Embracing Diversity

The Graduate School of Management prepares results-driven, innovative and agile learners to lead, collaborate—and make a positive impact.

47% International Students in the incoming Full-Time class of 2017

74%Female Students in Master of Professional Accountancy Program

45% Non-White Faculty

46% Female Students Across the Graduate School of Management

We are committed to building equity, inclusion and diversity across our community, broadening and deepening both the educational experience and the scholarly environment. This emphasis on ethnic, racial, cultural, gender, sexual orientation, geographic, professional and experiential diversity promotes our belief that you learn and grow more when exposed to new ways of thinking and doing business.

“The students’ professional and cultural diversity really inspired me. This breadth of perspectives fosters creativity and learning in the classroom and beyond.”

— Alexzandra Caldwell-Wenman MBA 13

Fast Facts

  • One quarter of our Full-Time MBA students are international, representing 11 countries.
  • Our students speak many languages, including Spanish, Mandarin, Cantonese, Japanese, Korean, Swedish, French, German, Hindi, Bengali, Kannada and Assamese.
  • Part-time MBA students bring to class their diverse backgrounds and daily experiences leading and managing regional companies, government agencies and multinational corporations with global footprints.
  • Half our faculty are ethnic minorities, a third are from outside the U.S., and 43 percent are women.

Diversity cannot be seen as an optional initiative. It’s central to our mission and how we go about our day-to-day business. Our partnerships and outreach help broaden the diversity of our students, faculty and staff.

Our Partnerships and External Programs

National Black MBA Association

We partner with and are committed to the goals and values of this premier national association for African-Americans in accounting, finance and business. NBMBAA is dedicated to the creation of intellectual and economic wealth in the black community.

Ascend (National Association of Asian MBAs)

We support the mission and participate in events held by Ascend Pan-Asian Leaders. The nonprofit, global professional organization provides opportunities for diverse Asian talent to connect with domestic and multinational corporations across industry sectors.


Formerly the National Society of Hispanic MBAs (NSHMBA) and founded in 1988, Prospanica’s nearly 30-year history emphasizes on educational and professional development programs to improve the Hispanic community as a whole. Students enrolled in a bachelor or master degree-granting college or university can join Prospanica at a student membership fee.

Association of Latino Professionals For America

Senior Director of Career Development Chris Dito represents UC Davis at the annual conference for ALPFA (Association of Latino Professionals For America). ALPFA is the longest standing Latino professional organization with 72,000+ members assembled in 43 professional and more than 150 student chapters across America.

UC-HBCU Initiative

The University of California­–Historically Black Colleges and Universities initiative improves the representation of African-Americans/blacks in UC graduate programs by investing in collaborations between faculty and students at UC and the Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

Forté Foundation

A key ally, the Forté Foundation is a consortium of top business schools and major corporations that has become a powerful change agent in educating and directing talented women toward leadership roles in business.

National Diversity MBA Summit

Senior Director of Admissions and Chief Diversity Officer Kathy Gleed is a member of the Board of Directors of the National Diversity MBA Summit.

ROMBA (Reaching Out MBA)

We support ROMBA’s mission of educating students about the opportunities and challenges of being an LGBT MBA student and business leader, inspiring and enabling LGBT MBA students to be leaders in their careers and in society and building connections among LGBT MBA students.

The California Forum for Diversity in Graduate Education

We participate in thes California Forum for Diversity in Graduate Education in an effort to better meet the needs of advanced undergraduates and master’s candidates who belong to groups that are currently underrepresented in graduate education.



Learn more about diversity and inclusion at UC Davis by reading about our current students.