Application Process

Applying begins with our secure online application. Once you create an account, you may enter, update, and save your information at any time. Please click "submit" once you are done. Your application must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time on the day of the deadline. We confirm receipt of applications and supplemental materials via email.

Please note, due to required manual processing, it may take one to seven days before the application portal reflects the status of your application materials. 

Admissions Requirements

  • A bachelor’s degree equivalent to a four-year U.S. bachelor’s degree—16 total years of education. Alternatively a three-year undergraduate degree with a one-year postgraduate diploma or other graduate degree

  • GMAT or GRE (GMAT/GRE waivers available)
  • TOEFL or IELTS where applicable
  • Successful completion of coursework in these primary areas:
    • Computing
    • Mathematics
    • Statistics

For a detailed list of prerequisites click here

Current Résumé

To review the progression and milestones of your career, we ask that you upload a current resume through the online application. We prefer chronological resumes no longer than 2 pages, in PDF format. Your résumé should include a list of outside activities, awards and honors.

Essays (two required, one optional)

We’re looking for honest, thoughtful responses that help us get to know you; there truly is no one “right” answer.


You may submit unofficial transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate programs you have attended or are currently attending in pursuit of a degree with your application.

Official transcripts are required upon admission into the program. Transcripts must arrive in a sealed envelope as issued by the school. If the institution provides official electronic transcripts, they can be emailed directly from the institution to:

If your institution offers e-transcript services through Parchment, you may release your official transcript directly to our institution. Visit Transcript and Test Score Codes and Account Names for information. 


Your recommendations can be professional or academic or a combination of both.

GMAT or GRE Score Report

Candidates are required to take the GMAT or GRE exam prior to the deadline for which they are applying. Test scores are valid for five (5) years. 

You may be eligible for a GMAT/GRE waiver. Check your eligibility.

Option 1: GMAT

You may register for the GMAT test by contacting the Graduate Management Admissions Council directly. You must request that your official scores are sent directly to UC Davis Graduate School of Management Admissions using the following code: Master of Business Analytics BIS-VF-90

We accept scores from the original 10th and 11th edition GMAT exam.

Option 2: GRE

You may register for the GRE test by contacting Educational Testing Services (ETS) directly. You must request that ETS send your official scores directly to UC Davis Graduate School of Management Admissions using the Designated Institution (DI) code: 7887.

Official TOEFL or IELTS (international applicants)

Applicants who received their degrees from institutions in which the official language is not English must submit official evidence of English language proficiency. The UC Davis Graduate School of Management’s requirements may differ from what is listed on the UC Davis Graduate Studies website given the specific needs of the curriculum. Where different policies exist, please adhere to the UC Davis Graduate School of Management’s requirements.

Application Fee

A $125 application fee is required and payable by credit card within the online application.

Application fee waivers are available to active duty U.S. military, veterans, attendees of a UC Davis MSBA admissions event and on a case-by-case basis. Please visit our calendar for an opportunity to connect.

Spark Hire Screening Interview

All candidates will receive an invitation for a one-way video interview through our Spark Hire platform. This brief, one-way recorded interview will give us a chance to get to know you better.

Virtual Interview (by invitation only)

After submission of an application, candidates will be invited to a one-way online interview which may be followed by a virtual Zoom interview. This is a positive indicator of our interest in you but does not guarantee admission.