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.

Program — General

What MBA formats are offered at UCLA Anderson?
  • MBA
  • Fully Employed MBA
  • Executive MBA
  • Global EMBA for Asia Pacific
How can I learn more about UCLA Anderson?
Does UCLA Anderson have any research centers?
What concurrent degrees programs are offered by UCLA Anderson?
  • Computer Science: MBA/MSCS
  • Dentistry: MBA/DDS
  • Latin American Studies: MBA/MLAS
  • Law: MBA/JD
  • Library & Information Science: MBA/MLIS
  • Medicine: MBA/MD
  • Nursing: MBA/MSN (note: this program is not admitting students for Fall 2016)
  • Public Health: MBA/MPH
  • Public Policy: MBA/MPP
  • Urban Planning: MBA/MURP

Visit Concurrent Degrees for more information.

Can I begin the MBA program in the spring?

UCLA Anderson offers only fall intake.

Does UCLA Anderson accept transfer credits?

No, we do not accept transfer credits. However, it is possible to test out of some core courses to be replaced by MBA elective courses of your choice.

Is it possible to work part-time while enrolled in the MBA program?

The MBA program is in fact a full-time format. Students find themselves on campus from 8 a.m. until late into the night during their First Year. Hours that are not scheduled for class are typically used for club meetings, recruiting and homework. Although the schedule does not leave enough time to work a part-time job, academic internships are available as early as winter quarter of First Year. If you are interested in a more flexible format that allows you to work while attending classes, please explore UCLA Anderson's Fully-Employed MBA and Executive MBA formats.

Where can I view the MBA brochure?

You can view the current brochure here.

Do you recommend that I visit the campus?

Yes, if you can, we encourage you to visit campus and we offer several different options for your visit. You can attend a Group Information Session (GIS), conducted by either an admissions representative or current student to learn about UCLA Anderson's full-time MBA Program, student life, and admissions process. You can attend classes, meet professors, and interact with current MBA students Monday through Thursday from mid-October through early May, excluding holidays and exam periods. Class visits fill up quickly so please schedule your visit two to three weeks before you plan to be on campus. Campus tours are available on Wednesday afternoons. Sign up for a GIS, a class visit or campus tour here.

May I apply to both the Full-time and Fully Employed MBA programs in the same year?

You may apply to only one UCLA Anderson program in a given year. There are separate application processes for each program.

How can I speak with an admissions advisor?

Although we do not have formal admissions advisors, you can send an e-mail to mba.admissions@anderson.ucla.edu with your specific questions, and we will reply to you promptly. While we cannot accommodate individual counseling sessions, we encourage you to connect with admissions representatives by attending one of our recruiting events – an on-campus Group Information Session (GIS), an off-campus Information Evening, or meet us on the road at one of the many fairs, forums, and conferences that we attend. To sign up for a GIS, Information Evening, or other recruiting event, visit: MBA Events.

Who qualifies as a "California Resident" for purposes of student charges?

Students qualify as "California Residents" for student charges if they have established physical residence in California on a continuous basis for at least 366 days, have provided evidence of intent to make California their home, and are US citizens or permanent residents. The University will determine residency status once an admitted student has completed an online Statement of Intent to Register (SIR) and Statement of Legal Residence (SLR). See the University of California residency page.

If I attended high school in California, do I qualify to pay "California Resident" student charges?

Under California law AB 540, certain nonresident students are eligible to be charged "California Resident" student charges. To qualify for AB 540 exemption, you must have attended a California high school for three or more years and graduated from the high school. You will still be considered a nonresident student but your nonresident charges will be waived.

Can an international student qualify as a "California Resident" for purposes of student charges?

Only US citizens or permanent residents who fulfill the residency requirements can qualify as "California Residents".

Application — General

What are the minimum requirements for admission to the UCLA Anderson MBA Program?

To be considered for admission, you must take the GMAT or GRE, hold a four-year equivalent bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university, and submit a completed application for admission. International applicants with a 3-year undergraduate degree may be admitted if the Admissions Committee determines that their academic profile and overall application are strong enough. The TOEFL or IELTS is also required for the majority of international applicants.

For more information, please visit our Admissions Requirements page.

Admissions Requirements

When can I apply?

The application is available from August 1, 2016 through April 12, 2017 with three application rounds to choose from. Completed applications must be received by 11:59 PM Pacific Time on the deadline day to be evaluated in that round.

Are there any advantages to applying early in the admissions cycle?

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.

How do I submit my application to the MBA Program and what is the application fee?

Applications are completed and submitted online only. The application fee is $200.

Are application fee waivers available?

Fee waivers are only available for active members of the US military.

Can I submit updates to my application after I have submitted it?

Unfortunately, we do not accept updates to the application once it has been submitted. If you do wish to add information after your application has been submitted, then your application will be moved to a later round for consideration.

When and how can I expect to hear back from UCLA Anderson?

You will be notified of your decision via email by the appropriate decision release date for the round in which you applied.

What does the Admissions Committee look for in an applicant?

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/GRE score and (for most international applicants) TOEFL/IELTS score; achievements, awards, and honors; employment history; letter of recommendation; essay(s); and college and community involvement, especially where you have served in leadership capacities.

Please visit our Admissions page to find out more


Are there mathematics and computer prerequisites?

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).

How much do things like letters of recommendation, interviews and GMAT/GRE scores matter? Do you weigh one part of the application more heavily than others?

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 holistically.

Do you provide feedback to denied applicants?

Yes, feedback sessions are available at the end of the admissions cycle. Requests for feedback sessions will be accepted June 1 – 15 and those interested will be scheduled for 15 minute phone sessions.

Application — Test Scores and GPA

How long are test scores valid for?

GMAT/GRE test dates are valid for 5 years. Valid test dates must be between April 1, 2011 and the deadline date for the round in which you are applying.

TOEFL/IELTS test dates are valid for 2 years. Valid test dates must be between April 1, 2014 and the deadline date for the round in which you are applying.

Is there a minimum GMAT/GRE score or GPA 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 note 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 take the GMAT/GRE more than once, will you average the scores or take the higher one?

We will see all of your scores and although we will not average them, we will primarily consider your highest score.

Where and when is the GMAT offered?

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.

Who must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)?

TOEFL or IELTS scores are required of all applicants EXCEPT those from a select list of countries. For more information please refer to UCLA Graduate Division Office English requirements.

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, no matter the language used at their school.  This includes applicants with degrees from multi-lingual countries such as India, Nigeria, Pakistan, etc. 

Please note that work experience in English is not sufficient for a TOEFL/IELTS waiver. For more information about the TOEFL,go to www.ets.org/toefl or for the IELTS, go to www.ielts.org

Do you require a minimum score on the TOEFL/IELTS?

Almost all admits score 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 for the IELTS, go to www.ielts.org

Application — Work Experience

How many years of work experience do I need before applying?

Although work experience is not required for admission, the average is 5 years. 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 of experience that counts but rather the quality, and how the experience translates into your goals.

Do internships count as work experience?

Internships can provide valuable experience, but should not be counted as full-time work experience.

Application — Letters of Recommendation

May I submit more than two letters of recommendation?

Please submit only two letters of recommendation, preferably from direct supervisors or managers at your current place of employment.

What if my letter of recommendation is from a professor?

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.

I can't ask my boss for a letter of recommendation because she/he doesn't know I want to leave. What do I do?

In your optional essay you can explain your reasons for not including a letter of recommendation from your direct supervisor. You may request a letter of 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 letters of recommendation from people who know your work well, preferably from a supervisory perspective. Remember that family and friends/peers at work are not the best sources.

Is the letter of recommendation deadline the same as the application deadline?

Yes, your completed application, including your letters of recommendation, must be submitted to us by the deadline in order to be considered for evaluation. It is your responsibility to inform your recommenders of the deadline and ensure that your letters of recommendation are submitted by the deadline for the round in which you are applying.

Application — Interview

Are interviews required?

All candidates being considered for admission will be interviewed, but an interview is not a guarantee of an offer.

What is the interview process?

Interviews are by invitation only. If you are selected for an interview, you will be notified after the admissions committee has reviewed 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 via Skype. There is no difference between interviews conducted on-campus or Skype, as all interviewers are trained to evaluate communication skills, focus, reasoning, passion, and understanding of the opportunities that a UCLA Anderson MBA provides.

When do interviews take place?

Interviews take place in every round. It is possible to receive an interview invitation at any point before the decision release date of the round in which you applied.

Financial Aid

Are fellowships or other financial aid available?

Fellowship support is available to exceptional admitted applicants. Last year, approximately 40% of the incoming class received fellowships. Second-year students also are offered fellowships based on academic performance and leadership activities in the first year. 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 visit our financial aid website.

We offer a private loan through Eli Lilly Credit Union. No co-signer is required.

We also have various outside aid for which you can apply. For more information, please visit our website.

Who is considered for fellowships?

All admitted students are automatically considered for fellowships. No separate application is needed.

Does UCLA Anderson participate in the Post-9/11 GI Bill Yellow Ribbon Program?

Yes, we do participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program for “Non-California Residents”. The VA pays for “California Resident” student charges, as well as 50% of the difference between “California Resident” and “Non-California Resident” student charges. UCLA Anderson pays the other 50% of the remaining student charges.


How can I learn more about international-applicant information?
My university does not use the 4.0 scale. Do I need to convert my grades?

No, you are evaluated in the context of your own country’s school system – grades are never converted to the American 4.0 scale.

What academic records do I need to submit with my application?

Upload a complete transcript and degree certificate or diploma in the native language of the country in which your degree was earned as well as a certified translation in English. The degree certificate or diploma should show the exact degree received and date awarded. To facilitate our evaluation of your degree(s), you may choose to supply a credential evaluation report from World Education Services.

I earned a three-year undergraduate degree. Am I still eligible to apply?


Are all international applicants required to take one of the approved English assessment tests?

TOEFL or IELTS scores are required of all applicants EXCEPT those from a select list of countries. For more information please refer to UCLA Graduate Division Office English requirements.  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 for the IELTS, go to www.ielts.org

Does UCLA Anderson offer financial aid to international students?

Yes, we offer the following financial aid options:

  • 1. UCLA Anderson Fellowships: all admitted students are considered for fellowships based on the overall strength of their admission application. No separate application is necessary.
  • 2. Private Loans: we offer a private loan through Eli Lilly Credit Union. No co-signer is required.
  • 3. We also have various outside aid for which you can apply. For more information, please visit our website.
Does UCLA Anderson assist with student visas?

Yes, upon admission, UCLA Anderson works with newly-admitted students to obtain a visa from the U.S. government. Almost all international students get an F-1 visa. Students sponsored by an organization or firm may get a J-1 visa instead. For information regarding student visa information please consult the Dashew Center for International Students and Scholars.