Learn the business and leadership skills you need to start building your future success today. UCLA Anderson’s EDGE is a four-week program for rising juniors, seniors, and recent college graduates who want the tools to make an immediate impact in their chosen careers.

Application Deadlines
Final Application Deadline: May 31st


Program Dates
July 7 – August 1, 2014

Non-UCLA students: $8,750 USD
UCLA students and recent UCLA graduates: $6,125 USD
*Tuition includes some meals and course materials. Accommodations are the responsibility of the applicant. Contact the EDGE Program team for a range of local housing options.

Financial Assistance*
Eight EDGE Scholarships are available to UCLA students and recent UCLA graduates. Deadline to apply for an EDGE Scholarship is February 18, 2014.
*Scholarships cover the tuition fee and are awarded on a merit basis. Please see the application page for details and how to apply.
*Additional Scholarships may be available.

Program Overview

The mission of UCLA Anderson EDGE is simple. We work to educate a class of problem solving, creative thinking, business literate and employable EDGE Scholars.

The renowned UCLA Anderson School of Management offers undergraduates and recent graduates the chance to study with its world class faculty – the same professors who teach our MBA students – in a rigorous four-week summer program.

EDGE will help students understand how to transform ideas into opportunities, excel in traditional business settings, and gain the management vocabulary they need to succeed today and lead tomorrow.

There is no more exciting place to learn the fundamentals of business and leadership than Los Angeles – a vital hub of world trade, home of the entertainment and media industry and incubator for a new wave of innovative startups. EDGE uses three key lenses to focus student learning: Business Literacy, Leadership and Communication.

We better prepare EDGE Scholars for the world of work by helping them understand basic business principals and the evolving economic, marketing, and leadership landscapes.

  • As an employee, you will be versed in the problem solving and decision making process to successfully execute your roles as well as bring more to your employers.
  • Skills in Excel, Presentation, Business Writing, Analytical Thinking and Strategy will become immediately useful. Other topics including Economics, Finance, Accounting, Marketing, Branding, Using Big Data and Leadership will improve your performance and enhance your ability to contribute to the overall team.

Program Overview

Business LiteracyLeadershipCommunication
Economics/Strategy Self Awareness Presentation Skills
Finance/Accounting Team Decision Making & Collaboration Business Writing
Operations Leading, Following & Managing Up Negotiation & Conflict Management
Marketing/Branding Generational Awareness Social Media
Analytical Thinking Innovation and Creative Problem Solving Managing Your Career
Using Big Data Bringing the Future to the Present
Financial Analysis & Investments
  • Foundations of Leadership
  • Foundations of Business: Economic Decision Making
  • Generational Awareness
  • Career Management: Job Crafting
  • Competitive Strategy
  • Effective Team Decision Making & Collaboration
  • Networking reception
  • Career Coaching Pods
  • Company Visit
  • Accounting & Financial Principles
  • Marketing Strategies
  • Branding and social media
  • Career Management: Building Your Personal Brand
  • Managing Conflict & Negotiations
  • Strategic & Financial Business Simulation
  • Business Communications Workshop
  • Company Visit
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Operations
  • Career Management: Networking Practicum
  • Using Big Data
  • Financial Investments
  • Financial Analysis
  • Entrepreneurship: Writing a Business Plan
  • Innovation and Creative Problem Solving
  • Venture Capital Panel
  • Incubator Tour
  • Career Coaching Pods
  • Leading, Following & Managing up
  • Career Management: Building a Mentor Network beyond your Boss
  • Leadership Accountability Simulation
  • Talent Acquisition Panel
  • Career Day
  • Career Coaching Pods

"EDGE reinforced my interest in pursuing an MBA while making a significant and positive contribution to my professional development. The program facilitated an interaction with professionals in the field I hope to pursue while flourishing my networking and personal branding skills. Moreover I am grateful to EDGE for introducing me to life-long friends that support my aspirations and challenge the way I think."
Abby Garcia, UCLA 2013, Art History & EDGE Scholar