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MSBA – Admissions

Every student is expected to have an aptitude for critical thinking, and analytical and computing work. Beyond that, each student will be selected based on leadership in one specific skill set, either quantitative analysis, computing, business experience, or organizational effectiveness.

The application for fall 2020 is open.

Click here to start your fall 2020 MSBA application

2020 MSBA Application Deadlines

Round Application Deadlines
Round 1 10/16/2019
Round 2 11/20/2019
Round 3 01/15/2020
Priority for international applicants
and scholarship consideration.

Apply now thru January 15, 2020
for full scholarship consideration.
Round 4 03/11/2020

Admissions Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution upon enrollment
  • Successful completion of coursework in these primary areas:
    • Computing
    • Mathematics
    • Statistics

For a detailed list of prerequisites click here

Admissions Process

Step 1 – Submit an Application

To complete your application, you’ll need the materials listed below.

  • Current resume
  • List of outside activities, awards and honors
  • Essay (300 words)
  • Transcripts from all institutions attended
  • Two recommendations in sealed envelopes or submitted online
  • Official GMAT or GRE score
  • Official TOEFL or IELTS (international applicants)
  • $125 application fee

Please allow one week to process your application after submitting.

Please check your application portal for updates on you application materials.

Step 2 – Complete an Admissions Video (by invitation only)

  • After submitting your application, selected candidates will receive an email invitation for a prescreen interview. This brief interview will give us a chance to get to know you better outside of what is on paper. Please prepare as if you would for a job prescreen interview. In this stage of the process, the questions will focus on your background, as well as behavioral-based questions. The Admissions Video is a positive indicator of our interest in your application, but does not guarantee admission. 

Step 3 – On-Campus or Video Interview (by invitation only)

  • After completing an Admissions Video, selected candidates will be invited to an on-campus or video interview. This is a positive indicator of our interest in your application but does not guarantee admission.

Step 4 – Receive a Decision

  • When a decision is available you will receive a decision notification email. You will be instructed to log in to your VIP (personal portal) page to view your decision. Your decision will be available 6 to 10 weeks post application deadline date.

App Questions?


With our commitment to the environment and sustainability, we highly encourage you to use our online application system. When submitting your application online you will still need to request all official transcripts to be sealed and mailed to the address listed below.

*Fill-able forms are not editable online, you must download the form to complete on a computer and email in. 

Download 2019 MSBA Application

Mail recommendations and transcripts

Graduate School of Management – Admissions
Gallagher Hall, Suite 1101
University of California, Davis
One Shields Ave.
Davis, CA 95616

You may also release your transcripts electronically if your U.S. institution offers this service. Please have your institution release all official e-transcripts to

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