FAQ

  1. How many letters of recommendation do I need, and by whom should they be written?
  2. How much is the application fee?
  3. What are the institution and department codes for the GMAT, GRE and TOEFL exams?
  4. Which test is preferred, the GMAT or the GRE?
  5. If I am not from the United States or another English-speaking country, do I need to take the TOEFL?
  6. What is the minimum TOEFL score or IELTS score that is required?
  7. What is the minimum GMAT or GRE score that is required?
  8. What is the average GMAT or GRE score of admitted applicants who accepted the offer?
  9. What is the average GPA of admitted applicants who accepted the offer?
  10. How many people are admitted to each area of the program each year?
  11. What percentage of applicants are usually admitted to the program?
  12. Are interviews part of the application process?
  13. How long is the program?
  14. Will I be offered a position as a Teacher's Assistant or a Research Assistant?
  15. Will I be offered a scholarship or a stipend?
  16. If I already have an advanced degree, will the program be shorter for me?
  17. Can I apply to more than one area of specialization?
  18. Should I submit research papers or writing samples?
  19. Can I work while I am in the program?
  20. When is the deadline to apply?
  21. When will I find out whether I am accepted or denied admission?
  22. Can I reapply If I have been denied admission?
  23. How do I reapply to the program?
  24. Where can I find information about student housing?
  25. Can I check my application status over the telephone or via e-mail?
  26. What is the mailing address where I can send my supplemental materials?

1. How many letters of recommendation do I need, and by whom should they be written?
Three. It is suggested that letters be written by academics, or individuals who are in a position to judge your research potential.

2. How much is the application fee?
The non-refundable application fee is $80.00 for U.S. citizens and Permanent Residents; $100.00 for international applicants.

3. What are the institution and department codes for the GMAT, GRE and TOEFL exams?

  • GMAT: 2NZ-2F-67
  • GRE: 4837 Dept. Code: 4201
  • TOEFL: 4837-02

4. Which test is preferred, the GMAT or the GRE?
The Doctoral Program will accept a test score report from either the GRE or the GMAT. Preference to one exam is not given over the other.

5. If I am not from the United States or another English speaking country, do I need to take the TOEFL?
International applicants who hold a bachelor’s or higher degree from a university located in the United States or in another country in which English is both the spoken language and the medium of instruction, or who have completed at least two years of full-time study at such an institution, are exempt from the TOEFL requirement.

6. What is the minimum TOEFL score or IELTS score that is required?
The minimum score for TOEFL is 87. The minimum IELTS is 7.0.

7. What is the minimum GMAT or GRE score that is required?
There is no minimum score requirement, although competitive applicants have scores in the high 90th percentile.

8. What is the average GMAT or GRE score for admitted applicants who accepted our offer?
For those entering for Fall 2014:

  • Average GMAT: 735
  • Average GRE Quantitative: 167

9. What is the average GPA for admitted applicants who accepted our offer?
For those entering Fall 2014:

  • Average undergraduate GPA : 3.6
  • Average graduate GPA (graduate work is not a requirement) : 3.8

10. How many people are admitted to each area of the program each year?
There is no quota that the areas fill each year. The number of applicants accepted depends upon the quality of the applicant pool.

11. What percentage of applicants are usually admitted to the program?
For Fall 2014,  6% of doctoral program applicants received an offer for admission. 

12. Are interviews part of the application process?
No.

13. How long is the program?
The program is designed to be completed in four years, though it often takes students a 5th year to complete degree requirements. Students enroll full time, taking a minimum of 12 graduate units per quarter.

14. Will I be offered a position as a Teacher's Assistant or a Research Assistant?
Students are typically offered TA and RA positions. These positions constitute a portion of financial assistance.

15. Will I be offered a scholarship or a stipend?
While funding is not guaranteed, most of our doctoral students are offered generous financial assistance.

16. If I already have an advanced degree, will the program be shorter for me?
Not really. A maximum of three of the eight required breadth courses can be waived based on previous graduate work. This equates to 1 quarter of enrollment.

17. Can I apply to more than one area of specialization?
No. You may apply to only one area of specialization.

18. Should I submit research papers or writing samples?
A writing sample is not required. However, papers that you have written or which have been published are welcomed and will be considered in support of your application.

19. Can I work while I am in the program?
The UCLA Anderson Doctoral Program is a full-time program and is not geared for working professionals. Part-time student status is not permitted. Part-time teaching assistantships and research assistantships at the Anderson School are available to our doctoral students.

20. When is the deadline to apply?
The published deadline to apply for Fall 2015 is Friday, January 9, 2015.

21. When will I find out whether I am accepted or denied admission?
You will be informed of a decision via email on or before March 31, 2015. Once a decision has been made, an email will be sent from the UCLA Graduate Division to the email address you provide in the application. The email does not contain the decision. Instead, you will be advised how to access your decision letter. Please note that the decision cannot be given over the telephone.

22. Can I reapply if I have been denied admission?
Yes, applications and accompanying documents are retained in the doctoral program office for three years.

23. How do I reapply to the program?
To re-apply or to be re-admitted, you must submit a complete online application and pay the fee.  If you are re-applying or are requesting to be re-admitted after 3 years or more from the date of your initial application or attendance, you must also submit all required documents ( 3 letters of recommendation, transcripts, statement of purpose and official test score report), along with the application fee of eighty dollars (US $80) for U.S. citizens and Permanent Residents or one hundred dollars (US$100) for international applicants. 

24. Where can I find information about student housing?

25. Can I check my application status over the telephone or via e-mail?
No, for purposes of confidentiality, we will not give information regarding your application status via telephone or e-mail. An e-mail acknowledging receipt of your application will be sent to you at the time you submit your application online.

26. What is the mailing address where I can send my supplemental materials?

Supplemental materials should be scanned and uploaded to your online application. If you have difficulty scanning and uploading application materials, you may mail them to the following address:
UCLA Anderson School of Management
Doctoral Program Office
110 Westwood Plaza, Suite C501
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1481