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To be considered for admission, you must take the GMAT, hold a four-year bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university, and submit a completed application for admission. International applicants may check for degree equivalency by contacting UCLA Graduate Admissions at (310) 825-3819.
Work experience is not required for admission. It is important for you to assess your own readiness when deciding to apply. Recent college graduates who have exceptional academic records and GMAT scores, who have demonstrated strong leadership in college, and who are ready to pursue their MBA are encouraged to apply. We seek to admit outstanding leaders at different points in their professional careers. We feel it is not the quantity, but the quality of your experience (and how that experience fits with your goals), that counts.
Yes. Applicants are notified on a continuous basis throughout each application period so you are advised to apply for admission as early as possible. Historically, fewer applicants are admitted in the last round, which tends to be especially competitive. Candidates who are denied admission during one deadline period cannot reapply during another deadline period in the same academic year. However, denied applicants may reapply the following year.
The Admissions Committee selects a diverse community of students who will succeed in managerial leadership and bring unique contributions to enrich UCLA Anderson. The committee carefully evaluates: biographical and academic background information; your GMAT score and (for most international applicants) TOEFL score; achievements, awards, and honors; employment history; letters of recommendation; essays; and college and community involvement, especially where you have served in leadership capacities.
We recommend that all admitted students complete a differential calculus course prior to the start of MBA studies. Knowledge of statistics also is recommended to prepare for MBA coursework. Finally, all students are expected to have a working knowledge of word processing, as well as spreadsheet and presentation software applications (e.g., Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
No. Many factors are considered in the decision process. Admissions decisions are not made solely on the basis of grades and test scores. However, you may want to note our average and range of scores in our most recent class profile and ensure that your GMAT score (including AWA) represents your ability. If your score doesn't reflect your ability then, we recommend that you consider retaking the test.
We will see all of your scores and will not average them, but we will primarily consider your highest score.
The GMAT is a computer-adaptive test (CAT) that is administered frequently throughout the year at approximately 400 computer-based testing locations around the world. To make testing arrangements, go online to www.mba.com and please note that the GMAT code for UCLA Anderson is 2NZ-2F-24.
TOEFL or IELTS scores are required of all applicants EXCEPT those who were educated solely in English for their undergraduate and/or prior graduate degree. Applicants from non-English-speaking countries are not required to take the TOEFL or IELTS tests if their academic documents confirm that all degree coursework was completed in English. Please note that work experience in English is not sufficient for a TOEFL/IELTS waiver; the key factor is being educated in English. For more information about the TOEFL, go to www.ets.org/toefl/ or call (609) 771-7100.
Almost all admits have over 100 on the TOEFL IBT, or 610 on the TOEFL paper-based test, or 7.0 overall on the IELTS. For more information about the TOEFL, go to www.ets.org/toefl/ or call (609) 771-7100.
Please submit only two recommendations, preferably from supervisors or managers at your current place of employment.
If you have been out of school for less than two years, you may include an academic recommendation in place of a work-related one. Ideally an academic recommender should know you beyond the classroom through research, internships or other interactions. Early career applicants should also consider asking club advisors, internship supervisors or other employers who can comment on your leadership skills.
In your optional essay you can explain your reasons for not including a recommendation from your direct supervisor. You may use a recommendation from another work-related source such as a client or a manager from another department who knows your skills, or a former boss who has left the company. We are looking for a recommendation from someone who knows your work well, preferably from a supervisory perspective. Remember that family and friends/peers at work are not the best sources.
Components of an application are not weighted. All of the factors are important aspects of the application. The Admissions Committee conducts a comprehensive review and considers the total application.
Interviews are by invitation only. If you are selected for an interview, you will be notified after the admissions committee has done a preliminary review of your application, which could be at any time during the admissions round. If you cannot come to campus for the interview then one will be arranged with a UCLA Anderson alumnus/alumna in your location. All candidates being considered for admission will be interviewed, but an interview is not a guarantee of an offer. There is no difference between interviews conducted on-campus or off-campus, as all interviewers are trained to evaluate communication skills, focus, reasoning, passion, and understanding of the opportunities that a UCLA Anderson MBA provides.
Yes, we encourage you to attend a Group Information Session (GIS), conducted by an admissions representative, to learn about UCLA Anderson's full-time MBA Program, student life, and admissions process. A GIS provides a forum for questions in a small group setting. Sign up for a GIS at anderson.ucla.edu/mba-events. You also can attend classes, meet professors, and talk with current MBA students through our Admissions Ambassador Corps (AAC) on Monday through Thursday from mid-October through early May, excluding holidays and exam periods. To arrange your campus visit, please start by scheduling a class visit two to three weeks before you plan to arrive. Campus maps and a list of classes you may attend also are available in the Admissions Office in Gold Hall, B201.
Fellowship support is available to exceptional admitted applicants. Last year, approximately one-third of the incoming class received fellowships. The MBA Admissions Office makes these award decisions and all admitted students are automatically considered for fellowships. No separate application is needed. Second-year students also are offered fellowships based on academic performance and leadership activities in the first year. In addition, private firms, foundations, and individuals support more than 40 fellowships. Teaching Assistant and Research Assistant positions also can significantly supplement student budgets, along with student loans. For more information, contact the UCLA Anderson Financial Aid office at (310) 825-2746 or 825-0629, or go to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Candidates may apply to only one UCLA Anderson MBA program in a given year. There are separate application processes for each program.
Applications are completed and submitted online only. The application fee is $200.
You can send an e-mail to email@example.com with your specific questions, and we will reply to you promptly. Although we cannot accommodate individual counseling sessions, we encourage you to attend a Group Information Session (GIS) or Information Evening where you can discuss your questions with admissions representatives. To sign up for GIS, go to: mba.anderson.ucla.edu/events. In addition, every fall UCLA Anderson holds informational events on campus and around the world where you will have the opportunity to speak with admissions counselors, current students, and alumni. Please visit our Admissions website to sign up for an event.