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You choose from a wide range of compelling opportunities to put theory into practice—what we call Ideas into Action.

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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 are 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 have a global impact.

Big Bang! Business Plan Competition

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

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 literally bring them to life, providing you with a hands-on introduction to business development.

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 opportunities to work with industry to commercialize cutting-edge, energy-efficient technologies. The center has strong ties with leading energy and utility companies, policy makers and sponsor firms, including Chevron, Goldman Sachs and Walmart. GSM Professor Nicole Woolsey Biggart directs the center.

MBA Consulting Center

This Center of Excellence identifies high-impact projects for you to gain practical experience and apply your knowledge and skills while earning credit toward your MBA degree. You work in a small team with a field advisor on a strategic project to solve a critical business challenge for organizations ranging from Fortune 500s to start-ups.

CalPERS and CalSTRS Fellowships

Offered in partnership with our Center for Investor Welfare and Corporate Responsibility, this fellowship 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), both headquartered in the nearby Sacramento area. 

UC Davis MBA Sacramento Mayoral Fellows

Modeled after the White House Fellows Program in Washington, D.C., this unique partnership with the city of Sacramento gives UC Davis MBA students hands-on understanding of how business and government intersect.

 Professional Clubs

Diverse student-run groups create opportunities in their fields, from marketing and finance to technology and consulting. By linking students, faculty, alumni and industry professionals, the clubs help grow future leaders, enhance career options and build networks. For example, the student-run Community Consulting Group brings teams together to offer free consulting services to nonprofits.

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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

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(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.