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Full-Time MBA Admissions FAQs
The most frequently asked questions about Full-time MBA program admissions

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About Admissions

How much is the application fee?

The application fee is U.S $125.00. If applying on-line, you may pay with Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover or electronic check. If applying using the paper application, you must pay by check or money order made payable to UC Regents.

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What factors are considered in admissions decisions?

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

What is the student profile for the UC Davis MBA Program?

See our Full-Time MBA Class Profiles.

Is work experience required for admission?

Full-time work experience is not required for admission. The UC Davis MBA Program admits students with an amazing range of experience as well as a select number of students who enroll directly from an undergraduate program without traditional work experience. Typically these candidates demonstrate superior academic potential as well as outstanding leadership, maturity and focus by their success in extracurricular and community activities.

What is the minimum GMAT or GRE score requirement?

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

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 course work in accounting, calculus, economics and statistics prior to enrolling in the UC Davis MBA program, 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, it is strongly recommended that you are proficient in the use of various computer software including Microsoft Word and Excel.

Does the Admissions Committee favor certain undergraduate majors or recommend certain undergraduate courses?

No particular area of undergraduate preparation is required, but a completion of a US bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, or the equivalent is required.  You must have completed 16 years of education in order to be eligible to apply to the UC Davis MBA Program. 

What if the student has an MBA from another institution?

If you have already completed an MBA degree you are not eligible for admission to the UC Davis MBA Program. This University-wide academic policy was designed to prevent students from completing work that is a duplication of a previous degree.

Does the UC Davis MBA Program grant admission deferrals?

Admission is for a specific entry date. However, deferrals may be granted for one year. Requests for deferrals must be made in writing and are considered on an individual basis.

Do you accept applications for admission in the winter, spring or summer quarters?

Because of the integrated nature of our curriculum, we only admit students to begin the program in the fall quarter.  There is no winter, spring or summer intake.

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

Transferring units towards your UC Davis MBA varies from case to case. We examine each case on an individual basis.

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.

About the MBA Program

How long is the UC Davis Full-Time MBA Program?

The Full-Time MBA Program is a 21-month program. Within that time, students complete 72 units to meet the requirement for graduation. The School does not offer summer quarter courses in the Full-Time MBA Program as most students complete internships during the summer quarter. There is no accelerated program for Full-Time MBA students.

What is the UC Davis MBA Program’s ranking?

See our most recent rankings.

What specializations does the UC Davis MBA Program 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, organizational behavior, 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.

What teaching methods are used?

Our MBA professors employ a balance of lectures, case studies, expert guest speakers, class discussions and team projects.

Does the UC Davis MBA Program offer concurrent (joint) degree programs?

You may choose to combine your MBA studies with another graduate program. While the UC Davis MBA Program has several established concurrent degrees, you may also create your own.  Existing programs include law, engineering and medicine.  To be considered for a concurrent degree program, you must apply to and be admitted to both the MBA and the other program.

About Financial Aid

Does the Graduate School of Management offer scholarships or grants?

Both the University of California and the Graduate School of Management have financial aid available for students, including grant funding. Over 85% of the of the entering Full-Time MBA Program students receive at least one type of grant or scholarship to cover their living expenses or educational fees.

About Career Development

What types of career development opportunities does the Graduate School of Management offer?

The Graduate School of Management has a Career Development Center exclusively for MBA students in the Daytime program. Some of the services offered to students include:

  • On-campus interviewing for positions and internships
  • Special recruiting program for summer internships
  • Career development workshops
  • Individual counseling with a Career Services Counselor and assistance in developing career development strategies
  • Career Services Library
  • Video-taped mock interviews with executive
  • National and international job listings
  • Online résumé directory
  • Résumé directories distributed to local and national companies
  • Online databases such as CRSP, CompuStat, and ABI
  • Participation in the West Coast MBA Consortium Business
  • Etiquette Workshop

What is the placement rate after graduation?

Please see our most recent Placement Report.

About International Students and Opportunities

What international exchange programs are available?

Some students gain international experience and exposure by studying for an academic quarter at one of our several partner schools around the world. This invaluable experience at other universities gives students a first-hand look at how companies are affected by fluctuations in the global marketplace. Students emerge from this experience with a comprehensive understanding of the global picture.

What resources are available for international students?

Visit the UC Davis Services for International Students & Scholars Office (SISS) or call (530) 752-0864.

What type of jobs and internships are available to international students?

Internships and jobs vary but employment is allowed only under limited conditions. It is critically important that you secure an adequate, reliable and continuing source of funding for your entire course of study before you decide to come to the United States. If you have been in F-1 status for one full academic year and are in good academic standing, you may apply to work off-campus up to 20 hours per week during school and up to 40 hours per week during vacations. Depending on the visa, international students are allowed to work on campus for up to 20 hours per week. An RA (Research Assistant) or TA (Teaching Assistant) position can earn up to $1,400 per month per 20 hours worked per week. MBA Student Summer Internships are with Finance Departments, Strategic Business Analyst Internships, Corporate Planning & Analysis, Consulting, International Trade & Investment Divisions, Marketing, etc.

What are the chances of working in the U.S. after I complete my MBA?

Visa quotas change every year, consequently it’s very difficult to speculate the opportunities that will be available in the future. The type of visa you hold, the industry you’re targeting and the functional area of your expertise will determine your chances for employment. There are several web sites and organizations that address the international job market, and probably have a better handle on the situation, including The Foreign MBA.

What is the percentage of international students at the Graduate School of Management?

Please see our class profile.

What is the TOEFL or IELTS requirement for applying to your program?

If your native language is not English, you must submit either TOEFL or IELTS scores taken within two years of your projected enrollment date.  If you completed a four-year undergraduate degree in an English-speaking country, the TOEFL or IELTS is not required.  

The minimum score requirements for the TOEFL are 600 on the paper-based test, 250 on the computer-based test, or 100 on the Internet-based test. The institution code is 4834. For more information on TOEFL, please contact: Educational Testing Service (ETS) at (609) 771-7100.

The minimum band score requirement for the IELTS is 7.0. You must request that the testing center send your official scores directly to the UC Davis Graduate School of Management; no code is required. For more information on the IELTS, please contact IELTS International at (323) 255-2771.   

About the City of Davis

What is the City of Davis like?

Ecologically aware and socially innovative, the City of Davis has a small town friendliness and strong community participation. Davis is a true “college town” with students comprising nearly half of the city’s population of 64,400. There is a widespread appreciation for open space and community recreation as is evident by the numerous greenbelts and 31 landscaped parks, most with tennis courts, playgrounds and swimming pools. Davis boasts over 50 miles of bicycle and jogging paths linking all parts of town and campus. Sacramento, the state capitol is located 12 miles to the east and affords all the amenities expected in a metropolitan area. Davis is located within a couple hours drive from San Francisco, the world famous Napa Valley, and skiing at Lake Tahoe.

What is the housing situation in Davis?

Many reasonably priced apartments are within biking distance. Monthly rents average from $930 for a one-bedroom apartment to more than $1,225 for a two-bedroom apartment. Limited Student-family housing is also available to graduate students through UC Davis.

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