You'll have the option to select the sequence of key core courses (marketing and finance) and electives in your first year. This flexibility will build in-depth expertise in your chosen career and help you prepare for your internship interviews. You may wish to add a specialization to customize your academic preparation even further according to industry and function.

MBA Electives

Electives can help you explore new directions and expand your worldview.

Below is a sample of some of our most popular electives from the 2016–2017 year.

  • “Digital Marketing Strategy” by Sanjay Sood
  • “Agony and Ecstasy: Sports Management” by Peter Guber
  • “Evolution and Innovation in the Global Mobile Industry” by Terry Kramer
  • “Managing Finance and Financing the Emerging Enterprise” by Bill Cockrum

See a full list of courses offered


Right from the Start, You Are in Control


You will be able to dive deeper into your target industry or function by completing one of our optional specializations. Specializations require the completion of four courses from a list of suggestions that have been carefully chosen by faculty, alumni practitioners and recruiters.
Below is a brief sample of some courses offered for our specializations. To read full descriptions of these courses, and for a list of all courses offered at UCLA Anderson, please refer to the UCLA General Catalog.


Sample Courses:

  • Corporate Decision Making and Incentives
  • Corporate Financial Reporting
  • Financial Reporting and Equity
  • Valuation

Brand Management

Sample Courses:

  • Advertising
  • Consumer Behavior
  • Customer Assessment and Analytics
  • Marketing Strategy
  • Price Policies
  • Persuasion and Influence

Corporate Finance

Sample Courses:

  • Corporate Valuation
  • Behavioral Finance
  • Risk Management
  • Takeovers, Restructuring and Corporate Governance

Easton Technology Leadership

Sample Courses:

  • Innovation in Media and Entertainment Technology
  • Intellectual Property
  • New Product Development
  • Payment Technology
  • Technology Management


Sample Courses:

  • Content Creation and Exploitation in the Digital Age
  • Entertainment Business Models
  • Entertainment Law
  • Entertainment Marketing
  • Making Creativity Profitable in Entertainment and Technology


Sample Courses:

  • Business Plan Development
  • Business Law for Managers & Entrepreneurs
  • Entrepreneurship and Venture Initiation
  • Financing the Emerging Enterprise
  • Managing Entrepreneurial Organizations

Global Management

Sample Courses:

  • Global Macroeconomy
  • Global Operations Strategy
  • International Business Strategy
  • International Business Law
  • International Financial Markets

Health Care Management

Sample Courses:

  • Business of Health Care
  • Global Perspective
  • Health Care Technology
  • Health Law
  • Quantitative Analysis for Health Systems

Kayne Investment Management

Sample Courses:

  • Fixed Income Markets
  • Options Markets
  • International Financial Markets

Leaders in Sustainability

Sample Courses:

  • Business and Environment
  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Management in Public and Private Nonprofit Sectors
  • Green Energy Entrepreneurship

Marketing Analytics

Sample Courses:

  • Customer Assessment and Analytics
  • Data Analytics for Marketing and Finance
  • Digital Marketing
  • One-to-One Marketing
  • Tools and Analysis for Business Strategy

Real Estate

Sample Courses:

  • Cases in Real Estate Investments
  • Real Estate Finance and Investments
  • Real Estate Economics
  • Real Estate Law and Taxation
  • Urban Real Estate Financing and Investing

Executive Development

Sample Courses:

  • Negotiations Behavior
  • Managerial Decision Making
  • Optimizing Team Performance
  • Pay and Rewards in Organizations

Social Impact

Sample Courses:

  • Business and Environment
  • Impact Creation, Analysis and Evaluation
  • Law and Management of Nonprofit Corporations
  • Real Estate Social Entrepreneurship
  • Social Entrepreneurship


Sample Courses:

  • Managerial Decision Making
  • Global Supply Chain Management
  • Market Entry Strategy
  • Tools and Analysis for Business Strategy (TABS)
  • Business Analytics with Spreadsheets

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