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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. We value students who bring an expertise in a specific industry or functional area, demonstrating a career journey with continuous growth and increased responsibility.

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 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 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.

Please order your official electronic transcripts to be emailed from your institution directly to 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

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.

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.


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.


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. (500-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 are those who submitted a completed MBA application within the previous two years (that is, who applied for the MBA program starting in 2020 or 2021) 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.

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, 2021
    Decision release date: January 31, 2022
    Application Deadline
    February 1, 2022
    Decision release date: March 31, 2022
    Application Deadline
    May 1, 2022  
    Decision release date: June 30, 2022