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Rady School of Management – UC San Diego - Full-Time MBA

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 p.m. 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.

Full-Time MBA Rankings

• U.S. News & World Report: 69 (tie)
• Bloomberg: 60

Class Profile

The most recent UC San Diego full-time MBA class had 46 enrolled students representing 12 different countries. The average GPA was 3.5 and the median GMAT was 656. Work experience of matriculating students averaged 5.5 years and the average student age is 29. Around 28 percent of the entering class are female, while 72 percent are male.


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, Scholarships, and Financial Aid

According to recent published figures, the UC San Diego full-time MBA’s academic fees are approximately $51,453 for CA residents and $54,968 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 for 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.


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 are as follows:

Fall 2022 Deadlines

Full-Time MBA

► Round 1: October 15, 2021
► Round 2: November 15, 2021
► Round 3: January 15, 2022
► Round 4: March 1, 2022

► Round 5: April 15, 2022 (Final International Deadline)
► Final Deadline: June 1, 2022

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