Everything You Need to Know



Online Application

All applicants must apply to the EMBA program online. The application fee is $200. Note that we have three admissions rounds for fall entry, each with its corresponding deadlines and decision release dates.

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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 undergraduate GPA is under 3.0, you may still apply, though additional academic support is needed. Academic support to bolster your application profile includes and is not limited to: recent quantitative coursework (i.e. UC Extension or community college courses), additional education, CPA, CFA, GMAT/GRE/EA exam score.

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


Although no specific major is required; we consider the courses you studied to ensure you have the needed quantitative and analytical preparation. Executive MBA Admissions uses the scanned transcript in your application to evaluate your academic qualifications, but official transcripts must be sent concurrently with the completed application before your application goes to the faculty admissions committee.

Official records are defined as original transcripts issued by the institution which bear the actual signature of the Registrar -- not a photocopy -- plus the seal of the issuing institution.

All official transcripts must show the following:

  • Enrollment date
  • Subjects/Courses taken with the number of units of credit or time allotted to each subject taken
  • If the rank is determined, rank in the total class or group
  • A complete description of the institution's grading scale or other standard of evaluation
  • Maximum & minimum marks and the steps between them.


The Executive Assessment (EA), Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) and Graduate Records Exam (GRE) are universal standardized entrance exams for graduate programs. UCLA Anderson Executive MBA Program is now accepting applications for Fall 2020 without a GMAT/GRE/EA exam score. The admissions team will evaluate your candidacy based on the strength of other qualifications such as work experience, academic record, and quantitative background. If needed, UCLA Anderson offers an online math course for admitted students to prepare for the quantitative aspects of the program. For more in-depth information please visit our academic requirements webpage.

If needed, UCLA Anderson offers an online math course for admitted students to prepare for the quantitative aspects of the program. If you have not taken a GMAT/GRE/EA exam, please enter an Executive Assessment (EA) test date of 3/31/2020, this will inform the admissions team that you want to be considered without an exam. We are currently on a rolling admissions basis, so you will be able to get an earlier decision if you submit your application before the June 1, 2020 deadline. Click here to see the latest updates from EMBA Admissions.


Within the EMBA application, you must report the test date and score you want the Admissions Committee to evaluate.

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 essays 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. (750 word max)

2. Why is this the best time for you to pursue your MBA? (750 word max)


Please describe your career progress since you last applied and how you have strengthened your candidacy. Include updates on short-term and long-term career goals. (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.

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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, 2019
    Decision release date January 31, 2020
    Application Deadline
    February 1, 2020
    Decision release date March 31, 2020
    Application Deadline
    May 1, 2020**
    (Extended to June 1, 2020)**

    Decision release date July 31, 2020