Customizable Schedule


Our nine-course core curriculum provides a solid grounding in all of the fundamental skills you need to succeed as a leader in business.

While you must take all of the core courses in your first year, you do have choices about how you sequence some of them. This is designed to help you meet your individual career goals. While your summer internship may seem far off, the recruiting process will shift into full swing at the very start of the winter quarter, and this flexibility will help you be prepared.



Fall Quarter

For fall quarter, decide whether to start with marketing or finance, in addition to your fixed core courses. If you're aiming for a quantitatively oriented career, the knowledge and skills learned in finance class will help you perform well in an interview. Focusing on a nonquantitative career? Marketing will balance out your other quantitative coursework. It will also introduce case study, which can help you prepare for the kinds of case-based interviews you may encounter during recruiting.

Winter Quarter

For winter quarter you have another choice — it's up to you to decide if you'd like to take strategy, or wait until spring. For some students, such as aspiring consultants, it makes sense to prepare for internships by taking strategy earlier in the year. If you are headed in a different career direction, then one of our elective courses might be the best preparation. We are here every step of the way with academic advising to help you make these decisions.

Spring Quarter

In spring quarter, everyone takes organizational behavior. You'll take strategy if you didn't do so in winter quarter. And then you'll get to work in earnest on elective courses, which will get you started on the academic track and/or specialization(s) you intend to earn during your time at UCLA Anderson.

First-Year Schedule

Orientation Fall Quarter Winter Quarter Spring Quarter
Marketing Management
Foundations of Finance
Marketing Management
Foundations of Finance
Communication for
Data &
Operations Technology
Business Strategy
Business Strategy
= Represents choice in sequencing
= Represents fixed classes taken in the designated quarter
= Electives

Second-Year Schedule

When you return for your second year of study, your academic schedule is 100 percent your own design. Your focus is on the elective courses of your choosing. You also complete your Applied Management Research project. The AMR is the two-quarter capstone experience that synthesizes everything you've learned in the classroom and challenges you to apply it in a real-world business setting. You may choose to conduct your AMR in the fall and winter quarters or in winter and spring quarters, according to your preference. For more information on how our signature practical learning experience works, please consult the AMR overview page.

Applied Management Research