Riordan MBA Fellows

The Riordan MBA Fellows Program targets recent college graduates who are considering graduate education in business management. Its core purpose is to educate, prepare and motivate these individuals to competitively apply and succeed in a top MBA program and a career in management. This transformational experience will help professionals expand their network and build their leadership skills and community service profile. Fellows attend eight (8) monthly Saturday sessions that include various activities and services.

I attribute a large part of my achievement to the support and mentorship I havereceived from the Riordan Programs over the years. As a Riordan MBA Fellow, I was connected with a vast network of professionals who were wholeheartedly invested in my success. The program addresses every front of the MBA application journey and provides tailored preparation to ensure that every prospective applicant is well positioned to secure admission to the top MBA programs in the country. Today, I continue to engage with the Riordan Programs and am always excited to take on leadership roles that allow me to continue the program’s long-standing tradition of community service.”

Shirley Ceja-Tinoco (’17)
Riordan MBA Fellow 2013

About Riordan MBA Fellows


This transformational experience will help you expand your network and build your leadership skills and your community service profile. All Riordan MBA Fellows attend eight monthly Saturday sessions, which include:

  • Graduate-level discussions and case studies led by top UCLA Anderson faculty
  • Personalized one-on-one MBA Action Plan counseling session
  • Guest speakers from the corporate community
  • Guidance on MBA admissions, financial aid and GMAT preparation
  • Personal mentors who are current UCLA Anderson MBA students
  • Team community service project
  • Networking opportunities with industry professionals and the UCLA Anderson community
  • Social events with Riordan Programs alumni and corporate representatives

Our MBA Action Plan counseling sessions are a key component of the program, and with counseling you will develop a realistic timeline on the path toward an MBA. These sessions provide advice on professional and career development, academic preparation and other considerations for becoming a stronger business school applicant.

Why Apply


An MBA is the key to success in business or in any leadership position. If you have a strong ambition and want the tools and knowledge to create a lasting impact in an organization or as an entrepreneur, the Riordan MBA Fellows program will prepare you for the next step: an MBA at a top school.

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Applying to Riordan Fellows


Application Period

The application period for the 2018 - 2019 academic year is NOW OPEN! When applying please indicate your preference of cohort, 1 or 2. Please note by choosing the cohort, you are not guaranteed admittance of your preferred choice.

Application Deadline for 2018 - 2019: Round 1 – February 23, 2018;  Round 2 – May 11, 2018  
Interviews: By invitation only 
Decisions E-mailed by: Round 1 – May 18, 2018;  Round 2 - July 28, 2018


Prior experience in or knowledge of business is not required. Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • On average, applicants are up to five years post graduate from an undergraduate college/university.
  • Applicant’s cumulative grade point average must be at least a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Applicant should have substantial work experience (this can include summer internships and community volunteer experience). Must be fully employed and have at least one year of work experience.
  • Applicant must have demonstrated leadership skills and community service involvement.

Two-Step Application


Step One

Step One materials due by Round 1 - February 23, 2018, at 11:59 p.m. and Round 2 - May 11, 2018, at 11:59 p.m.

Online Application

Submit your online application. All applications items for Step 1 and Step 2 must be submitted online and will not be accepted via mail. No items will be accepted in person.

Submit your online application here.

Copy of unofficial transcript(s)

Transcripts must be submitted and uploaded to the online application. Official transcripts will be requested if you are accepted into the Riordan MBA Fellows Program.


Your resume must be uploaded to your online application as a PDF or MS Word document. Resumes cannot be emailed or sent separately.

Letter of recommendation*

Submit only one letter recommendation, preferably from a supervisor or manager at your current place of employment. When the Riordan application is submitted, an automatic email will be sent directly to your reference’s email address. This email will contain a link to the reference form. Please plan accordingly and give your recommender enough time before the deadline to submit. Visit our FAQ for additional information about the recommendation.

Essays (2 essays, 1 optional)

  • Essay 1: Please provide us with a summary of your personal and family background. Include information about your parents and siblings, where you grew up and perhaps a highlight or special memory of your youth. (500-word limit)
  • Essay 2: Discuss your career goals and why you want to earn an MBA, particularly at this point in your career. Why, specifically, are you applying to the Riordan MBA Fellows Program? (500-word limit)
  • Essay 3 (optional): Is there any other information that you believe would be helpful to the Admissions Committee in considering your application? If you feel the application already represents you well, do not feel obligated to submit Essay 3. (500-word limit)
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*When the application is submitted, an automated email will be sent directly to the email address you indicated for your reference. This email will contain a link to the reference form. Please give your recommender enough time to respond before the application deadline.


Step Two

Step Two materials due by Round 1 - February 23, 2018, at 11:59 p.m. and Round 2 - May 11, 2018, at 11:59 p.m.

We understand the time and effort it takes to complete the application. We ask all applicants to complete the following checklist:

  • Payment of application fee (visit this link to pay application fee HERE)
We require that all sections of the application be complete and will not review it until all items have been received.

Program Details


Program Schedule

2018–2019 Session Dates

Cohort 1 Session Schedule
Session #1: September 14 - 15, 2018
Session #2: November 10, 2018
Session #3: January 19, 2019
Session #4: March 23, 2019
Riordan Programs Graduation (May 2019 )
Cohort 2 Session Schedule
Session #1: October 12 - 13, 2018
Session #2: December 15, 2018
Session #3: February 23, 2019
Session #4: April 20, 2019
Riordan Programs Graduation ( May 2019)
*Dates are tentative


There is an application fee of $50 for all professional applicants to the Riordan MBA Fellows Program. Tuition for the 2018- 2019 program year is tentatively set at $850. Classroom supplies and materials are provided at the monthly Saturday sessions; parking and cost of books are not included.


Admitted Riordan MBA Fellows are required to attend all monthly Saturday sessions. Riordan MBA Fellows are expected to exhibit a professional demeanor and actively participate in class discussions, community service projects and all other program activities. Work-appropriate attire is required at all Riordan Programs functions.

If admitted into the Riordan MBA Fellows Program, you will be required to take a GMAT diagnostic test with a score of minimum 450 and your official transcripts will be needed before orientation. Please note we are not requiring the official GMAT, only the diagnostic.


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Speak with the Riordan Programs Staff

Still have additional questions after reviewing the FAQ? Schedule a one-on-one Admissions meeting. One-on-One meetings take place weekly over the phone or in person. Please contact Senior Assistant Director Michelle Jones ( if you are interested in a one-on-one meeting.

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