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Anderson School of Management – UCLA - Executive MBA

UCLA Executive MBA Program Structure

The UCLA Executive MBA program at Anderson School of Management is a 22-month program with two schedule options designed to meet the needs of student’s personal and professional commitments. All EMBA students have access to the same campus resources, faculty, electives and support — regardless of which scheduling option they select.

The Bi-Weekly Schedule classes meet in person every other weekend starting on the 2nd weekend of the 10-week quarter. The Monthly Schedule classes option meets in person each month of the 10-week quarter: the 2nd, 6th, and 10th weekends. Additional instruction is delivered online each week. Lodging at the UCLA Luskin Conference Center and Hotel is included for orientation week and Friday night of on-campus weekends.

Beginning Fall 2020 for both options, class will begin at 10:00 a.m. only on the first Friday of each quarter. Class will begin at 4:00 p.m. the following Fridays. After your first quarter, EMBA electives will be available on Sundays and during summer in a hybrid format. Students have the option to switch sections every two academic quarters if space permits.

Both the bi-weekly and monthly schedule receive on-campus lodging at the Luskin Conference Center and Hotel for orientation week. Lodging accommodations for the bi-weekly cohort are provided the first Friday of each quarter and the Friday night of on-campus weekends for the monthly cohort.



Alongside required courses, the UCLA Executive MBA consists of 12 units of electives which can be taken in a hybrid structure (half online and half on campus) or as an Elective Block during the summer. The EMBA requires a total of 68 units.

The leadership development portfolio of activities in the UCLA Executive MBA program is designed to develop emotionally intelligent leaders and focuses on key emotional intelligence competencies. Leadership Foundations is a required course that examines leadership development from individual, team and organizational perspectives. In the first year, Leadership Foundations starts with the Opening Residential and continues into the fall quarter and concludes at the end of the first year. Second year Leadership Foundations continues in the winter quarter and ends just prior to the International Residential.

The Elective Block is a unique component of the EMBA program. It consists of five to six elective courses offered in five consecutive days in August. Each course offered in the elective block is two units. Students have the option of taking one to two courses during the elective block.

In addition to the Elective Block, EMBA students can pursue the following specializations, however, you will need to take all of these courses on the Fully Employed MBA and/or full-time MBA schedule: real estate, entertainment management, and social impact.

The SMR Program, for instance, matches companies and organizations around the world with five to six Executive MBA students in their final year of study. The EMBA team represents a cross-section of business functions and specialties, such as marketing, finance, technology, and operations.


UCLA Executive MBA Rankings

  • U.S. News & World Report: 9
  • Financial Times: 35
  • The Economist: 32


UCLA Executive MBA Class Profile

35 percent of the most recent UCLA Executive MBA class is female, with 65 percent being male. These students come from more than 22 countries around the world. 39 percent of students are from California, 11% from Orange County, 11% from San Diego, 13% from Northern California, and 22% outside of California, but U.S. based students. Students in the program have an average of 14 years of professional work experience and nine years of management experience. 



Students have access to career advisors and executives-in-residence who will help with: Industry and job function overview, career assessment and development, targeting outreach and informational interviews, using the alumni network and other UCLA Anderson resources, resume and cover letter review, mock interviews, job offer evaluation and negotiations.

Throughout the year, workshops and panels occur, and feature Parker CMC advisors, second-year students, alumni and executives. Anderson also provides extensive web-based career resources for students.

During the first quarter, students prepare for the recruiting season with the Career Series course, taught by Emily Taylor, associate director of MBA Career Education and Parker CMC advisors with the help of the second-year teaching assistants.

Hundreds of companies seek out Anderson MBAs by visiting campus, posting jobs, and searching through resumes. Anderson helps students expand their network and grow relationships with these companies, as well as with companies that may not have a large presence on campus. For the small number of EMBAs looking to start fresh, there is also the option to participate in on-campus recruiting activities alongside students in the full-time MBA program.


Tuition, Scholarships, and Financial Aid

The tuition and fee cost of the UCLA Executive MBA program is $83,996 for the first year, totaling around $167,992 for the entirety of the program. Executive MBA fees cover registration, tuition, books and software supplies, meals, parking, and off-campus residential costs. All costs for the International Seminar, except airfare, are included.

Students are eligible to apply for low-cost federal and private student loans. Qualified students, in addition, may receive up to $20,500 per year from the Federal Stafford Loan Program. Additional funds are available through private loan programs.

UCLA Anderson also encourages a company sponsorship, which can help pay for your MBA and give your company an edge. If your company is partially sponsoring your MBA, you will be responsible for paying the fees and managing the reimbursement from your company. 100% company sponsorship requires students to contact EMBA Admissions upon admission to set up a corporate account. The EMBA program office can provide a letter to your company as proof of your completed course credits.



The EMBA admissions team takes a holistic approach to evaluate each applicant by considering the strength of qualifications, including leadership, work experience, academic record, and quantitative background.  Applicants to the UCLA Executive MBA program must hold a 4-year bachelor’s degree from a university of fully recognized standing. Furthermore, applicants who have attended institutions outside the United States should have completed 16 years of study; 12 years at the elementary and secondary school levels, and 4 years at the college level.  All applicants must submit sealed official records from each academic institution attended after secondary/high school.

To apply to UCLA Anderson’s MBA programs, applicants must also submit a completed application form, college transcripts from degree-granting and non-degree-granting institutions, a current résumé, and two letters of recommendation.

The school also requires applicants to complete a personal statement. Additionally, they must have 8 years of work experience. Applicants have the option whether or not to send their GMAT or GRE scores. Lastly, they must pay a nonrefundable $200 application fee, which is waived for U.S. Military Personnel (active duty and veterans) and UCLA Staff. At the end of the application process, a select number of students will participate in an invitation-only Zoom interview.

If you are an international applicant or a re-applicant, please check the school’s website for additional information on the admissions process.


2021-2022 UCLA Executive MBA Deadlines

  • ROUND1
    Application Deadline
    Dec. 1, 2021
    Decision release date: January 31, 2022
  • ROUND2
    Application Deadline
    Feb. 1, 2022
    Decision release date: March 31, 2022
  • ROUND3
    Application Deadline
    May 1, 2022 
    Decision release date: June 30, 2022


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