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Financing Your Degree
Learn about program costs, awards and financial aid

Earning your MBA is one of the most significant investments of time and money you will ever make. We offer comprehensive financial assistance to help you enroll in the UC Davis MBA Program.

Eight out of 10 MBA students received a scholarship or fellowship. 

All candidates are automatically considered for merit-based scholarships concurrent with their application for admissions. Criteria includes academic performance, professional promise, and class fit.

UC Davis MBA graduates earn a considerable return on their financial investment, and the Graduate School of Management continues to invest in our scholars and assist students in financing their MBA.

For the most current student tuition and fee information, visit the Budget & Institutional Analysis website. For a detailed cost of attendance breakdown, visit the Financial Aid website.

Estimated Expenses for the 2019-20 academic year are:


CA Resident


Tuition & Fees* $40,634 $52,879
Health Insurance Fee** $4,944 $4,944
Books and Supplies $1,842 $1,842
Living Expenses*** $18,316 $18,316
Orientation Fee $600 $600
Total Budget $66,336 $78,581
* University tuition includes registration fee, educational fee, student association fee, memorial union fee, campus enhancements, sports and intramural sports fee, student facilities safety fee, Professional Degree Supplemental Tuition and Non-Resident Supplemental Tuition (Non-CA residents only). These figures may not be final; actual tuition, fees, and charges are subject to change by the Regents of the University of California. Accordingly, final approved levels and charges may differ from the amounts shown.
** Students must prove comparable coverage under another insurance plan to waive this fee.
***Living expenses includes living expenses and transportation.

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: 82 percent of our recent incoming MBA students receive a scholarship or fellowship.


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. Details regarding these scholarships will be included in the official admissions offer letter.


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


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 for priority consideration. Submit your FAFSA before you are admitted to UC Davis.


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.


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.

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