Our Military Veteran Community


Simply put, UCLA Anderson is a better business school — a better community — because of the veterans and active military among us.

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From Service to Students


UCLA Anderson is proud to be home to more than 100 students in the military and veterans, who bring a sense of mission, organization and commitment to their education — and to the business world after graduation. Here are just a few of our students and their diverse backgrounds and experiences.

Alvaro Yanes (EMBA '19)

U.S. Marine Corps (2004-17), Captain, Supply Officer
Clubs & Associations: Anderson Veteran Association
Professional & Career Interests: Finance, Supply Chain Management and Management Consulting

Steven Stringfellow (MBA '19)

U.S. Army (2012-17), Captain, Brigade Budget Officer
Clubs & Associations: Investment Finance Association; Director of Finance, Anderson Veterans Association
Professional & Career Interests: Investment banking

Willard Phillips (FEMBA '19)

U.S. Navy (1997-present), Lieutenant Commander
Clubs & Associations: Anderson Veterans Association, FEMBA Ambassadors, Energy Management Group, Black Business Students Association
Professional & Career Interests: Finance and Operations

Nicholas Caro (MBA '19)

U.S. Navy (2013-17), Lieutenant, Surface Warfare Officer
Clubs & Associations: Marketing Club, AnderTech, AAC, Veteran’s Association, Wine Club
Professional & Career Interests: Marketing

Stephanie Thomas (EMBA '19)

U.S. Air Force (2011-16), Captain, Minuteman III ICBM Missile Combat Crew Commander
Clubs & Associations: Looking forward to getting involved!
Professional & Career Interests: Anti-Money Laundering, Financial Compliance and Pharmaceutical compliance, Emergency & Disaster Management

Brandon J. Hale (EMBA '19)

U.S. Army (2006-16), Captain, Director of Clinical Operations
Professional & Career Interests: Healthcare Administration
Current Employment: Manager, Orthopedics and Podiatry Departments

Armando Barajas (FEMBA '19)

U.S. Navy (2000-present), Senior Chief, Foreign Military Sales
Clubs & Associations: Anderson Latino Management Association
Professional & Career Interests: Business development, brand management

Daniel Galgano (MBA '19)

U.S. Army (2007-17), Captain, Company Commander
Clubs & Associations: Entertainment Management Association, Anderson Veterans Association, AnderTech, Craft Beer Club, Anderson Creative, Riordan Mentor
Professional & Career Interests: Entertainment Industry Business Development & Strategy

Christian Barcelon (EMBA '19)

U.S. Navy Reserves (2005-present), Lieutenant Commander, Assistant Officer-in-Charge
Clubs & Associations: Challenge for Charity
Professional & Career Interests: Technology, Healthcare
Current Employment: Air Warfare Consultant, Prairie Quest Consulting

Jared Kerntke (MBA '18)

U.S. Marine Corps (2010-16), Captain, Supply Officer
Clubs & Associations: Anderson Veterans Association, Strategy and Operations Management Organization, Management Consulting Association, Women’s Business Connection Manbassador, Anderson Soccer Club and Anderson Tech Business Association
Professional & Career Interests: Management consulting, corporate strategy and operations, eSports


In Their Words

Listen To Their Conversation

Juan Rose (EMBA ’13) and Derek Herrera (EMBA ’15) met at the Naval Academy, and both went into the Marines. They’ve stayed in close touch ever since. Juan pursued his MBA while in the military and Derek, after being rendered paraplegic in Afghanistan, followed Juan’s advice and came to Anderson as well. They both were John Wooden Global Leadership Fellows, and both now lead successful civilian careers — Juan at CBRE Los Angeles, and Derek as the founder of Spinal Singularity, the first connected catheter. Recently, they caught up on the phone.


Our Stories


John Wooden Global Leadership Fellow Evan Barnes (EMBA '18) views leadership as service

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U.S. Air Force Veteran Kristina Iskander Wants to Make Job Sharing Fly

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Same Entrepreneurial Spirit, New Business Savvy for Veteran and Videographer Tyler Hill

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The EMBA Experience

Our EMBAs learn - and teach - the value of military experience on corporate teams

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EBV Graduate Ben Wynkoop Demystifies the Digital Ecosystem of Marketing Niches

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Elvia Delgado

A Volunteer Spirit

John Wooden Global Leadership Fellow Corey McMillen (U.S. Marine Corps veteran Captain)

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Colonel Lars Hoffman (EMBA '15) Taught Flight and Then Took Flight, Soaring At SpaceX

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Five Questions With


Evan Milnor ('17)

Co-Founder & COO, Office Bites

Captain, U.S. Marine Corps

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Bo Cross ('16)

Operations Lead, Lyft
Lieutenant Junior Grade, U.S. Navy

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Person 3 (B.A. '03, '16)

Director of Marketing,
Wonderful Citrus

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Financial Aid for Military


UCLA Anderson has options for you.

Post-9/11 GI Bill® & Yellow Ribbon Program

Mandatory student charges will be covered up to your eligibility percentage.

Application Fee Waivers

Application Fee waivers are available for all U.S. military applicants. To request a fee waiver for the full-time MBA, please reach out directly to MBA Admissions. To request a fee waiver for the Full-Employed MBA, reach out directly to FEMBA Admissions. To request a fee waiver for the Executive MBA or UCLA-NUS Executive MBA, reach out directly to EMBA Admissions.


Even if you are not eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill® Yellow Ribbon Program, all Full-Time MBA students are automatically considered for fellowships. No separate application is needed


Connect With Us


Admissions and Financial Aid Offices

Full-Time MBA

Phone: (310) 825-6944  

Fully-Employed MBA (FEMBA)

Phone: (310) 825-2632  

Executive MBA (EMBA)

Phone: (310) 825-2632  

UCLA Veterans Resource Office

Emily Ives

Program Director
Phone: (310) 206-3819 

Connect with a Student

Anderson Veterans Association

We encourage you to reach out directly to members of the Anderson Veterans Association (AVA) Board, including the VP of Admissions AVA Club Website


Connect with an MBA Student

Fill out a short inquiry form on our full-time MBA's Connect with a Student Web page: In the "question" field, indicate your interest to connect with a military veteran student in our Admissions Ambassador Corps.

UCLA Registrar’s Office

Ryan Redding

Veteran Student Affairs Officer
Phone: (310) 825-5391

"Success is peace of mind that is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you made the effort to become the best you are capable of becoming." —Coach Wooden

“As a transitioning veteran, this quote helps remind me that hard work is done for self-satisfaction and rewarded by peace of mind. At the end of each day, I find comfort in knowing that if I dedicate 100 percent of myself to personal and professional growth, achievement is merely a side benefit.”

Captain Luke Goessman (EMBA ’18), U.S. Marine Corps


UCLA Resources


UCLA Veterans Facebook Group

Facebook page maintained by the Veterans Resources Center, where you can find out about events and important resources for Vets @UCLA

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UCLA Veterans Resource Office

UCLA has been serving veterans for nearly 70 years! Whether it's our medical school faculty and residents providing care to 3,000 individual patients a year at the VA, our on-campus supportive services for student veterans...

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