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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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In Diversity, a Unified Force

With one childhood ambition accomplished, U.S. Air Force intelligence officer Diana Perez (’20) is on a mission to fulfill the next one

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How One U.S. Army Vet Is Helping Fellow Soldiers to Cope with Pain

Entrepreneur Michael Lui (’10) founded a mission-driven startup and is developing a topical pain reliever as a safe alternative to opioids

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UCLA Marine Corps Veteran Is Making Soldiers Safer

Ph.D. student Zeeshan Parvez will use his studies in materials chemistry to help protect others against improvised explosive devices

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EBV trains veterans for a new kind of challenge.

The Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities (EBV) consortium offers cutting-edge, experiential training in entrepreneurship and small business management to soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines disabled as a result of their service to operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.



From Service to Students


UCLA Anderson is proud to count among its student body more than 100 active 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.

Rhian Rogan (MBA '20)

California Army National Guard, 3 years of service and at least 3 years to go, 2LT
Clubs & Associations: AnderTech, BBSA, MCA, OAC, WBC
Professional & Career Interests:Currently recruiting for Strategy Consulting

John Alspach (MBA '20)

United States Marine Corps, 11 years of service, Major
Clubs & Associations: Anderson Veterans Association
Professional & Career Interests: Continuing my military career in aviation and exploring all civilian career options

Schafer Newman (FEMBA '20)

Navy, 7 years of service (still serving on active-duty), Lieutenant
Clubs & Associations: Management Consulting Association, Anderson Veterans Association, OUT@Anderson
Professional & Career Interests: Separating from the Navy in May after 7 years of service for a management consulting internship.

Sean McCann (MBA '19)

US Navy, 8 years, Lieutenant
Clubs & Associations: VP of Alumni Relations, Anderson Veterans Association; VP of DOJ & Admissions, Energy Management Club; Co-President, Outdoor Adventure Club
Professional & Career Interests: Renewable Energy Project Development

Jared Munde (EMBA '19)

U.S. Navy, 13 years of service, rank is Lieutenant Commander
Clubs & Associations: Anderson Veterans Association
Professional & Career Interests: Real Estate, Global Management

Patrick Fedewa (EMBA '19)

Lieutenant, US Navy (2010 – Present)
Professional & Career Interests: Management Consulting, Real Estate and Tech

Cody Larsen (MBA '21)

US Air Force, 4 years, Captain
Clubs & Associations: Investment Finance Association, Anderson Real Estate Association, Anderson Veterans Association, Anderson Christian Fellowship
Professional & Career Interests: Pursuing the investment management or banking industry

Mike Wright (FEMBA '20)

U.S. Army, 2012-2017, Captain
Clubs & Associations: Anderson Veteran Association, Healthcare Business Association
Professional & Career Interests: Healthcare Administration

Robert Busalacchi (FEMBA '20)

U.S. Marine Corps, (2010-18), Captain, Assault Amphibian Officer
Clubs & Associations: Anderson Veterans Association, Anderson Wine Club, Investment Finance Association, Entertainment Management Association
Professional & Career Interests: Finance, Investment Banking

Peterson Dela Cruz (MBA '21)

United States Air Force (2010-2018), Captain, Civil Engineer Officer
Clubs & Associations: Anderson Real Estate Association, Net Impact, Anderson Tech Business Association
Professional & Career Interests: Sustainability, Technology, Real Estate, Management Consulting

Adam J. Wong (FEMBA '19)

U.S. Air Force, 5 years, Captain
Clubs & Associations: UCLA Mentor
Professional & Career Interests: Technical Program Manager, Hardware, Organize the chaos

Brendon Gehrke (MBA '20)

U.S. Marine Corps, 2004-present, NCO
Clubs & Associations: Admissions Representative
Professional & Career Interests: Entrepreneurship, Marketing Research

Matthew Alva (EMBA '20)

United States Air Force, 7 years of service, Captain
Clubs & Associations: Real Estate Association
Professional & Career Interests: Entrepreneurship, Technology, Real Estate

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


In Their Words

Listen To Their Conversation

Juan Rose (EMBA ’13) and Derek Herrera (EMBA ’15) met at the United States Naval Academy, and both went into the U.S. Marine Corps. 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, maker of the first connected catheter.


Five Questions With


Andrew Chan (B.S. ’05, ’13)

Manager, Deloitte Digital
Major, U.S. Army

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Evan Milnor ('17)

Co-Founder & COO, Office Bites
Captain, U.S. Marine Corps

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Bo Cross ('16)

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

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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 in our student-led 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 John 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 through on- or off-campus support for student veterans, UCLA serves those who serve in myriad ways.

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