EDGE Program

Next Program Session: July 6th-24th, 2015

Get an EDGE on your career, with the business and leadership skills you need to start building your future success today.

UCLA Anderson's EDGE is a three-week program for rising juniors, seniors, and recent college graduates who want the tools to make an immediate impact in their chosen careers.


Key Dates

Application Deadlines

Round 1
January 1st

Round 2
February 15th

Round 3
March 15th

Decision Release Dates

Round 1
February 24th

Round 2
March 25th

Round 3
April 23rd

  • Economics
  • Strategy
  • Finance / Accounting
  • Marketing / Branding
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Using Big Data
  • Financial Analysis & Investments
  • Team Decision Making & Collaboration
  • Self Awareness
  • Leading, Following & Managing Up
  • Generational Awareness
  • Innovation & Creative Problem Solving
  • Your Leadership Profile
  • Communicating Your Message
  • Negotiation & Conflict Management
  • Branding & Social Media
  • Managing Your Career
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Succeed Today. Lead Tomorrow.

EDGE helps 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.

World Class Faculty

EDGE scholars have the opportunity to study with our world class faculty – the same professors who teach our MBA students.

Location! Location! Location!

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.

We prepare EDGE Scholars for the world of work:

  • Ramp up your problem solving skills and corporate savvy to deliver more value to your employer right out of the gate.
  • Stand out with expanded capabilities in Communication, Analytical Thinking and Strategy.
  • Contribute to the team with an understanding of key frameworks in Economics, Finance, Accounting, Marketing, Branding and Big Data.
  • Develop an understanding of your personal leadership style.

“I chose to attend EDGE because I respect the talent that Anderson helps to develop. I like the idea of ‘thinking in the next’ and wanted to understand what business is at its core.”

— Tristin Hagen, UCLA BA Communications 2015

The rigorous, three-week learning journey produces problem solving, forward thinking, business literate and employable EDGE Scholars.

  Curriculum   Experiences



Foundations of Leadership

Foundations of Business

General Awareness

Career Management:
Job Crafting

Competitive Strategy

Effective Team Decision Making & Collaboration

Analytical Thinking

Networking Reception

Career Coaching Pods




Career Management: Networking Practicum

Using Big Data

Financial Investments

Financial Analysis

Entrepreneurship: Writing a Business Plan

Innovation and Creative Problem Solving

Leadership Accountability

Career Coaching Pods



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

“’Start before you’re ready’ is one of the most important lessons I learned during UCLA Anderson EDGE. I thoroughly enjoyed the workshops, lectures and life lessons during this inspiring program.”

— Pernell Quilon, UCLA Film, TV, Digital Media 2016

EDGE offers students the chance to study with UCLA Anderson’s world class faculty – the same professors who teach our MBA students.

Iris Firstenberg

Adjunct Associate Professor of Management and Organizations

Craig Fox

Ho-Su Wu Term Chair in Management

Henry Friedman

Assistant Professor of Accounting

George Geis

Adjunct Professor, EDGE Faculty Director

Phillip Leslie

Associate Professor

Judy D. Olian

Dean and John E. Anderson Chair in Management

Kumar Rajaram

Professor of Decisions, Operations, and Technology Management; Area Chair

Jenessa Shapiro

Associate Professor of Management and Organizations

Eric Sussman

Senior Lecturer of Accounting

Andres Terech

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Marketing

Miguel Unzueta

Associate Professor of Management and Organizations

Maia Young

Associate Professor of Management and Organizations

Program faculty may change without prior notice.