Frequently Asked Questions

Top Questions:
  • Which Round is better?
    There is no statistical "advantage" between rounds. We get more applications at the end of the season, but we keep the same admission standards throughout. We like to say, "Early is good, but better is best."  Take the time you need to submit your best application.
  • If admitted, what are the chances I can take the Flex section?
    We fill section schedules on a first-come, first-serve basis. The inaugural Flex Section starting in the Fall of 2012 had 39 students, in the Fall of 2013 there were 58 students. We anticipate the Flex section to grow in 2014.
  • How many people apply to UCLA FEMBA?
    We have received between 640 and 830 applications a year over the last five years.
  • When/how do I sign up for an admissions interview?
    After you submit your online application, you will receive a confirmation email with a link to register for an interview slot.
  • Does UCLA FEMBA do rolling admissions within the round?
    We read applications as they become complete. We post admission decisions no later than the posted decision release date.
  • What are you looking for in an applicant?
    A) That you are academically prepared and dedicated enough to thrive at UCLA Anderson.
    Brains without gumption are not enough. Conversely, gumption without adequate academic ability won't work. All applicants must demonstrate academic ability via their prior academics, best GMAT or GRE score and quantity and quality of work experience.
    B) That you will give as much as you receive.
    After you clear the academic hurdle, the next part of the evaluation is reading your essays, resume, recommendations and interview write-up. We want to hear about your leadership and learn about how your classmates will benefit from you being in the class. How will you make UCLA Anderson a better community?
  • What can I do to improve my chances for admission?
    Spend quality time working on your application. Tell YOUR story. What are your goals and aspirations and why will your MBA at UCLA help you achieve them?
    Give yourself several weekends to work on building your application. Have mentors review your essays before you submit them to make sure you have articulated yourself professionally and well. Order your transcripts early.
    Take the GMAT or GRE seriously but don't stress over it too much. The GMAT or GRE is just one factor among many.
  • Who reads my application?
    First read: alumni readers read your application and get a first vote
    Second read: admissions director prepares provisional decisions
    Third read: Faculty Committee convenes for final evaluation and decision
  • What is new for FEMBA?
    A) The capstone Global Access Program is having its biggest year ever.
    Over 50 companies from 10 countries are participated in GAP in 2013. Student teams made their final presentations and presented their business plan in early December to the venture capitalist / industry expert panels.
    B) The Flex section has launched.
    Two years in, our new hybrid Flex section is getting great reviews from both students and faculty.
    C) The Career Services Team has grown quickly.
    Susan Dearing, Susan Cowell, Gordon Hill and our Executives-in-residence anchor the team and provide an entire curriculum of career enhancement and career switching services. They are adding programming every quarter and are newly providing off-campus counseling sessions in both Orange County and the Silicon Valley.
    Executives-in-Residence Susan Baumgarten and Sasha Strauss add their corporate experience to the education of FEMBAs. Ms. Baumgarten's storied career includes serving as President of Raytheon International.
    D) The International Studies & Exchange Programs offering is expanding rapidly.
    Over 1600 FEMBAs have now traveled the world since we began in 2008-2009 with programs to Argentina, Chile, India, Spain and the United Arab Emirates.
    For 2012, new international studies programs are in development for Brazil, China, Costa Rica, India, Russia, South Africa and UAE + Saudi Arabia. Also, new exchange programs are in development with HEC in France and Seoul National University in Korea. Programs are in development in the Czech Republic / Hungary, Japan and Italy.
    Additional fees apply to international studies and exchange programs.
How many FEMBA students are enrolled at UCLA Anderson?

Almost 900 FEMBA students are enrolled in all three classes at any one given time. In 2008, FEMBA became the largest of the three on-campus student bodies at Anderson. UCLA Anderson matriculates once per year, each class bringing a unique set of skills, knowledge and perspectives to the learning experience.

How large is the entering class?

293 students began in Fall 2013.

What does the Admissions Committee look for in an applicant?

The UCLA Anderson School FEMBA Admissions Committee considers a number of factors in selecting candidates for the program. Each applicant is carefully considered on the basis of past academic performance, admission essays, employment history, letters of recommendation, GMAT or GRE and other test scores, motivation and career progression. Participants are carefully selected for their overall abilities and the valuable contributions that they can make to the educational process.

No specific undergraduate major is required. All eligible candidates must hold at least a four-year bachelor’s degree from a college or university of fully-recognized standing. Applicants who attended institutions outside the United States should have completed 16 years of study, including four years at the college or university level. Evidence of strong quantitative skills is required of all candidates, regardless of undergraduate major.

The diverse perspectives gained through studying and interacting with professionals from a variety of functional areas, industry segments and cultural backgrounds broadens and enriches the overall educational experience. Together, participants create a learning environment that is second to none.

Can I apply to the FEMBA and the full-time MBA or Executive MBA program in the same year?

No. Applicants can only apply to one UCLA Anderson program per academic year.

If applying to the EMBA or FEMBA program, applicants may select to have their application considered for the other program (EMBA or FEMBA) if the Admissions Committee determines that there might be a fit. Applicants must however designate one or the other program as their first choice.

If I am currently enrolled in another degree-granting program, can I still apply to the FEMBA program? back to top If applicants are currently enrolled in any degree-granting program: Undergraduate, Masters, Nursing, Law, Medicine, PhD etc. applicants must identify this status in the optional essay.

All other degree work must be completed prior to beginning the FEMBA program in the Fall quarter. Please contact FEMBA Admissions for more detail on this.

Is there only an online application?

Yes, all applications are completed online. There is no paper application.

Are there any advantages to applying early?

Early is good, but better is best.

Applicants are encouraged to apply for admission as early as possible, but we would always prefer to receive a better application in a later round, rather than a rushed application in an earlier round.

A small percentage of admitted students at the very end are unable to get their first-choice of core class section preference.

Please note that if admitted, the admission deposit of $1500 is non-refundable, and due within one month of the admission offer. The $1500 is deducted from the Fall quarter tuition payment.

Are there mathematics and computer prerequisites?

All prospective students should have a working knowledge of algebra and differential calculus before beginning their course work. Admitted students also must have a working knowledge of word processing and spreadsheet applications such as Word and Excel.

Workshops are available at UCLA Anderson however students are advised to achieve competency before beginning graduate study. Academic work involves accessing UCLA Anderson's electronic network, therefore each student is required to have an appropriately configured laptop computer. Admitted students will receive computer purchasing information and necessary laptop configuration details with their orientation materials.

Do you recommend that I visit campus?

Yes. Applicants are strongly encouraged to attend a FEMBA program on-campus Open House or Lunch with the Director, or an off-campus Information Session or MBA fair, which are held regularly in the fall and winter quarters.

Does the FEMBA program conduct personal interviews? back to top Yes. An on-campus interview provides an applicant with an opportunity to personalize his or her candidacy beyond the information articulated on the application. Interview appointments can be scheduled online, after submission of the online application.

The online application must be submitted (and application fee paid) prior to signing up for an interview. Only one interview will be conducted for each applicant. In some circumstances, the Admissions Committee also may request a candidate to interview.

For full details, and on-campus interview dates please visit Interviews.

Is financial aid available?

The Professional MBA Programs at UCLA Anderson offer low cost government Stafford loans and Grad PLUS loans to United States citizens and individuals with permanent resident status. Non U.S. citizens (on an H-1 visa) with a credit history may apply for private loans. Financial aid is available throughout the 33 months of the program. For more information please visit the financial aid section of this web site.

Are fellowships available?

FEMBA fellowships are available for a one-year duration and are non-renewable in future years. Students must be enrolled in Fall, Winter and Spring quarters to be considered for a fellowship. For more detail contact the Professional MBA Programs Financial Aid Office at (310) 206-4141.

What is the admission deposit and when is it due?

Upon notification of acceptance to the FEMBA program, a $1,500 non-refundable deposit is required indicating intent to register and is due within one month of receiving the admission offer. The deposit amount will be deducted from the Fall quarter tuition payment.

May I defer my admission?

UCLA Anderson will consider admission deferrals only in cases of illness or disability. A student who receives a deferment is charged at the FEMBA program fee applicable to the new admission year. Admission offers may not be deferred for other reasons.

Is there a minimum GMAT/GRE or GPA score required for admission?

The Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) is required for all applicants. There is no minimum score requirement for application to the FEMBA program. The FEMBA Admissions Committee considers a number of factors in selecting candidates for the program.
The Academic Profile for the Class of 2016 was:
Median Undergraduate GPA: 3.4
Median GMAT: 680
Range of Middle 80% GMAT: 620 - 730

If I take the GMAT or GRE more than once, will you average the score or take the highest score?

UCLA Anderson takes the highest single-day score.

Where and when is the GMAT or GRE offered?

The GMAT is now administered as a computer-adaptive test (CAT) available three weeks per month, six days per week throughout the year at approximately 400 computer-based testing sites in North America and throughout many locations around the world. A list of testing centers is provided on GMAC's website ( More information is also available by calling the GMAT general information number at (609) 771-7330.

The GRE® revised General Test is available at about 700 test centers in more than 160 countries. It is offered as a computer-based test year round at most locations around the world and as a paper-based test up to three times a year in areas where computer-based testing is not available.

Is there a minimum TOEFL score required for admission?

Although no minimum TOEFL score is required, few applicants have been admitted with a score below 600. With the advent of the TOEFL-CBT, few applicants have been admitted with a score below 275. For more information, please visit the TOEFL website or call +1 (609) 771-7100. A brief description of UCLA Anderson's TOEFL requirements can also be found here.

Can I be a stay-at-home parent and do FEMBA?

Yes. We have had FEMBAs who were full-time parents. They typically use the FEMBA Program as a way to transition through their child's early, pre-school years while they themselves prepare to re-enter the workforce with the upgraded marketability of a UCLA MBA.

What are the topics of the essay questions and how long should the essays be?

The essay questions are listed in the online application and have set page limits. Please give the essays your full attention. The essays are a primary element for the admissions committee to get to know your accomplishments and aspirations. Tell us what you want to accomplish in your life and how an MBA will support that.

What if I have to withdraw my application?

The FEMBA program is 33 months however students can accelerate and graduate in 27 months. The maximum amount of time that can be taken to complete the program is 60 months.

How many years of employment are required to apply to the FEMBA program?

The typical range of the middle 80% of students is three to ten years of experience, however the quality and nature of experience is also an important consideration. Please view our class profile pages for more information.

Does the FEMBA program bestow the same degree as UCLA Anderson’s Full-Time MBA program?

Yes. All FEMBA students take the same core courses, are taught by the same faculty and receive the same UCLA Anderson MBA degree as the full-time MBA and Executive MBA students.

Are career services offered to FEMBA Students?

Yes. Whether students seek to ascend to the next level within their existing organization or embark upon a career change, UCLA Anderson provides dedicated and customized career services to its FEMBA students. These services are specifically aimed at mid-career professionals and directly address the skills needed to enable Anderson FEMBA students to develop lifelong career management skills and to take control of their career trajectory. All students have access to a dedicated FEMBA career coach for confidential one-on-one career counseling. For more information please visit the Career Services web page.

What is the procedure for transferring from another MBA program?

We do not accept transfer students. Students in another MBA program must complete the online application and submit all essays. Applicants must also complete the fourth essay and explain the reasons for wanting to transfer as well as current standing in the program (# units, etc.). Please note that transfer credits will only be granted if they are from another UC program. GMAT scores can be accepted if they are less than five years old.

Can I waive any classes if I have my CPA or CFA certification?

Yes, if you have a CPA or CFA certification,we encourage you to fill out and submit the following waiver.