Sacramento MBA Registration Instructions
First-Year Students

Fall 2018

On this page, you will find information regarding registration, cross registration, important dates and deadlines, core course details, grades, independent study courses, curriculum concentrations and much more.


If you were an undergraduate at UC Davis, do not go to SISWEB/Schedule Builder to register for classes. The GSM has its own registration system. GSM students will access two different systems for registration and payment.

  1. RaPS (Registration and Processing System) for registration (add/drops)
  2. MyBillfor payment


Below are the instructions for navigating the GSM registration process. Please contact your program manager with any registration questions.

Important Tips for Using RaPS (Read before proceeding)

  • Registration and all GSM adds/drops/course changes processes in RaPS (and are forwarded electronically to campus systems).
  • In RaPS Manage Schedule, required courses are pre-loaded to your schedule. You must click Register to process the registration action in the system. A course appearing on the schedule does not mean a student is enrolled.
  • Mobile Devices: Do not use mobile devices to process RaPS registration or MyBill payments.
  • Dropping Classes: Students cannot drop their last class. If you need to drop your last class, contact your program manager directly.
  • Student Directory: You will receive an automated prompt allowing you to update your directory one week prior to your registration group being open. Please confirm the information in the directory before proceeding to registration.

Registration and Processing System (RaPS) Actions

Registration Dates and Deadlines

AUGUST 8: Group 3 (Fall 2018 first-year students) Opens

Registration in RaPS transmits to the campus system on an hourly basis during these times:

  • Monday – Friday 6 a.m. to 11:59 p.m.
  • Saturday – Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Any registration request submitted outside of these times are date/time stamped and submitted as soon as the campus system re-opens.

AUGUST 16, at 11:59 p.m.Initial Registration Closes

AUGUST 17, by 11:59 a.m.: Unit totals increase to 16

Unit totals are limited to 12 units through the initial registration deadline.

AUGUST 22: Student Bills Available on MyBill

Students not enrolling by the initial registration deadline are subject to a $125 registration penalty fee.

SEPTEMBER 10: SHIP Waiver Deadline

As a UC Davis student you are required to have health insurance and will be automatically enrolled in the UCD Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP). The cost of SHIP coverage is approximately $1,500 per quarter. If you have your own health insurance for the 2018–2019 academic year, you may waive out of SHIP. For UC SHIP Waiver Application Deadlines and more information, see here.

SEPTEMBER 15: Student Fee Payment Deadline

Students can access their bill and pay through MyBill.

Students who miss the payment deadline are subject to a $125 registration penalty fee.

Financial Aid Funding for course fees: Financial aid funds will be reflected in MyBill prior to fees being due (see this link for actual dates). If financial aid does not disburse as anticipated and the payment deadline is not met, the student will be assessed the $125 registration penalty fee. If you have specific questions about your financial aid, please contact Pauline Moreno at (530) 752-7606 or by email.

Deferred Payment Plan: Only students who have enrolled in the Deferred Payment Plan (DPP) through MyBill may pay in installments on the 15th of each month. To apply for the deferred payment plan, click here. All other students are expected to pay in full by the Fee Payment Deadline.

SEPTEMBER 15 – 20: Registration Freeze

No registration actions (add/drop) are processed during the freeze.

The freeze goes into effect on the Student Fee Payment deadline at 12:00 a.m. to allow payments to be applied to the student account balance due. Registration will open on September 20 at 6 a.m.

SEPTEMBER 26: Instruction Begins, Weeknight Courses

September 28: Instruction Begins, Weekend Courses

OCTOBER 8: Final Add/Drop Deadline for Quarter

All classes, regardless of start date, must be added or dropped by this deadline to avoid the registration penalty fee.

Any registration request made after the final add/drop deadline is an exception, regardless of when the first course meeting is. If the exception is approved, you are assessed the $125 registration penalty fee.

Please note: Due to the design of the course, some instructors will not allow students to add after the first class meeting. Please contact the instructor for permission prior to adding the course.

DECEMBER 10-15: Finals

You are expected to attend courses through the end of finals, including all final exams at their posted times.

DECEMBER 28: Grades Available

Course graduation requirements are available in RaPS, by selecting the Course Advisor tab.

How To Begin Registration

Before you have access to RaPS, you must set up your UC Davis computing account (if you have not already done so). This must be done at least 48 hours before you attempt to access RaPS.

Your UC Davis Login ID and (Kerberos) passphrase are needed to register.

Registration Process

Students are enrolled in courses based on the date/time stamp of their registration (when student clicks the Register button in RaPS). Within 24 hours of registration, students receive an automated enrollment confirmation email. If a confirmation email is not received within 24 hours, return to RaPS, Manage Schedule and check your status in the Enrollment Statuscolumn. Click on the word in that column for additional information on your current status.

As reminder, all GSM registration activity (add/drop) must be done directly in RaPS, not SISWEB/Schedule Builder. By entering registration changes directly into SISWEB/Schedule Builder, students will automatically trigger a registration freeze on their account. Be advised that it may take up to 72 hours to resolve the conflict created by this freeze in both systems.

  1. Login
    Use your UC Davis Login ID and passphrase.
  2. Student Directory
    Before you enter the registration system, you are required to update your Student Directory information. Please update your information to your local address while attending UC Davis. Do not use a mobile device when accessing RaPS as it is not mobile-optimized.

    If you experience difficulty in continuing to the next registration step (the directory prompt reappears), log out of RaPS and clear your browser history. Login to RaPS again and proceed toManage Schedule.
  3. Manage Schedule
    Core courses are pre-loaded in Manage Schedule. Click Register for Courses. (If Register for Courses is not clicked, registration does not process and you are not enrolled.)

    Required Courses Fall 2018 Entering Students
    Weekend Cohort
    203A-001      Data Analysis for Managers
    202A-001      Markets and the Firm

Acceleration Options
Fall 2018 Entering Students

Students interested in enrolling in 268 Articulation and Critical can start enrolling August 17 by noon. Please note, we cannot guarantee section availability.  More info on acceleration here.  

4. Core Course Waivers

All MBA students are required to complete core courses during their matriculation at the GSM. Under specific guidelines, you can waive (or test out) these courses. If you waive/test out of a course, you would replace those units with an elective course. The GSM registrar can provide appropriate elective course options as not all electives are open to first-year, first-quarter students. If you waive out of a core course, you may drop it in September. Please note, if you waive/test out of a core course, some replacement course options will be held on the weekday schedule. 

MyBill Student Bill Overview

August 22: Student Bills available in MyBill
September 15: Student Fee Payment Deadline

UC Davis assess fees generally one month prior to the term’s payment deadline and then occur on a nightly basis. Fees are not assessed immediately upon enrollment.

After enrolling in courses and fees have been assessed, students can view their account balance using MyBill. MyBill account balances and activity are updated in real-time throughout the day. For the most accurate information, always refer to your MyBill account activity.

Please note that the MyBill statement is a monthly statement. This means it is updated on the 22nd day of each month. If you enroll after the initial registration deadline, fees will not show up on your MyBill statement, however, you are still responsible for meeting the GSM’s payment deadline. UC Davis does not issue payment reminders.

Refunds are processed by the Student Accounting Office weekly.  Please direct questions to Student Accounting or review the Refund FAQs here.

Registration Penalty Fee

A registration penalty fee of $125 is assessed if:

  • you have not met the Initial Registration deadline.
  • you have not met the Student Fee Payment deadline.
  • you request to add and/or drop a course after the final add/drop deadline (regardless of the date the class starts or ends).

The registration penalty fee can be waived if medical documentation (including dates) is submitted indicating a student’s inability to meet the deadline(s)

Additional Resources

GSM Academic Calendar (including holidays)

The current calendar is available in RaPS. Go to RAPS, login and select Academic Calendar tab

Courses, Numbering and Concentrations

Courses and Concentrations
Course Numbering



Registration Details

Registration Details
Enrollment Adjustments Process and Timeline
Registration Groups
Student Directory

Refunds, SISWEB, Canvas, Tax Information