International Applicants

International Applicants


UCLA Anderson is home to many international students and faculty members.  Applicants who do not have U.S. citizenship or permanent residence at the time of applying are considered as international. Please direct all your visa related inquiries to the Dashew Center for International Students & Scholars website for the most up-to-date information.

International students who have been admitted to the MFE Program will receive an email notification from the Dashew Center shortly after completing the Statement of Intent to Register (SIR) and submitting the $2000 enrollment fee, with instructions on how to request an I-20. The Confidential Financial Statement form will be required as part of the upload process.

International Requirements


Visa Status

Before the Dashew Center for International Students & Scholars office can issue a Certificate of Eligibility for the F-1 visa (Form I-20) or the J-1 visa (Form DS2019), admitted international students must complete a Confidential Financial Statement and provide the requested documentation (certified copies of personal bank statements, award letters, scholarships, and any other resources) and upload them to the Dashew Center website after you receive email instructions from their office on how to do so. All international applicants needing a student visa to study in the U.S. are strongly encouraged to start gathering all necessary documentation before receiving the email from the Dashew Center to ensure timely visa application processing.


Optional Practical Training

OPT is temporary employment for practical training directly related to the student's major area of study. The UCLA Anderson MFE Program is qualified for STEM which can extend an international student's OPT by 24 months - for a total of 36 months.

OPT rules may be found here.


Academic Records

Candidates must upload, to the application, copies of their records including transcripts and degree certificates for initial screening by our admissions committee.  Please send original transcripts or documents only after you have been admitted.

Applicants who received their degree(s) from a university OUTSIDE the United States must submit all of the following:

  • Transcript in the native language of the country, certified as official with the school's original seal
  • Complete translation into English of the transcript, certified by the school itself or by a certified translator
  • 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
  • Complete translation into English of the degree certificate, certified by the school itself or by a certified translator

After admitted, please mail the original documents to:

UCLA Anderson MFE Program
110 Westwood Plaza, Suite C310
Los Angeles, CA  90095-1481UCLA

UCLA Anderson evaluates all international undergraduate education within the context of each country's system. Please do NOT try to convert your grade point average to the American 4.0 scale. 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.

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 MFE 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.)

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The quantity and quality of work required in the UCLA Anderson MFE  Program cannot be accomplished without mastery of the English language.  TOEFL or IELTS scores are required of all applicants whose native language is not English. The TOEFL/IELTS is also required for students who attended a university where the medium of instruction was English, but the official language of the country was not English.  Either exam is accepted by the University, and UCLA Anderson has no preference for one exam over the other.

International students who hold a bachelor's degree or higher from a university located in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada or Australia or who have completed at least 2 years of full-time study at such an institution are exempt from these requirements.

To report the TOEFL score to us electronically, you must select institution code 4837 - UCLA ANDERSON SCHL OF MGMT and then choose "2 - Graduate Management" as the department code.

TOEFL and IELTS English Proficiency Examinations: If you were educated in a foreign language or your native language is not English, you must prove your English fluency by taking either the TOEFL or IELTS test.

  • Although the minimum TOEFL score accepted by UCLA is 87 (and 7.0 for IELTS), almost all UCLA Anderson MFE 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.
  • The TOEFL is also required for candidates who attended a university where the medium of instruction was English, but the official language of the country was not English (this includes Singapore and India.
  • No preference is given to either language test and all scores will be evaluated in conjunction with GMAT/GRE verbal scores and the AWA (Analytical Writing Assessment) to determine your true proficiency level.
  • Applications cannot be reviewed without complete test scores (as reported officially by the testing firm), and applications are only reviewed in the round during which your scores are submitted.
  • Official TOEFL score reports are sent electronically upon your request from ETS to UCLA Anderson MFE Admissions (use TOEFL Destination Code 4837-02). Official scores are required for admission but not for applying. IELTS scores are sent by hard-copy mail upon your request.
  • Work experience in English is not sufficient for a waiver of the language exam requirement since the determining factor is where the applicant was educated.
  • More information on the university's testing rules for all international applicants is available under UCLA Graduate Division's English requirements.
  • UCLA has minimum fluency standards for graduate admissions as shown on their pages.

An international 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 a country in which English is BOTH the spoken language and the medium of instruction (United States, U.K., Canada or Australia), OR
  • Has completed at least two years of full-time study at such an institution

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" which directs your score to "Graduate Schools of Management" 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.

IELTS is the International English Language Testing System. It measures ability to communicate in English across all four language skills (listening, reading, writing and speaking) for people who intend to study or work where English is the language of communication. The minimum overall score required for IELTS is 7.0.

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Begin Your Application

All applicants submit the MFE program application online through UCLA’s graduate admissions portal. The application gives you the opportunity to present a clear picture of yourself and of the qualities you feel the admissions committee should be aware of when considering your application. Please supplement the form in whatever way you feel is appropriate to convey that information.