Curriculum & Academics

Your MBA should accelerate your career trajectory

Employers expect MBA graduates to be ready — from day one — to add value to their organizations. When you decide to pursue your MBA at UCLA Anderson, you are supported by a curriculum that puts you in charge of your learning experience;  gives you the deep preparation you need for your chosen career; and directly ties your academic experience to the current global marketplace.

Your Academic Journey


Flexibility and Specializations

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

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

  • “Technology Management” by Terry Kramer
  • “Persuasion and Influence” by Noah Goldstein
  • “Negotiations Behavior” by Jennifer Whitson
  • “Technology Analytics” by Keith Chen
  • “Financial Technology: FinTech” by Andrea Eisfeldt
  • “Emerging Technologies and Markets: Product Management” by Matthew Conroy
  • “Urban Real Estate Financing and Investing” by Paul Habibi
  • “Entertainment Business Model” by Sanjay Sood and Harry Sloan
  • “Life Design for Happiness” by Cassie Holmes

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Right from the Start, You Are in Control

In addition to the core curriculum flexibility of the first year, we offer you the opportunity to delve a little deeper into your target industry or function by completing up to two of our 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 of the courses in 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.