Student Perspective

Brent Jackson MBA 20 in the operating room

Embrace Change—Luck is Where Preparation Meets Opportunity

“I was on the crispy end of the burnout spectrum, but I welcomed the unknown.”

From physician to hospital administrator, Dr. Brent Jackson (M.D., M.S.,) MBA 20 earned his UC Davis MBA at age 55—a prescription for further success.

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Student Stories: From X'ian, China to Corporate Finance at Google

After completing her MBA at UC Davis, Betty Yao started her journey in Silicon Valley by joining a startup called Pillow, which she shares in this blog from Interstride.

Wyatt Tucker MPAc 21 Pitching for the UC Davis baseball team

From Baseball to Balance Sheets: A New Field of Dreams

“I have enjoyed every minute of the MPAc program thus far.”

Double-Aggie Wyatt Tucker shares how his Aggie baseball experience eventually led him to the MPAc program and an offer from a Big 4 firm.

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How Our Board is Enhancing Student Connections in Virtual Landscape

Building a foundation for student success through community

Double-Aggie and MPAc Board President Oscar Halliwell shares his goals to foster connections between students across the School.

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Speed Networking: 4 Lessons Learned from Alumni

Business analytics alums share advice with students

The top tips and takeaways from a successful speed networking session with recent MSBA alumni.

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What’s an MSBA Practicum Project?

How are teams and corporate project sponsors selected

Behind the scenes of how practicum projects are developed and how the experience offers students professional growth.

Dean H. Rao Unnava at Graduation

2020 Commencement Student Speakers from Largest Class Ever

Five new grads discuss inspiration, memories and what’s next

Our Class of 2020 numbers a record 286 graduates, many of whom will join a virtual commencement this Saturday.

Maridol Guillen begins year two of her MBA at UC Davis

5 Tips on Earning Your MBA Later in Life

Returning to School at 43: I gave the ultimate gift to myself

After raising a family and growing her supply chain career, Maridol Guillen began her Sacramento Part-Time MBA at age 43 while working at Intel.

Maxine Li and Michael Chen join other MSBA students at a mixer

5 Job Search Tips from MSBA Alumni at Amazon and REEF

When you don’t have an edge, rely on your network

New MSBA student Chanel Diggs quizzes alumni about building analytic skills and tapping the network to land sought-after roles in tech.

Kristy Pahel MPAc 21 graduation photo on the beach

MPAc Orientation: a Career Launch Pad

Non-accounting background can be a virtue preparing for fast-growing field

MPAc Orientation got Christine Pahel up to speed quickly:  “We hit the ground running with a full schedule of speakers, workshops and career prep.”

Sheena Tsang gets ready for a run

A Day in My Part-Time MBA Life

Balancing work, life and earning a UC Davis MBA

How do you find time for it all? Bay Area Part-Time MBA student Sheena Tsang shares her daily routine from her job at T-Mobile to Zoom calls with classmates.

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My Salute to Service: Check on a Veteran This Week

Pandemic has led to more veteran suicides, but you can help

Full-Time MBA student and U.S. Army officer Stephen Perry shares an important Veterans Day message to both honor and help those who served their country. 

Jonathan Pan shares a photo of his time at ROMBA 2019

5 Must-Know Virtual Conference Tips for MBA Students

Takeaways from two years at ROMBA

Full-Time MBA student Jonathan Pan compares the last two years of Reaching Out MBA (ROMBA) and offers his tips for virtual conferences.

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MSBAs Kick-Off New Adventure in Challenging Times

Getting connected and overcoming obstacles with my new classmates

New MSBA student Khristion Lambert shares experiences from his first weeks in the program, and interviews with classmates.

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Double-Aggie Alumna: Why I Joined the MSBA Class of 2021

Making virtual connections with my new cohort

The double-Aggie alumna describes her journey to business analytics, the virtual transition and fun facts about her classmates.

Navigating the business waters in the pandemic

A New Breed of Business Leaders Emerge from Pandemic

“COVID-19 has become our deepest learning and adaptive challenge”

“As students and working professionals, we’re at the forefront of this jarring transition,” says Bay Area MBA student Rubia van Roodselaar.

MBA Career Trek

Collaborating Over a Virtual Water Cooler

Creating space for mutual career support and creativity

Working remotely means no more "water cooler chats," but MBA alum Patrick Rosenberg shares how he and friends stay connected.


Virtual Escape Room: “It is up to your team to save the world!”

Destination Davis: Getting to know my new Full-Time MBA cohort

Full-Time MBA student Aihe Chen says virtual orientation opened up innovative ways to collaborate and bond with her classmates.


Changing the Narrative—and Equation: More Women Leading

Forté MBALaunch and MBA Forums for Women led to UC Davis MBA Program

Sacramento MBA student Nataly Diaz blogs about her experience in the 10-month Forté MBALaunch Program, which paved her way to UC Davis.


UC Davis MBA + Metro EDGE Accelerated My Career

EDGErs: Capital Region’s young, diverse movers and shakers

Double Aggie and Sacramento MBA grad Andrea Ellinghouse shares how the upcoming Emerge Summit can be a career game-changer.