Rady School of Management – UC San Diego
UC San Diego FlexEvening and FlexWeekend MBA Program Structure
Both the UC San Diego FlexEvening MBA and FlexWeekend MBA at Rady School of Management are designed to allow working professionals to fully focus on their education without disrupting their careers.
The UC San Diego FlexEvening MBA’s core courses are offered on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm. Most students take two classes each quarter. The program meets two evenings weekly and is completed in 30 months.
The UC San Diego FlexWeekend MBA offers classes on alternating weekends, and students will attend Friday courses from 8:00 am to 5:30 pm, as well as Saturday courses from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. Students typically take three courses per quarter. The program duration is 24 months, on alternating Friday and Saturdays. Students are provided with meals and lodging during class weekends
UC San Diego FlexEvening MBA students generally take three years to complete their degree with three classes each quarter. The first three quarters are filled with core courses such as managerial economics, operations management, and marketing. The last two years include more electives, professional seminars, and Lab to Market courses. The Lab to Market courses are unique to the Rady School, and they provide instruction on the ways to turn ideas into real-life marketing opportunities.
Similarly, the FlexWeekend MBA requires two years to complete, and students generally take four classes each quarter. These students also focus on core courses in the first year, with more electives and seminars in the second year.
In addition, FlexMBA students have access to support services including lodging, dinner, class videotaping, and teaching assistants who keep hours for working students.
Thirty-five students are enrolled in the most recent UC San Diego FlexEvening MBA class, with 63% men and 37% women. The average student age is 30 with 6 years of experience and 23% of the class holds advanced degrees. The student GMAT score median is 590 and the most common major industries represented are Biotech/Pharma/Medical Devices (31%), Consumer Services and Products (11%) and Energy (9%).
Twenty-one students are enrolled in the most recent UC San Diego FlexWeekend MBA class, with 86% men and 14% women. The average student age is 34 with 10 years of experience and 29% of the class holds advanced degrees. The student GMAT score median is 580 and the most common major industries represented are government/military (19%), Biotech/Pharma/Medical Devices (14%) and Consumer Services and Products (14%).
Rady Graduate Career Connections actively works with Rady students to provide assistance during the application process for internships or full-time employment, and prepare them for career success through guidance and mentoring. Students may partake in personalized coaching, which includes advice on interviewing, choosing a career path, and more. Students also have the opportunity to participate in programs to jumpstart their professional development, including two student and alumni startup accelerators, the Executive Mentor program and Rady Venture Fund. Career Connections also offers workshops on cover letter writing, résumé development, networking skills, as well as other topics.
Tuition & Financial Aid
For 2016-17, FlexMBA students will pay $1,152 per credit unit, and the full program requires 92 credit units. The fees are billed quarterly.
Financial aid may be available for MBA students who submit a FAFSA form. Fellowships and loans – such as the Federal Stafford Loan – may also provide financial aid. Furthermore, students may apply for grants to finance their MBA, and these do not need to be repaid.
Individuals who have a military service background are encouraged to pursue the Rady School MBA. The MBA application fee is waived for current and former members of the military. Active duty military may use the UC San Diego Financial Aid Office to learn how to use their military education benefits. Meanwhile, veterans are encouraged to review the GI Bill website to use their benefits for education. Lastly, military scholarships are also available for MBA students who meet the Council of College and Military Educators’ (CCME) requirements. Post 9/11 GI Bill and CMME scholarships are also available for active military and veterans.
For the FlexWeekend program, lodging is included during Friday evenings for scheduled classes.
Fellowships will be awarded to individuals entering the FlexWeekend MBA program. These fellowships are open to professionals currently working in the life sciences, technology or clean technology sectors in San Diego. Individuals selected will demonstrate a commitment to the region and to their industry, significant contributions to their organizations and the potential to make a significant impact in sustaining and enhancing San Diego’s innovation-focused business community. In order to be considered for a fellowship, individuals must formally apply and be admitted to the UC San Diego FlexWeekend MBA program.
To apply to the UC San Diego Rady School MBA, prospective students should fill out an online application and submit the application fee. Additional required materials include:
- Online application form
- Resume or CV
- Three Essays
- GMAT or GRE Scores
- TOEFL, IELTS or PTE Score (for international applicants only)
- $200 Application Fee
All applications are admitted on a rolling basis.