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Sacramento and Bay Area MBA Admissions FAQs


How much is the application fee?

The application fee is $125. If applying online, you may pay with Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover or electronic check. If you apply by paper, you must pay by check or money order.

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Why did UC Davis add questions pertaining to gender identity and sexual orientation to our Graduate Application?

On October 8, 2011, California Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 620, which includes a request that UC provide the opportunity for students, faculty, and staff to report their sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression on any forms used to collect demographic data.

In 2012, then UC President Mark Yudof created and charged the Task Force & Implementation Team on LGBT Climate and Inclusion (LGBT Task Force) with developing priorities, strategies, and expected resource requirements to advance recommendations submitted by the LGBT Working Group of the President’s Advisory Council on Campus Climate and Inclusion. On May 30, 2014, the LGBT Task Force presented a report to UC President Janet Napolitano with a recommendation to implement AB 620.

In September 2014, UC President Janet Napolitano formed the President’s Advisory Council on LGBT Students, Faculty, and Staff, which is comprised of faculty, LGBT Center staff, students, and community experts. They were charged with making the UC system a gold standard for LGBT issues, and to provide recommendations for the implementation of AB 620 by collecting data on gender identity and sexual orientation through the admission application. 

Providing the LGBT community with the option to self-identify supports the University’s priorities of creating an inclusive and welcoming campus environment across the UC system. Including these questions on the graduate application will signal to applicants that UC is an inclusive environment and that the LGBT community is part of it. As with all other demographic questions on the admission application, providing gender identity and sexual orientation data will be voluntary, optional, and as required by law, not impact admission decisions.

What is the wording of the gender identity and sexual orientation questions?

Gender Identity

1) How do you describe yourself?

  • Male
  • Female
  • Trans Male/Trans Man
  • Trans Female/Trans Woman
  • Genderqueer/Gender Non-Conforming
  • Different Identity (please specify)

2) What sex were you assigned at birth, such as on an original birth certificate?

  • Male
  • Female
  • Decline to state

Sexual Orientation

Do you consider yourself to be:

  • Heterosexual or straight
  • Gay or lesbian
  • Bisexual
  • Not listed above (please specify)

How were the gender identity questions developed?

The Transgender Health Advocacy Coalition in Philadelphia, PA developed the two-step question protocol for gender identity data collection in 1997. The Center of Excellence for Transgender Health and UC San Francisco began advocating the use of the two-step protocol in 2007, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention adopted it in 2011. The two-step method was also cognitively tested by two research teams as part of the Williams Institute’s research on best practices to identify transgender people and other gender minorities through population-based surveys.

Why is the gender identity measure comprised of two questions?

The two-step question protocol for gender identity data collection involves first querying the respondent’s current gender identity, followed by a second question that asks the respondent to state their sex assigned a birth. Research has shown that together, these two variables work well in identifying transgender and other gender minority respondents. The two items are cross-tabulated to identify those who currently identify with their assigned sex (non-transgender) and those who do not currently identify with their assigned sex at birth (transgender and other gender minorities).

How was the sexual orientation question developed?

The Williams Institute at UCLA recommended the question regarding sexual orientation after a five-year study of sexual orientation measures. The question has been thoroughly tested and is currently in use in the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS), the California Health Interview Survey (CHIS), and other state-level surveys. In keeping with approaches employed by NHIS and CHIS, respondents are provided a space to self-identify if the available answer options do not suit them.

How will UC Davis use responses?

Data collected on gender identity and sexual orientation will provide UC Davis with meaningful population data necessary for targeting resources and other student support services (e.g., scholarships and themed housing). These data will also enable campuses to develop curricular and co-curricular offerings that reflect students’ diverse perspectives, and that promote a safe and welcoming learning environment for all students.

As a recipient of federal Title IV financial aid funds, UC Davis is required to gather and report demographic data for undergraduate and graduate students, including gender data. For federal reporting purposes (i.e., IPEDS), it is recommended that Trans Female/Trans Woman be reported as Women, and Trans Male/Trans Man be reported as men. In addition, genderqueer and gender non-conforming individuals should be reported as their sex assigned at birth.

Data collected should be included on the student record, unless the student opts for “only aggregate” reporting. If a student opts for exclusion from their personal record, these data should be maintained in aggregate form at the campus and student classification levels.

Students will be provided with an avenue to update or change their gender identity or sexual orientation data through online campus student portals or an alternate method determined by the campus.

What is the definition of the terms used in the data collection questions?

  • Bisexual – A person whose primary sexual and affectional orientation is toward people of the same and other genders, or toward people regardless of their gender.
  • Gay – A sexual and affectional orientation toward people of the same gender.
  • Gender – A social construct used to classify a person as a man, woman, or some other identity.
  • Gender Expression – How one expresses oneself, in terms of dress, mannerisms, and/or behaviors that society characterizes as “masculine” or “feminine.”
  • Gender Non-Conforming – People who do not subscribe to gender expressions or roles expected of them by society.
  • Gender Queer – A person’s whose gender identity and/or gender expression falls outside of the dominant social norm for their assigned sex, is beyond genders, or is some combination of them
  • Heterosexual/Straight – A sexual orientation in which a person feels physically and emotionally attracted to people of a gender other than their own.
  • Lesbian – A woman whose primary sexual and affectional orientation is toward people of the same gender.
  • Transgender – Used most often as an umbrella term; some commonly held definitions: 1) someone whose gender identity or expression does not fit within dominant group social constructs of assigned sex and gender; 2) a gender outside of the man/woman binary; 3) having no gender or multiple genders.
  • Trans Man/Trans Male – A female-to-male (FTM) transgender person who was assigned female at birth, but whose gender identity is that of a man.
  • Trans Woman/Trans Female – A male-to-female (MTF) transgender person who was assigned male at birth, but whose gender identity is that of a woman.

For additional terms, visit the UC Davis LGBT Resource Center website at:

How long does it take to complete the program?

Students in the Sacramento and Bay Area MBA programs typically complete the program in three years. Students must complete 72 units to meet the requirement for graduation. Elective courses are offered in the summer quarter for those students that wish to proceed through the program at a faster pace.

What does the program cost?

What factors are considered in admissions decisions?

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

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 coursework in accounting, calculus, economics and statistics prior to enrolling, 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, we strongly recommend that you are proficient in the use of various software programs, including Microsoft Word and Excel.

What is the minimum GMAT score requirement?

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

Is a personal interview required?

Interviews are available by invitation only. If the Admissions Committee determines that an interview is needed, we will contact you to schedule it.

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

Transferring units toward your UC Davis MBA varies from case to case. The School examines each case on an individual basis. The GSM will not consider the transferability of courses until after an applicant has been admitted into the program.

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.

Can I take individual classes without being admitted to the program?

No, all students must be admitted to the MBA program before enrolling in classes.

Do you offer career assistance to part-time students?

Yes, we offer the same staff and resources to our part-time students that we do to our full-time students. Learn more about career development services offered in our working professional programs here.

Do you offer spring or winter start dates for incoming students?

No, all of our MBA programs only offer fall quarter start dates.

Where are Sacramento and Bay Area MBA classes taught?


Classes are held at the UC Davis Sacramento campus. Classes meet every other week on Friday from 2 to 5 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m., and Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m.

The San Francisco Bay Area

Classes are taught at the UC Davis Bay Area MBA campus at Bishop Ranch Business Park in San Ramon, east of San Francisco. Classes meet every other week on Friday from 2 to 5 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m., and Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m.

Students may also take some classes at the UC Davis campus.

Can I pursue a concurrent degree?

The scheduling of the Sacramento and Bay Area MBA programs does not allow for joint degrees. If you are interested in a joint degree, we recommend that you consider the Full-Time MBA program, which offers joint degrees with law, medicine, engineering, agricultural and resource economics, and other graduate programs at UC Davis.

Is financial aid available?

While many students receive tuition assistance from their employers, both federal and private loans are available to Sacramento and Bay Area MBA students to help meet their educational expenses. The UC Davis Graduate School of Management offers a limited grant program for students who have exhausted all other financing sources. You must apply directly to the GSM.

What specializations do the Sacramento and Bay Area MBA programs 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, public health, 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.

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