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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

How do admissions work when rolling, space available?

On some years, the admissions team is able to accept applications on a rolling, space-available basis.  When this happens, the admissions team will first finish processing candidates who applied during regular rounds. After this is completed, they will then process completed applications that have been submitted during the rolling-space available timeframe. They cannot comment if there is space available give the nature of application processing. If you are interested in being considered, the best option is to connect with the MSBA team via office hours or email, and to submit your materials to get into the queue. 

If we are accepting applications on a rolling space available basis, that information will be shared here

I don't have an undergraduate degree in statistics or computer science. Can I still apply to the UC Davis MSBA?

The requirements to qualify for the MSBA program are:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
  • Successful completion of coursework in these primary areas:              
    • Computing
    • Mathematics
    • Statistics
  • The prerequisite courses may be "in progress" at the time of applying but must be completed before beginning the MSBA program in the fall. Prerequisites cannot be taken concurrently with the MSBA curriculum.

Is work experience required for admission to the MSBA program?

Work experience is not required for admission, but will certainly be considered as part of your overall applicant profile if you do have an employment history. The UC Davis MSBA program admits students with a range of experience as well as students who enroll directly from an undergraduate program without traditional work experience. Not having post-undergraduate work experience will not put an applicant at a disadvantage for admission. However, internships and leadership activities are critical elements of the application for candidates coming straight from an undergraduate institution.

Do I need to submit official copies of my transcripts and test scores along with my MSBA application?

You can submit unofficial copies with your application, transcripts and test scores can be electronically uploaded with your online application. In the event that you are offered admission, UC Davis will require official, sealed copies of transcripts from all institutions attended (including coursework taken after applying to the MSBA program) and official score reports sent from the testing service.

What is the institutional code for UC Davis so that I can have score reports submitted?

B1S-VF-90 7887


Graduate Business Organization

UC Davis Graduate School of Management is registered to receive IELTS Academic and IELTS Indicator scores using the IELTS Results Service E-Delivery, so please send your scores to: University of California, Davis Graduate School of Management.

What is the mailing address for MSBA Admissions?

UC Davis Graduate School of Management
Gallagher Hall
One Shields Avenue
Davis, CA 95616
Attn: MSBA Admissions

Is it possible start the program in the winter or spring?

Applications are accepted through multiple rounds throughout the year. Round 3 is the priority for scholarship consideration and international applications. Following round 3, applications from international candidates are accepted and reviewed on a space-available basis.

The program, however, has one start date per year and is only offered in the fall on a full-time basis. 

When will I hear back regarding my application?

While there may be some variation from round to round due to the applicant volume, the program aims to return a decision to candidates within 10 weeks of the round deadline under which they submitted their application.