Rady School of Management – UC San Diego

UC San Diego Full-Time MBA Program Structure

The UC San Diego Full-Time MBA courses at Rady School of Management are held between 8 am and 4:30 pm. The core classes take place on weekdays, and most students take four classes each quarter. The program lasts six quarters, or 21 months, with an internship after the first year.



The first year of the UC San Diego Full-Time MBA requires 13 core courses, one elective, and a capstone Lab-to-Market class. The core courses cover topics such as accounting, finance, and quantitative analysis, whereas the elective courses include studies in negotiation, project management, and strategic cost management. Students also take one course called Lab-to-Market, which provides instruction on ways to take ideas and turn them into real-life market opportunities.

Meanwhile, the second year full-time MBA students take nine electives, three professional seminars, and two Lab-to-Market workshops.

Class Profile

The most recent UC San Diego Full-Time MBA class had 69 enrolled students representing 17 different countries.  The median GPA was 3.33 and the median GMAT was 660, with an 80% range of 610-710.  Work experience of matriculating students averaged 6.6 years and the average student age is 31.  Just over a quarter of the entering class are female, while men claim 72% of the seats.  Undergraduate majors varied, but engineering and business dominated the landscape at 28% and 21%, respectively.


The Rady Graduate Career Connections offers several programs and resources. Students may partake in personalized coaching, which includes advice on interviewing, choosing a career path, and more.

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 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.

Tuition & Financial Aid

For 2016-17, the UC San Diego Full-Time MBA’s academic fees are approximately $46,775 for CA residents and $50,909 for out-of-state students. Additional fees for student services and the recreation facility are also included in the total amount.

Financial aid may be available for full-time MBA students who submit a FAFSA form. Fellowships are available for students who have backgrounds in the life sciences, as well as deserving individuals who have overcome significant barriers to higher education. Furthermore, students may apply to grants to finance their education, and these do not need to be repaid.

Rady provides merit-based fellowship support to exceptional individuals. All domestic and international admitted students are invited to apply for a Rady fellowship, by downloading the fellowship application from the MBA application system.

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 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.

Admissions Procedures

To apply to the UC San Diego Full-Time MBA, prospective students should fill out an online application and submit the application fee. Additional required materials include: transcripts from all other academic institutions, a current résumé, two recommendations, three essays, GMAT or GRE scores, and TOEFL or IELTS scores (if needed).

The GMAT/GRE score may be waived for applicants who have a master’s/Ph.D. in a quantitative subject (such as engineering or science), as well as those who hold an M.D. from a U.S. medical school.

Applications are processed on a rolling admissions basis, meaning they are evaluated as they are received. Admissions decisions are usually made within four to six weeks after receiving a complete application.

MBA application requirements:

  1. Online application form
  2. Transcripts
  3. Resume or CV
  4. Recommendations
  5. Essays
  6. GMAT or GRE Scores
  7. TOEFL, IELTS or PTE Score (for international applicants only)
  8. $200 Application Fee

Application Deadlines

All applications are admitted on a rolling basis.