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Graduation Requirements, Curriculum and Concentrations
Requirements for Graduation and Resources to Complete Your Degree

To better meet the evolving management education needs of our students, the UC Davis Graduate School of Management faculty modified MBA degree requirements for graduation. All students enrolling in fall 2011 and after must complete the IMPACT core option.

If you have questions about an individual course, please check the course syllabus and/or contact the professor directly.


Sponsor Projects: How it Works

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The GSM Director of Corporate Relations will work closely with sponsor companies to identify specific project opportunities based on the sponsor’s needs and requirements. 

Our approach is to encourage constructive collaboration between the sponsor and the GSM teams to address a clear and specific challenge or explore a distinct business opportunity.

A Hand-Picked Team is Assembled

Once approved by the executive engagement team, the project is assigned to a team of MBA students whose strengths and interests match the scope and need of the effort.  Projects typically involve areas such strategic planning, operational analysis, market opportunity assessment, and organizational effectiveness, but vary based on the specific sponsor situation.

Discovery, Analysis & Conclusions

A typical project lasts 10 weeks, and is split in two phases, the first focused on research and discovery, and the second on analysis, conclusions, and the results presentation.  The student team meets regularly with the corporate sponsor and works under the guidance of a faculty advisor, meeting at least once a week to track progress. The advisor plays a critical role as a sounding board for the students’ ideas and conclusions.

Comprehensive Final Report

A written interim report is provided to the sponsor at the mid-way point; a final report and oral presentation of the team’s findings are presented at the project’s conclusion.

Critical to the success of any engagement is a commitment by the sponsor to devote the necessary time and resources to the project, and to provide the internal information necessary for the teams to understand and address the opportunity.  All confidential information is protected by a nondisclosure agreement.  Participation in the program is contingent upon a qualifying donation, which allows sponsor companies membership into the GSM’s Business Partnership Program.



Sacramento and Bay Area MBA Admissions FAQs

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How much is the application fee?

The application fee is $125. If applying online, you may pay with Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover or electronic check. If you apply by paper, you must pay by check or money order.

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How long does it take to complete the program?

Students in the Sacramento and Bay Area MBA programs typically complete the program in three years. Students must complete 72 units to meet the requirement for graduation. Elective courses are offered in the summer quarter for those students that wish to proceed through the program at a faster pace.

What does the program cost?

What factors are considered in admissions decisions?

The Admissions Committee considers your academic potential, professional promise and personal qualities. These factors are not listed in order of importance, and we look at each candidate individually. Their goal is to assemble a class of students who will bring diverse perspectives to the learning environment.

What prerequisite courses are required for admission to the UC Davis MBA program?

The UC Davis MBA program does not require any prerequisite courses for admission.  However, it is strongly recommended that you complete coursework in accounting, calculus, economics and statistics prior to enrolling, particularly if you do not have sharp quantitative skills or do not achieve a strong score on the quantitative section of the GMAT. In addition, we strongly recommend that you are proficient in the use of various software programs, including Microsoft Word and Excel.

What is the minimum GMAT score requirement?

The UC Davis MBA program does not have a minimum GMAT score requirement. GMAT scores are valid for five years, and you may take the test as many times as allowed by the Graduate Management Admissions Council. We will use the highest score submitted when considering your application for admission. You may register for the GMAT and view our current student profile online.

What is the minimum GPA requirement?

The UC Davis MBA Program does not have a minimum GPA requirement. The Admissions Committee requires official transcripts from all schools attended after high school, including your undergraduate degree program, any graduate work, and/or additional courses taken (certificate program, continuing education courses, etc.).

Is a personal interview required?

Interviews are available by invitation only. If the Admissions Committee determines that an interview is needed, we will contact you to schedule it.

Can I transfer units taken at another school toward UC Davis MBA?

Transferring units toward your UC Davis MBA varies from case to case. The School examines each case on an individual basis. The GSM will not consider the transferability of courses until after an applicant has been admitted into the program.

A maximum of 12 quarter units from a University of California campus or six quarter units from another university can be applied toward the fulfillment of the GSM’s elective requirement. In order to qualify for transfer credits, the following criteria must be met:

  • Each course must be at a graduate or professional school level.
  • Each course must have been taken at an institution that is accredited by AACSB International.
  • A course cannot have been used to satisfy a previous degree requirement.

Final review and approval of transfer units will be made by the Graduate School of Management’s Graduate Advisor, after admission to the program and upon request by the student.

Can I take individual classes without being admitted to the program?

No, all students must be admitted to the MBA program before enrolling in classes.

Do you offer career assistance to part-time students?

Yes, we offer the same staff and resources to our part-time students that we do to our full-time students. Learn more about career development services offered in our working professional programs here.

Do you offer spring or winter start dates for incoming students?

No, all of our MBA programs only offer fall quarter start dates.

Where are Sacramento and Bay Area MBA classes taught?


Classes are held at the UC Davis Sacramento Campus. Weeknight classes are held from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Weekend courses are scheduled either from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. or 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The San Francisco Bay Area:

Classes are taught at the UC Davis Bay Area MBA campus at Bishop Ranch Business Park in San Ramon, east of San Francisco. Classes meet every other week on Friday from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 12 noon and 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Students may also take some classes at the UC Davis campus.

Can I pursue a concurrent degree?

The scheduling of the Sacramento and Bay Area MBA programs does not allow for joint degrees. If you are interested in a joint degree, we recommend that you consider the Full-Time MBA program, which offers joint degrees with law, medicine, engineering, agricultural and resource economics, and other graduate programs at UC Davis.

Is financial aid available?

While many students receive tuition assistance from their employers, both federal and private loans are available to Sacramento and Bay Area MBA students to help meet their educational expenses. The UC Davis Graduate School of Management offers a limited grant program for students who have exhausted all other financing sources. You must apply directly to the GSM.

What specializations do the Sacramento and Bay Area MBA Programs offer?

The UC Davis MBA program prepares you for a range of careers and cultivates your ability to deal effectively with the challenges of a continually changing, increasingly competitive global business environment. Through our core courses you build a foundation of basic knowledge and skills. You then pursue a concentration – business analytics, entrepreneurship, finance/accounting, general management, marketing, public health, strategy or technology management. Specialized courses, independent studies and field work can further your knowledge in a particular field and prepare you for the next step of your career.