Tailor your MBA

At UCLA, your options are practically endless.


Electives provide an opportunity to customize your MBA experience. We offer a wide variety of elective options from all facets of business in a number of different formats designed to fit many schedules. You have the option to cherry-pick the electives that will best serve your professional interests and, if you want to focus on a certain subject, we offer six different specialized certificates. EMBA students can take unlimited electives at no additional tuition charge. We also offer alumni the opportunity to audit elective courses at a significant discount.

“As a veteran, I pursued an MBA as a way to improve my business acumen and round out some of the gaps in my professional experience. UCLA Anderson’s diverse selection of electives provided the breadth of choice necessary to take a targeted approach to filling those gaps. I chose to pursue the finance and eEntrepreneurship certificates, which provided sufficient depth in the areas I was targeting for development.”

Kyle Anderson (’17)
Project Leader, The Boston Consulting Group (BCG)


EMBA Electives


Past elective courses include:

  • Entrepreneurship & Venture Initiation
  • Advanced Financial Policy For Managers
  • Venture Capital & Private Equity
  • Brand Management
  • Financial Modeling & Corporate Valuation
  • Business Law
  • Technology Management
  • Management Communication
  • Business Plan Development
  • Structuring Deals
  • Customer Assessment & Analytics
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Macroeconomics
  • Business Strategy in Emerging Markets
  • Patterns of Problem Solving
  • Digital Marketing
EMBA students also have the opportunity to enroll in elective courses in different programs at Anderson. View the FEMBA elective course options.

Customize Your Skill Set


UCLA Anderson offers six specialized certificates tailored to EMBA students’ different focused professional goals.


Easton Center Technology Management


The UCLA Anderson Easton Technology Leadership Center offers a comprehensive technical leadership concentration that equips MBA students with the leadership preparedness, management knowledge and entrepreneurial disposition to succeed in diverse technical settings — from startups to large global technology corporations. Easton exposes students to a variety of enrichment activities throughout the year. Mentoring opportunities and academic internships greatly enhance students’ professional prospects.


Entrepreneurship (E-Track)


This certificate is designed for students who are interested in launching and successfully running their own business, for those joining a startup venture or for those creating new initiatives within an established company.

To earn this certificate, students take entrepreneurial electives on Thursday evenings of class weekends, and during the summer elective blocks.


Global Management


The Global Management certificate prepares students for international leadership roles through an integrated focus on specialized coursework, lectures, research and innovative programs held throughout the world. Drawing on a half-century of leadership in international education, the Center for Global Management established the Certificate in Global Management program to respond to an increasingly sophisticated global marketplace. Students have the opportunity to participate in a Global Immersion courses which includes a one-week travel component to another country and focus on doing business abroad. The courses expose students to the economy, political environment, major industries and businesses, local culture, key historical events and the many aspects of conducting business outside the United States.

Previous Global Management courses include but are not limited to: Business of Health Care: A Global Perspective, Changing Culture and Society in China, Global Marketing Management, Global Operations Strategy, International Financial Markets, Managing in the Global Digital Economy, and Understanding and Predicting the Asia-Pacific Economies




MBA students choosing to specialize in finance most often pursue careers in corporate management, investment banks and money-management firms. Those who are interested in building in-depth finance expertise should pursue this certificate. At UCLA Anderson, a certificate in Finance includes an examination of the funding markets and processes for finacing enterprises, as well as the effects of prices and interest rates on assets and liabilities.

Sample courses: Mergers and Acquisitions, Financial Modeling and Valuation, Real Estate Investment, Venture Capital and Private Equity.


Leaders in Sustainability


The Leaders in Sustainability certificate includes a required core course in sustainability, relevant electives and participation in leadership training. Students learn experientially and create a positive impact on the community by collaborating on real projects for local businesses, nonprofits and government agencies. Please visit the UCLA Institute of the Environment for complete requirements to qualify for the certification.




A marketing certificate prepares students to help organizations decide which consumer groups to serve and which products and services to produce, and to set appropriate levels of promotional effort, pricing and other considerations in generating sales. The opportunity to allows students to specialize in marketing to build career expertise.

Sample courses: Strategic Branding, Global Marketing, Digital Marketing and New Product Development.

Most certificates will require you to take one or more elective courses outside of the EMBA class weekend and EMBA summer elective offerings.


Additional Elective Options Beyond Anderson


Take advantage of all the resources that UCLA has to offer and enroll in a class at one of the other top graduate schools (note that some classes are restricted).







Additional Specializations


EMBA students can pursue the following specializations, however, you will need to take all of these courses on the Fully Employed MBA and/or full-time MBA schedule.


Real Estate Specialization


The real estate specialization is available to students who are interested in demonstrating knowledge in real estate financing and investing as well as entrepreneurial real estate development. The field is interdisciplinary in nature, and students are encouraged to take courses in taxation and law, as well as classes in related departments at UCLA, such as urban planning, public policy, architecture and civil engineering.

The specialization has the following requirements:

  • MGMT 278A: Urban Real Estate Financing and Investing
  • Three additional real estate electives

Entertainment Management Specialization


Combining a top-quality MBA with focused entertainment/media classes and student-driven real-world experiences, UCLA Anderson is the only top-tier MBA program to offer a specialization in entertainment management. This pairing provides the best preparation for students to become change agents in their chosen entertainment and media business arena. Students choose from a diverse selection of MBA courses for long-term skill building, then add on select specialized classes (through the School of Theater, Film and Television's Producers Program) with a breadth of outside-of-class experiences — events, speakers, internships, field study/consulting and outreach — to gain more immediate industry knowledge and build relationships.

The specialization has the following requirements:

  • MGMT 298D: Entertainment Business Models
  • Three additional entertainment electives

Social Impact Specialization


A specialization in social impact allows students to build expertise in a chosen career path while customizing academic preparation to lead transformational social change in any sector. The specialization functions as a guide to students in planning their learning experiences at UCLA Anderson. It encourages students to graduate with a common language and comprehensive understanding of positive social impact.

The specialization has the following requirements:

  • MGMT 298D: ST – Impact Creation, Analysis and Evaluation
  • Two social impact electives from Category I
  • One social impact elective from Category II