through the university’s Certification of Finances approval process. (F-1/J-1 students are required to pay a $250 non-refundable tuition deposit as noted below.) International applicants planning to study in the U.S. using an F or J visa are not eligible to apply for open enrollment status or certificate programs.
  • Students with F-1 student or J-1 scholar visa must maintain full time enrollment as defined per the university catalog.
  • The U.S. Department of Homeland Security requires international students with F-1 student visas to remain enrolled full time for consecutive terms of sufficient duration and units, typically consisting of a minimum six graduate-level units or twelve undergraduate-level units per academic period.
  • International students are assessed the $275 international student fee per academic period.

Tuition Deposit for Student/Scholar Visa Holders

All international students including students who are transferring from other schools in the U.S. and who require Form I-20/Form 2019 from Golden Gate University to obtain the F-1 student or J-1 exchange visa will be assessed a nonrefundable tuition deposit of $250. This tuition deposit is applied toward tuition in the first enrollment term. The tuition deposit is non-refundable and only transferable to an approved deferred term. Students seeking to defer their enrollment must submit written requests to the Admissions Office. If a deferral is approved, the student’s Tuition Deposit will be applied to the approved term only and will be forfeited if the student fails to enroll within that term.

Certificate Program Admission Policies

Certificate program applicants should apply online via the application portal.

  • Undergraduate certificate program applicants must submit official transcripts documenting that they have been awarded the equivalent of high school diplomas from approved institutions. Students who have earned 12 semester units or 18 quarter units or more from regionally accredited U.S. institutions must submit complete official transcripts detailing this coursework.
  • Graduate certificate program applicants must certify that they have been awarded undergraduate degrees from regionally accredited U.S. institutions or the equivalent from recognized non-U.S. institutions. Applicants with degrees from U.S. institutions that are not regionally accredited may be considered for admission on an exception basis. Some certificate programs may require students to submit unofficial transcripts from prior institutions to demonstrate that they satisfy proficiency, foundation, or prerequisite course requirements.
  • Official test score reports or other proof of fulfillment of GGU’s English Language Proficiency Admission Requirement are required for all applicants whose native language is not English.
  • Many certificate program courses have prerequisite course requirements that must also be satisfied. Prerequisites may be satisfied through transfer of equivalent coursework from external institutions or by successful completion of the courses at GGU. It is not guaranteed that every course required for a given certificate program will be offered every term.
  • Admitted certificate program students are required to meet the academic standing requirements applicable to their academic levels, undergraduate or graduate. See the applicable Academic Standing  policies for more information.
  • All courses required for graduate certificate programs must be completed at Golden Gate University. No transfer credit is granted for graduate certificate programs. Students may transfer a limited number of units toward undergraduate certificate programs. See Undergraduate Transfer Credit Policies for more information.
  • Courses completed at GGU toward certificate programs may also be used toward the completion of degree programs at the university.
  • Certificates are awarded at the end of the trimester terms during which students successfully complete all of the coursework and submit Certificate of Completion Request forms to the Registrar’s Office.

Note: Certificate programs may not meet residency requirements for either Veteran Affairs Education Benefits or the F-1 Visa.

Open Enrollment Status (Non-Matriculated)

Prospective students who are seeking to earn degrees or certificates (i.e., academic credentials), who have applied for admission to the university but whose applications have not been processed, may enroll in courses through open enrollment status. In addition, students who desire to enroll in courses for personal enrichment but are not seeking to earn academic credentials may request to do so through open enrollment status. Permission to register for individual courses is based on prior academic performance and preparation in appropriate prerequisites.

  • Registration under open enrollment status does not constitute admission to degree or certificate programs offered by Golden Gate University.
  • Open enrollment students are required to submit Open Enrollment Applications. Students must have their courses approved prior to registering each term.
  • For credential-seeking students, open enrollment registration is limited to a maximum of 2 terms while their admission applications are being processed. However, there are no limitations on the number of terms or units for which non-credential-seeking students can register under open enrollment status.
  • Open enrollment graduate-credential-seeking students may attempt and earn a maximum of 9 graduate units, which can also be applied toward completing graduate degree or certificate program requirements.
  • Open enrollment undergraduate-credential-seeking students may attempt and earn a maximum of 12 units, which can also be applied toward completing undergraduate degree or certificate program requirements.
  • Doctoral level courses may not be taken under open enrollment status.
  • Open enrollment is not a permitted status for international students studying in the U.S. on student visas (F-1 or J-1).
  • Open enrollment status students are not eligible for financial aid, including federal, state, grant and scholarship programs.
  • For credential-seeking students, the student’s academic performance in the open enrollment term(s) may be used as a factor in the admission decision. If the student’s GPA falls below the required minimum during the open enrollment term and the student is later admitted to the university, the student will be placed on academic probation upon admission and will be required to comply with the university’s probation policies.
  • Open enrollment students who plan to enroll in graduate level courses must have earned bachelor’s degrees or equivalent. Open enrollment students who plan to enroll in undergraduate courses must have earned high school diplomas or GEDs. No admission test scores are required for either graduate or undergraduate open enrollment students.
  • Open enrollment students who are non-native speakers of English must meet the English Language Proficiency Admission Requirement prior to registration.
  • Students who seek to enroll in English or Mathematics courses should complete a placement test prior to registration to make sure that they are enrolled in courses that are appropriate for their level of ability. See Academic Requirements  for more information.
  • Open enrollment students are allowed to make the Credit/No Credit Grade Election  and to audit courses.
  • Open enrollment students are required to maintain good academic standing to register for courses and to remain enrolled. See the applicable Academic Standing  polices for more information.

Open enrollment students who do not meet all the requirements as noted above are not permitted to register and will be dis-enrolled in the event that ineligibility is determined after the term begins.

Readmission Policies (Applicable to Returning Students)

Golden Gate University requires students to enroll in and complete courses on a regular basis to remain actively enrolled in their academic programs. At a minimum, students must enroll in and complete at least one unit of academic credit every third consecutive academic period (i.e., fall, spring, summer). Students who fail to satisfy this enrollment requirement are deemed to be stopped-out and their academic programs are made inactive, and they become ineligible to enroll in courses. Students whose academic programs become inactive under this policy are required to apply for readmission in order to resume their academic studies at GGU. See the Regular Enrollment Requirement  for more information.

Applicants for readmission must meet the admission requirements in effect at the time of readmission. See How to Apply for Admission for more information. Since many of the student records covered by the Student Records Retention Plan  contain confidential information protected by federal and state law, the Office of the Registrar is required to dispose of them appropriately to protect student privacy. Consequently, students that are reapplying for admission that have been inactive for five or more years will likely be required to resubmit all necessary documents.

Students who were on academic probation at the time they stopped enrolling at the university may be readmitted into the same academic program but will remain on probation and will be subject to the probation-retention plan in effect when they were last enrolled. Such students who are seeking admission into different academic programs may remain on probation if their prior course work is applicable to their new program’s requirements and if the resulting grade point average (GPA) is below the university’s standards. See Academic Standing  for more information. All other readmitted students will be subject to the degree requirements in effect at the time of readmission.

Undergraduate Transfer Credit

Transferring to GGU is a convenient process, and many students receive the maximum number of transfer units possible. Advisors at Northern California community colleges and Admissions Office staff at Golden Gate University can be contacted for further transfer information.

Credits earned in academic programs from regionally accredited four-year institutions are usually acceptable, as are college-level academic credits from accredited community colleges; credits, not grades, transfer, and such credits will not count toward a student’s GPA. Credit may be granted only if the subject matter of courses is applicable to programs offered by Golden Gate University. General Education/Liberal Studies transfer credit varies by degree program. Credit for terminal, occupational, technical, and vocational courses may be accepted on a limited case-by-case basis.

Transfer credit from all available sources cannot exceed 90 units for bachelor’s degree programs and 45 units for associate’s degree programs. Students must complete a minimum of 30 units of GGU courses for bachelor’s degree programs and 15 units of GGU courses for associate’s degree programs.

Specific articulation references are available at https://ggu.edu/admissions/. This site includes information on pre-approved courses and their equivalent Golden Gate courses from over 100 colleges and universities located world-wide. If the institution you attended is not in this list, please contact the Admissions Office at GGU.

Associate of Arts (AA) or Science (AS) Block Transfer

Students with a completed Associate of Arts (AA) degree or an Associate of Science (AS) degree from a regionally accredited college or university at the time of admission may be eligible for a block transfer program of 60 units that completes many of the general education and liberal studies core requirements in the GGU bachelor’s degree programs.

Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT)

Golden Gate University participates in the California Community Colleges-Associate Degree for Transfer (CCC-ADT) program. California community college graduates participating in these programs who pursue the Bachelor of Arts or Science at GGU will typically have 60 or fewer units to complete the degree. More information can be found at https://icangotocollege.com/associate-degree-for-transfer.

GGU Aspire Program

Golden Gate University’s Aspire Program is a collaboration with Study.com that empowers students to get a high-quality bachelor’s degree on their own timeline and at a manageable price. In this program, students will take up to 90 units with study.com and transfer those units toward a bachelor’s degree at GGU. To complete the program, the student will take a minimum of 30 units with GGU.

Intersegmental General Education (IGETC) or CSU GE Breadth Block Transfer

Students with a documented certification for IGETC or CSU GE Breadth at the time of admission may be eligible for a block transfer program that completes the general education and liberal studies core requirements. The Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) is a transfer preparation process in which all California community and junior colleges participate. GGU honors IGETC guidelines for general education requirements. Information regarding IGETC can be obtained from all California community and junior colleges, and most of those institutions indicate IGETC approved courses in their course catalogs. The policies in effect at the time the student applies for certification at his or her community college campus will determine eligibility. Completion of either IGETC or CSU Breadth requirements must be verified through the certification process to maximize transfer credit. Students without that certification will be eligible for course-by-course evaluation.

Non-Coursework Transfer Credit

Golden Gate University recognizes and grants credit for educational programs offered by alternative and nationally-recognized providers. Such programs include:

  • Advanced Placement Examinations of the College Board.
  • CLEP Examinations from the College Board.
  • DSST Exams from Prometric.
  • Military Certifications, Training, and Education evaluated by the American Council on Education (ACE).
  • Training programs, certifications, and educational programs evaluated and recommended for credit by the American Council on Education’s CREDIT Service (ACE Credit) or the National College Credit Recommendation Service (NCCRS).
  • Prior Learning Assessment Portfolios completed through LearningCounts.

Undergraduate Transfer Credit Policies

  • A student may apply up to 45 semester units of external credit from other colleges and all other recognized sources toward an associate’s degree or 90 semester units toward a bachelor’s degree. For a course to transfer, a minimum grade of “C-” must be earned.
  • A student may apply the maximum number semester units of external credit from other colleges and all other recognized sources toward certificate programs shown below:
    Undergraduate Certificate Length (in units) Maximum Number of Units Accepted in Transfer
    9 3
    12 3
    15 6
    18 6
  • Credits may be transferred from regionally-accredited community colleges, two-year and four-year institutions, ACE- and NCCRS-recommended education and training providers, and national testing services as noted above.
  • Transfer credits for cooperative education units earned at other accredited U.S. institutions are subject to the approval of the appropriate school dean.
  • The maximum number of transfer credits from any single source may be limited by Enrollment Services.
  • Credits earned in certain subjects more than ten years before admission to Golden Gate University may not be accepted or may be subject to review or additional documentation.
  • Courses that are not specifically articulated with GGU courses may transfer as elective credit; additional courses may fulfill the Liberal Studies Core requirement based on content and units earned.
  • A student may file a petition regarding disputes.

See Transferability of Credits  for information regarding the transferability of credit earned at Golden Gate University.

Graduate Transfer Credit (Except MPA Program Students)

Graduate degree program students may transfer up to six 300-400 level units to the advanced program from graduate coursework completed at other regionally accredited institutions, or the number of transfer units stipulated in corporate or government contracts or agreements, with the approval of their program directors or deans. Students who have earned master’s degrees at regionally accredited institutions may be eligible to transfer up to 12 graduate-level units to GGU master’s degree programs, with the approval of their program directors or deans. While it is strongly recommended that the final six units be completed at GGU, those units may be transferred with prior faculty approval of the specific coursework if the twelve-unit transfer limit has not yet been met. Students should note that certain 300-400 level course requirements may not be fulfilled by courses taken at other institutions, as determined by the faculty. See Graduate Academic Residency Requirement  for more information.

Students who have earned master’s degrees from GGU may have up to 12 units of coursework waived from each additional graduate program, with the approval of their deans. However, this coursework will not be used in calculating students’ program GPAs for those additional programs. See Graduate Student Academic Standing Standards  for more information.

Graduate certificate program students must complete all courses required for their certificates at GGU. There is no limit on the number of GGU units that can be applied from a degree program to a certificate program, regardless of whether the degree has been conferred or not. Exceptions to these requirements will be made only on petition to and approval by students’ program directors or deans.

Students who have completed graduate work at another institution may be admitted with up to six units of advanced program (300-400-level) credit when courses submitted for transfer credit meet all of the following criteria:

  • The course(s) were earned at the graduate level with a grade of “B” or better and not used toward the completion of a bachelor’s degree. Courses with a grade below “B” including “B-” are not transferred.
  • The course(s) are applicable to the GGU degree objective.
  • The course(s) were earned at a regionally accredited institution.
  • The course(s) are approved by the faculty.
  • Cooperative education units earned may be transferred with faculty approval.
  • Professional Military Education (PME) or training courses evaluated by the American Council on Education (ACE) may qualify for transfer credit. In considering the ACE recommendation, the university assesses the level and determines the amount of credit.
  • Courses taken by correspondence are not acceptable for advanced program graduate transfer credit.
MPA Program Students

Students enrolled in the Master of Public Administration  (MPA) program may transfer up to eighteen (18) units of graduate-level coursework completed at GGU or other accredited institutions, subject to the grade requirements above.

See Transferability of Credits  for information regarding the transferability of credit earned at Golden Gate University.