The UCLA Anderson curriculum allows students to customize their fall quarter schedule. All students take core courses in accounting, statistics, economics and communication. However, you may choose between marketing or finance for your fifth course.
The Class of 2015 must make this decision by August 12, 2013. Your preference must be submitted via this brief questionnaire: http://ucla.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_0PrGXjebnI5xY0t
Reasons To Start With Finance in Fall Quarter
We recommend that you take finance in the fall quarter if you intend to pursue a career in financial services or if you plan to seek a job in which strong finance skills are required (for example, real estate). You will need early exposure to the concepts included in the finance core course so that you may reflect your expertise during the internship interview process that begins very early in winter quarter. You will also want to get this course done right away in order to move on to elective finance courses.
Keep in mind that all of the students who are serious about finance will be taking the course in fall quarter, so if quantitative skills are not your strong suit you may find yourself challenged by your classmates. This can be a good thing for some people who like a high level of motivation to master new skills.
Reasons To Start With Marketing in Fall Quarter
We recommend that you take the marketing core course in the fall quarter if you fall into one or more of the following groups:
1. You plan to pursue a career in marketing or consulting. Obviously, anyone targeting a career in marketing will want to get started in the subject right away to be prepared for internship interviews that will come early in winter quarter. Aspiring consultants also find it helpful to take the marketing core course first as it introduces them to case study and consulting internship interviews are typically case-based.
2. You plan to pursue a career in any other industry (or are undecided) and you realize your quantitative skills may not be as strong as those of your classmates. Our core curriculum is rigorous and the quarter system is very fast-paced. You will automatically have three quantitative courses in fall - accounting, statistics, and economics. Rounding out your schedule with marketing will provide a nice balance and may help to boost your overall academic success.
If you have any further questions on which course to choose, please contact Jessica Luchenta, Director of Academic Services, MBA Student Affairs.