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.
All applicants must apply to the MBA program online. Applications will be accepted for fall 2016 starting Aug. 1, 2015. The application fee is $200.
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.
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 2016 admission, the GMAT/GRE test date must be between April 1, 2011 - April 30, 2016 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.
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.
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.
*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.
One essay is required, in written form only. One optional essay may also be submitted to supply information on extenuating circumstances. Please note that the essay questions listed below are from last year's application and are listed for your reference only. Look for the new application essay questions on August 1st, 2015.
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)
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 2014 or 2015 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.
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.
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 fall 2016 admission, the test date must be between April 1, 2014 - April 30, 2016 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 Considerations:
Reapplicants are those who submitted a completed MBA application within the previous two years (i.e., for the classes which began in fall 2014 or fall 2015) and received a final decision. The process to reapply is streamlined.
Required Reapplication Essay
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.