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Anderson School of Management – UCLA - Fully Employed MBA

UCLA Fully Employed MBA Program Structure

The UCLA Fully Employed MBA at Anderson School of Management is a part-time program spanning between 27-33 months. It is designed for mid-career working professionals and provides three scheduling options during core courses, and even more schedules during electives. The program also gives student an option to take their core classes in a primarily online format (including only four weekend visits to UCLA’s campus per quarter) via the FEMBA Flex hybrid scheduling option. All classes for the program start during the fall semester. Regardless of your core schedule, once you move into the elective portion of the program you can choose any schedule option from weeknights, Saturdays, hybrid and can include daytime electives with full-time MBA students, any graduate level electives across UCLA and global electives. Elective course offerings and schedule options vary quarter to quarter.


The UCLA Fully Employed MBA (FEMBA) 80 unit curriculum is spread over the course of 27-33 months, beginning with Leadership Foundation courses in the summer of the first year. This includes a one-week mandatory on-campus intensive unit the last week of August. Students also complete a Career Management Workshop during this time. Students must attend classes on the UCLA Anderson campus four weekends per quarter, with classes on Saturdays from 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sundays. Students are given several options in regards to scheduling; classes are available at 9:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m. and 2-5:15 p.m., Saturdays. Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:20 to 9:45 p.m. are other time windows available.

The first year in the program students will complete 26-30 units worth of core courses, with 36-44  and 18-26  units spread over the second and third year, depending on whether students opt to fast-track their program. The latter two years are comprised mostly of electives in the student’s individual specialties and the school’s six-month Global Access Program. Students in the program will work with international or U.S. companies establishing client relationships, identification of problems or strategic questions, design of study, collection and analysis of secondary and primary research data, development of comprehensive business plan, and formal presentation of findings and recommendations.

Some students opt to fast-track during the elective portion of the program, allowing them to finish up to six months early in as few as two years and a quarter. This is accomplished by taking three or more elective courses per quarter.

Part-Time MBA Rankings

• U.S. News & World Report: 5

Class Profile

There are roughly 850+ fully employed MBA students in the Fully Employed MBA at UCLA Anderson.  43 nationalities are represented with 22% of all students holding advanced degrees.  In addition, 45 students are active-duty military or veterans. Around 36  percent of students identify as female and 44  percent of the students identify as male. The average GPA earned by students is 3.4 and the GMAT scores range from 620-730, with the median score being 680. On average, students have seven years of professional experience when they begin the program. The average age of students enrolled in the Fully Employed MBA program is 30.

Career Statistics for the UCLA Fully Employed MBA

Before graduating, nearly 76 percent of UCLA Anderson students receive a job offer and that number increases to over 90 percent three months after graduation. On average, Fully-Employed MBAs receive a 137 percent salary increase 6-8 years after earning their degree.  The UCLA Anderson Fully Employed MBA offers dedicated career services including career coaching, executive-in-residence, on-campus recruiting, and web-based resources. The average starting salary for the most recent class was $95,169.

Tuition, Scholarships, and Financial Aid

The annual tuition and fees for the FEMBA class of 2021 total is $41,782 or $1,607 per unit fee.  This includes student charges, parking, and other co-curricular costs. An additional admission deposit of $2,000 is also charged.  Tuition may adjust each year depending on the number of credits taken per year.

Many private organizations offer scholarships and fellowships to graduate students in all fields. The UCLA Graduate Division offers an excellent resource for finding these external awards. The school’s database of external scholarships is called GRAPES (Graduate & Postdoctoral Extramural Support).

Most student loans are based on either financial need or creditworthiness and are available only to US citizens and permanent residents. Anderson students commonly use the Federal Stafford Loan Program and Alternative Education Loans.

Private loans may also be available.


Applicants to the UCLA Anderson Fully Employed MBA program must have completed a Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university and possess full-time, professional work experience not including internship experience for admission.

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. One essay also must be submitted and the clarity with which you communicate your accomplishments and goals factors heavily in the FEMBA selection process.  Applicants must also send in their GMAT, GRE, or Executive Assessment scores and a nonrefundable $200 application fee.

At the end of the application process, students may register for an optional on-campus interview.

2021-2022 UCLA Fully Employed MBA Deadlines

Round 1 October 26, 2021 November 6, 2021 December 17, 2021
Round 2 January 11, 2022 January 22, 2022 March 24, 2022
Round 3 April 5, 2022 April 16, 2022 June 24, 2022

UCLA Fully Employed MBA FAQ

How has the university coped with the current pandemic?

Classes are almost exclusively virtual due to Covid-19.

What are the most common industries graduates entered following matriculation?

12% of the most recent class entered the entertainment industry while 11% entered high tech and 8% entered finance.

How many credits is the FEMBA at UCLA?

The program consists of 80 units: 44 core and 36 elective.

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