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The Consortium is an alliance of leading American business schools and some of the country’s top corporations. The Consortium for Graduate Study in Management seeks to enhance diversity in business education and leadership by helping to reduce the serious underrepresentation of African-Americans, Hispanic Americans and Native Americans in both our member schools and in the ranks of management.

The Consortium recruits qualified U.S. citizens and permanent residents who can demonstrate a commitment to the Consortium’s mission.

If you are considering applying through the Consortium, you may reach out to our Consortium student liaisons.

Important Dates

Round 1 - October 15, 2020

Round 2 - January 5, 2021


Round 1 - October 15, 2020

Round 2 - January 5, 2021


Round 1 - December 18, 2020

Round 2 - March 26, 2021


Round 1 - March 2021

Round 2 - March 2021


The Consortium Application

We encourage candidates who can demonstrate their commitment to the Consortium’s mission to apply to the UCLA Anderson MBA program through the Consortium. Your application will be evaluated for admission, membership and fellowship.

The Consortium Fellowship

Candidates who are accepted through the Consortium application process and are approved for membership are evaluated for full-tuition, merit-based UCLA Anderson Consortium Fellowships. Applying via the Consortium does not preclude applicants from being considered for other UCLA Anderson fellowships. Approximately two-thirds of incoming Consortium students are awarded a UCLA Anderson Consortium Fellowship.

Recipients of a UCLA Anderson Consortium Fellowship are notified in mid-March.

Admissions Essays

Candidates who apply to the UCLA Anderson MBA program through the Consortium are required to submit the general Consortium essay as well as the UCLA Anderson supplemental essays for fall 2021. In addition to completing the essays, applicants can also respond to the optional Consortium essay.


Interviews are conducted on an invitation-only basis after applications are reviewed, and an interview must be completed to be admitted to the program. Interview invitations generally start going out four weeks after the application deadline, and continue to go out on a rolling basis up until the notification deadline. Interviews are offered both on campus and via Skype.

Concurrent Degree Programs

Candidates interested in one of our eight concurrent degree programs can apply through the Consortium. You should indicate your intention on the UCLA Anderson supplemental section of the Consortium application. Please note that applicants interested in pursuing a concurrent degree must submit separate application materials to each program, following the instructions set forth on each program’s website. Admissions decisions for concurrent degree programs are made separately by each department, and you must be admitted to both programs to be considered a concurrent degree student. Please be advised that a UCLA Anderson Consortium Fellowship only covers MBA tuition.

The Consortium Orientation Program (OP)

All incoming Consortium members are required to attend the Consortium’s Orientation Program (OP) in June (prior to the start of the MBA program). This five-day event brings together new Consortium students, second-year students, alumni, representatives from member schools, sponsoring companies and strategic partner organizations. OP is focused on personal and professional development through a series of workshops, social activities and networking opportunities.

Frequently Asked Questions


What are the application deadlines for applying through the Consortium?

In which round should I apply?

Am I at a disadvantage if I apply through the Consortium?

Are there specific essays that I need to complete in addition to the Consortium essay?

I am interested in applying for a concurrent degree program (e.g., MBA/J.D., MBA/MPH, MBA/M.A.). Can I still apply thourgh the Consortium?

What if I am a reapplicant?

If I apply through the Consortium and am denied admission, am I still eligible to apply to the UCLA Anderson full-time MBA program during one of its subsequent application rounds?

Test Scores and GPA

Is there a minimum GMAT/GRE score required for admission?

If I retake the GMAT or GRE after the Consortium application deadline, will you consider my new score?

Do I need to submit a TOEFL or IELTS score?

Application Interview

Is it necessary to have an interview? When should I expect to receive an invitation to interview?

If invited to interview do I need to provide any additional documents?

Financial Aid — Consortium Fellowship

I was admitted through the Consortium and did not recieve a Consortium Fellowship. Am I still eligibile for other UCLA Anderson MBA fellowships?

I was admitted to UCLA Anderson and another Consortium MBA program. I received a Consortium Fellowship from another Consortium MBA program but I want to attend UCLA Anderson instead. Can I transfer my fellowship to UCLA Anderson even though I initially ranked it lower in my Consortium school rankings?

As a recipient of a Consortium Fellowship, am I required to maintain a minimum grade point average while I am a student?

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