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Ideas into Action

As a UC Davis MBA student, you choose from a wide range of compelling opportunities to put theory into practice—what we call ideas into action. The following is just a sampling of the many programs and activities that provide you with real-life application of concepts learned in the classroom, helping you become a leader with the toolkit, perspective and experience to help all levels of business grow and succeed— from start-ups and mid-sized firms to world-class corporations in global markets.

Integrated Management Project

Corporate offices of multinational Fortune 500 firms and ultra-fast-paced Silicon Valley start-ups will become classrooms as you and five colleagues team up to tackle pressing business issues and develop innovative solutions for cutting-edge companies in the world’s leading innovation hub: the Sacramento–San Francisco Bay Area corridor.

Big Bang! Business Plan Competition

UC Davis’ annual business plan competition is organized by our MBA students to provide a year-round forum for the university community to develop and  test business visions. Sponsored by corporations, angel investors and the venture capital community, Big Bang! offers emerging entrepreneurs a wealth of resources for mentorship, team building and networking.

Business Development Clinics

Dedicated to promoting innovation and entrepreneurship through education programs that bridge science, engineering and business, this course series cultivates ground-breaking ideas and builds the networks to bring them to life.

UC Davis Energy Efficiency Center’s Emerging Venture Analysts

The nation’s first university-based center of its kind to focus on technology transfer, the UC Davis Energy Efficiency Center offers students opportunities to work with industry to commercialize cutting-edge technologies. Led by Professor Nicole Woolsey Biggart, the center has strong ties with leading energy  and utility companies, policy makers and sponsor firms, including Chevron, Goldman Sachs and Walmart.

CalPERS and CalSTRS Fellowships

Offered in partnership with our Center for Investor Welfare and Corporate Responsibility, this program gives students valuable finance and investment experience at two of the largest public pension funds in the world: the California Public Employees’ Retirement Systems (CalPERS) and the California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS).

UC Davis MBA Sacramento Mayoral Fellows

Modeled after the White House Fellows Program in Washington, D.C., this partnership with the city of Sacramento gives UC Davis MBA students hands-on experience at the intersection of busines and government.

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UC Davis Part-Time MBA Ranked in Nation’s Top 9%
Fourth Consecutive Year among U.S News & World Report's Premier Programs

(Davis, CA) — The UC Davis Part-Time MBA program offered in Sacramento and the San Francisco Bay Area is ranked among the top 9% in the U.S., according to U.S. News & World Report’s latest graduate business school rankings.

At No. 29, this is the fourth consecutive year the UC Davis Part-Time MBA program is among the top AACSB International-accredited part-time MBA programs surveyed. This year, there were 323 part-time MBA programs surveyed.

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UC Davis Full-Time MBA Ranked among Nation’s Premier Programs for 20th Consecutive Year
MBA Programs among Top 10% in U.S.
Record Salary and Bonus

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(Davis, CA) — The UC Davis Graduate School of Management’s Full-Time MBA program is ranked among the premier business schools in the nation for the 20th consecutive year, according to U.S. News & World Report’s latest graduate business school rankings released today.

U.S. News’ latest ranking places the Full-Time MBA program at No. 48, placing it among the top 10% of the 464 Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International’s accredited full-time MBA programs surveyed.

Key statistics from the School’s Full-Time MBA ranking include:

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UC Davis Graduate School of Management partners with Lawrence Livermore and Sandia National Labs to drive technologies from lab to market

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(Davis, Calif.) – With a joint goal of speeding the transfer of new technologies from the laboratory to the commercial marketplace, the UC Davis Graduate School of Management, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and Sandia National Laboratories have announced a new partnership for researchers to develop their entrepreneurial skills.

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Vickie Sherman MBA 13 Finds Her Passion, Her Career—and Herself

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What opportunities, decisions, events have shaped your professional life?

My career path has been a climb across a jungle gym rather than a tangent up a corporate ladder. As a child, I used to thumb through the three-inch JCPenney catalogue, picking out the professional women who I would grow to be. I wanted to rule the world from a corner office in a suit and heels. I wanted to shed my humble origins and become Corporate Barbie.

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MBA Student Consultants Make an IMPACT
Projects Put Business Needs Front and Center

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Agilent Technologies’ Electronic Measurement Group is a $3.6 billion business that over the past decade has seen a dramatic shift in its customer base from U.S., and Western European customers to predominantly Asia-based customers. Today, the majority of the division’s revenues are generated outside of the U.S., with an increasing concentration in China.