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The UC Davis MBA Curriculum
Preparing Innovative Leaders for Global Impact

We have strengthened our internationally ranked UC Davis MBA program with a new, innovative curriculum that further integrates globalization, responsible business ethics and sustainability. The goal: To better prepare you with the real-world practice, analytical and technical skills, and leadership training you need to succeed.

Building Your Foundation

Our new curriculum is anchored by IMPACT, a new, two-part capstone course.

In this course, Integrated Management Project and Articulation and Critical Thinking, you’ll sharpen your writing, speaking and critical-thinking abilities and then put those collective business skills and knowledge to work on 10-week team projects for partner companies ranging from Fortune 500 firms to ultra-fast-paced Silicon Valley start-ups.

Ten core courses provide you a foundation in the functional areas of business: accounting, economics, finance, marketing, operations, organizational behavior, statistics and strategy. These management disciplines are examined through case studies, lectures and company analyses that address key concepts and spark discussion. These courses also introduce you to the broader themes of corporate responsibility, ethics, globalization, innovation and leadership.

Choosing Your Concentration

You have the option to pursue a general management study or to choose a functional concentration guided by a suggested series of elective courses. Most students choose functional concentrations such as:


A wide selection of electives is available both in the Graduate School of Management and UC Davis graduate departments and professional schools, allowing you to draw upon the university’s extraordinary strengths. Graduate School of Management electives emphasize real-world application of management skills, team projects and managing by innovation and entrepreneurialism.

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Develop Your Specialization

You may cap off your education with one or two in-depth courses that focus on a specific specialization, taking advantage of the broad offerings at UC Davis. Other options for developing your specialization include an International Study Trip or international exchange program, or working with a professor who shares your field of interest.

Concurrent Degree Programs

Concurrent degree programs allow you to benefit from the academic richness of UC Davis by building the cross-disciplinary knowledge and skills that are critical in today’s business environment. To be considered for a concurrent degree program, you must be admitted to both the MBA and the other program. Your options include:


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