UC Davis Graduate School of Management


University of California–Davis is a public institution that was founded in 1905. The University of California—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 on the UC Davis campus 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 focused on bringing technology to the classroom.

In the Fall of 2007 Maurice J. Gallagher Jr. donated $10 million to the School to help provide for a new Graduate School of Management Building.


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.

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.


Featuring a striking glass-and-tile façade, state-of-the-art technology, the Maurice J. Gallagher, Jr. Hall is the 40,000-square-foot new campus home for the School. 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. The adjoining 42,000-square-foot, two-story conference building will include a 7,500-square-foot restaurant, 14,000-square-foot conference center and ballroom. The second floor will offer 20,000 square feet of space for various university administrative units.


The School of Management employs more than 75 full and part-time faculty members, as well as lecturers. UC Davis Graduate School of Management faculty members are internationally recognized researchers who received their doctoral training at some of the most prestigious schools in the country, including Stanford University, Carnegie Mellon University, Harvard University, the University of Chicago, UC Berkeley, Cornell University and Northwestern University.

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 900 students are enrolled in the UC Davis School of Management’s MBA, Master of Professional Accountancy, and Technology Management minor programs.

MBA Degree Offerings

The UC Davis School of Management offers a full-time, traditional MBA, as well as a part-time MBA for working professionals provided in both Sacramento and San Francisco.