Graduation Requirements, Curriculum and Concentrations

Requirements for graduation and resources to complete your degree

If you have questions about an individual course, please check the course syllabus and/or contact the professor directly. If you have questions about the applicability of a certain course to your goals, please contact your program manager or the graduate advisor, Joseph Chen.

Requirements for Graduation

  • Be exempted from, or pass with a grade of C- or better, all required courses.
  • Successfully complete a minimum of 72 quarter units.
  • Complete at least six quarters in residence at UC Davis.
  • Satisfy the capstone requirement by receiving a grade of B- or better in 440 or 440V, or passing the course with a lower grade and also passing the comprehensive exam.
  • Have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better.

Additional Graduation Notes

  • No more than 6 units total of Group/Independent Study (298/299), Group/Independent Practicum (498/499) can be counted toward the 72-unit requirement.
  • A candidacy form must be submitted by the appropriate quarterly deadline.

Required Core Courses

To find the required courses for your program, login in to RaPS and navigate to the degree tracker. 

Required Courses:

  • 200A or 400AV Financial Accounting
  • 201A or 201AV The Individual and Group Dynamics
  • 201B or 201BV Organizational Strategy and Structure
  • 202A or 202AV Markets and the Firm
  • 203A or 403AV Data Analysis for Managers
  • 204 or 204V Marketing Management
  • 205 or 205V Financial Theory and Policy
  • 252 or 252V Managing for Operational Excellence
  • 268 or 268V Articulation and Critical Thinking
  • 440 or 440V Management Project

Online MBA students must also complete (or be exempted from) 438V Quantitative Tools for Business prior to enrolling in 202AV, 400AV and 403AV.

If you have any questions, please contact your Program Manager or the GSM Registrar.

Areas of Concentration

You have the option to pursue a general management study or to choose a functional concentration guided by a suggested series of elective courses. Most students choose functional concentrations such as:

  • Business Analytics
  • Entrepreneurship/Innovation
  • Finance/Accounting
  • General Management
  • Marketing
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Strategy
  • Technology Management

Click here for concentrations and relevant course information.

Candidacy Instructions & Forms

MBA Program Candidacy

Deadlines for 2020-2021

Completion of Degree 

Forms due to Program Manager

December 2020 (end of Fall 20)  September 1, 2020
March 2021 (end of Winter 21) December 3, 2020
June 2021 (end of Spring 21) March 3, 2021
September 2021 (end of Summer 21) May 21, 2021
  • Complete candidacy – front and back.
  • All information must be legible.
  • Signatures: Only your signature is required – on EACH of the two different pages. 
    (Signature from the dean will be obtained by the GSM Registrar when you have completed your degree.)
  • Forms should be submitted no earlier than three weeks prior to the posted deadline. Forms received any earlier will be returned to students.


  • Diplomas are available 18-20 weeks after the end of the quarter in which you completed your degree requirements.
  • Diplomas are disbursed only through the Office of the University Registrar (not the GSM). You can request that your diploma be mailed by completing a request form (PDF) and submitting directly to the Office of the University Registrar or, if you prefer, it can be picked up in person at the Office of the University Registrar located at 3100 Dutton Hall.

Concurrent Degree Students

The GSM will accept up to 12 units of coursework from your other degree toward our 72 unit degree total. These "shared" units must be approved in advance. Please see the GSM registrar for details.

The exception is the MBA/JD. See details below:

MBA/JD Joint Degree

Required Courses:
200A - Financial Accounting
201A - Individual and Group Dynamics
201B - Organizational Strategy & Structure
202A - Markets & the Firm
203A - Data Analysis for Managers
204 - Marketing Management
205 - Financial Management & Policy
252 - Production & Operations Management
268 - Articulation & Critical Thinking
440 - Integrated Management Project

Electives: 25 quarter units of MGT elective coursework. Joint MBA/Law students may not take 215 or 264 for credit toward the MBA.
Minimum GSM units required: 57 MBA units. 10 semester units of law coursework will count toward the MBA.