UC Davis Graduate School of Management

History

University of California, Davis is a public institution that was founded in 1905. UC Davis, one of 10 schools in the University of California system, was originally established as a farm school for UC Berkeley.

A graduate program in business at UC Davis was first proposed in 1965. Although the Board of Regents approved the program in 1966, it was not until 1978 that the Graduate School of Administration received final approval from the UC Davis campus. Established in 1981, the Graduate School of Administration became the Graduate School of Management in 1987 and began offering an MBA degree.

In the fall of 2007, UC Davis alumnus Maurice J. Gallagher Jr. and his wife, Marcia, donated $10 million to the School to help provide for a new Graduate School of Management building, which opened in 2009.

Location(s)

Maurice J. Gallagher, Jr. Hall is home to the School’s Full-Time MBA and Master of Professional Accountancy programs. The UC Davis campus is 15 miles west of the state’s capital and nearest airport in Sacramento, and 75 miles east of San Francisco and the Bay Area. The wineries of Sonoma and the Napa Valley are about an hour’s drive to the northwest; Lake Tahoe and the ski slopes of the Sierra Nevada are two hours to the east, and the seacoast towns of Mendocino and Santa Cruz are about 150 miles to the north or south, respectively.

Part-time MBA courses are held at UC Davis’ San Francisco Bay Area and Sacramento campuses.

San Francisco Bay Area campus is conveniently located at the Bishop Ranch Business Park in San Ramon, 35 miles east of San Francisco, one of the largest business parks in the nation.

The Sacramento MBA program moved to the Education Building at the UC Davis Sacramento campus in March 2010. Located just off the Capital City Freeway, the campus is convenient for many working professionals who wish to pursue a degree part-time, as it provides a wealth of employment opportunities in the thriving business region surrounding the campus.

The School also launched a year-long Master of Science in Business Analytics program in 2017 located in downtown San Francisco, the global hub of business analytics innovation.

Facilities

Featuring a striking glass-and-tile façade, state-of-the-art technology, Maurice J. Gallagher, Jr. Hall is the 40,000-square-foot, LEED certified Platinum home, the first business school building in California to earn the top green building designation. High-tech facilities are designed for interactive learning experiences and integrated student and career services center for students to develop skills needed to advance their careers.

Faculty

The Graduate School of Management employs 30 ladder-track faculty members as well as 20-30 lecturers. Ranked No. 9 in the world for overall quality by The Economist, UC Davis Graduate School of Management faculty members are internationally recognized researchers who are pioneers and trailblazers in their fields. They also are deeply involved in the business world through consulting assignments and innovative research, staying on the cutting-edge of management practices of leading U.S. and multinational corporations, nonprofits and public agencies.

Student Body

Over 700 students are enrolled in the UC Davis Graduate School of Management’s MBA, Master of Professional Accountancy, Master of Science in Business Analytics and Technology Management and Accounting minor programs.

MBA Degree Offerings

The UC Davis School of Management offers a full-time, traditional MBA, at the UC Davis campus, and part-time MBA programs on Fridays and Saturdays in Sacramento and the San Francisco Bay Area.