Full-Time MBA Academics

Our curriculum is designed to lead you to create impact at your career destination. Even our most prestigious alumni in leadership positions recall the business fundamentals they learned in their first year at UCLA Anderson. This powerful set of tools leads you into a more flexible, experiential curriculum in your second year, which includes our real-world master’s thesis to give you unparalleled access to organizations both regionally and globally.

Your Academic Journey

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Anderson Onboarding

Your first steps in your MBA experience set the tone for the next two years. We introduce you to academics and career preparation early in the summer months to provide you with a strong foundation for success.

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Business Fundamentals

Through nine core courses, develop a solid business foundation that will carry you through every stage of your career.

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Specialization Options

You choose your own academic journey of elective courses. Pursue one or more of our optional specializations, or build a customized elective path.

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Real-World Master's Thesis

UCLA Anderson’s capstone field study project gives you hands-on client experience and allows you to research and recommend strategic solutions for some of the top companies in the world. You can opt for the Applied Research Management program or embrace the entrepreneurial spirit and launch your own company through the Business Creation Program.

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Professional Internships

Learn what it’s like to work with one of the top companies in the world, and gain insider knowledge of the business world with hands-on experience. Test your skills, apply what you’ve learned and explore career options, all while adding to your resume.


Leadership @Anderson


UCLA Anderson is changing the practice of business. In the Leadership@Anderson program, we integrate our Transformative Leader framework into classroom learning and real-world opportunities so that students can drive the change they want to see.

An MBA education must not be a performative experience yielding only short-term gains. This is why UCLA Anderson ensures that each MBA student’s entire learning journey drives leadership development through monthly one-on-one coaching and observation. In the program, students grow their skills and acumen via academic insights, personal reflections and coaching conversations that promote accountability. Students will see themselves develop into better leaders over the course of the program, and this valuable coaching comes included in the MBA experience.

How Leadership@Anderson Works

  • Each MBA student develops a leadership practice plan in their first week.
  • Students begin monthly coaching designed to advance and iterate on their plan. Monthly written deliverables and in-person conversations track progress.
  • All coaching sessions and all MBA courses have a focus on building the capabilities of the Transformative Leader:

Solves complex business problems in a transforming industry landscape


Catalyzes action in organizations, teams and individuals

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Meet Our Faculty

With the help of true experts in their disciplines, you’ll gain an expansive view of key business fundamentals through our nine core courses. Our faculty are both tireless researchers in their fields and experienced L.A. business leaders, so you benefit from a broad set of perspectives.

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Academic Centers

Our specialized academic centers give you access to cutting-edge research, conferences and case competitions. You can also leverage their networks of alumni, industry experts and local business professionals to help you achieve your goals.

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