Our front-loaded core curriculum allows you to begin taking elective courses in winter quarter of your first year. This flexibility helps you quickly build in-depth expertise in your chosen function and industry, strengthening your performance in your summer internship. You may wish to choose electives in order to complete one or two of our optional academic specializations, which allow you to customize your academic preparation even further.

MBA Electives

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

Below is a sample of some of our most popular electives.

  • “Digital Marketing Strategy” by Sanjay Sood
  • “Evolution and Innovation in the Global Mobile Industry” by Terry Kramer
  • “Persuasion and Influence” by Noah Goldsteing
  • “Negotiations Behavior” by Miguel Unzueta
  • “Tools and Analysis for Business Strategy” by Lori Santikian
  • “Technology Analytics” by Keith Chen
  • “Fin Tech: Cryptography, Blockchain and Contracting” by Jianfeng Yu

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
  • Corporate 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
  • Health Care Technology
  • Health Law
  • Quantitative Analysis for Health Systems

Kayne Investment Management

Sample Courses:

  • Fixed Income Markets
  • Options Markets
  • International Financial Markets
  • Venture Capital and Private Equity
  • Behavioral Finance

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
  • 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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