Everything You Need to Know



The EMBA admissions team takes a holistic approach to evaluate each applicant by considering the strength of qualifications, including leadership, work experience, academic record, and quantitative background.

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 you do not have a bachelor’s or graduate degree with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above, we highly encourage you to speak with an EMBA admissions representative via a one-on-one link here.

Official Transcripts:
All applicants are required to submit sealed official records from each academic institution attended after secondary/high school. Transcripts from exchange programs and/or other courses are not required, as long as 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.

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

Alternately and preferably, you can request your official electronic versions to be emailed from your institution directly to ellen.min@anderson.ucla.edu

Quantitative Preparation

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.


Work Experience

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.

First-time 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. (750 word max)


Interviews are by invitation only before admission can be offered. Instructions on how to set up an interview are provided at the time of invitation. Interviews are held on campus or via Zoom, and they last 30–60 minutes. Business attire is appropriate for this professional interview.

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.

International applicants

Additional requirements are necessary for international applicants educated outside of the United States.

More Information


Reapplicants (who first applied in the past 2 years) have a different set of requirements than first-time applicants. Reapplicants are required to submit a new application and complete the reapplicant essay found in the "Essays" tab, as well as submit an updated resume. The Admissions Committee will refer to your previous application when considering your admission, but a complete new application must be submitted online. Reapplicants should also note that letters of recommendation and official transcripts received from your previous application remain on file and do not need to be resent.


Application Deadlines


We accept applications for fall entry as early as August 1st and interview applicants on a rolling admissions basis until the class is filled.

    Application Deadline
    December 1, 2020
    Decision release date January 31, 2021
    Application Deadline
    February 1, 2021
    Decision release date March 31, 2021
    Application Deadline
    May 1, 2021  
    Decision release date June 31, 2021