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Application Process

Application Process

MBA Application Process

The UC Davis MBA Application

Applying begins with our secure online application. Once you create an account, you may enter, update, and save your information at any time. Please click "submit" once you are done. Your application must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time on the day of the deadline. We confirm receipt of applications and supplemental materials via email.

Application Fee

A $125 application fee is required and payable by credit card within the online application. Application fee waivers are available on a case-by-case basis.

Please contact your Admissions representative on steps to submit your fee waiver request. We will process your request and get back to you within 2 business days with eligibility confirmation and next steps. Please do not submit your application until you receive a response to your request. 

Mail Application Materials to:

Graduate School of Management – Admissions
Gallagher Hall, Suite 1101
University of California, Davis
One Shields Ave.
Davis, CA 95616

If you are applying to our MBA@UCDavis online MBA program, please see the application requirements and transcript mailing address here.

Transcripts

You may submit unofficial transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate programs you have attended or are currently attending in pursuit of a degree with your application.

Official transcripts are required upon admissions into the program. Transcripts must arrive in a sealed envelope as issued by the school. If the institution provides official electronic transcripts, they can be emailed directly from the institution to: mba.applicant@gsm.ucdavis.edu.

Resume

To review the progression and milestones of your career, we ask that you upload a current resume through the online application. Include work history, military status, education history and honors and awards or recognitions. We prefer chronological resumes no longer than 2 pages, in PDF format. 

GMAT or GRE Score Report (limited amount of waivers are available)

Candidates are required to take the GMAT or GRE exam prior to the deadline for which they are applying. 

Institutional codes for test takers to send their scores

  Full-Time MBA Bay Area Part-Time MBA Sacramento Part-Time MBA
GMAT B1S-VF-91 B1S-VF-25 B1S-VF-79
GRE 7887 7887 7887

You may be eligible for a GMAT/GRE waiver for our nationally-ranked MBA programs taught in Davis, Sacramento and the Bay Area. Check your eligibility >

Essays

Candidates are asked to complete one required essay question, with an additional optional essay and one conditional question for lower GPA candidates.

We’re looking for honest, thoughtful responses that help us get to know you; there truly is no one “right” answer to our MBA essay questions. While you should answer each question thoroughly, you should not exceed the specified lengths.

Letters of Recommendation

We require 2 professional letters of recommendation and strongly encourage you to submit one from your current direct supervisor. Recommendations are submitted through our online system, and they help provide us with qualitative accounts of your leadership potential and of the impact you’ve made at work.

Virtual Interview (by invitation only)

After an initial application review, selected candidates will be invited to a virtual Zoom interview. This is a positive indicator of our interest in your application but does not guarantee admission.

English Language Proficiency Requirement (if applicable)

Applicants who received their degrees from countries in which the official language is not English must submit official evidence of English language proficiency. 

Required Federal Notifications

Student Records and Privacy

In accordance with the Federal Privacy Act of 1974, you are hereby notified that disclosure of your social security number is mandatory. This record keeping system was established prior to January 1, 1975, pursuant to (1) the authority of the Regents of the University of California under Art. IX, Sec. 9 of the California Constitution and (2) the Undergraduate Admissions System Reference Manual, Information System Division, Office of the Vice President, Business and Finance, University of California, January 5, 1972, pp. 1–5. The principal uses of the number shall be to (1) verify your identity in the Graduate Admissions record system and (2) interface with the integrated Student Information System.