Requirements

The application process ensures we find not only the best students, but also the most diverse group who fit hand-in-glove with our Think in the Next credo. We make sure that you and your classmates will excel while supporting each other in reaching beyond conventional thinking and becoming the industry-shaping leaders of tomorrow.

All the information you need to apply is available in the sections below. To apply immediately, click the “apply online” button to the right.

Online Application

All applicants must apply to the MBA program online. Applications will be accepted for fall 2015 starting Aug. 1, 2014. The application fee is $200.

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Four-year Bachelor Degree or Equivalent

Candidates must hold a completed undergraduate degree in order to enroll in our MBA program. Usually this is a four-year bachelor's degree, or its equivalent in other countries.

International applicants with just a 3-year undergraduate degree may be admitted if the Admissions Committee determines that their entire academic profile and overall application are strong enough.

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    You should submit scanned copies of your academic records with your application. Only applicants invited to interview should send us official hard-copy documents upon request.
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    Records needed from schools outside the United States include multiple documents as described on the International Applicants page.
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    We understand the differing rigor of schools and grading scales around the world, and we always evaluate academics within their own context, without converting them to any other system. Grades on scales other than the American 4.0 standard should NOT be converted for reporting purposes on the application. No discrepancy should exist between what you report and what we see on your transcripts.
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    Undergraduate majors of all kinds are welcome in the class - we need some business and economics graduates but also engineers, scientists, and those who studied liberal arts.
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    Quantitative preparation is key for performance in our core, so all math-related grades (plus the GMAT-quant score) get special scrutiny.
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    Grade trends are important, and we like to see averages that get better over time as undergraduates learn to thrive in their chosen major. We give you the benefit of the doubt for occasional issues with classes, but our students tend to show a consistent level of functioning above their peers.
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    If you want to bolster your academic profile, you could complete additional coursework now and submit the transcript with the application for consideration. MBA-related classes such as calculus, statistics, accounting or finance are preferred.
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    Professional certifications such as CFA, CPA, Chartered Accountant, etc. can add value to your profile and there is a section in the application to note them.
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    Undergraduate courses taken in a term at another institution (e.g., during an exchange program) do not require an additional transcript as long as they appear on the degree-granting school's transcript. You should submit transcripts for all coursework taken after secondary school (high school).
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    If you already have an MBA degree, you may apply for admission if you make a case in your application for why you need a duplicate degree. The prior degree must actually say "MBA" or "Masters in Business Administration" for this issue to exist, and a duplicate degree may be justified if the first program was too short or narrowly focused to compare to a UCLA Anderson MBA.
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    To facilitate our evaluation of your degree(s), you may choose to supply a course-by-course credential evaluation report from World Education Services along with the scanned documents from your school.
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GMAT/GRE

All applicants must take the GMAT or GRE, but there is no minimum score. For an idea of the typical range we admit, see the latest class profile.

For fall 2015 admission, the GMAT/GRE test date must be between April 1, 2010 - April 30, 2015 for scores to be valid, but not later than the deadline date of the round in which the applicant is applying.

We primarily evaluate your top score, but all scores reported to UCLA Anderson are visible to the Admissions Committee.

Note that we also accept GRE scores (to order ETS to send a GRE score report to the UCLA Anderson MBA program use school code 0771).

GMAT/GRE You are required to take the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Examination (GRE). We prefer GMAT scores as the common denominator by which we have historically compared candidates, but we accept the GRE now as well.

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    Within the MBA application, you must report the test date and score you want the Admissions Committee to evaluate.
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    Applications cannot be reviewed without complete test scores (as self-reported by the candidate or officially by the GMAT or GRE office), and applications are only reviewed in the round when scores are received.
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    The GMAT or GRE test date must be between April 1, 2010 and April 30, 2015 for scores to be valid, but not later than the deadline date for the round in which you are applying.
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    Official GMAT score reports are sent electronically upon your request from Pearson VUE to UCLA Anderson MBA Admissions (with the School Code 2NZ-2F-24). Official scores are required for enrollment but not for applying.
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    Official GRE score reports are sent via hard-copy upon your request from the Educational Testing Service (ETS) to UCLA Anderson MBA Admissions (with the school code 0771).
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    We primarily evaluate your top score, but all scores reported to UCLA Anderson are visible to the Admissions Committee.
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    No minimum GMAT is required, and the Admissions Committee has the flexibility to consider all scores in the context of your overall academic preparation and management potential.
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    For further information and testing arrangements, please visit the GMAT or GRE website.
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Work Experience

Although the majority of our students do have full-time work experience, early career and college senior prospective students may still apply.

We evaluate candidates on their work in any given field after the completion of their undergraduate degree. Backgrounds and interests vary widely among our students, but all share a vision of how the MBA will empower their future.

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    Quality of experience is more important than quantity.
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    We look at your impact in the context of the time you had and the field you're in.
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    Diverse paths lead to business school, and we find that students learn more when we mix people from every type and level of organization. Your application should show us how you will contribute to the mix of your class.
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    We are most impressed by increasing levels of responsibility over time; those who advance faster than their peers are the ones who get admitted first.
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    The majority of our students are career-switchers using the MBA to leverage themselves into a new field. Others will springboard back into higher positions in their current sectors.
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    We admit very few people without at least a year or two of post-bachelor degree work. Our "early career" admits contribute more in terms of academic excellence and contagious study skills.
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    Leadership in work, campus or community organizations helps to demonstrate management potential. Show us that you can commit to an organization, create a vision and motivate others to achieve goals together.
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    Jobs held prior to your undergraduate degree may be listed if desired, but our focus is on post-baccalaureate experience.
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    A resumé must be submitted with the application and should create a compelling summary of your career on one page (or not more than two pages).
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Recommendation

Only one letter of recommendation is needed from an individual who is well acquainted with your performance in a work setting, preferably from a direct supervisor.

The recommendation provides us with third-party confirmation and insights into your achievements. You should choose a recommender who will support your candidacy with concrete examples of performance and impact on the organization.

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    Questions from the on-line recommendation form are shown below and are for reference only.
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    The Recommendation must be submitted on-line, not via hard-copy responses to these questions.
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    You must register your recommender, who then use the confidential on-line link they receive directly from ApplyYourself. Your recommender also has the option to upload an additional document if desired.
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    If your recommender does not write in English, the uploaded document can be a certified translation of their comments. Only one recommendation is accepted per application.
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    Ideally your recommendation should be from a current direct supervisor who is best equipped to answer questions about your leadership, communication, teamwork, initiative and other skills.
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    If you are unable to ask a current supervisor for a recommendation, then you can ask a former boss, a manager from another department, or a consultant or client who knows you well enough to answer the questions insightfully.
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    Academic contacts are not usually able to provide information on management potential. Similarly, family members, peers and friends are not appropriate as recommenders.
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    Your recommenders' own titles or positions are not important - instead, their ability to comment knowledgeably and specifically about you is vital.
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    Letters from contacts (including alumni) who do not know you well cannot add value like direct supervisors can.
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    Online recommendations are due by the application deadline.

Recommendation Questions and Topics*

  • How do the candidate's performance, potential, or personal qualities compare to those of other well?qualified individuals in similar roles? Please provide specific examples.
  • Describe the most important piece of constructive feedback you have given the applicant. Please detail the circumstances and the applicant's response.
  • In UCLA Anderson's school culture we share success, drive change and think fearlessly. Please give examples where the applicant exhibited any or all of these.

*Please note: Questions and topics listed above are for reference only. Actual submission of letters of recommendation is done online, through the application system only.

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Essays

One essay is required, in written form only. One optional essay may also be submitted to supply information on extenuating circumstances.

FIRST-TIME APPLICANTS - ONE REQUIRED ESSAY:

UCLA Anderson is distinguished by three defining principles: Share Success, Think Fearlessly, Drive Change. What principles have defined your life and pre-MBA career? How do you believe that UCLA Anderson's principles, and the environment they create, will help you attain your post-MBA career goals? (750 words maximum)

OPTIONAL ESSAY:
The following essay is optional. No preference is given in the evaluation process to applicants who submit an optional essay. Please note that we only accept written essays.

Are there any extenuating circumstances in your profile about which the Admissions Committee should be aware? Please use your best judgment. (250 words maximum)

RE-APPLICANTS - ONE REQUIRED ESSAY:
Reapplicants who applied for the class entering in fall 2013 or 2014 are required to complete the following essay:

Please describe your career progress since you last applied and ways in which you have enhanced your candidacy. Include updates on short-term and long-term career goals, as well as your continued interest in UCLA Anderson. (750 words maximum)

Your essays are the primary way for you to share your perspectives and plans with the admissions committee. The best essays are introspective, genuine and succinct in directly answering our questions and responding to our topics.

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    You should try to distinguish yourself by showing what makes you different from others who share similar profiles.
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    Personal expression is what we are looking for, not platitudes.
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    Making a strong case for your future plans requires you to first do research on career paths and find one that resonates. Even if this target will change during business school, your application essays should lay out a clear trajectory for short-term and long-term goals. Do this by demonstrating how you expect to build on skills from your past, and those you expect to gain from the MBA.
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    Essays are more compelling if they include specific courses, programs, groups, opportunities, activities, etc. from which you would benefit, if admitted to UCLA Anderson. These references are best found through website research, personal discussions and a campus visit (if possible).
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    Content and clarity are key elements, as we seek superior communication skills.
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    Style is a consideration too, although we understand that those who speak other languages may have different manners of expression in English.We do check your essays for plagiarism, so make sure you always submit your own work.
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    Length does not equal strength. A well-written short essay can have even more impact than a longer essay. Please try to respect the word limits indicated below.
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    All responses to essays must be on double-spaced pages that are uploaded as a document. We do not accept essays in any other media but written form.
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Interviews

Interviews are conducted on an invitation basis only after submitted applications are reviewed, and an interview must be completed to be admitted to the program.

Interviews are conducted on an invitation-only basis and one is required before admission can be offered. Applications are re-read after the interview comments are added, and then the Admissions Committee decides whether to make an admission offer.

Interviews are rarely the deciding factor in an admissions decision; instead they typically mirror or round out information already provided in the application.

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    Instructions on how to set up an interview are provided at the time of invitation.
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    Interviews are held on-campus, or off-campus via Skype, and they last approximately 30 minutes.
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    All interviews carry equal weight as they are conducted by second-year MBA students who are thoroughly trained on our evaluation metrics and on providing current perspectives for candidates.
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    Interviewing on-campus allows candidates to see the campus and visit a class, but there is no advantage to interviewing on- or off-campus.
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    Interviews are blind in order to avoid interviewer bias.
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    Questions are straightforward and generally cover topics already addressed in the application, such as reasons for getting an MBA, short-term and long-term career goals, fit with UCLA Anderson and personal interests.
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    Pre-rehearsed speeches do not make for a good interview. We are interested in getting to know you as an individual and understanding how you'll fit into the next class. We assess your communication skills, social skills, and readiness for our program.
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    Remember that the word "interview" implies an exchange of views between people, so be ready with pertinent questions and go with the flow of the conversation.
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    Business attire is appropriate for this professional interview, and we check photo identification to ensure integrity.
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    After being invited for an interview you should submit official test scores and hard-copy official academic records to us, as described in your interview invitation.
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    Hint: Relax, be genuine and enjoy the opportunity for us to get to know each other.
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TOEFL / IELTS

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 fall 2015 admission, the test date must be between April 1, 2013 - April 30, 2015 for TOEFL or IELTS scores to be valid, but not later than the deadline date for the round in which the applicant is applying.

TOEFL and IELTS English Proficiency Examinations: If you were educated in a foreign language, you must prove your English fluency by taking either the TOEFL or IELTS test. Almost all UCLA Anderson admits taking the TOEFL have over 100 on the TOEFL IBT, or 610 on the TOEFL paper-based test, or 7.0 overall on the IELTS.

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    If you were educated solely in English for your undergraduate and/or prior graduate degree, you do not have to take the TOEFL.
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    International candidates educated in English are still strongly advised to take the TOEFL or IELTS to prove their fluency level to both the Admissions Committee and to U.S. visa officers.
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    No preference is given to either language test and all scores will be evaluated in conjunction with GMAT verbal scores and the AWA (Analytical Writing Assessment) to determine your true proficiency level.
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    Applications cannot be reviewed without complete test scores (as self-reported by you or officially by the testing firm), and applications are only reviewed in the round during which your scores are submitted.
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    Official TOEFL score reports are sent electronically upon your request from ETS to UCLA Anderson MBA Admissions (with the School Code 4837-02). Official scores are required for admission but not for applying. IELTS scores are sent by hard-copy mail upon your request.
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    The English exam requirement can only be waived if you have an undergraduate or graduate degree from a program where all coursework was in English.
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    Work experience in English is not sufficient for a waiver of the language exam requirement.
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    More information on the university's testing rules for all international applicants is available under UCLA Graduate Division's English requirements.
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    UCLA has minimum fluency standards for graduate admissions as shown on their pages.
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Reapplicants

Reapplicants are those who submitted a completed MBA application within the previous two years (i.e., for the classes which began in fall 2013 or fall 2014) and received a final decision. The process to reapply is streamlined.

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    Create a new account in Apply Yourself (using a different email address than before, making sure that it will remain valid throughout the new admissions season).
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    Indicate on the application that you are submitting a renewal.
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    Submit only one new recommendation.
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    Watch for decision notifications according to the standard release schedule.

Please note:

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    You will be evaluated by the same standards as first-time applicants, so there is no disadvantage to reapplying.
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    Highlighting progress made since the prior application is the best way to get a different result this time.
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    Admission Committee members see the entire previous application to provide context.
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    Standardized test scores (GMAT, TOEFL and IELTS) remain on file if previously reported, though scores are subject to expiration dates.
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    You may submit new test scores if desired, and of course, higher scores make an application more competitive.
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    If you would like to get feedback on your application from the past season before reapplying, you can email mba.admissions@anderson.ucla.edu between June 1-15 (please put "feedback request" in the subject line), and we will schedule a telephone feedback session with you in late June.

Required Reapplication Essay

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    Please describe your career progress since you last applied and the ways in which you have enhanced your candidacy. Include updates on short-term and long-term career goals, as well as your continued interest in UCLA Anderson. (700 words maximum)

Optional Essay: Re-applicants may also submit an optional written essay. No preference is given in the evaluation process to applicants who submit an optional essay.

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    Are there any extenuating circumstances in your profile about which the Admissions Committee should be aware? (250 words maximum)
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