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Anderson School of Management – UCLA - Full-Time MBA

UCLA Full-Time MBA Program Structure

The UCLA full-time MBA program at the Anderson School of Management offers a superior management education in a dynamic and intellectually stimulating environment that prepares graduates to enter the global economy as effective leaders, planners, and managers.  Students begin taking core courses during the special summer quarter for first-year students, which allows students to find their academic footing before recruiting gets into full swing in the fall quarter.  Students are also able to customize their core experience by sequencing their marketing and finance courses and start taking elective in the winter quarter of the first year according to your preferences.  This can help students attain their individual career goals and balance out the core workload according to your skills and interests.

When students return for their second year of study, your academic schedule is 100 percent your own design. Students’ focus is on the elective courses of your choosing. Students also complete their Capstone Project. The Applied Management Research and Business Creation Option projects are the most common two-quarter capstone experiences. They synthesize everything you’ve learned in the classroom and challenge you to apply it in a real-world business setting. Students will conduct their AMR or BCO project during fall and winter quarters.


The entering class of the full-time MBA program typically numbers about 360 students, and each class is divided into five sections designated A through E; first-year students take three of their five fall courses with their section mates. Each quarter, MBA students are further separated into learning teams of five individuals who work on homework and proj¬ects together. Anderson divides its calendar into seasonal quarters, and students attend classes during the fall, winter, and spring quarters; and first-year students also attend a five-week summer quarter prior to their first year. The curriculum is delivered through a combination of lectures, case- and project-based approaches.

First-year MBA students are required to attend approximately one week of orientation prior to starting classes. This orientation consists of a week-long course called “Leadership Foundations” before the condensed, five-week summer quarter in which students take their first two core courses, “Financial Accounting” and “Organizational Behavior.” The fall quarter begins in late September and concludes in mid-December. During the first quarter, first-year students also partake in the Parker Career Series course, during which they take part in workshops and training sessions to prepare for job searches and interviews. The winter quarter commences in early January, and courses conclude in the middle of March. Spring quarter courses start at the beginning of April and end in early June, with Commencement occurring the day after the weeklong exam period.

In total, students take 12 courses in their first year; students may complete between 24 and 28 courses in total throughout the two years of the MBA program. The first-year schedule comprises a very structured curriculum, and students may determine the order in which they take two of the required 10 courses. First-years can first take an elective or two in the spring quarter. In the second year, students may choose to pursue one of 15 specializations. The only academic requirement for second-years is the Capstone Project, which offers students two different choices. The Applied Management Research Program (AMR) is a hallmark of the UCLA program that provides students with 20 weeks of team-based, experiential learning as they complete strategic studies for real business clients. The second choice is the Business Creation Option (BCO), in which students spend two academic quarters researching and ultimately launching a company while still in school. Second-year students may also spend a term studying abroad.

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Full-Time MBA Rankings

• U.S. News & World Report: 16
• Bloomberg: 12
• Forbes: 15
• Financial Times: 25
• The Economist: 8

Class Profile

Anderson received 2,865 applications for positions in a class targeted at 360 students for the Class of 2022. The middle 80% undergraduate GPA of students choosing to matriculate at Anderson ranged between 3.1 and 3.8, and their GMAT results averaged to 706 with a middle 80% range of 660 to 740. Students entered Anderson with an average of about 4.5 years of professional experience under their belts. Thirty-six percent of the class is made up of international students. Women constitute 40% of students, while individuals identifying as members of U.S. minority groups represent 30% of the class.

As undergraduates, members of the Class of 2022 elected to major in business more than any other discipline: 23% pursued this course of academic study. Twenty-two percent of first-year students majored engineering, 17% in humanities, and 15% in the economics. Math/science was pursued by 10% of the class. By industry, Anderson drew the highest percentage of its students from high tech, 26% total. The finance and consulting industries closely followed with 22% and 15% of the Class of 2021, respectively. Ten percent of students had previously worked in each the consumer goods sector and non-profit. The remaining students hailed from healthcare/biotech, entertainment and media, and real estate sectors.

Career Statistics

Ninety percent of the Class of 2019 reported receiving job offers within three months after graduation; another 3% were starting their own companies. Of those reporting salary data, students earned an average base salary of $129,602 in their post-MBA roles. The top industry pursued by 2019 graduates was technology, which drew nearly thirty-one percent of the class. The financial services industry employed 16%, and consulting and consumer products employed about 21% and 9% of the class respectively.

Nine percent of 2019 Anderson graduates took on post-MBA roles outside the U.S, with the most popular regions being Asia and Central and South America. About 91% chose to remain in the U.S. Of those students, approximately 66% entered positions in the state of California and 45% of the total graduating class remained in southern California; western states excluding California attracted 9% of students. The next most popular region was the Northeast, which hired nearly 9% of graduates.

Tuition, Scholarships, and Financial Aid

The estimated tuition and fees for the UCLA full-time MBA is $104,954.

UCLA also charges fees for Graduate School as follows:

Tuition: $65,125
UC Student Health Insurance Plan: $4,458
Room/Board: $21,600
Computer Allowance (1st year only): $1,137
The cost of books/supplies is estimated at $627, the cost of travel $6,533, personal expenses $5,868 and loan fees at $1,460.

Financial Aid Available:

Merit Fellowships – Timeline: Upon Admission – Fellowship decisions are made based on the strength of admit’s admission application at the time of admission and are final. Awards are for a two-year period and are made by the UCLA Anderson Fellowship Committee.

Donor Fellowships – Timeline: Upon Admission – Through the generosity of alumni, corporate, foundation, and individual donors, we award fellowships based on selection criteria such as professional development, intended career, community involvement, and/or financial need.

Consortium Fellowships – Timeline: April –  Applicants who are admitted through The Consortium process and become Consortium members are considered for full tuition and fee fellowships based on the strength of their admission application. Awards are for a two-year period and are made by the UCLA Anderson Fellowship Committee.

External Fellowships – Timeline: Varies – Private agencies and organizations offer a variety of scholarships to MBA students. External Fellowships.

Nozawa Fellowship – Timeline: Upon Admission – George and Kimiko Nozawa Endowment in U.S. Japan Studies provides fellowships to foreign graduate students, with preference given to Japanese students and to support professional research and other academic activities related to management and business in the United States and the Pacific Basin Region.

In addition to the fellowship opportunities, additional funding can be secured through private or federal loans.  Veterans are also eligible for the GI Bill & Assistantship.


Applicants to the UCLA full-time MBA program must have completed a Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university. While the majority of applicants have full-time work experience, early career and college seniors may still apply.

To apply to the UCLA Anderson MBA program, applicants must 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 an essay (How have events of the past year influenced the impact you would like to make in your community, career, or both? This prompt can only be a maximum of 250 words. Applicants must also send in their GMAT or GRE scores and a nonrefundable $200 application fee.

Interviews are conducted on an invitation basis only after submitted applications are reviewed and are required for admittance.

2021-2022 UCLA Full-Time MBA Deadlines

  • ROUND 1
    Application Deadline
    October 5, 2021
    Decision release date December 14, 2021
  • ROUND 2
    Application Deadline
    January 4, 2022
    Decision release date March 22, 2022
  • ROUND 3
    Application Deadline
    April 12, 2022
    Decision Release date May 17, 2022

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