Deadline Update: The application deadline to be considered for fall 2022 entry is now closed. The application for fall 2023 entry will open August 1st. Feel free to find an opportunity to connect with the admissions team here.
We’re interested in candidates who have a minimum of 8 years’ work experience, including 5 years managing people and/or large projects.
Across UCLA Anderson, we thrive with a student body that possesses a collaborative spirit, commitment to innovative thinking and the courage to make an impact in business and our society.
Create Your Online Application
Applicants must apply to the EMBA program online. There are three admission rounds with the following deadlines: December 1, February 1, and May 1. Please see corresponding deadlines and decision release dates.
The application fee is $200. Application fee waivers are available to all U.S. Military Personnel (active duty and veterans) and UCLA Staff. Please email Christina Marentes prior to submission.
Required Educational Background
A candidate for admission must hold a 4-year bachelor's degree from a university of fully recognized standing. Applicants who have attended institutions outside the United States should have completed 16 years of study; 12 years must be completed at the elementary and secondary school levels and 4 years at the college level.
If your bachelor’s or graduate degree GPA is below 3.0, we highly encourage you to speak with an EMBA admissions representative via a one-on-one link here.
All applicants are required to submit official records from each academic institution attended after secondary/high school. Transcripts from exchange programs and/or other courses are not required if the grades appear on the transcript from the school that awarded your degree. International applicants must provide additional materials. View the international applicant guidelines here.
All academic documents such as official mark sheets/transcripts, diploma certificates, and degree certificates must be directly sent to UCLA Anderson Executive MBA program from your educational institution. We highly encourage you to order your official transcripts electronically to be emailed from your institution directly to email@example.com OR select “UCLA Anderson Executive MBA Program” as the recipient if you are ordering through Parchment. This is our preferred way of receiving your official transcripts. If your school does not allow electronic transcript delivery, you may have your sealed official transcripts sent to:
Have sealed official transcripts sent to:
UCLA Anderson Executive MBA Admissions
ATTN: EMBA Admissions Manager
110 Westwood Plaza, Marion Anderson Hall G6.42
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1481
The GMAT/GRE/EA score is optional. However, additional quantitative support may be required upon further review of your application after submission. If additional quantitative support is needed, the EMBA admissions team will reach out with further details and recommendations which can sometimes be completed after admission. Quantitative academic support to bolster your profile includes but is not limited to recent quantitative coursework (e.g. UC Extension or community college courses), additional education, CPA, CFA, GMAT/GRE/EA exam score. In addition, once admitted into the program, EMBA incoming students are all provided with online math, statistics, and Excel preparation courses and workshops specifically designed for incoming UCLA Anderson students.
If you have any questions about your quantitative preparation, please speak with an EMBA admissions representative via a one-on-one link here. In addition, once admitted into the program, EMBA incoming students are provided with online math, statistics, and Excel preparation courses.
The Executive Assessment (EA), Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) and Graduate Records Exam (GRE) are universal standardized entrance exams for graduate programs, which are optional for the UCLA EMBA application. See below for how to submit your official exam score to us.
The GMAT/GRE/EA exam are optional. No minimum test score is required, since the Admissions Committee has the flexibility to consider all scores in the context of your overall academic preparation and management potential.
For those taking the EA, you must arrange to have your official EA score sent electronically to UCLA Anderson School of Management EMBA Program when taking the exam.
The Executive Assessment is specifically designed to evaluate the business school readiness of seasoned professionals. The assessment focuses on skills that are critical both at work and in an EMBA program: higher order reasoning, critical thinking, analysis, and problem-solving. Because it was designed specifically for experienced professionals, it requires minimal preparation, takes only 90 minutes to complete, and includes flexible rescheduling options. The test is administered by the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC), creators of the GMAT exam.
For further information and testing arrangements, please visit the EA website HERE.
Official GMAT score reports are sent electronically upon your request from Pearson VUE to UCLA Anderson Executive MBA Admissions (with the School Code 2NZ-2F-87). We evaluate the test score that you indicate on your application and send officially to UCLA Anderson.
For further information and testing arrangements, please visit the GMAT website HERE.
For those taking the GRE, you must have your official GRE score sent electronically to our code for UCLA Anderson School of Management EMBA Program: 7295.
For further information and testing arrangements, please visit the GRE website HERE.
We require a minimum of 8 years of professional experience from a wide range of industries, including government, law, media and entertainment, banking, consulting, aerospace, technology, medicine and communications.
Our candidates have earned degrees in many different fields of study and many hold advanced degrees. While some applicants lack formal business training and/or experience, they can thrive in our collaborative academic environment. We are most impressed by increasing levels of responsibility over time; those who advance faster than their peers are the prospects we admit first.
Within your application, provide contact information for two recommenders who can complete the confidential online recommendation form that will be emailed to them. Letters of recommendation need to come from individuals who are well-acquainted with your performance in a work setting. Typically, current or former supervisors are best equipped to provide examples of performance and impact on the organization.
Recommendations must be submitted online. Hard-copy responses will not be accepted. Your recommenders have the option to upload an additional document if desired. Only two recommendations are accepted per application. If you are unable to ask a current supervisor for a recommendation, you can ask a manager from another department or a consultant/client who knows you well enough to answer the questions insightfully. Academic contacts are not usually able to provide information on management potential. Similarly, family members, peers and friends are not appropriate as recommenders.
Essays are the primary means for you to share your perspective and career plans. The best personal statements are introspective, genuine, and succinct in directly answering the questions and responding to the topics.
Essay questions are listed below for both first-time applicants and re-applicants.
1. Legendary UCLA basketball Coach John Wooden once said that one’s leadership is derived from one’s character. Please provide an example of a time when your own leadership was at its best. (500 words maximum)
2. Why are you interested in pursuing an MBA at this time? Please share any goal(s) you may have that the MBA will help you achieve. (500 words maximum)
Please describe any updates since you last applied which have enhanced your candidacy. (500-word max)
An interview must be completed to be admitted to the program. Interviews are conducted online via Zoom on an invitation basis only after the admissions committee evaluates the submitted application. Instructions on setting up an interview are provided at the time of invitation.
Interviews last approximately 30-45 minutes. Questions generally cover topics already addressed in the application, such as reasons for getting an MBA, short-term and long-term career goals, fit with UCLA Anderson and personal interests. The interview is a two-way street, also serving as an opportunity for you to explore UCLA Anderson and our culture.
Interviews are rarely the deciding factor in an admissions decision. Instead, they typically mirror or round out information already provided in the application. We are interested in getting to know you as an individual and understanding how you'll fit into the next class. We assess your communication skills, social skills, and readiness for our program.
Most importantly, be genuine and enjoy the opportunity for us to get to know each other.
Acknowledgment of Application
We acknowledge the receipt of applications for admission with an email confirmation. Applicants will be notified if any necessary documents are missing from the application packet. Admission offers will be communicated via phone along with instructions on how to accept the offer. Admission deposit is $2,500. This admission deposit is non-refundable and is deducted from your Fall Quarter tuition. Admission offers not accepted within the communicated timeframe will be revoked and the seat will be offered to another qualified applicant.
Additional requirements are necessary for international applicants educated outside of the United States.
Reapplicants are those who submitted a completed MBA application within the previous two years (that is, who applied for the MBA program starting in 2021 or 2022) and received a final decision. The Admissions Committee will refer to your previous application when considering your admission, but a completely new application must be submitted online. The process to reapply is streamlined:
- Create a new application.
- Indicate on the Program page of the application that you are a reapplicant.
- Submit only one new recommendation (can be the same recommender as the previous application).
- Watch for decision notifications according to the standard release schedule.
Please Note: Applicants who applied for the MBA program within the previous two application years are asked to indicate updates on test scores, career, academics, activities, and/or other changes since their last application (under the Reapplicants section on the Program page of the application.) Highlighting the progress made since the prior application is the best way to get a different result this time. If you applied three years or more prior, please answer the Essay questions.
- Every year we accept applications on a rolling admissions basis from August to May for fall entrance only
- Applicants are interviewed by invitation only
Feel free to find an opportunity to connect with the admissions team here.