MSBA Prerequisites

We want to make sure that you are fully prepared to take on the program's challenging coursework. It's recommended that prospective students explore and become comfortable with the courses below in preparation for the MSBA curriculum.
  • Linear Algebra

  • Multivariable Calculus

  • Statistics and Probability

  • SQL

  • R

  • Python

Application Requirements

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Applicants must take either the GMAT or GRE. The GMAT or GRE score is valid for five years. The Admissions Committee will accept the highest score if a particular test was taken more than once, but it will have access to all your scores.

Applications for and information concerning the GRE may be obtained by calling 609-771-7670, or by visiting the GRE website. Be sure to send GRE scores to institution school code 2216.

Applications for and information for the GMAT can be found on the GMAT website. The GMAT is a computer-adaptive test (CAT) that is administered three weeks per month, six days per week throughout the year at approximately 400 computer-based testing sites in North America and many other parts of the world. To obtain further information and/or to make testing arrangements, visit the Graduate Management Admission Council website. Our school code to send test results to UCLA Anderson is 2NZ-2F-21. We are now accepting the GMAT Focus Edition test with a score of 665 or better.

Prepare for the GMAT

Prepare for the GMAT Focus Edition 

Prepare for the GRE

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TOEFL/IELTS (International Applicants):

TOEFL or IELTS scores are required of all applicants whose native language is not English. The TOEFL/IELTS is also required for students who attended a university where the medium of instruction was English, but the official language of the country was NOT English (this includes both India and Singapore).

The overall minimum required band score on the IELTS is 7.0.

There are two different types of TOEFL tests you may take. The minimum score requirement for each is as follows:

  • Internet-based TOEFL (TOEFL iBT): 100
  • Paper-based TOEFL (TOEFL PBT): 560

Please note For the TOEFL iBT, the following are expected passing scores for each section and the minimum total passing score:

  • Writing: 25
  • Speaking: 24
  • Reading: 21
  • Listening: 17
  • Total minimum passing score: 100

Prepare for TOEFL

Prepare for IELTS

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Evidence of computer programming

Preferably in SQL, Python, R Programming, C++ and familiarity with computers as computational and management tools.
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Academic Records

UCLA Anderson MSBA Admissions Committee uses the transcript copies you upload with your application to do a preliminary evaluation of your academic qualifications.

Original transcripts or documents are only required AFTER you have been admitted. Candidates must hold at least a bachelor's degree (four-year degree or equivalent) from a recognized accredited institution. Bachelor's degrees must be conferred prior to the September program start date.

  • International Applicants: Records needed from schools outside the United States must include diplomas or completion of the degree. Evaluations are recommended.
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Letters of Recommendations

Two letters of recommendation are suggested and to be written by individuals who can evaluate your quantitative skills and your management potential (e.g., professors, employers, and managers).
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Required Essays

Applicants are required to submit three essays as part of the online application to the MSBA program. The application essays help the Admissions Committee become acquainted with applicants as individuals, and they demonstrate an applicant's ability to write concisely and economically.
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Work History / Resume

Work or research experience in a quantitative discipline is recommended but not required for admission to the MSBA Program.
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Interview (Invitation Only)

Interviews are done on an invitation-only basis. The MSBA office will contact you after an application has been submitted if you are invited for an interview.

Python Resources

MSBA students are expected to have prior coding experience in some widely used programming languages (e.g., C/C++, Java). However, the predominant language that will be used throughout the coursework is Python.

Math Resources

Students are expected to be comfortable with calculus and linear algebra at the level covered in the book Mathematics for Economists by Simon and Blume. An alternative reference is Mathematics for Economics by Hoy et al. (Parts I-IV).


MIT's OpenCourseWare provides open source courses on calculus and linear algebra for students that need a quick refresher. Check the following links:

Calculus online textbook Multivariable calculus Linear algebra

Additional Resources


Cognitive Class

Online data science and cognitive computing courses with programming lab components offered for free by IBM.

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