Our Character

Three pillars encompass the intrinsic values of UCLA Anderson:


When you collaborate to win, you share success.
This ethic is at the very core of our character.


UCLA Anderson offers both degree and non-degree programs to meet the diverse educational needs and professional goals of students. UCLA Anderson's rigorous programs offer exceptional academic preparation, a cooperative and congenial student culture, and access to a thriving business community, as well as support services for scholastic and career advancement.

"I was very lucky to come to UCLA on a scholarship, and I’ve never forgotten that. The lessons and values I learned while attending UCLA shaped my thinking throughout my business and community life and helped build my business reputation."

John E. Anderson ('40)

UCLA Anderson School of Management Namesake (1917 - 2011)

"As an alumnus, I always stayed connected to Anderson, but when I made the decision to join the staff, I felt as though I would be doing what I was supposed to be doing. Students know that I am here because I WANT to be here and that we are in this together."

Rob Weiler ('91)

Associate Dean, Full-Time MBA Program


Sharing Success


Our students, alumni and faculty are fearless in thinking about opportunity and innovation — in experimenting and discovering, in being a little nonconformist.


Our faculty has developed game-changing initiatives to help workers save more for retirement, to transform K–12 education management and to alleviate global poverty in ingenious ways that bring the poorest members of society into the financial system. They infuse Anderson’s classrooms with analytical rigor and bold thinking, challenging students to reframe their reference points.

"Thinking fearlessly is the freedom to think aloud, to think without judgment. It’s the exploration that allows you to go into areas you couldn’t go into in the real world—the academic version of cave diving."

Bhagwan Chowdhry

Professor of Finance

"We at Anderson are fortunate to have the freedom to choose our own paths and pursuits. It is through a combination of independent exploration and collaborative challenge that Anderson breaks new ground."

Edward. Leamer

UCLA Anderson Forecast Director; Chauncey J. Medberry Chair in Management; Professor of Economics and Statistics


Think Fearlessly


Whether as part of communities, businesses or governments, our students and alumni are pragmatic and action-oriented. They drive change.


They measure themselves against results, and they are dissatisfied until they see impact. They make things happen in their established companies, they build new companies, and they make their communities better.

"UCLA Anderson instills in its students the curiosity, confidence and humility to think without boundaries and explore new solutions that make a difference."

Larry Fink ('76)

Chairman and CEO of BlackRock

"At Anderson, the faculty embody the notion of ‘driving change’ — they are doing innovative research that influences not only our basic understanding of how things work, but also of how to create big, long-lasting effects that are good for business and good for society."

Jenessa Shapiro

Associate Professor of Management and Organizations

Dylan Stafford

Executive, Entrepreneur, Angel Investor, Philanthropist, Bruin.

Bill Anderson (J.D. ’88)



Drive Change