Golden Gate University

536 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94105-2968

School Details

With just four students, Golden Gate University began evening classes in 1901 in San Francisco.  Today, it maintains three added campus locations, Silicon Valley, Los Angeles and Seattle, along with an online program fueled by “cutting edge course content” and “real world and real time” instructors that bring exdivertise to the classroom. This private nonprofit university targets undergraduate and postgraduate degree programs in “law, taxation, business and related professions.”  

Golden Gate University has long been accredited by noteworthy organizations including the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, the American Bar Association, the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, the State Bar of California, the Association of American Law Schools and others. Certificates and degrees completed through the online program are also accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

Today, the university hosts 5000 online students across the globe in forty plus countries.  Eighty percent of students attend part time and the average student age is thirty-four.  Golden Gate designs programs to meet busy adult schedules understanding the need for balance in “life, work, and family.” In other words, coursework can be completed at the convenience of the student.  Limited class sizes provide a “seminar-style” atmosphere with asynchronous discussions.  Classes incorporate threaded discussions, web-based conferencing, email, and phone communication in order to deliver effective content.  In addition, proctored exams can be completed under the supervision of your local library, employer, or other trusted third party. The university also offers mixed mode courses which integrate online and in person classes. Instructors may be contacted via email or phone, and help is always waiting with the 24/7 Cybercampus helpdesk.

Golden Gate offers undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in fourteen different disciplines including Accounting, Business and Management, Finance, Financial Planning, Healthcare Management, Human Resource Management, Information Technology Management, Law, Marketing and Public Relations, Operations and Supply Chain Management, Project Management, Psychology, Public Administration, and Taxation. These degrees also are available for online students with the exception of Psychology, Law, and cohort programs. The majority of students transfer into Golden Gate University and articulation agreements exist with select California community colleges.  Admissions requirements vary according to degree programs, however transferring students must have a minimum 2.0 GPA.  In addition, academic capability, quantitative, writing, and computing skills, and the GMAT aptitude test are required for admission. Tuition rates vary by degree programs.

Financial aid is available to students and includes federal, state, private, and university options in the form of scholarships, grants, and loans. Golden Gate also supports continued learning on behalf of its military students participating in the Yellow Ribbon Program, the Montgomery GI Bill for Selected Reserve and Active Duty military, the Veterans Education Assistance Program, and other programs.  In addition, the university accepts military education and service as transfer credit.


Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Senior College and University Commission


School Overview:

  • Sector Of Institution:
    4-year, Private not-for-profit
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  • Highest Level Of Offering:
    Doctor's degree
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