Financial Aid
Your MBA represents a significant investment in your future. A variety of financial aid programs are available.

The Graduate School of Management offers among the most extensive financial assistance of any top MBA program: 89 percent of our recent incoming MBA students receive a scholarship or fellowship.


The Graduate School of Management is dedicated to providing you with a great education and offering you among the most extensive financial assistance of any top MBA program: nine out of 10 incoming MBA receive a scholarship. All candidates are automatically considered for merit-based scholarships based on their admissions application. Criteria includes academic record (Undergraduate record, GMAT/GRE), professional promise, and focus.

We select candidates for the following awards. Awards range from $3,000 to $39,000.

Award Name Award Information

Principled Leadership

The UC Davis Principled Leadership Scholarship 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 Scholarship 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

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 Scholarship 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

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 Scholarship 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 |

Healthcare Innovation

Sacramento is a hotbed for Healthcare Innovation. The Healthcare Innovation Scholarship can facilitate the exploration of the synergies between the healthcare industry and business.

Learn more about healthcare and UC Davis: MBA Concentration: Public Health Management | UC Davis Medical School | Alumnus: Dr. Steven Brass | Healthcare Corporate Connections

Food and Ag Innovation

With UC Davis being one of the top Ag schools in the world. The Food and Ag Innovation fellowship can facilitate the exploration of the synergies between the Food and Ag and business.

More about Food and Ag Innovation at UC Davis: Innovation Institute for Food and Health | Sustainable AgTech Innovation Center | World Food Center | Wine Executive Program |Faculty: Harold Schmitz, Chief Science Office, Mars Inc. | Student: Jenny Hebets


A number of graduate student assistantships and reader positions are available to students in several fields, particularly in the accounting curriculum. If you have an accounting background you may be able to apply for these position during your first year. For most of these positions you will meet requirements for them after you core classes during your second year. These graduate student assistantship and reader positions come with reduced tuition and a monthly or hourly stipend.

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Student Loans and Grants

Federal Direct Loans and University of California Grants are available to U.S. citizens and permanent residents. To apply, file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at by March 2, 2016 for priority consideration. Submit your FAFSA before you are admitted to UC Davis.

International Students

International students receive full consideration for Graduate School of Management scholarships, fellowships and assistantships. Those who need educational loan assistance must have a U.S. co-signer.

California Residency

In some cases, U.S. citizens and permanent residents qualify for California residency by their second year of graduate school. We encourage you to pursue this and possibly reduce your student fees. Learn more about petitioning for a change in residency classification here.