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Full-Time MBA Admissions FAQs
The most frequently asked questions about Full-Time MBA program admissions

About Admissions

How much is the application fee?

The application fee is U.S. $125.00. If applying on-line, you may pay with Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover or electronic check. If applying using the paper application, you must pay by check or money order made payable to UC Regents.

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What factors are considered in admissions decisions?

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

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:

What is the student profile for the UC Davis MBA Program?

See our Full-Time MBA Class Profiles.

Is work experience required for admission?

Full-time work experience is not required for admission, but highly preferred. The UC Davis MBA Program admits students with an amazing range of experience as well as an exceptionally small number of students who enroll directly from an undergraduate program without traditional work experience. Typically these candidates demonstrate superior academic potential as well as outstanding leadership, maturity and focus by their success in extracurricular and community activities.

What is the minimum GMAT or GRE score requirement?

The UC Davis MBA Program does not have a minimum GMAT or GRE score requirement.  GMAT and GRE scores are valid for five years and you may take the test as many times as allowed by the Graduate Management Admissions Council and ETS. We will use the highest score submitted when considering your application for admission.  You may register for the GMAT or GRE and view our current student Full-Time MBA profile, Part-Time MBA profile and MPAc profile online. The institutional code for GMAT test takers to send their scores to the Full-Time MBA program is B1S-VF-91, the GRE code is 7887.

What is the minimum GPA requirement?

The UC Davis MBA Program requires a minimum 3.0 undergraduate grade point average or its equivalent if not a on 4.0 scale. Applicants can request an exception with their application for admission.

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.).

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 course work in accounting, calculus, economics and statistics prior to enrolling in the UC Davis MBA program, 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, it is strongly recommended that you are proficient in the use of various computer software including Microsoft Word and Excel.

Does the Admissions Committee favor certain undergraduate majors or recommend certain undergraduate courses?

No particular area of undergraduate preparation is required, but a completion of a U.S. bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, or the equivalent is required. You must have completed 16 years of education in order to be eligible to apply to the UC Davis MBA Program. 

What if the student has an MBA from another institution?

If you have already completed an MBA degree you are not eligible for admission to the UC Davis MBA Program. This University-wide academic policy was designed to prevent students from completing work that is a duplication of a previous degree.

Does the UC Davis MBA Program grant admission deferrals?

Admission is for a specific entry date. However, deferrals may be granted for one year. Requests for deferrals must be made in writing and are considered on an individual basis.

Do you accept applications for admission in the winter, spring or summer quarters?

Because of the integrated nature of our curriculum, we only admit students to begin the program in the fall quarter. There is no winter, spring or summer intake.

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

Transferring units towards your UC Davis MBA varies from case to case. We examine each case on an individual basis.

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.

About the MBA Program

How long is the UC Davis Full-Time MBA Program?

The Full-Time MBA Program is a 21-month program. Within that time, students complete 72 units to meet the requirement for graduation. The School does not offer summer quarter courses in the Full-Time MBA Program as most students complete internships during the summer quarter. There is no accelerated program for Full-Time MBA students.

What is the UC Davis MBA Program’s ranking?

See our most recent rankings.

What specializations does the UC Davis MBA Program 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, organizational behavior, 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.

What teaching methods are used?

Our MBA professors employ a balance of lectures, case studies, expert guest speakers, class discussions and team projects.

Does the UC Davis MBA Program offer concurrent (joint) degree programs?

You may choose to combine your MBA studies with another graduate program. While the UC Davis MBA Program has several established concurrent degrees, you may also create your own. Existing programs include law, engineering and medicine. To be considered for a concurrent degree program, you must apply to and be admitted to both the MBA and the other program.

About Financial Aid

Does the Graduate School of Management offer scholarships or grants?

Both the University of California and the Graduate School of Management have financial aid available for students, including grant funding. Over 85% of the entering Full-Time MBA Program students receive at least one type of grant or scholarship to cover their living expenses or educational fees.

About Career Development

What types of career development opportunities does the Graduate School of Management offer?

The Graduate School of Management has Career Development services for MBA students in the Full-Time program. Some of these services include:

  • On-campus interviewing for career positions and internships
  • Career development workshops
  • Individual and group counseling for developing a career development strategy
  • Career development resources, such as practice interview questions, resume templates and examples, and LinkedIn guidelines
  • Access to assessment tools: CareerLeader,, InterviewStream (need to add MBA Focus)
  • National and international job postings from top companies
  • Exclusive access to Global Talent System, a job board and career management tool for MBA students
  • Resume books distributed to local and national companies

What is the placement rate after graduation?

Please see our most recent Placement Report.

About International Students and Opportunities

What level of education is necessary to be eligible for a graduate education?

Please find the guidelines indicating the level of study expected of international applicants prior to graduate enrollment at UC Davis here.

What international exchange programs are available?

Some students gain international experience and exposure by studying for an academic quarter at one of our several partner schools around the world. This invaluable experience at other universities gives students a first-hand look at how companies are affected by fluctuations in the global marketplace. Students emerge from this experience with a comprehensive understanding of the global picture.

What resources are available for international students?

Visit the UC Davis Services for International Students & Scholars Office (SISS) or call (530) 752-0864.

What type of jobs and internships are available to international students?

Internships and jobs vary but employment is allowed only under limited conditions. It is critically important that you secure an adequate, reliable and continuing source of funding for your entire course of study before you decide to come to the United States. If you have been in F-1 status for one full academic year and are in good academic standing, you may apply to work off-campus up to 20 hours per week during school and up to 40 hours per week during vacations. Depending on the visa, international students are allowed to work on campus for up to 20 hours per week. An RA (Research Assistant) or TA (Teaching Assistant) position can earn up to $1,400 per month per 20 hours worked per week. MBA Student Summer Internships are with Finance Departments, Strategic Business Analyst Internships, Corporate Planning & Analysis, Consulting, International Trade & Investment Divisions, Marketing, etc.

What are the chances of working in the U.S. after I complete my MBA?

Visa quotas change every year, consequently it’s very difficult to speculate the opportunities that will be available in the future. The type of visa you hold, the industry you’re targeting and the functional area of your expertise will determine your chances for employment. There are several web sites and organizations that address the international job market, and probably have a better handle on the situation, including The Foreign MBA.

What is the percentage of international students at the Graduate School of Management?

Please see our class profile.

What is the TOEFL or IELTS requirement for applying to your program?

If your native language is not English, you must submit either TOEFL or IELTS scores taken within two years of your projected enrollment date. Only applicants who have completed a degree in the United States consisting of at least two years of full-time study are exempt from this requirement.

Applicants who received their degrees in countries other than the US, UK, Australia, English-speaking Canada, or Singapore are required to take the TOEFL or the IELTS. This includes applicants with degrees from Bangladesh, Burma, Nepal, India, Pakistan, Latin America, the Middle East, North Africa, the People’s Republic of China, Taiwan, Japan, Korea, Southeast Asia, and most European countries. Residence in the US does not waive this requirement.

The minimum score requirements for the TOEFL are 600 on the paper-based test, 250 on the computer-based test, or 100 on the Internet-based test. The institution code is 4834 and the department code is 02. For more information on TOEFL, please contact: Educational Testing Service (ETS) at (609) 771-7100.

The minimum band score requirement for the IELTS is 7.0. You must request that the testing center send your official scores directly to the UC Davis Graduate School of Management; no code is required. For more information on the IELTS, please contact IELTS International at (323) 255-2771.   

About the City of Davis

What is the City of Davis like?

Ecologically aware and socially innovative, the City of Davis has a small town friendliness and strong community participation. Davis is a true “college town” with students comprising nearly half of the city’s population of 64,400. There is a widespread appreciation for open space and community recreation as is evident by the numerous greenbelts and 31 landscaped parks, most with tennis courts, playgrounds and swimming pools. Davis boasts over 50 miles of bicycle and jogging paths linking all parts of town and campus. Sacramento, the state capitol is located 12 miles to the east and affords all the amenities expected in a metropolitan area. Davis is located within a couple hours drive from San Francisco, the world famous Napa Valley, and skiing at Lake Tahoe.

What is the housing situation in Davis?

Many reasonably priced apartments are within biking distance. Monthly rents average from $930 for a one-bedroom apartment to more than $1,225 for a two-bedroom apartment. Limited Student-family housing is also available to graduate students through UC Davis.

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