>>Application Requirements

The Executive MBA Admissions Committee considers a number of factors in selecting a candidate.

Each applicant must demonstrate:

• Experience and expertise that will contribute to the overall educational experience.

• Ability to do 'graduate-level' coursework

• Management achievement and potential

• Willingness and ability to meet program commitments 

Each applicant is carefully considered on the basis of:

• Professional accomplishments

• Leadership potential

• Academic history 

• Letters of Recommendations

• GMAT or GRE scores

• TOEFL Scores(if required)











Submit the online application and pay the application fee (200 USD).-TRANSCRIPTIONSAll applicants are required to submit official records from each academic institution attended after secondary/high school. Transcripts from exchange programs and/or other courses are not required, as long as the grades appear on the transcript from the school that awarded your degree. If you are a UCLA graduate, you do not need to request official transcripts. You are only required to upload a copy into the online application.

Although no specific major is required; we consider the courses you studied to ensure you have the needed quantitative and analytical preparation. Executive MBA Admissions uses the scanned transcript copies in your application to do a preliminary evaluation of your academic qualifications, but official records need to be sent concurrently with the completed application.
Official records are defined as original documents issued by the institution which bear the actual signature of the Registrar -- not a photocopy -- plus the seal of the issuing institution. 

All official transcripts must show the following: 

• Enrollment date-Subjects/Courses taken with the number of units of credits

• Rank in the total class or group, if the rank is determined

• A complete description of the institution's grading scale or other standard of evaluation

• Maximum & minimum marks and the steps between them.

• Have sealed official transcript(s) sent to:            

EMBA Admissions

110 Westwood Plaza, Suite A105 

Los Angeles, CA 90095-1481


As per the guidelines set forth by Pearson VUE, GMAT scores more than five years old are not valid (e.g., for applicants entering in Fall 2014, the last acceptable test date is October 2009). You are required to take the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT). GMAT scores are the universal measure by which we compare every candidate.

• Within the MBA application, you must report the test date and score you want the Admissions Committee to evaluate.

• Applications will not reviewed without complete test scores (as self-reported by the candidate or officially by the GMAT office)

• The GMAT test date must be between April 1, 2008 and June 15, 2014 for scores to be valid.

• We primarily evaluate your top score, but all scores reported to UCLA Anderson are visible to the Admissions Committee.

• No minimum GMAT is required, and the Admissions Committee has the flexibility to consider all scores in the context of your overall academic preparation and management potential.

• For further information and testing arrangements, please visit the GMAT website.

Applicants are required to take the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or Graduate Records Exam (GRE) test (*Optional for applicants with an advanced engineering degree, CPA or CFA certification, or evidence of a strong financial or quantitative background).

• We strongly prefer the GMAT as a standard by which to evaluate all applicants, but we will accept GRE scores instead.

• GMAT/GRE Test:Have official GMAT or GRE scores sent directly to UCLA Anderson's EMBA Program.    GMAT code: 2NZ-2F-87      GRE code: 7295

• Your application is not complete until we have received your test scores.

• Official GMAT score reports must be sent directly to us electronically from Pearson VUE. Our GMAT code is: 2NZ2F87

• Applicants are required to take the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or Graduate Records Exam (GRE) test (*Optional for applicants with an advanced engineering degree, CPA or CFA certification, or evidence of a strong financial or quantitative background). 

• TOEFL & IELTS English Proficiency Examinations: If you were educated outside the U.S., you must prove your English fluency by taking either the TOEFL or IELTS test. Almost all UCLA Anderson admits taking the TOEFL have over 100 on the TOEFL IBT, or 610 on the TOEFL paper-based test, or 7.0 overall on the IELTS.

• International candidates educated in English are required to take the TOEFL or IELTS to prove their fluency level to both the Admissions Committee.

• If you were educated in England, Scotland, N. Ireland, Wales, New Zealand, Jamaica or Canada, the TOEFL or IELTS is not required.

• No preference is given to either language test and all scores will be evaluated in conjunction with GMAT verbal scores and the AWA (Analytical Writing Assessment) to determine your true proficiency level.

• Applications cannot be reviewed without complete test scores (as self-reported by you or officially by the testing firm), and applications are only reviewed in the round during which your scores are submitted.

• The test date must be between April 1, 2011 and June 15, 2014 for TOEFL or IELTS scores to be valid.

• Official TOEFL score reports are sent electronically upon your request from ETS to UCLA Anderson MBA Admissions (with the School Code 4837-02). Official scores are required for enrollment but not for applying.

• IELTS scores are sent by hard-copy mail upon your request.

• The English exam requirement can only be waived if you have an undergraduate or graduate degree from a U.S. based program where all coursework was in English.

• Work experience in English is not sufficient for a waiver of the language exam requirement.

• More information on the university's testing rules for all international applicants is available under UCLA Graduate Division's English requirements.


Backgrounds and interests vary widely among our students, but all share a vision of how the Executive MBA will empower their career goals. Quality of experience is more important than quantity.

• We look at your impact in the context of the time you had and the field you're in.

• Diverse paths lead to business school, and we find that students learn more when we mix people from every type and level of organization. Your application should show us how you will contribute to the mix of your class.

• We are most impressed by increasing levels of responsibility over time; those who advance faster than their peers are the ones who get admitted first.

• Some of our students are career-switchers using the MBA to leverage themselves into a new field. Others will springboard into higher positions in their current sectors.

• Leadership in work, campus or community organizations helps to demonstrate management potential. Show us that you can commit to an organization, create a vision and motivate others to achieve goals together.

• A résumé must be submitted with the application and should create a compelling summary of your career on one or two pages. 


Online Recommendation form: Provide contact information for two recommenders who can complete the Online Recommendation Form. Letters of recommendation need to be from individuals who are well acquainted with your performance in a work setting.  One of the letters should be from your direct supervisor.

Recommendations provide us with third-party confirmation and insights into your achievements. You should choose two recommenders who will support your candidacy with concrete examples of performance and impact on the organization.· Questions from the on-line recommendation form are shown below and are for reference only.

• Recommendations must be submitted on-line, not via hard-copy responses to these questions.

• You must register your recommenders, who then use the confidential on-line link they receive directly from Apply Yourself. Your recommender also has the option to upload an additional document if desired.

• If your recommender does not write in English, the uploaded document can be a certified translation of their comments.

• Only two recommendations are accepted per application.

• One recommendation should be from a current direct supervisor who is best equipped to answer questions about your leadership, communication, teamwork, initiative and other skills.

• If you are unable to ask a current supervisor for a recommendation, then you can ask a former boss, a manager from another department, or a consultant or client who knows you well enough to answer the questions insightfully.

• Academic contacts are not usually able to provide information on management potential. Similarly, family members, peers and friends are not appropriate as recommenders.

• Your recommenders' own titles or positions are not important - instead, their ability to comment knowledgeably and specifically about you is vital.

• Letters from contacts (including alumni) who do not know you well cannot add value like direct supervisors can.

• Online recommendations are due by the application deadline.


Essays are the primary way for you to share your perspectives and plans. The best essays are introspective, genuine and succinct in directly answering our questions and responding to our topics.

Essay questions are listed below for both first-time applicants and re-applicants.

• You should try to distinguish yourself by showing what makes you different from others who share similar profiles.

• Personal expression is what we are looking for, not platitudes.

• Making a strong case for your future plans requires you to first do research on career paths and find one that resonates. Even if this target will change during business school, your application essays should lay out a clear trajectory for short-term and long-term goals. Do this by demonstrating how you expect to build on skills from your past, and those you expect to gain from the MBA.

• Essays are more compelling if they include specific courses, programs, groups, opportunities, activities, etc. from which you would benefit, if admitted to UCLA Anderson. These references are best found through website research, personal discussions and a campus visit (if possible).

• Content and clarity are key elements, as we seek superior communication skills.

• Style is a consideration too, although we understand that those who speak other languages may have different manners of expression in English.

• We do check your essays for plagiarism, so make sure you always submit your own work.

• Length does not equal strength. A well-written short essay can have even more impact than a longer essay. Please try to respect the word limits indicated below.

• All responses to essays must be on double-spaced pages that are uploaded as a document. We do not accept essays in any other media but written form.


EMBA Essay 1: Legendary UCLA basketball coach, the late John Wooden, once said that leadership is influence derived from one's character. Describe how as a leader, your life and character have motivated others to follow your lead by the example you set, not merely by the power of your position. (500 word limit)   

EMBA Essay 2:  What specific career goals are you looking to pursue in business school and why? How do you plan to support and achieve these goals using the resources provided by ProMBA Career Center at UCLA Anderson? (500 word limit)   

EMBA Essay 3:  Describe a time when you were stretched beyond your comfort zone and what you learned from your experience. (300 word limit)   

EMBA Essay 4:  Upload your organizational chart, either official or original, to illustrate your relationship and position to that of the C-Level and/or Board of Directors. 

EMBA Essay 5 (Re-Applicants only): If you are re-applying, please describe your career progress since you last applied and ways in which you have enhanced your candidacy. Include updates on short-term and long-term career goals, as well as your continued interest in UCLA Anderson. (Maximum 1 page, double-spaced, 12 point font)


Interviews are conducted on an invitation-only basis. Interviews typically mirror or round out information already provided in the application. Interviews are held on-campus, or via Skype, and they last approximately 30 minutes. Business attire is appropriate for this professional interview.


We acknowledge the receipt of applications for admission with an email confirmation. If any necessary documents are missing from the application packet, please submit them as soon as possible..

Offers of admission will be communicated via phone and instructions on how to accept are included in an online letter via Apply Yourself.· Admission deposit is $2500. This admission deposit is non-refundable and is deducted from your Fall Quarter student charges. Admission offers not accepted within the communicated time frame will be revoked and the seat will be offered to another qualified candidate.

If you decide to withdraw your application to the UCLA Anderson Executive MBA Program after submitting it, please notify us via email as soon as possible.


Reapplicants (who first applied in the past 2 years) have a different set of requirements than first-time applicants. Reapplicants are required to submit one new essay and an updated resume. The Admissions Committee will refer to your previous application when considering your admission, but a complete new application must be submitted online. Reapplicants should also note that all standardized test scores (GMAT/GRE, TOEFL, IELTS, etc.) remain on file for several years, so they should not be resent; we do indeed have them. Transcripts should only be resent if additional coursework has been completed. Letters of recommendation and official transcripts received from your previous application will be filed by the program office with your reapplication.