International Applicants

International Diversity: About one-third of each incoming MBA class is comprised of students from outside the United States, as part of a conscious effort to diversify the school's global perspective.

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    Learn how business is done around the world and how to lead diverse multinational teams in any workplace.
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    Students from different educational and cultural backgrounds show each other how to approach issues from fresh viewpoints.
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    UCLA Anderson alumni become the best ambassadors for the program worldwide.

Balanced Representation: We seek an international balance of students within each class.

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    No admission quotas exist for any country, as we seek to admit the best candidates from each nation.
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    You are encouraged to submit an application that highlights the distinctiveness of your profile and leadership potential.
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    Competition for admission varies from place to place and year to year.
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    We use the primary citizenship listed on your application for evaluation purposes.
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    All applicants who do not have U.S. citizenship or who do not list their U.S. citizenship as their primary citizenship are considered international; though, U.S. permanent residents do not require a student visa to enroll.
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    Only U.S. citizens and permanent residents may qualify for California residency for tuition purposes, as long as they meet the university's requirements (see Residency FAQs).

International Academic Records: The MBA Admissions Committee uses the document copies uploaded with each application to conduct a preliminary evaluation of academic qualifications.

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    You are evaluated in the context of your own country's school system and grading scale — grades are never converted to the American 4.0 scale.
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    Original hard-copy academic documents, certified as official with the school's original seal, should be sent upon request after being invited to an interview:
    • Complete transcript in the native language of the country and a certified translation of the transcript into English;
    • Degree certificate or diploma copy in the native language of the country, showing the exact degree received and date awarded; plus, a certified translation of the degree certificate into English.
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    There's no need to mail in any documents unless instructed to do so in an interview invitation email.
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    A completed undergraduate degree equivalent to a U.S. bachelor's degree is required for graduate student admission at UCLA, and we can only judge this equivalency once a full application is submitted.
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    Additional degrees earned beyond a bachelor's-level program are part of our evaluation, for example, a master's degree or PGDM (Post-Graduate Diploma in Management). However, professional certifications (e.g., chartered accountant, CPA or CFA) are not considered academic degrees; though, they can be noted on the application.
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    To facilitate our evaluation of your degree(s), you may choose to supply a credential evaluation report from World Education Services.

English Language Proficiency Examinations (TOEFL and IELTS): Succeeding in the UCLA Anderson MBA Program requires prior mastery of English. 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.

Student Visas: UCLA works with newly-admitted students to obtain a visa from the U.S. government as follows:

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    If you need a visa, you must first submit your acceptance of our offer of admission. After your acceptance has been processed, you will be sent a link to the forms required to apply for a visa.
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    Almost all international students get an F-1 visa. After reviewing all documentation, UCLA sends a Form I-20 for you to obtain the actual visa at a U.S. consulate in your home country.
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    Students sponsored by an organization or firm may get a J-1 visa instead, after receiving a Form DS-2019 from UCLA.
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    U.S. government regulations only allow students to enter the United States in mid-August, a few weeks before the mandatory class orientation program begins.
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    For information regarding student visas, please consult the Dashew Center for International Students and Scholars.