Sacramento MBA Spring 2017 Registration Email Archive

Spring 2017 Registration Email #1 | Reminders

Dear Sacramento Students,

By now, you have received an email generated from RaPS regarding the spring 2017 registration dates and deadlines for your group.  If you don’t see it in your Inbox, please try your junk folder.

Before you begin registration, please read the Registration Instructions where you can find all the important dates and deadlines as well as registration resources.

The registration open dates for each group are as follows. The Initial Registration Deadline is February 21.

  • Registration Group 1 (42+ completed units) opens February 6
  • Registration Group 2 (18-41 completed units) opens February 9
  • Registration Group 3 (0-17 completed units) opens February 14

A couple notes to remember:

  1. You can only egister for your courses in RaPS.  You must pay your fees in MyBill.Student Bills will be available by February 22.
  2. MGP 440 Integrated Project Management is the capstone requirement for Fall 2014 Entering Students. Enroll in any open section during initial registration. Students will be moved to the appropriate section after projects are assigned in mid-March.
  3. Fall 2015 Entering Students: The core course MGP 252 Managing for Operational Excellence will be automatically added to your schedule.
  4. Fall 2016 Entering Students: The core courses MGP 205 Financial Theory and Policy and MGP 201A The Individual and Group Dynamics will be automatically added to your schedule.
  5. Acceleration option for Fall 2016 Entering Students: Students interested in enrolling in MGP 252 Managing for Operational Excellence must either contact me or the GSM Registrar. Students will be enrolled after initial registration closes, on February 21. More info on acceleration here

For students who do not plan to enroll in spring quarter:

You must file a Planned Educational Leave Petition by the initial registration deadline, February 21.

Please contact me if you have any questions.



Spring 2017 Registration Email #2 | Independent Study Guidelines

Sent on behalf of Prof. Ashwin Aravindakshan, Graduate Advisor

Dear GSM Students,

If you plan to undertake independent study coursework during the Spring 2017 quarter, please read this message carefully as it provides step-by-step instructions about the approval process.  Please note that all steps of the approval process (listed below) must be completed by March 6, 2017. These steps include:

1.      Draft a course/project plan that satisfies all requirements that pertain to the course type you intend to create. For more information on these course types and their respective requirements, please see the section on Types of Independent Study Projects at the GSM Independent Study Information webpage.  

Please limit your course plan to 2-3 pages and include the following information:   

a.       Course/Project Description: Please briefly describe this course/project along with a list of resources you intend to use. You must also describe why you need this course/project, and how it is different from other GSM offerings (either because the course is not offered or the content is different and not covered in any of the courses). If similar offerings exist, then it is recommended that you take a currently existing course.

b.      Learning Objectives: Please state the main objectives for the course/project. How will this course contribute to your learning?

c.       Deliverables: What will you produce to demonstrate your mastery of the learning objectives (presentation, project report, weekly assignments etc.)?

d.      Assessment Criteria: How will your performance in the course be judged?

e.       Faculty Sponsor: Who is the faculty advisor for your course?

f.       Unit Value of the Course: For how many units are you taking this course? (e.g., 1, 2 or 3 units)

g.       Time Commitments: Please note that UC Davis abides by the Carnegie rule, which requires 30 hours of student work for each unit of academic credit awarded.  You need to also explain how this work will be distributed across your course objectives.  

2.      Find an Academic Senate faculty member to sponsor/direct your course. A Senate Faculty member will have the official title of Professor, Associate Professor, or Assistant Professor. Please note that Lecturers are not members of the Academic Senate, and cannot sponsor independent study courses. Please refer to the Faculty Directory on the GSM website for the titles of faculty members who might sponsor or direct your course. 

3.      Work with your faculty advisor to refine your course plan.

4.      Complete the Request for Variable-United Directed Study Course FormYou and your faculty advisor should sign the form and your course plan should be attached to the form before you submit it to the Graduate Advisor at by February 20. 

5.      Make revisions to your proposal as required.  After an administrative review of your proposed course/project plan, it will most likely be returned to you with suggested changes and edits.  This iterative process must be completed no later than March 6.

 Important dates to remember:

1.    Deadline to submit a course proposal and signed Request for Variable-Unit Directed Study Course Form to February 20.

2.    Final Deadline for completed and approved course proposal (remember that there will be multiple iterations prior to this): March 6.

Please refer to the GSM Independent Study Information for additional information and contact your Program Manager if you have any questions.



Ashwin Aravindakshan
Associate Professor of Marketing
Graduate School of Management
University of California Davis
Davis, CA 95616
Phone: 530-752-5767
Fax: 530-752-2924