International Applicants

An international perspective on business and commerce is integral to success on an executive level, and UCLA Anderson values international knowledge and education in our admissions process. It is imperative to include an international perspective and a lively international discussion in and outside of the classroom. Forty five percent of our Executive MBA class was born outside the United States with 9% of the EMBA Class of 2014 composed of international students.

By the end of the Executive MBA program, our students form lifelong bonds which circle the globe. Additionally, with the many opportunities Executive MBA students have to travel and study globally, they have a deeper understanding of international management which will empower the rest of their lives.

Applicants who do not have U.S. citizenship at the time of applying are considered as international. At this time, EMBA does not provide student visas for students who wish to take enroll in the UCLA Anderson Executive MBA Program. Visas must be arranged by the applicants.

The UCLA Anderson EMBA Admissions Committee uses the transcript you upload with your application to evaluate your academic qualifications. We evaluate all international undergraduate education within the context of each country's system. Do NOT try to convert your grade point average to the American 4.0 scale. We know the grading systems and the rigorous schools in every nation and we compare applicants based on how they performed versus other candidates from that country.

Applicants who received their Undergraduate Degree from a University outside the United States must send all four of the following:

1. Official transcripts in the native language of the country, certified as official with the school's original seal

2. Complete translation into English of the transcript, certified by the school itself or else by a certified translator

3. Degree certificate or diploma copy in the native language of the country, certified as official with the school's original seal, showing the exact degree received and date awarded

4. Complete translation into English of the degree certificate, certified by the school itself or else by a certified translator

Both UCLA Anderson and the UCLA Graduate Division will review academic records of all applicants whose undergraduate degrees were earned outside the U.S., to determine whether the academic credentials presented from the foreign institution are acceptable for admission to graduate student status. The Executive MBA Admissions office will notify applicants whom we intend to admit to UCLA Anderson. However, the Graduate Division reserves the right to make all final decisions on foreign academic records.

English Language Proficiency Exams (TOEFL & IELTS)
The work required at the UCLA Anderson School of Management cannot be accomplished without mastery of the English language. All applicants are required to take either the TOEFL or the IELTS examination if they earned their degrees in countries where the official language is not English. Either of the exams is accepted.

The TOEFL is administered by Educational Testing Service (ETS), and is offered throughout the year at test centers around the world. Only official TOEFL score reports sent directly from ETS will be accepted for review. The TOEFL is a comprehensive test of English language skills and is used, together with the verbal section of the GMAT to determine whether a candidate is prepared to begin a graduate program conducted in English. Minimum scores required for admission to the University are 87 (iBT), 220 (computer based test) and 560 (paper-based test). It is important to note that these are minimums required for admission and that international applicants admitted into UCLA Anderson typically score above 260 on the CBT and 610 on the paper-based exam. The TOEFL code for UCLA Anderson is 4837-02. (Note that the "02" is important for efficient processing of your application.)

An applicant can only be excused from taking the TOEFL or IELTS if he or she:

  • Holds a bachelor's or higher degree from a university located in the United States or in another country in which English is BOTH the spoken language and the medium of instruction, OR
  • Has completed at least two years of full-time study at such an institution

This means that all international applicants must take the TOEFL or IELTS, EXCEPT those who were educated in:

  • United States
  • Australia
  • Canada (not including Quebec)
  • Ireland
  • Jamaica
  • New Zealand
  • South Africa (not including Afrikaans-speaking areas)
  • United Kingdom

Conversely, applicants ARE REQUIRED to take the TOEFL or IELTS if they were educated anywhere else, including such countries as:

  • India
  • Pakistan
  • Singapore
  • Nigeria
  • Canada (Quebec only)
  • South Africa (Afrikaans-speaking areas only)

Work experience of any duration is insufficient to have the TOEFL/IELTS requirement waived since the determining factor is where the applicant was educated. Instruction in English is insufficient to have the TOEFL/IELTS requirement waived, unless that school is in one of the native English-speaking countries noted as exceptions above.

UCLA Anderson is unable to waive these TOEFL/IELTS rules which are established by UCLA Graduate Division for all graduate-student applicants as stated in their English requirements.

Please consult the Admissions Decision Schedule to determine the date by which you must take the TOEFL in order to be considered for a particular admission deadline. TOEFL scores that are more than two years old are not acceptable

(For Fall 2013 admission, the earliest acceptable test date is October 2011).