International Applicants

An international perspective on business and commerce is integral to a sucess on an executive level, and this is why UCLA emphasizes 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, which is why an average of 20% of FEMBA's annual incoming class is composed of International citizens.

The culture at UCLA Anderson ensures that everybody works in a friendly, collaborative way, which makes meeting new student challenges all the easier. By the end of the FEMBA program, our students form lifelong bonds which circle the globe, and they have a deep 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 international and must already have a visa. The FEMBA program does not provide student visas for students who wish to enroll in the FEMBA Program. Visas will have to be arranged personally by the applicant or the applicants place of employment.

The UCLA Anderson FEMBA Admissions Committee uses the mark sheets and degree certificates that you upload with your application to do a preliminary evaluation of your academic qualifications. Candidates must send their mark sheets and degree certificates with their application for initial screening by our admissions committee. Mark sheets and degree certificates can be sent to FEMBA Admissions and will be sent back to candidates upon review. Candidates may also present mark sheets and degree certificates in person at the FEMBA Admissions Office or during the on-campus interview (SuperSaturday) and we will make copies for you. Candidates are not allowed to submit their own copies. Please note that 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, for example -- we know the grading system and the rigorous schools in every nation, and we compare applicants based on how they performed versus other candidates from that country. In addition, do not send us transcript evaluations from an outside agency, as we perform our own evaluation of the documentation.

Please do NOT send original mark sheets, transcripts, or degree certificates until we ask you to do so. We only want full original documentation from the candidates we admit. Therefore you can assemble the academic records listed below if you wish, but please refrain from sending them until we ask you upon admission.

Admits who received their undergraduate degree from a university WITHIN the United States must send a complete, sealed original transcript from that school. The transcript must also show the exact degree received and the date awarded.

The minimum graduate admission requirement includes a bachelor's degree or recognized equivalent from an accredited institution. We are unable to determine whether a degree is equivalent to a U.S. bachelor's degree prior to receiving a complete application. Graduates of recognized academic institutions outside the U.S. should have completed degree programs representing a minimum of 16 years of schooling with at least 12 years at the primary and secondary level. Specific requirements for academic systems in different countries are described below.

UCLA Anderson and the UCLA Graduate Division will both review the 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 FEMBA Admissions office will notify applicants whom we intend to admit to UCLA Anderson, however Graduate Division reserves the right to make all final decisions on foreign academic records.

Candidates who have obtained their preparatory education at institutions outside the United States should observe the following instructions when preparing the application:

  • List all post-secondary educational institutions attended, including technical and professional schools, regardless of the period of attendance or whether the study was related to the field of management.
  • Provide the full, actual names of the institutions attended and the titles of all diplomas or degrees obtained. (Applicants from countries not using the Roman alphabet should provide the names of their institutions in English.)

English Language Proficiency Exams (TOEFL & IELTS)

The quantity and quality of work required in the UCLA Anderson MBA Program 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 exam is accepted by the University, and UCLA Anderson has no preference for one exam over the other.

UCLA rules require the TOEFL or IELTS from all applicants educated where English is not the ubiquitous language. 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

Please note:

  • Applicants educated in such countries as India, Pakistan or Singapore are required to take the TOEFL or IELTS for admission. Only those students taught in English in countries where the primary spoken language is also English are exempt from the requirement (ie, Australia).
  • Work experience of any duration is insufficient to have the TOEFL/IELTS requirement waived, since the determining factor is where the applicant was educated.

The TOEFL is administered by Educational Testing Service (ETS), and is 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 and the Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA), 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 to the University at large, 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.)

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.