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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.


Jim Olson
Lecturer, Winter 2015, Spring 2015, Summer 2015

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M.S., MBA, Santa Clara University.
B.S., University of California, Davis

Jim Olson founded the WestShore Management Group in April of 2007, continuing a distinguished career after leading several high technology businesses for two Fortune companies and serving for nine years as CEO of SkyStream Networks, the top rated IPTV video head-end provider worldwide. WestShore Management Group provides Interim CEO, corporate consulting, and executive development services for both public, and private, venture-financed companies.


Dr. Yu (Ben) Meng
Lecturer, Summer 2015

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Ph.D., Civil Engineering, University of California, Davis
M.S., University of California, Berkeley
M.S., China Academy of Railway Science

Dr. Yu (Ben) Meng is a Senior Portfolio Manager at the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) where he is responsible for Asset Allocation. At CalPERS, Asset Allocation encompasses various assets such as domestic and international equity, Treasury and agency debt, corporate bonds, mortgage backed securities, CDOs, private real estate, currency overlay, venture capital, leveraged buyouts, and hedge funds.


“The Experience and Knowledge that we Gained was Immensely Valuable.”
Team UCSF Talks About Launching a Health Program for UCSF

First off, what an amazing project!  This was a real world problem beyond that of costs and revenue.  We used our MBA expertise to assist in launching a health program at UCSF, a world-renowned prestigious health institution. It was rewarding to know that our efforts would ultimately impact the lives of patients that suffer traumatic brain injuries and concussions in the greater SF Bay Area and beyond.

Looking back at the project and the road we had come from the last 10 weeks, it’s easy to see why the GSM implemented the IMPACT curriculum.  The experience and knowledge that we gained was immensely valuable. The nature of the client company and its industry presented a unique and complex set of challenges for the team.  It took a great deal of communications and coordination between the team, Marc, physicians, trainers, and directors.  It was a privilege of ours to work with professionals who are amongst leaders of their fields.  We believe that what really made this project successful was the great relationship we had with each stakeholder and their willingness to collaborate with us.

Naturally, there were ups and downs in the project; in the beginning it seemed like a daunting project with nothing more than the end goal and loose pieces.  Our team of six started out as strangers with different backgrounds, and ended up as one voice speaking the language of healthcare consultants in front of medical professionals.  Together, we figured out the pieces.  Together, we solved the puzzle. 

Once again, thanks to everybody for the opportunity to be a part of this and to represent what it means to be a UC Davis GSM student!

- Team UCSF – Quentin, Manny, Ernie, Sibi, Joanie, and Lily – Summer 2012


“It is not a stretch to say it galvanized all of the working knowledge we have gained from the MBA program so far.”
The SIMS student team speaks about their experience working on this Integrated Management Project for SIMS Recycling Solutions

The experience of working with a team on a UC Davis GSM Integrated Management Project was invaluable.  It is not a stretch to say it galvanized all of the working knowledge we have gained from the MBA program so far. The initial scope of the project started as one thing, but it did evolve.  Our client’s original starting point depended on the integration of a newly acquired division.  That alone demonstrates how “real-world” the experience truly was.  A client’s own internal priorities can change depending on many factors.

While ours was a very research-laden and data-driven assignment, our GSM faculty leadership helped us to rise above the fray.  We translated our new-found expertise into valuable insights.  Though we had not worked together before, our team found a rhythm that empowered each member to contribute according to his or her individual strengths.  In the end, the caliber of our final product was easily as high if not higher than one would expect from an industry-specific consultant. It was a rigorous exercise, but a fantastic experience with many lessons that will help as we navigate our own careers after graduation.

- Sims Recycling Team – Sukhanya Rajan, Vickie Sherman, Sandeep Deshpande, Pria Kamal, Nathan Lubetkin


“Valuable Lessons not only from a Business Perspective, but also from a Teamwork and Leadership Perspective”
The IMPACT student team speaks about their time working with Nephosity

Working in the consulting project for startup Nephosity left us with very valuable lessons not only from a business perspective, but also from a teamwork and leadership perspective.

Learning about an industry new to most of us was like drinking from the fire hose. We knew there was no way we were going to become experts in the medical imaging industry in such a short period of time, but with the power of our “collective brain” we certainly learnt enough to be “dangerous”. As a result, we were able to provide Nephosity with a business model recommendation and a 5 year growth plan for the startup.

Professor Lowe’s high standards of excellence set a high bar for our team to meet. It was clear that priority one was to meet our client’s business needs and expectations.

Figuring out the market size, how the startup could generate revenue and go to market, estimating costs and determining the investment needed to grow the company into a profitable business, plus keeping our client informed on project status and incorporating his feedback as more information became available was not an easy job.

Some of the things we learnt from the experience were the importance of having clear goals and expectations, open communication and overcoming the challenges of forming a geographically disperse team. Willingness to change directions based on feedback, dedication and collaboration from every team member, and determination to succeed motivated us to pass through the raging waves and to generate the final deliverables.

- Team Nephosity – Chinmay Sheth, Tim Murray, Graciela Casebeer, Erich Olson, Cliff McEnery, Marc Lowe, Shamson Wong