International Students

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.

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)
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 17 months - for a total of 29 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.  To expedite your admission process, you should send these documents by mail as soon as 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  90095-1481

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, 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.

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.)

English Language Proficiency Exams (TOEFL & IELTS)
The quantity and quality of work required in the UCLA Anderson MFE  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.
  • Work experience of any duration is insufficient to have the TOEFL/IELTS requirement waived, since the determining factor is where the applicant was educated.

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

IELTS
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 admission to the University is 7.0.