If you are considering applying through The Consortium and have questions about the UCLA Anderson supplemental application or want to learn about our Consortium community, please reach out to Vickie Euyoque. We also encourage you to connect with our Consortium Liaisons.
Round 1 - October 15, 2022
Round 2 - January 5, 2023
GMAT / GRE / TOEFL / IELTS TEST DEADLINE
Round 1 - October 15, 2022
Round 2 - January 5, 2023
ADMISSION DECISION RELEASE
Round 1 - December 14, 2022
Round 2 - March 22, 2023
CONSORTIUM FELLOWSHIP RELEASE
Round 1 - March 2023
Round 2 - March 2023
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. The Consortium will evaluate you for membership, and we will evaluate you for admission and fellowship eligibility.
Candidates who apply to the UCLA Anderson MBA program through The Consortium undergo the same evaluation process as applicants who apply directly to the UCLA Anderson MBA. Please note that although you do not need to submit a separate UCLA Anderson application, it is recommended that you create an account through our application portal and submit your inquiry form to streamline the processing of your application and ensure access to our decision system.
Consortium membership is evaluated separately from the MBA admissions process. While candidates may be admitted to member schools without a dedication to this mission, to be granted membership and be considered for the UCLA Anderson Consortium Fellowship, candidates need to demonstrate a significant commitment to The Consortium's mission. Candidates must submit a membership essay and letter of recommendation.
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.
Candidates who apply to the UCLA Anderson MBA program through The Consortium are required to submit the general Consortium essay as well as respond to the two short-response prompts and one essay question included in the UCLA Anderson supplemental application for fall 2023. In addition, applicants can also respond to the optional Consortium essay.
The prompts and essay question below are for the 2021-2022 application year and are provided for reference only. We will update this section in July 2022 for the 2022-2023 application year.
Prompts & Essay
1) Tell us about your MBA goals AND why you are applying to UCLA Anderson now:
a) State your short term and long term goals (100 words maximum)
b) How can UCLA Anderson help you achieve your goals? (150 words maximum)
2) How have recent events influenced the impact you would like to make in your community, career, or both? (250 words maximum)
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 about three weeks after the application deadline, and continue to go out on a rolling basis up until the notification deadline. Interviews are offered virtually via Zoom.
Candidates invited to interview will need to submit official hard-copy undergraduate transcripts directly to our admissions office. The transcript copy that is included in the Consortium application will be used for preliminary evaluation purposes but is not considered an official transcript. Additional information will be provided in the interview invitation.
Candidates invited to interview will also need to submit official test scores (GMAT/GRE/TOEFL/IELTS) directly to us electronically. The test scores included in the Consortium application will be used for preliminary evaluation purposes but official test scores need to be reported directly to us from the testing organization. Additional information will be provided in the interview invitation.
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 by selecting the appropriate concurrent degree program. 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.
In which round should I apply?
Applicants are encouraged to apply when they feel that their application presents a clear and compelling picture of who they are, their strengths and their reasons for pursuing an MBA. If, for example, you find that you need more time to revise your essays or to retake the GMAT/GRE, you should definitely take the extra time to do so.
Am I at a disadvantage if I apply through The Consortium?
We encourage all applicants who can demonstrate their commitment to The Consortium’s mission to apply via The Consortium. There are many benefits to Consortium membership, as well as the opportunity to be considered for a UCLA Anderson Consortium Fellowship. Consortium applications are evaluated by the same standards as the rest of our pool, although the deadlines may differ.
I am interested in applying for a concurrent degree program (e.g., MBA/J.D., MBA/MPH, MBA/M.A.). Can I still apply through The Consortium?
Yes, 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 by selecting the appropriate program of interest. 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. Admission 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.
What if I am a reapplicant?
Reapplicants are those who submitted a completed MBA application within the previous two years and received a final decision. Reapplicants are evaluated by the same standards as first-time applicants, so there is no disadvantage to reapplying. Reapplicants must submit a new application that includes all required data forms and essays, an updated resume, transcripts, letters of recommendation and the application fee. Standardized test scores (GMAT, GRE, TOEFL and IELTS) may be reused if the score has not expired.
We strongly recommend that as a reapplicant to UCLA Anderson you use the optional essay (on the UCLA Anderson Supplemental Application) to outline how you have improved your candidacy since your last application. The Admissions Committee will be looking for substantive changes in your qualifications. We also recommend that you provide updated professional recommendations that may highlight your most recent professional achievements, as well as speak to how you have enhanced your candidacy since you last applied. If you have taken the GMAT/GRE or TOEFL/IELTS again, ask to have the new official scores sent to the Consortium and note your new score on the Test Score section of the application.
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?
No. Many factors are considered in the decision process. Admission decisions are not made solely on the basis of grades and test scores. However, you may want to review our average and range of scores in our most recent class profile to ensure that your GMAT or GRE score (including Writing Assessment) represents your ability. If your score doesn't reflect your ability, we recommend that you consider retaking the test.
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?
Applicants who were educated in countries where English is not the primary spoken language of daily life are required to take the TOEFL or IELTS, regardless of the language used at their school. This includes applicants with degrees from multilingual countries such as India, Nigeria or Pakistan, among others. For more information, please refer to UCLA Graduate Division Office English requirements.
Is it necessary to have an interview? When should I expect to receive an invitation to interview?
Once the Admissions Committee has reviewed your Consortium application, you may be invited to interview. Interviews are offered virtually via Zoom. Interview invitations generally start going out about three weeks after the application deadline, and continue to go out on a rolling basis until the notification deadline. You will be notified by email if you are invited to interview.
If invited to interview do I need to provide any additional documents?
If invited to interview you will need to submit official hard-copy transcripts directly to our Admissions office. The transcript copy that is included in The Consortium application will be used for preliminary evaluation purposes but is not considered an official transcript. Additional information will be provided in the interview invitation.
You will also need to submit official test scores (GMAT/GRE/TOEFL/IELTS) directly to us electronically. The test scores included in The Consortium application will be used for preliminary evaluation purposes but official test scores need to be reported directly to us from the testing organization. Your interview invitation will include our school codes for each test.
Financial Aid — Consortium Fellowship
I was admitted through The Consortium and did not receive a Consortium Fellowship. Am I still eligible 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 Consortium Fellowship to UCLA Anderson even though I initially ranked it lower in my Consortium school rankings?
Consortium Fellowships cannot be transferred to other MBA programs. Although a fellowship is not guaranteed, your school ranking at the time of application determines the order in which schools may consider you for The Consortium Fellowship. You are first considered for the fellowship by the highest-ranked school to which you were admitted. If that school does not choose to award you the fellowship, the option passes to the next highest-ranked school to which you were admitted and so on. While many Consortium schools may admit you, only one Consortium school may offer you the Fellowship. After your application is submitted to the Consortium, you cannot change your school ranking.