Executive MBA Financing Overview

Make Your Professional and Personal Goals a Reality

 
Pursuing an MBA is an investment in yourself, and we understand it is a significant financial commitment. We want to equip you with valuable resources on the many ways you can fund your Executive MBA.

Student Charges and Fees

 
Payment Amount
Non-Refundable Application Fee: $200
Non-Refundable Admission Enrollment Deposit:
(Counts towards the first installment in year 1)
$2,500
EMBA Program Fees for Year One  $91,776*
EMBA Program Fees for Year Two  $91,776*

*NOTE: Annual program fees listed are for the current Class of 2025, with a total program cost of $183,552. The incoming Class of 2026 (starting Fall 2024) program fees are not confirmed until early Summer 2024, but may increase by approximately 5%. 

Student charges are paid over quarterly installments based on the following schedule.

Projected Installment Payment Plan

  • Year One Installments: August, December, March, and June (the annual program fee is evenly split across four quarters, the $2,500 enrollment deposit is applied as a credit to the August installment)  
  • Year Two Installments: September, December, and March (the annual program fee is evenly split across 3 quarters)

Items Covered by the Program Fees

Executive MBA students pay a set inclusive program fee, including tuition for courses, mandatory fees, and academic costs (books, technology, meals, lodging on/off-campus). The Executive MBA program academic fee is mandatory for each student, there may be limited items you can opt out of for a small credit (ex: some nights of lodging and books).  

All university and Executive MBA program policies and fees are subject to change each year (annual fee contracts are sent to students in early Summer).  Student charges and education fees are subject to change at any time.

Partners and family members may accompany students on the required International Business Residential and optional international electives at their own expense. 

Additional Expenses

Students are responsible for all fees and/or fines assessed by the University or the Executive MBA program (The following expenses that are not included in the Executive MBA program fee):

  1. Students are responsible for obtaining a laptop that meets Anderson’s required specifications.
  2. Students are responsible for purchasing UCLA campus parking permits (UCLA Anderson staff will facilitate the parking permit purchase). The EMBA program fees do not cover the cost of parking. Parking spaces are allocated for all EMBA students for the regular quarter. UCLA parking services will notify you when parking registration is available in the Summer before the program begins.
  3. The EMBA program offers optional programs or courses (e.g., international studies and exchange opportunities) that will require students to incur additional expenses. These fees are non-reimbursable.
  4. Executive MBA students are responsible for airfare and all travel costs incurred in conjunction with attending classes at UCLA Anderson (lodging is provided for the one-week Opening Residential and during the school year during class weekends - the number of nights covered varies based on the student's selected schedule). Students will need to cover airfare only for the required International Business Residential (lodging and most meals provided).

  5. Students are provided a fixed research budget for the Capstone Thesis (SMR or BCP) project, there may be some travel or additional costs incurred outside of this budget.

  6. If students choose to enroll in a non-EMBA class they are responsible for the cost of all course materials.

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UCLA Anderson makes every effort to disclose Executive MBA program financial information for prospective students fully. Because the program offers new educational opportunities on a quarterly and annual basis, we cannot provide a complete list of costs/expenses not covered by the annual fees. Explore our loan options to cover expenses beyond academic fees. 

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Federal & Private Loan Options

 
The most common form of financial assistance students utilize is federal and private loans. In fact, over 50% of your classmates will use loans to fund their Executive MBA.

Private Loan Guide

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Private Loan Guide

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Preferred Private Lender List

UC Code Of Conduct For Preferred Lender Arrangement

Note: If you are considering a loan to finance your MBA, please keep in mind the Cost of Attendance. The program fees for 2023-2024 (fall/winter/spring/summer) are $91,776. Items covered by the program fees include registration, student charges, books, software supplies, meals, and housing for on/off-campus residential. The 2023-2024 student budget includes the following expenses with the corresponding maximum loan credit: Food/Housing: $31,753, Transportation: $4,217, Personal: $3,552, and Loan Fees: $2,490. The total cost of attendance is $133,788.

Steps to Qualify for Federal Loans

 
Type Requirements Link Timeline
FAFSA UCLA’s Title IV School Code is 001315. Parental information is not required for graduate students. FAFSA Jan–Jul
Electronic Financial Aid Notification (e-FAN) Beginning in July of each year, the UCLA Central Financial Aid Office begins sending out electronic Financial Aid Notifications (e-FANs) that reflect your actual award. On this form, you are required to accept or decline awards offered. Financial Aid and Scholarships July
Master Promissory Note (MPN) All first-time federal loan borrowers are required to sign a Master Promissory Note (MPN) for each loan. Federal Student Aid July
Debt Management/Entrance Interview Session All first-time federal loan borrowers are required to complete a Debt Management/Entrance Interview Session. Federal Student Aid July
Bruin Direct In order to receive the remainder of your aid once your fees have been paid, we recommend that you sign up for Bruin Direct, a service whereby the university deposits any refund directly into your checking account.  Bruin Direct July

Have Loan Questions? Reach Out to Eunice!

 

As the Associate Director of Financial Aid, Eunice's primary responsibilities are supporting the administration and disseminating information regarding federal and private student loan programs to the MBA students and MBA prospects.

Eunice can help you out with your best loan options for financing your MBA. Feel free to reach out for any loan-specific inquires. Note: For questions related to fellowships, fee contracts, or tuition payments, please contact the EMBA admissions office directly.

Eunice Cho
Associate Director of Financial Aid
eunice.cho@anderson.ucla.edu

Fellowships

 
All UCLA Anderson Executive MBA program applicants are automatically considered and evaluated for a fellowship; there is no separate application required. We conduct a holistic review of all applicants and notify fellowship recipients at the time of admission. We offer limited fellowships to approximately 10% of our incoming students.

The UCLA Anderson EMBA Dean’s Fellowship is awarded to new admits on their admission application's strength. All UCLA Anderson Executive MBA program applicants are automatically considered and evaluated for a fellowship; no separate application is required. We conduct a holistic review of all applicants and notify fellowship recipients at the time of admission. We offer limited fellowships to approximately 10% of our incoming students. Applying before Round 3 increases your fellowship opportunity, but all applicants are considered for a fellowship regardless of when the application is submitted. Fellowship recipients will be notified of their award at the same time admission offers are released. Fellowship availability, eligibility, and awards are subject to change without notice.

If you have NEW information regarding your candidacy (not included in your application) and you want to be reconsidered for a fellowship you can submit a Fellowship Appeal Form and your appeal will be  evaluated by the UCLA Admission and Faculty Committees.  Your fellowship appeal must be received before your decision date published on your admission offer. We'll reach out to you with a decision and update your appeal status within 3-4 weeks of submitting the form. 

UCLA staff and faculty who enroll in the Executive MBA program may be eligible for the UCLA Staff Fellowship. The total fellowship award amount is $20,000. Please contact EMBA Admissions for further eligibility requirements and more information. Fellowship recipients will be notified of their award at the same time admission offers are released. Fellowship availability, eligibility, and awards are subject to change without notice.  

As a fellowship recipient, you can also take advantage of the opportunity to be named a Forté Fellow. Please note: this is a naming recognition, not an additional fellowship. The purpose of this opportunity is to recognize those who are committed to the advancement of women in business careers. UCLA Anderson has partnered with the Forté organization to help pave the way to success and inclusion for future generations of women worldwide. If awarded a UCLA Anderson Executive MBA Dean's Fellowship, you will have the opportunity to please submit a brief statement detailing your past efforts that relate to the mission and vision of either (or both) organizations and how you will make your impact here at UCLA Anderson while a member of our community. 

Private agencies and organizations offer a variety of scholarships to MBA students. For external scholarships, please refer to the links below. UCLA Anderson has no direct affiliation with these resources, but we would like to make the latest information available to our students. Please confirm all information, especially dates and restrictions, with organizations directly.

The UCLA Anderson EMBA Dean’s Fellowship is awarded to new admits on their admission application's strength. All UCLA Anderson Executive MBA program applicants are automatically considered and evaluated for a fellowship; no separate application is required. We conduct a holistic review of all applicants and notify fellowship recipients at the time of admission. We offer limited fellowships to approximately 10% of our incoming students. Applying before Round 3 increases your fellowship opportunity, but all applicants are considered for a fellowship regardless of when the application is submitted. Fellowship recipients will be notified of their award at the same time admission offers are released. Fellowship availability, eligibility, and awards are subject to change without notice.

UCLA staff and faculty who enroll in the Executive MBA program may be eligible for the UCLA Staff Fellowship. The total fellowship award amount is $20,000. Please contact EMBA Admissions for further eligibility requirements and more information. Fellowship recipients will be notified of their award at the same time admission offers are released. Fellowship availability, eligibility, and awards are subject to change without notice.  

As a fellowship recipient, you can also take advantage of the opportunity to be named a Forté Fellow. Please note: this is a naming recognition, not an additional fellowship. The purpose of this opportunity is to recognize those who are committed to the advancement of women in business careers. UCLA Anderson has partnered with the Forté organization to help pave the way to success and inclusion for future generations of women worldwide. If awarded a UCLA Anderson Executive MBA Dean's Fellowship, you will have the opportunity to please submit a brief statement detailing your past efforts that relate to the mission and vision of either (or both) organizations and how you will make your impact here at UCLA Anderson while a member of our community. 

Private agencies and organizations offer a variety of scholarships to MBA students. For external scholarships, please refer to the links below. UCLA Anderson has no direct affiliation with these resources, but we would like to make the latest information available to our students. Please confirm all information, especially dates and restrictions, with organizations directly.

You may also reference our corporate brochure below: Grow and Retain Your Talent

“I work at a fortune 500 company that has an educational reimbursement policy, but I was seeking additional sponsorship and I was successful in securing nearly 100% sponsorship for the program. My advice is to start the conversation early, connect it to your company’s business goals and go directly to your management/business unit head, they likely have a discretionary budget they can use in this situation. Also, make it clear the skills you will gain from the program and how that will positively impact the company and your ability to lead and drive revenue.”

EMBA Student
GM and Sr. Director Product Marketing at Fortune 500 company

GI Bill

 

The Post 9/11GI Bill®, also known as the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008, made changes to the GI Bill's previous version, which provided educational benefits to active duty military members and veterans. The first step toward using your GI Bill benefits is to apply for them through the VA online or in person at a regional VA office. Submit all paperwork directly to the UCLA Veteran's Office for processing. You must send all document submissions and inquiries to UCLA Certifying Official at vabenefit@saonet.ucla.edu.

The CalVet waiver is not available to students in self-supporting programs.

Potential Tax Benefits for Financing Your Executive MBA

 
Watch Associate Dean and Adjunct Professor of Accounting Gonzalo Freixes discuss how tax benefits can help pay for your MBA.

Gonzalo Freixes speaking at a podium

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