We aim to make sure you’re as informed as possible during the application process.

Please see the below for our most common Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). If your question is not covered below and you need further assistance, please reach out to us at mba.admissions@anderson.ucla.edu.

Application — General

What are the application deadlines for applying through The Consortium?

Fall 2018 Consortium Deadlines


Round 1
Oct. 15, 2017

Round 2
Jan. 3, 2018


Round 1
Jan. 12, 2018

Round 2
Mar. 16, 2018

In which round should I apply?

Applicants are encouraged to apply when they feel that their application presents a clear and compelling picture of who they are, their strengths and their reasons for pursuing an MBA. If, for example, you find that you need more time to revise your essays or to retake the GMAT/GRE, you should definitely take the extra time to do so.

If you apply in Round 1, we will review your application earlier so you may receive an interview invitation and/or admission earlier. The Consortium determines the application deadlines so you can plan to apply to all member schools in which you are interested.

Am I at a disadvantage if I apply through The Consortium?

We encourage all applicants who can demonstrate their commitment to The Consortium's mission to apply via The Consortium. There are many benefits to Consortium membership, as well as the opportunity to be considered for a UCLA Anderson Consortium Fellowship. The Consortium applications are evaluated by the same standards as the rest of our pool, although the deadlines are slightly different.

Are there specific essays that I need to complete in addition to The Consortium essays?

Please see The Consortium Requirements to view details on the required UCLA Anderson supplemental essay.

I am interested in applying for a concurrent degree program (J.D./MBA, MBA/M.P.H., MBA/M.A. in Global Studies). Can I still apply through The Consortium?

Yes, candidates interested in one of our 10 concurrent degree programs can apply through The Consortium. You should indicate your intention on the UCLA Anderson supplemental section of The Consortium application. Please note that applicants interested in pursuing a concurrent degree must submit separate application materials to each program, following the instructions set forth on each program’s website. Admissions decisions for concurrent degree programs are made separately by each department, and you must be admitted to both programs to be considered a concurrent degree student. Please be advised that a UCLA Anderson Consortium Fellowship only covers MBA tuition.

What if I am a reapplicant?

Reapplicants are those who submitted a completed MBA application within the previous two years and received a final decision. Reapplicants are evaluated by the same standards as first-time applicants, so there is no disadvantage to reapplying. Reapplicants must submit a new application that includes all required data forms and essays, an updated résumé, transcripts, letters of recommendation and the application fee. Standardized test scores (GMAT, GRE, TOEFL and IELTS) may be reused if the score has not expired.

As a reapplicant to UCLA Anderson, we strongly recommend that you use the optional essay (on the UCLA Anderson Supplemental Application) to outline how you have improved your candidacy since your last application. The Admissions Committee will be looking for substantive changes in your qualifications. We also recommend that you provide updated professional recommendations which may highlight your most recent professional achievements, as well as speak to how you have enhanced your candidacy since you last applied. If you have taken the GMAT/GRE or TOEFL/IELTS again, ask to have the new official scores sent to The Consortium and note your new score on the Test Score section of the application.

If I apply through The Consortium and am denied admission, am I still eligible to apply to the UCLA Anderson Full-time MBA Program through one of its subsequent application rounds?

No. If you are denied admission to the Full-time UCLA Anderson MBA program after applying through The Consortium, you are not eligible to apply to the Full-time MBA program within the same academic cycle.

Application — Test Scores and GPA

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

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 review our average and range of scores in our most recent class profile and ensure that your GMAT or GRE score (including Writing Assessment) represents your ability. If your score doesn't reflect your ability, we recommend that you consider retaking the test.

If I retake the GMAT or GRE after The Consortium application deadline, will you consider my new score?

The GMAT or GRE must be taken on or before The Consortium application deadline for the round in which you apply. 

Do I need to submit a TOEFL or IELTS score?

Applicants who were educated in countries where English is not the primary spoken language of daily life are required to take the TOEFL or IELTS, regardless of the language used at their school. This includes applicants with degrees from multilingual countries such as India, Nigeria or Pakistan, among others. For more information, please refer to UCLA Graduate Division Office English requirements.

Application — Interview

Is it necessary to have an interview? When should I expect to receive an invitation to interview?

Once the Admissions Committee has reviewed your Consortium application, you may be invited to interview. Interviews are offered both on-campus and via Skype. Interview invitations generally start going out four weeks after the application deadline, and continue to go out on a rolling basis up until the notification deadline. You will be notified by email if you are invited to interview.

If invited to interview do I need to provide any additional documents?

If invited to interview you will need to submit official hard-copy undergraduate transcripts directly to our admissions office. The transcript copy that is included in The Consortium application will be used for preliminary evaluation purposes but is not considered an official transcript. Additional information will be provided in the interview invitation.

You will also need to submit official test scores (GMAT/GRE/TOEFL/IELTS) directly to us electronically. The test scores included in The Consortium application will be used for preliminary evaluation purposes but official test scores need to be reported directly to us from the testing organization. Your interview invitation will include our school codes for each test..

Financial Aid — Consortium Fellowship

I was admitted through The Consortium and did not receive a Consortium Fellowship. Am I still eligible for other UCLA Anderson MBA fellowships?

Yes, all admitted students are automatically considered for UCLA Anderson fellowships. No separate application is needed.

I was admitted to UCLA Anderson and another Consortium MBA program. I received a Consortium Fellowship by another Consortium MBA program but I want to attend UCLA Anderson instead. Can I transfer my Fellowship to UCLA Anderson even though I initially ranked it lower in my Consortium school rankings?

Fellowships cannot be transferred to other MBA programs within The Consortium. Your school ranking at the time of application determines the order in which schools may consider you for The Consortium Fellowship. You are first considered for the Fellowship by your highest-ranked school to which you were admitted. If that school does not choose to award you the Fellowship, the option passes to your next highest-ranked school to which you were admitted and so on. While many Consortium schools may admit you, only one Consortium school may offer you the Fellowship. After your application is submitted to The Consortium, you cannot change your school ranking.

As a recipient of a Consortium Fellowship, am I required to maintain a minimum grade point average while a student?

Whether a Consortium Fellowship recipient or Consortium Member, you must remain in good academic standing (i.e., 3.0 GPA or higher) while a student at UCLA Anderson.