Fully Employed MBA Requirements

Carefully review our MBA application requirements below, and please take the time to connect with our community and get acquainted with our resources

The Application Process
The fact that you’re here indicates you’re ready to make a significant investment in your future. Although there are no shortcuts to the application process, every effort has been made to ensure a smooth, streamlined experience. Carefully review the application requirements below, and please take the time to connect with our community and get acquainted with our resources.
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Create Your Online Application

All applicants must apply to the FEMBA program online. The online application will walk you through each step. Note that there are three admission rounds, each with its corresponding deadlines and decision release dates. The application fee is $200.

*Application fee waivers are available to all US Military Personnel (active duty and veterans), Teach for America, UC Part-Time MBA Program Transfer Applicants, UCLA Anderson Riordan Programs Alumni and UCLA Staff.

Please contact femba.applications@anderson.ucla.edu prior to submission.

Begin Application

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Order Your Digital Transcripts

Applicants must hold a completed four-year bachelor’s degree or equivalent from an accredited university. We accept all majors and backgrounds. All corresponding official undergraduate and graduate transcripts (if applicable) must be ordered prior to submitting an application. Schools take anywhere from 2 to 4 weeks to send official documents, so please plan ahead.

Digital Electronic Transcripts

Digital e-transcripts are highly recommended and considered official as long as they are sent directly from your school(s) to us at femba.applications@anderson.ucla.edu OR if you are ordering through Parchment select “UCLA Anderson Fully Employed MBA Program” as the recipient. This is our preferred way of receiving your official transcripts.


Physical Hard Copy Transcripts

If your school is unable to provide e-transcripts please have sealed hard copies sent to the address below:

UCLA Anderson FEMBA Admissions
110 Westwood Plaza
Marion Anderson Hall, Suite G6.42
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1481

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Take the GMAT, GRE or Executive Assessment

Applicants must take the GMAT, GRE or Executive Assessment. There is no preferred exam and there is no minimum acceptable score.

UCLA Anderson School of Management School Codes

GMAT and Executive Assessment: 2NZ2F44

GRE: 0727

Please be advised that exam scores are taken into consideration when awarding merit-based fellowships.

Exam Waiver Through Demonstration of Academic Achievement

Applicants have the option to waive the exam requirement if they are able to prove previous academic achievement.

This can be attained by earning an undergraduate degree or graduate degree (master’s or doctorate) from an accredited US institution with certain criteria met.

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Update Your Resume

Applicants must submit an updated resume. The average work experience of FEMBA students is seven years, with all backgrounds considered.

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Letters of Recommendation

Two letters of recommendation are needed from individuals who are well acquainted with your performance in a work setting, preferably a direct supervisor or manager.

Please Note:

The recommendations provide us with third-party confirmation and insights into your achievements. You should choose recommenders who will support your candidacy with concrete examples of performance and impact on the organization.

Questions from the online recommendation form are shown below and are for reference only.

  • The Recommendations must be submitted online, not via hard-copy responses to these questions.
  • You must register your recommenders, who then use the confidential online link they receive directly from our online application. Your recommenders also have the option to upload an additional document if desired.
  • Only two recommendations are accepted per application.
  • Ideally your recommendations should be from current direct supervisors or managers who are best equipped to answer questions about your leadership, communication, teamwork, initiative and other skills.
  • If you are unable to ask a current supervisor for a recommendation, then you can ask a former boss, a manager from another department, or a consultant or client who knows you well enough to answer the questions insightfully.
  • Academic contacts are not usually able to provide information on management potential. Similarly, family members, peers and friends are not appropriate as recommenders.
  • Your recommenders' own titles or positions are not important - instead, their ability to comment knowledgeably and specifically about you is vital.
  • Letters from contacts (including alumni) who do not know you well cannot add value like direct supervisors can.

Recommendation Questions and Topics*

Please provide a brief description of your interaction with the applicant and, if applicable, the applicant’s role in your organization.
How does the performance of the applicant compare to that of other well-qualified individuals in similar roles? (E.g. what are the applicant’s principal strengths?)
Describe the most important piece of constructive feedback you have given the applicant. Please detail the circumstances and the applicant’s response.
*Please note: Questions and topics listed above are for reference only. Actual submission of letters of recommendation is done online, through the online application system only.


Essay Questions

Please give the essay questions in your online application your full, undivided attention. The clarity with which you communicate your accomplishments and goals factors heavily in the FEMBA selection process.

FEMBA Essays:

1. Tell us about yourself and what you will bring to the learning community at UCLA Anderson. (500 word maximum)

2. What are your short and long term career goals and what aspects of UCLA Anderson will support you in achieving those goals? (500 word maximum)

Optional Essay:

Should the Admissions Committee be aware of any additional circumstances in your profile?

Please address any of these scenarios if they apply to you:

If you will be commuting from out of the area or relocating, please explain your plans.

If you are not employed full-time, please explain your current employment situation and your career search plan to be employed by the beginning of the program.

If you are currently enrolled in another graduate program (including MBA), please clarify your status in the program (standing, % complete, etc.) and explain your reason for wanting to begin UCLA Anderson.

If your cumulative undergraduate GPA is below 3.0 or in a lower degree classification, please explain the circumstances around this.


Optional Phone Interview

After submitting your application, you will be prompted to register for an optional phone interview. Conducted by a volunteer current student or alumni, the interview affords you the opportunity to personalize your candidacy even further.

Interviews will only be conducted on the designated day for each application round. We completely understand if you are unable participate due to other prior commitments, and please rest assured that it will not reflect negatively on your application.

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Reapplicants are those who submitted a completed FEMBA application within the previous two years and received a final decision.

Create a new application.
Indicate on the Additional Info page of the application that you are a reapplicant.
Submit one new recommendation.
Please highlight any progress made since the prior application.
Standardized test scores (GMAT, TOEFL and IELTS) previously reported will remain on file, though scores are subject to expiration dates. You may submit new test scores if desired.

Required Reapplicant Essay
Please describe your career progress since you last applied and ways in which you have enhanced your candidacy. Include updates on short-term and long-term career goals, as well as your continued interest in UCLA Anderson.
Admission Committee members see the entire previous application to provide context.

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“I am constantly amazed by the range of experience my classmates have. There are doctors, lawyers, executives — many of my peers are on their third degree, and I think that really speaks to the quality and drive of the students at Anderson as well as the caliber of the program.”

Charlotte Kadin

(FEMBA ’18)
Product Manager
The Walt Disney Company

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