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 $105.00 for U.S. citizens and Permanent Residents; $125.00 for international applicants.

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

  • GMAT: 2NZ-2F-67
  • GRE: 6986 Dept. Code: 4201
  • TOEFL: 4837-02

4. Which test is preferred, the GMAT or the GRE?
We accept both tests. If you have not taken either test then we recommend the GRE. 

5. When do GRE/GMAT results expire?
The test must have been taken within five (5) years of the submission date of the UCLA Graduate Division online application. For example, if you took the exam on January 1, 2015, you would need to complete the UCLA Graduate Division online application no later than January 1, 2020.

6. 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.

7. What is the minimum TOEFL score or IELTS score that is required?
The minimum score for the TOEFL IBT is 87 out of 120. The IELTS minimum overall band score is 7.0.

8. 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.

9. What is the average GMAT or GRE score for admitted applicants who accepted our offer?

  • Average GRE Quantitative: 167
  • Average GRE Verbal: 162
  • Average GRE Writing: 5
  • Average GMAT total: 735

10. What is the average GPA for admitted applicants who accepted our offer?

  • Average undergraduate GPA : 3.76
  • Average graduate GPA (graduate work is not a requirement) : 3.8

11. 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.

12. What percentage of applicants are usually admitted to the program?
Between 4 and 6% of doctoral program applicants receive an offer for admission. 

13. Are interviews part of the application process?
Interviews are not required, but the committee may reach out to select applicants for an interview. 

14. 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.

15. 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.

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

17. 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.

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

19. 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.

20. 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.

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 April 15. 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 ninety dollars (US $105) for U.S. citizens and Permanent Residents or one hundred ten dollars (US $125) 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 C-401a
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1481