March 08, 2004

Los Angeles — UCLA Anderson School of Management faculty and administration recently announced plans to expand the Core curriculum from eight to ten courses over the three full-time academic quarters. Students will take five courses in the fall, three in the winter and two in the spring.

These changes, which will be implemented in fall 2004 (MBA class of 2006), will include one marketing assessment, one corporate finance requirement and a pre-term leadership foundations course, in addition to the current core courses.

"This expansion is geared in an effort to increase students knowledge base and better prepare them for internship and job searches, while giving them more time by requiring fewer courses in the winter quarter when they are concentrating on job searches," said David Lewin, senior associate dean of the MBA program, UCLA Anderson.

The decision to increase the core required courses was approved by the MBA Curriculum Committee (whose membership rotates each year), chaired by Professor Randy Bucklin and comprising five members of UCLA Anderson faculty, Dean Bruce Willison, Board of Visitors member Betsy Knapp, Faculty Chair Rakesh Sarin, Alumni Association President Jay Ferguson and two second-year MBA students.

The committee examined several other leading academic programs and determined that UCLA Anderson first-years could greatly benefit from a larger first-year core curriculum. They found that UCLA Anderson had fewer required courses and did not introduce essential management classes until later on in the program.

"The changes to the MBA core are designed to accelerate our students' knowledge acquisition in critical areas of business," said Prof. Bucklin. "The accelerated core also will provide students faster access to advanced electives in popular areas such as finance and marketing. The changes are intended to enhance the attractiveness of Anderson students in the increasingly competitive labor market for MBA graduates."

The curriculum change is the first of its kind in 10 years, after a course expansion in the early ’90s. Students will be exposed to a heavier course load and will be required to enroll in five courses instead of four.

The curriculum change will initially apply to only full-time MBA students, with the Fully Employed MBA program (FEMBA) to follow suit.

Expanded First-Year MBA Core
New Curriculum
(Effective Class of 2006)

Leadership Foundations

Data and Decisions
Financial Accounting
Managerial Economics
Marketing Management I
Financial Markets

Marketing Management II
Operations and Technology Management
Corporate Finance
One Optional Elective

Managing and Leading Organizations
Business Strategy
Up to 2 Optional Electives

Media Relations