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

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Anderson Onboarding

Your first steps in your MBA experience set the tone for the next two years. We introduce you to academics and career preparation early in the summer months to provide you with a strong foundation for success.

Anderson Onboarding

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Business Fundamentals

Through nine core courses, develop a solid business foundation that will carry you through every stage of your career.

Course Schedule

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Specialization Options

You choose your own academic journey of elective courses. Pursue one or more of our optional specializations, or build a customized elective path.

Flexibility & Specializations

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Real-World Master's Thesis

UCLA Anderson’s capstone field study project gives you hands-on client experience and allows you to research and recommend strategic solutions for some of the top companies in the world. You can opt for the Applied Research Management program or embrace the entrepreneurial spirit and launch your own company through the Business Creation Option.

Capstone Project

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Professional Internships

Learn what it’s like to work with one of the top companies in the world, and gain insider knowledge of the business world with hands-on experience. Test your skills, apply what you’ve learned and explore career options, all while adding to your resume.

Our MBAs on the Move

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Meet Our Faculty

With the help of true experts in their disciplines, you’ll gain an expansive view of key business fundamentals through our nine core courses. Our faculty are both tireless researchers in their fields and experienced L.A. business leaders, so you benefit from a broad set of perspectives.

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Academic Centers

Our specialized academic centers give you access to cutting-edge research, conferences and case competitions. You can also leverage their networks of alumni, industry experts and local business professionals to help you achieve your goals.

Course Waivers

Academic Preparation

Academic Calendar

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

See a Full List of Courses Offered


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.


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:

  • Critical Milestones in Preparing for a Life of Leadership
  • Innovation in Media and Entertainment Technology
  • Intellectual Property
  • New Product Development
  • Persuasion and Influence
  • Product Management
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Technology Management

Sample Courses:

  • Content Creation and Exploitation in the Digital Age
  • Entertainment Business Models
  • Content Distribution
  • 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
  • Healthcare Ventures
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:

  • Affordable Housing
  • Cases in Real Estate Investments
  • Real Estate Finance and Investments
  • Real Estate Economics
  • Real Estate Law and Taxation
  • Urban Real Estate Financing and Investing
Leadership Development

Sample Courses:

  • Negotiations Behavior
  • Managerial Decision Making
  • Optimizing Team Performance
  • Leading for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
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