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Bay Area MBA: Fees and Financial Aid

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Earning your MBA is one of the greatest commitments and most significant investments of time and money you will ever make. UC Davis offers comprehensive financial assistance to enable you to enroll in the UC Davis MBA Program. The Graduate School of Management offers competitive awards based on need and merit.

Most Bay Area MBA students receive financial support from their employers. The types of funding available to you as a Bay Area MBA student include:

  • Employer Funding
  • Student Loans (government and private)
  • UC Davis MBA Awards

UC Davis MBA Bay Area Scholarships

The UC Davis Graduate School of Management is pleased to announce the following scholarships for students admitted for fall 2016. Awards range in amount from $1,500 to $12,000.

These scholarships are open to all applicants for fall 2016.  In addition, priority scholarship consideration will be given to candidates admitted in Rounds 1, 2 and 3. Applicants may apply for as many awards as they are qualified for.

Applications for Scholarships must be received within one week of the application deadline for the round in which the application is received.

For example, the Round Three Admissions Deadline is March 9th. Scholarship applications for applicants submitting in this round are due no later than March 16.  For more information about round deadlines, click here.

Award Name Award Information

Principled Leadership

The UC Davis Principled Leadership Fellowship draws innovative and entrepreneurial students to a collaborative learning environment characterized by a rigorous curriculum taught by world-class faculty.

More about Principled Leadership at UC Davis: MBA Concentration: General Management | Principled Leadership Program | Student Club: Women In Leadership

Technology Management

The UC Davis Technology Fellowship facilitates the ability to integrate business and technology concepts and applications with strong management skills.

More about Technology Management at UC Davis: MBA Concentration: Technology Management | MBA Concentration: Business Analytics and Technologies | Faculty: Hemant Bhargava, Suran Chair in Technology Management | Alumnus: Carron Sandifor | Alumnus: Ramak Siadata

Public Service Leadership

The Public Service Leadership Fellowship facilitates the advancement of business leaders at the core of the Bay Area’s nonprofit, government and public service sectors.

More about UC Davis and Public Service Leadership: Alumna: Cathinka Wahlstrom | Alumna: Venita Sivamani | Student: Arima Rose

Diversity and Inclusion

Diversity is a core value of UC Davis and the Graduate School of Management. Our emphasis on ethnic, cultural, gender, sexual orientation, religious affiliation, geographic, professional and experiential diversity promotes our belief that we learn and grow more when exposed to new ways of thinking and doing business.

More about Diversity and Inclusion at UC Davis: Embracing Diversity | Student Blog: Yoyo Wu | Diversity and Inclusion | Staff: Kathy Gleed, Chief Diversity Officer

Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Move great ideas forward. The UC Davis Entrepreneurship and Innovation Fellowship provides a catalyst to recognize and value new business opportunities, develop and design technology-related new products and services, and effectively start and grow new business ventures or develop new products and services within established corporations.

More about Entrepreneurship and Innovation at UC Davis: MBA Concentration: Entrepreneurship / Innovation | Child Family Institute for innovation and Entrepreneurship | Faculty: Andrew Hargadon, Soderquist Chair in Entrepreneurship | Alumnus: Mac Clemmens ‘07 | Alumnus: Mark Otero

Energy and Sustainability

The UC Davis campus sits within most vibrant sectors of California’s (and the world’s) economy, connecting students with positions in utilities, energy service companies, and management of energy-intensive activities in a wide range of enterprises. The Energy Fellowship can facilitate learning and collaborating directly with lead experts on global energy policy, geopolitical risk, and energy and sustainability.

Learn more about energy and sustainability at UC Davis: Energy Efficiency Center | Sustainable AgTech Innovation Center | Faculty: Amy Myers Jaffe, UC Davis Executive Director of Energy and Sustainability | Alumnus: Ben Finkelor

Aggie Pride Alumni

The Aggie Pride Alumni Fellowship is for applicants who have an undergraduate UC Davis degree. We recognize the quality of a UC Davis degree and look forward to building on this strong foundation.

Bishop Ranch

Our Bay Area MBA program offers unparalleled convenience and flexibility. We are excited to be located at Bishop Ranch and continue to foster a strong partnership and community with more than 600 thriving companies at this premier business address.


    “We are committed to keeping the UC Davis MBA a good investment. And to make the cost predictable for students, we lock in your fees when you enroll.”

    — James Stevens, Senior Assistant Dean of Student Affairs

    Program Costs

    Course Fees for Bay Area MBA students entering fall 2016 are estimated at $1,500 per unit. Students typically take two courses per academic quarter, most of which are 3-units. The MBA degree requires 72 units for a total course fee of $108,000. Fees include course fees, textpaks, meals, parking and access to all UC libraries but does not include text books, parking, or other course materials. Students also pay an Access to Student Services fee; for 2015-2016 the estimated fee is $370 per year. Health insurance is charged separately.

    UC Davis automatically enrolls all registered students in the UC Student Health Insurance Plan (UC SHIP). If students have comparable insurance and do not want to be enrolled in UC SHIP, they must apply for a UC SHIP waiver. More about UC SHIP here.

    For the most current student tuition and fee information, visit the Budget & Institutional Analysis website.

    Student Loans

    The University disburses all loans under the Federal Direct Loan Programs to you in three installments, one per academic quarter. Disbursements are activated after you have paid your course fees and enrolled in courses.

    Direct loans are made by the U.S. government and administered by the U.S. Department of Education. Using the income and asset information provided on the FAFSA, the Financial Aid Office will determine your eligibility and notify you of the types and amounts of Direct Loan for which you qualify.

    Interest rates and origination loans are set by the federal government. For more information, please contact the UC Davis Graduate Financial Aid Office, or Adam Peterson at (530) 752-0117.

    Alternative Financing Options

    Employee Reimbursement Plans may be offered through your current employer to reimburse you for fees and other program costs. Check with your human resources or benefits office to see what reimbursement plans may be available to you. Make sure you are aware of any program restrictions or special requirements.

    Private Sector Educational Loan Programs provide both fixed-amount loan programs and revolving lines of credit. Unlike the federal loans, these programs are based on creditworthiness. Interest rates are usually higher, and interest will begin to accrue immediately, although you often have the option of deferring payment while you are in school.

    Terms and conditions for these programs are not set by the federal government and are subject to change. For more information, please contact the UC Davis Graduate Financial Aid Office at (530) 752-7423.

    More Information

    If you have any other questions about filing the FAFSA or the awarding process, please contact the UC Davis Graduate Financial Aid Office at (530) 752-7423. 

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