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UCLA Anderson School of Management

The Anderson School of Management is situated amid the greater University of California, Los Angeles campus in the Westwood section of the city of Los Angeles. Students at UCLA Anderson enjoy a small student body and the school’s notable strengths in entrepreneurship and entertainment and media management, as well as the community-oriented atmosphere Anderson maintains even in such a large city.  The school offers prospective management students five paths to an MBA, three of which are designed for executives.

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Over 150 professors and lecturers teach courses across Anderson’s seven academic areas and an interdisciplinary research group.  They also contribute to Anderson’s six research centers, which focus on topics ranging from entrepreneurial studies to global management.

The entering class of the full-time MBA program typically numbers about 360 students, and each class is divided into five sections designated A through E; first-year students take three of their five fall courses with their section mates.  Each quarter, MBA students are further separated into learning teams of five individuals who work on homework and proj¬ects together.  Anderson divides its calendar into seasonal quarters, and students attend classes during the fall, winter and spring quarters.  The curriculum is delivered through a combination of lectures, case- and project-based approaches.

First-year MBA students are required to attend approximately two weeks of orientation prior to starting classes.  The two components of this orientation are a week-long course called “Leadership Foundations” and seven days of group activities before instruction begins in early October. The fall quarter concludes in mid-December.  First-year students are strongly encouraged to return to Anderson shortly after New Year’s for Career Preparation Days, during which they take part in workshops and training sessions to prepare for interviews.  The winter quarter commences the following week, and courses conclude in the middle of March.  Spring quarter courses start at the beginning of April and end in early June, with Commencement occurring the day after the week-long exam period.

In total, students take either 11 or 12 courses in their first year depending on an optional elective in winter quarter; students may complete between 24 and 28 courses in total throughout the two years of the MBA program. The first-year schedule comprises a very structured curriculum, and students may determine the order in which they take First-years can first take an elective or two in the winter quarter and may take one or two in the spring. In the second year, students may choose to pursue The only academic requirement for second-years is the Applied Management Research Program (AMR), a hallmark of the UCLA program that provides students with 20 weeks of team-based, experiential learning as they complete strategic studies for real business clients. Second-year students may also spend a term studying abroad.

Specializations at Anderson

  • Accounting
  • Brand Management
  • Corporate Finance
  • Easton Technology Leadership
  • Entertainment
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Executive Development
  • Global Management
  • Healthcare Management
  • Kayne Investment Management
  • Leaders in Sustainability
  • Marketing Analytics
  • Real Estate

Degree Offerings at Anderson


Fully Employed MBA

Executive MBA

Global EMBA for Asia Pacific

Global EMBA for the Americas

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Clubs, Conferences & Competitions
Students at Anderson find many opportunities to enrich their MBA experience through extracurricular activities. The school has nearly 50 student-run clubs that represent a broad range of professions, cultures, social interests and sports. For example, students looking to enter real estate can enjoy offerings from the Anderson Real Estate Association such as workshops, job site visits, a mentorship program and networking mixers. Meanwhile, the group Anderson Eats helps students and their family and friends get to know each other while exploring the various cuisines available in Los Angeles. On the athletic side, students can join clubs focused on soccer, tennis, surfing, and skiing and snowboarding, among others.

In addition to their regular meetings and smaller-scale events, Anderson’s clubs organize a variety of conferences each year. These include the PULSE Entertainment, Sports & Technology Conference hosted by the UCLA Anderson Sports Business Association, the Entrepreneur Association’s annual Entrepreneurs Conference, and the Greater China Business Association’s annual Greater China Business Conference. Students can also put their business skills to the test through competitions such as the UCLA Anderson High Tech Case Competition and the Knapp Venture Competition.

Campus Spaces
The Anderson School of Management is located in the center of the northern end of UCLA’s campus in Los Angeles, California.  Anderson’s campus is comprised of six buildings that are connected to each other.  At the center of the complex lies the Marion Anderson Courtyard, which serves as a common meeting place for members of the school community.  In addition to plentiful classrooms and meeting rooms, the school also boasts a café, a large library, an auditorium and an executive dining room.

Although on-campus housing is available through six UCLA-owned apartment buildings, the school reports that two-thirds of students live within five miles of campus in nearby neighborhoods such as Westwood, Brentwood, Santa Monica, West Los Angeles, and the South Bay Area.  Students hoping to receive on-campus housing are advised to apply early, as space is limited.

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Career Services
All MBA students may work with the Parker Career Management Center for help in securing employment after graduating from Anderson. The Center offers students one-on-one career advising, myriad recruiting events organized by a dedicated recruiting staff, and a spring Recruiters’ Day and MBA Career Fair hosted by UCLA Anderson. Students may also avail themselves of resources such as job postings via the online Parker CMC Classifieds. Interviews for second-year students seeking full-time positions with potential employers begin in October and continue throughout the duration of the year; interviews for summer internships begin in January and may last throughout the winter and spring quarters.

Career Statistics

Almost 92% of the Class of 2015 reported receiving job offers within three months after graduation. Of those reporting salary data, students earned an average base salary of just over $114,392 in their post-MBA roles. The top industry pursued by 2015 graduates was technology, which drew nearly 31% of the class. The financial services industry employed 15%, and consulting and media/entertainment employed about 18% and 10% of the class respectively. By function, approximately 25% of the Class of 2015 opted for finance and accounting roles, roughly 28% took on marketing and sales functions, and about 21% assumed consulting positions.

Nearly 5% of 2015 Anderson graduates took on post-MBA roles outside the U.S, with the most popular regions being Asia, Europe, and Latin America and Mexico. About 88% chose to remain in the U.S. Of those students, approximately 76% entered positions in the state of California and 48% of the total graduating class remained in southern California; western states excluding California attracted 7.3% of students. The next most popular region was the Northeast, which hired slightly over 6% of graduates, followed by the Midwest at around 3%.

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The Class Profile
Anderson received 3,530 applications for positions in a class targeted at 360 students for the Class of 2017. The average undergraduate GPA of students choosing to matriculate at Anderson was 3.50, and their GMAT results averaged to 714 with a middle 80% range of 680 to 750. Students entered Anderson with an average of about 5 years of professional experience under their belts. Thirty-three percent of the class is made up of international students. Women constitute 30% of students, while individuals identifying as members of U.S. minority groups represent 27% of the class.

As undergraduates, members of the Class of 2017 elected to major in engineering more than any other discipline: 23% pursued this course of academic study. Twenty-two percent of first-year students majored in business and 18% in the humanities. Economics was pursued by 15% of the class. By industry, Anderson drew the highest percentage of its students from finance, 24% total. The consulting and high tech industries closely followed with 20% of the Class of 2017 each. Twelve percent of students had previously worked in the public and nonprofit sectors and 8% in the consumer goods sector. The remaining students hailed from health care and biotechnology, entertainment and media, and real estate sectors.

Application Procedures
Prospective MBA students wishing to apply to Anderson may submit their materials in one of three rounds that span from early October to mid-April. The school accepts applications via its online system only; the form includes questions regarding the applicant’s personal and professional background. Applicants should also be prepared to submit an application fee, GMAT results and TOEFL or IELTS scores if applicable, two letters of recommendation, an essay, and copies of academic records.

Interviews are required for admittance and are conducted by invitation only. Those applicants invited to interview may do so on campus with a current Anderson student. Applicants may also opt for an off-campus interview, which are conducted via Skype.

Application Checklist

  • Online Application
  • 4-Year Bachelor Degree/Equivalent
  • GMAT or GRE
  • Work Experience
  • Two Recommendations
  • Essays
  • Interviews by Invitation Only
  • TOEFL/IELTS if applicable
  • Application Fee

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Anderson estimates a student budget for the 2016-2017 year to be $84,050 for residents of California and $86,937 for non-residents; the school also identifies a computer allowance fee of $2,000 that is applicable only to first-year students. Of those budget totals, tuition cost residents $52,722 while non-residents pay $55,609. In June 2013, UCLA Anderson converted its full-time, state-supported MBA program to self-supporting status. This means that the school now retains all tuition for the full-time MBA program rather than receiving a combination of state funds and a portion of the student tuition and fees. Students may receive financial assistance in the forms of fellowships, grants and loans, and last year approximately 40% of Anderson students received fellowships. Applicants are automatically considered for fellowships upon admission to the MBA program, and students selected for fellowships, grants, and loans receive their awards in three disbursements marked by the fall, winter and spring quarters. Domestic students may also receive federal loans and must file the FAFSA to do so, while international students may pursue private loans with or without a U.S. co-signer.

Two-Year Program Tuition (per year)

  • Tuition/Fees: Resident $52,722, Non-Resident $55,609
  • Room & Board $17,719
  • Computer (1st Year Only) $2,000
  • Books & Supplies $1,494
  • Travel $2,842
  • Personal $2,460
  • Loan Fees $1,132


  • Resident $84,050
  • Non-Resident $86,937

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Round 3 Deadline

Deadline: April 12, 2017
Decision Release Date: May 24, 2017

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