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MSBA Costs and Financial Aid
Learn about program costs, awards and financial aid

Earning your UC Davis MSBA is an investment in your future. UC Davis offers financial assistance to help you meet the costs of the program.​

Companies are facing an acute shortage of skilled workers and managers who are trained to leverage massive data and computing power to extract insights and make business decisions. MSBA graduates will be prepared to address this vast demand-supply gap of professionals. Successful MSBA graduates can expect to earn a considerable return on their financial investment.

Estimated Program Costs

The UC Davis office of Financial Aid and Scholarships establishes a modest, yet adequate cost of living allowance to determine financial aid eligibility each school year. This allowance includes housing and utilities, food, transportation, personal/miscellaneous expenses, and medical expenses.

Health Insurance Requirement UC Davis automatically enrolls all registered students in the UC Student Health Insurance Plan (UC SHIP). Students with comparable insurance can apply for a UC SHIP waiver. More about UC SHIP here. The quarterly cost in 2016-17 is $1,448 ($4,344 annually). The 2018-2019 cost has not yet been set.

Estimated Student Budget for the 2018–2019 Academic Year​


MSBA Program Fees*


Health Insurance Fee**


Books and Supplies***


Housing (plus utilities)****






Total Budget


*The fees and charges posted here are estimates. These figures may not be final. Actual program fees and charges are subject to change by the Regents of the University of California or the University of California President. Accordingly, final approved levels (and thus a student’s final balance due) may differ from the amounts shown. When available, final fees will be posted here.

** This represents the 2017 Health Insurance Fee. The 2018 Health Insurance Fee has not yet been set.

** Students are required to have a laptop which is not included in this cost.

*** Allowance assumes shared housing costs in the San Francisco Bay Area. Student housing will not be available.

Funding available to you as an MSBA student include:

  • Student Loans
  • Scholarships, Fellowship and Other Awards
  • Employer Support

Student Loans

Federal Direct Loans and Graduate PLUS Loans

UC Davis participates in these U.S. government loan programs. The UC Davis Financial Aid and Scholarships will determine your eligibility and notify you of the types and amounts of loans for which you qualify.

  • UC Davis disburses loans in three installments, one per quarter.
  • Interest rates and origination loans are set by the federal government.  Interest accrues on the loans from the date of disbursement.
  • The Federal Direct Loan does not require a credit check and the Graduate PLUS Loan does require a credit check.
  • For more information, please contact the UC Davis Financial Aid and Scholarships, or contact a financial aid expert.

MSBA students receive their formal financial aid packages after submitting their enrollment deposit—typically in the summer. If you need an estimated award before accepting enrollment, please contact the UC Davis Financial Aid and Scholarships, or contact a financial aid expert.

Private Loans

Private loans provide both fixed-amount loan programs and revolving lines of credit. These loans are based on creditworthiness. Interest rates are usually higher and interest begins to accrue immediately, although you often have the option of deferring payment while you are in school.

Terms and conditions for these programs are not set by the federal government and are subject to change. For more information, please contact the UC Davis Financial Aid and Scholarships or contact a financial aid expert.

Scholarships, Fellowships and Other Awards

MSBA Awards

The Graduate School of Management offers limited awards based on merit. The Admissions Committee considers candidates for these awards at the time of admission. No separate scholarship application is required. If you are interested or have questions about MSBA Awards, contact Justin Reafsnyder at​ or (530) 752-5354.

In addition to the merit-based awards, the following grants are also available:

UC Alumni Grant (Up to $5,000)
The UC Alumni Fellowship is for applicants who have received their undergraduate from a University of California camps. We recognize the quality of the UC degree and look forward to building on this strong foundation.

In an essay no longer than 250 words, describe how being a UC alumnus/alumna has impacted your career. Please also share how you positively impacted the learning community during your time at campus. Click here to apply.

Working Professional Grant (Up to $5,000)

Working professional students can bring a depth of perspectives to enhance the learning environment. This grant is designed for candidate who are working at the point of application, and will be continuing with their currently employer in a 50% capacity or greater during the program. Your office should be located within 100 miles of the UC Hastings campus.

In an essay no longer than 250 words, describe how your professional background and experiences can enhance the learning community for your fellow classmates. Please also share examples of mentorship that you’ve been involved with – formally or informally, given or received. Click here to apply.

Financial Support

Your employer may provide financial support to help with tuition, fees or other expenses. Check with your human resources or benefits office to see what options are available. If there is no formal plan, talk to your manager about possible direct support from you department. Make sure you are aware of any program restrictions or special requirements.

More Information

If you have questions about filing the FAFSA or the awarding process, please contact the UC Davis Financial Aid and Scholarships or contact a financial aid expert.

International Students

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.


MSBA Costs and Financial Aid

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