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

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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

MSBA students who start in fall 2020 pay $1,339 per unit. Course fees are set at the time of enrollment and remain fixed for your MSBA studies. Students take 17 units in fall quarter, 14 in winter and 13 in spring quarter.

The MSBA requires 44 units for a total estimated course fee of $58,916 for students entering in fall 2020.

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.

Estimated Expenses for the 2020-21 Academic Year

Estimated Expenses


Tuition & Fees*


Health Insurance Fee**


Books and Supplies


Living Expenses***




Total Budget


* Campus-based fees are included in the program fee. Health insurance is available at an additional cost to students who need it and is charged separately.
     Access to Student Services – Level II (Partial Access and Representation): Students have access to the Library, primary health care on campus (with co-pay), student mental health care, as well as representation and access to purchase student health insurance.
** Students must prove comparable coverage under another insurance plan to waive this fee.
***Living Expenses includes: Room and Board, Transportation and Personal Expense Estimates. For estimates of off-campus housing costs near the UC Davis campus please review: Housing Costs Near UC Campuses.

The tuition, fees and charges posted here are estimates based on currently approved amounts. These figures may not be final; actual tuition, fees, and charges are subject to change by the Regents of the University of California or, as authorized, by the President of the University of California. Accordingly, final approved levels and charges may differ from the amounts shown.

Some or all instruction for all or part of Academic Year 2020-21 may be delivered remotely. Tuition and mandatory fees have been set regardless of the method of instruction and will not be refunded in the event instruction occurs remotely for any part of the academic year.

For current student tuition and fee information, visit the Budget & Institutional Analysis website.

Funding available to MSBA students include:

  • Student loans
  • Scholarships, fellowship and other awards
  • Employer support

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 2020-21 is $1,708 ($5,124 annually).

Student Loans

Federal Direct Loans and Graduate PLUS Loans

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; the Graduate PLUS Loan does require a credit check.
  • For more information contact the UC Davis Financial Aid and Scholarships, or a financial aid expert.

Students receive their formal financial aid packages after submitting their enrollment deposit. If you need an estimated award before accepting enrollment, contact the UC Davis Financial Aid and Scholarships, or 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 contact the UC Davis Financial Aid and Scholarships or a financial aid expert.

Student Fee Payment Options

Accepted payment methods can be viewed in detail on-line and include:

  • Online/Electronic Payments. Pay student bills by e-check; there is no additional fee for paying by e-check.
  • Cash. Cash payments must be made in person at the Cashier’s Office.
  • Checks, Money Orders and Cashier’s Checks.
  • Credit Cards. Discover cards can be used for online payments only. A credit card cannot be used to pay your enrollment deposit.
  • International Wire Deposits. Contact the Cashier’s Office for assistance.

Scholarships, Fellowships and Other Awards

Apply by Round 3 for scholarship, fellowship and other award priority consideration.

Scholarships for UC Davis Employees

As part of our investment in talent development at UC Davis, the GSM offers up to five staff scholarships each at the UC Davis main campus, UC Davis San Ramon campus and UC Davis Health. The ideal candidate is an accomplished professional with high leadership potential. These awards are competitive; we award them on the basis of intellectual curiosity and strength, demonstrated leadership, professional effectiveness, and strong teamwork and communication skills.

Details for each award are hyperlinked below. To be eligible you must be employed in a career position with one of the following partners:

  1. UC Davis Staff
  2. UC Davis Health

External Scholarships

The UC Davis Graduate School of Management has compiled the following list of external scholarship opportunities as a service to the community. Students should work directly with each agency to verify their processes, and eligibility—and should verify the legitimacy of any organization they provide personal information to.

MSBA Awards: Dean’s Fellowships and MSBA Scholarships (up to $11,000)

The Graduate School of Management offers limited awards based on merit. Factored into consideration are leadership experience, and academic and professional accomplishments. 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 our Admissions Team; (530) 752-5354.

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

To be considered for the following awards, submit this supplemental application at the same time as your application for admissions. 

UC and CSU Alumni Grant (up to $5,000)

The UC and CSU Alumni Fellowship is for applicants who have received their undergraduate from a University of California or California State University campus.

In an essay no longer than 250 words, describe how being a UC or CSU alumnus has impacted your career and how you positively impacted the learning community during your time on campus. Click here to apply.

Employer Match (up to $11,000)

We recognize the benefits but also challenges of working while being a student. This scholarship helps support candidates who plan to work while in the program and are partially or fully sponsored by their employer. The MSBA program will match employer sponsorship up to $11,000. 

Email documentation/proof of employer support to

Military Service Award (up to $6,000)

The Graduate School of Management supports members of the U.S. armed forces as they transition to the civilian workforce or return to service.

The program awards up to $6,000 for tuition expenses not covered by the Post-9/11 GI Bill to up to two eligible MSBA students.

Working Professional Grant (up to $5,000)

Students who work while studying bring an additional depth of perspectives to enhance the learning environment. This grant is designed for candidates who are working at the time of application, and will continue with their current employer in a 50% capacity or greater during the program. This scholarship also is intended for working professionals who are not receiving employer support. 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 classmates.  Please also share examples of mentorship that you’ve been involved with—formally or informally, given or received. Click here to apply.

Executive Assistantship (up to $9,750)

Executive student assistants work closely with the executive and academic directors to create an engaging experience for MSBA students, today and in the future. In this role you will leverage data to work on initiatives related to student experience, program outreach, and market intelligence and analytics. Some executive assistantships are awarded at the time of admission, but all students will have an opportunity to apply for a position after matriculation.

employer financial support

Check with your company’s human resources or benefits office to see if your employer provides financial support to help with tuition, fees or other expenses. If there is no formal plan, talk to your manager about possible direct support from your department. Be aware of any program restrictions or special requirements.

How to Convince Your Employer to Pay for Your MBA (from our Admissions Webinar Series)

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.

More Information

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

MSBA Costs and Financial Aid

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