You’ve just registered for your first MBA fair–now what? Hear from our admissions team on how you can make a lasting personal impression. We’ll cover the must-do’s whether meeting with us or other schools, including preparing your elevator pitch, questions you should ask the admissions team and follow-up etiquette.
Don’t let test anxiety get in the way of you getting into a
high-caliber program! Amy Russell, executive director of the new
MSBA program at the Graduate School of Management, gives her
professional advice on applications and her math tips for the
Senior Assistant Dean of Student Affairs James Stevens discusses
one of the biggest misconceptions about applying to UC Davis
Graduate School of Management: Admissions decisions are based
largely on your GMAT or GRE score.
“I found my stride and voice as a leader . . . and what makes UC
Davis different is definitely the community. From the day you
walk in the door every one knows your name and you know
everybody,” says Full-Time MBA student Kelly Gillett. Kelly is
the recipient of the 2018 Newberry Distinguished Fellowship for
her leadership potential.
Todd Brockman MBA 93 has been honored with the UC Davis Graduate
School of Management’s 2018 Alumni Association Distinguished
Achievement Award. He spoke about his MBA experience at the
awards cermony at our Peer-to-Pier event in San Francisco on Feb.
21. Brockman is a Senior Vice President of Issuer
Processing and Enablement at Visa Inc., leading the world’s
largest Visa debit processing business – Visa DPS, and Enhanced
Visa Services including Visa Campaign Solutions and Digital
Mobile App services for banks, credit unions and partners.
A team of UC Davis Master of Science in Business Analytics
students is immersed in a 12-month client project at the San
Francisco headquarters of Charles Schwab, one of the nation’s
largest brokerage firms. The project, part of the program
curriculum, involves building an interactive data analytics
dashboard for Schwab’s Retail Analytics group.
Joncarlo Mark MBA 00 has been honored with the UC Davis Graduate
School of Management’s 2018 Alumni Association Outstanding
Service Award. He spoke about his MBA experience at the awards
ceremony at our Peer-to-Pier event in San Francisco on Feb. 21.
Rao Unnava, dean of the UC Davis Graduate School of Management,
shares his Big 3 stories of the month: 1) Students in our Master
of Science in Business Analytics program in San Francisco team up
on 12-month client projects, including Charles Schwab. 2) We’re
celebrating 14th year of our unique Business Development Fellows
program bringing UC Davis researchers into courses side-by-side
with MBA students to build lab to market paths 3) These
scientist/MBA teams go on to enter our annual Big Bang! Business
Competition, a year-long entrepreneurship program with
mentorship, networking and workshop for early stage ventures. A
record $100,000 in prize money is at stake this year.
CFO for Technology Industry Immersion introduces to students to
the tools and expertise required of a technology company chief
financial officer. Students will learn about capital budgeting,
managing funding for growth, managing business portfolio,
M&As and going public. Featured speakers include David Cole,
Vice President, Finance Operations, Intuit and alumnus Brian
Moriarty, BA 85, Chief Financial Officer, twoXAR, Inc. Professor
Ayako Ysuda leads the course.
Week three of our Industry Immersions features top executives
from biotech, energy, food and ag and tech finance. UC Davis MBA
share the value of collaborating with graduate students from
across the campus to solve live case studies.
Rao Unnava, dean of the UC Davis Graduate School of Management,
shares his Big 3 stories of the month: 1) Our Industry Immersions
are bringing together MBAs and campus researchers to solve
executives’ live case studies. 2) Twenty UC Davis MBA students
met Warren Buffett in Omaha, volunteering time there at Girls,
Inc. 3) Why are there so few women in finance? Professor Brad
Barber’s research show three reasons why.
Week two of our Industry Immersions features Microsoft’s Chief
Environmental & Cities Strategist, Mars’ VP of Innovation and
Coca-Cola’s Global Research and Development Officer. They
challenged UC Davis MBA and graduate students from across the
campus to solve real business problems in food and ag and
sustainable energy sectors.
UC Davis alumnus Lonnie Bookbinder B.S. 82 kicks off the new
Biotechnology Industry Immersion course at the UC Davis Graduate
School of Management. As CEO and founder of ARIZ Precision
Medicine, Bookbinder says “the course in truly unique,” bringing
together MBAs and bioscience Ph.D. students to see that precision
medicine is a $1 trillion industry and how executives work though
a living case study.
The UC Davis Graduate School of Management continues to innovate
our MBA curriculum with new series of Industry Immersions courses
that combine our business expertise and corporate partner network
with UC Davis’ global leadership in: Food & Ag, Biotechnology,
Sustainable Energy and Technology Finance.
Prof.Greta Hsu examines the marketing of cannabis dispensaries in Washington and Colorado and shows how county voting on legalization affects their marketing—just ahead of the opening of California’s retail market.
Dean Unnava shares his Big 3 stories of the month, including how the GSM is shaking up the traditional MBA curriculum, a trip to Burning Man and faculty research on why the poor pay more for consumer basics.
As energy policy takes center stage internationally in economics,
national security and the geopolitical landscape, Dean Steven
Currall poses these key questions to Amy Jaffe, executive
director of energy and sustainability for the Graduate School of
Management and the Institute of Transportation Studies:
Professor Andrew Hargadon researches and teaches on innovation
and entrepreneurship. He describes how he draws from theory and
experience to help students figure out how to be successful. “Our
MBAs get first-hand glimpses into some of the cutting-edge
research happening, and the challenge of trying to figure out the
best way to move those ideas out of the laboratory and into the
Dean Rao Unnava shares his Big 3 stories of the month: 1) Kick off of our annual Big Bang! Business Competition, fanning the flames of entrepreneurship 2) Dean’s Distinguished Speaker – organic food industry trailblazer and UC Davis alumnus John Foraker, former president of Annie’s Inc. 3) INFORMS ISS honors Professor Hemant Bhargava as a 2017 Distinguished Fellow for his leadership and contributions to information technology research and best practices.
A 35-year resident of Davis, Chris met his wife and fellow alum Karen in the Sacramento MBA program. He has 25 years experience founding, managing, advising, capitalizing and selling companies in the clean tech, high-tech, professional services and private equity industries. Today, he’s a solar energy entrepreneur who gives back to the GSM in many ways, most recently speaking at our Big Bang! Kick-off.
Each fall, we welcome incoming MBA students with Business Boot Camps where they get to know each other, meet faculty and fine-tune their skills. It’s the start of a transformative experience that will prepare them to make a positive impact in the world.
During boot camp orientation last week, our new students met with
20+ top accounting firms and companies—including the Big Four:
Deloitte, EY, KPMG and PwC—all recruiting for talent. Meet the
Firms day gives our MPAc students a head start on career
opportunities and networking even before they start classes.
UC Davis MSBA charter class students Scott Virshrup, Anna Shen, and Sarah Gustafson and industry leaders share their insights about the program and the importance of both data analytical skills and building business relationships. Prepare to thrive as an innovative leader in the digital economy.
With more than 20 years of natural and organic business experience and a sharp focus on sustainability and social responsibility, John Foraker has been the longtime president of Annie’s, Inc., a leader in organic and natural foods.
The UC Davis MBA program’s Integrated Management Project (IMP) is the capstone course, teaming up students who put their collective business skills and knowledge to work on a 10-week strategic project for sponsor companies ranging from Fortune 500 firms to Silicon Valley startups.
Research has shown that by incorporating experiential learning into program designs, adult learners thrive. With this concept in mind, we have created this partnership program between the UC Davis Graduate School of Management and the UC Davis Crew Team. Re-engage your team by participating in one of the most unique learning experiences available in this region.
Juliana Gidwani MBA 02 is CEO of the international marketing consulting firm Ahilia, and co-founder of RevAmerica, which promotes awareness, information and growth of the U.S. IT and BPO services industry within the context of today’s global services economy. She gives a shout-out to Distinguished Professor Chih-Ling Tsai. “He is very motivational. He pushes us to better ourselves.”
Dean Unnava shares our Big 3 stories of the month: our recent grads’ new careers, a new online program in partnership with EduMind and our faculty advising CalPERS on environmental, social and governance factors.
Congratulations to our Class of 2017! Our newest grads from our UC Davis Full-Time MBA, Sacramento MBA, Bay Area MBA and Master of Professional Accountancy share what’s next for them in their careers at top companies.
Dean Rao Unnava, dean of the UC Davis Graduate School of Management, shares his Big 3 stories of the month: Our academic year is winding down, but at UC Davis we end with a Big Bang!—the culmination of our annual business competition to mentor, network and fund entrepreneurs’ ventures. Meanwhile, we’re enrolling the first class for our M.S. in Business Analytics, and happy to see one of our MBAs recognized nationally.
UC Davis Graduate School of Management Alumni from a range of years, come together to meet and greet. Alumni talk about returning to the GSM not just to speak with old colleagues, but to reunite as a “family”.
Lucky Brand CEO Carlos Alberini talks about “The Power of
Strategy and Design in Brand Transformation” with his company’s
chief creative officer Kin Ying Lee at UC Davis on May 10.
Alberini has pledged a $250,000 gift to the Department of Design
at the University of California, Davis, to establish the Alberini
Family Speaker Series in Design. His talk was presented as part
of the Graduate School of Management’s Dean’s Distinguished
“The Age of Amazon”: Having conquered the publishing and e-book
business, Amazon.com has morphed into a tech titan, the dominant
online megaretailer, a global digital entertainment powerhouse
with the Kindle Fire tablets, music, video and cloud
computing—and that’s just the beginning.With Kiva Systems robots
fulfilling orders, Amazon’s warehouses are now among the world’s
most advanced.A Gartner Research vice president describes
Amazon.com: “They’re a new type of media company. It’s a new
Internships are an essential part of the MBA experience because
you can hone new skills and try out possible career paths and
companies. A third of our Full-Time MBA students were placed in
their 2017 summer internships in one day! We thank our alumni and
corporate partners for making these opportunities available.
Our first Dean’s Distinguished Speaker of the 2016-2017 academic
year, Matthew Johnston, CEO of HM.CLAUSE, a global leader in the
production and sale of high-quality vegetable seeds tailored to
local environments and customers. (November 17, 2016).
HM.CLAUSE has deep roots with UC Davis, collaborating for many
years on plant breeding. Most recently, the company funded two
undergraduate Ag Major/Tech Management scholarships and a
fellowship for an MBA student pursuing a career in agriculture.
More than 100 attendees and headline speaker, Bryan Kirschner,
API Strategy Lead for Google, gathered at Gallagher Hall to help
us officially launch our Master of Science in Business Analytics
program. The 10-month program will be held in San Francisco, the
heart of the big data revolution.
Industry leaders from Google and Autodesk share about the demand
for talent in business analytics, how the future of business is
transforming, and how the UC Davis Master of Science in Business
Analytics program will partner with Silicon Valley and Bay Area
corporations on real-world, hands-on student projects to prepare
leaders for the digital economy. The inaugural UC Davis MSBA
class will begin in San Francisco this fall (2017).
Innovative MBA and Ph.D. students from various top-level business
programs learn from some of the most successful and up-and-coming
entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley and other hubs of innovation and
Our 14th annual Peer-to-Pier signature event, held on February
15, 2017, featured Dean’s Distinguished Speaker Aimeé
Lapic. Aimeé shared her insights into Marketing in a Global Age
learned as a global marketing leader at Banana Republic and the
Gap. GSM Professor Kimberly Elsbach led the Q&A in San
Francisco at Blue Shield of California headquarters.
Hear from Dean Unnava, alumni and faculty at exclusive,
invitation-only event for incoming UC Davis MBA students. Modeled
after highly popular TED talks, we assembled a unique group of
movers and shakers who shared their insights, lessons and
secrets. The UC Davis MBA is a journey that prepares you to shape
your community, your career and your country.
Venita Sivamani MBA 15, is co-founder of Dermveda, a startup based in her hometown of Sacramento that she describes as an integrated, educational skin care resource like “WebMD meets Consumer Reports.”
Graduate programs that support research, medicine and business innovation have played an important role in UC Davis’ becoming a world-class public research university. This Give Day, whether you support our Graduate School of Management, or our Schools of Law, Education, Medicine, Nursing or Veterinary Medicine, you are making an important impact on UC Davis. Join us and give today!
As Cuba opens up, people from all over the world are likely to flood into Havana, hoping to understand more about its transformation. Our MBA International Study Trip class visited the capital of Cuba during their spring break.
Big data has forever altered the way businesses operate, from marketing and supply chains, to competitive strategy and human resources. A tidal wave of data continues to wash over companies. The challenge is how to harness that flood to make informed decisions that propel firms forward.
John Mackey, Co-founder and Co-CEO of Whole Foods Market, has led
the natural and organic grocer as it has grown from a single
store in Austin, Texas, founded in 1978, to an $11 billion
Fortune 300 company, and a top U.S. supermarket with more than
340 stores and 70,000 team members worldwide.
An internationally renowned banker, financial industry leader and
philanthropist with more than five decades of experience, Weill
retired as CEO of Citigroup on October 1, 2003, and served as
non-executive chairman until April 18, 2006. Founded 200 years
ago, Citigroup is currently the third largest bank holding
company in the United States by assets and has the world’s
largest financial services network.
Rick Ridgeway oversees Patagonia’s environmental grant making,
environmental education and environmental projects including
Freedom to Roam, a campaign to preserve wildlife corridors across
Comcast Newsmaker’s interview with Linda Oubre, executive
director of Bay Area business development for the Graduate School
of Management. She highlights our jump in the U.S.News &
World Report rankings, the value of an MBA and details about
our programs in the San Francisco Bay Area, Sacramento and the UC
(Davis, CA) — Dean Steven C. Currall introduces our
internationally ranked MBA program’s new, innovative curriculum
that further integrates globalization, responsible business
ethics and sustainability.
Anchored by a two-part capstone course, Integrated Management
Project and Articulation and Critical Thinking (IMPACT), the
curriculum renewal—the most fundamental in the School’s
history—is designed to better prepare graduates with the
real-world practice, analytical and technical skills and
leadership training needed to succeed in the business world of
today and tomorrow.
Steven Currall, the Dean of the Business School at UC Davis talks
to Sarah Backhouse of Hub Culture at the Governor’s Global
Cilmate Summit in Davis. He has been key to the organization and
coordination of the GGSC3.
During The Campaign for UC Davis, the Graduate School of
Management has a historic opportunity to build on its solid
foundation of excellence in scholarship, research and academics.
The School has set an ambitious goal of $25 million. We have made
significant progress toward our goal, thanks to many of you. Yet,
there is much more to do. We have bold aspirations for the
School, and ask you to be bold as you think about your personal
support and how you can make an impact.
Half of California’s 400 largest public companies have no women
in top executive offices, according to a study reported today by
University of California, Davis, researchers. Almost half do not
have a woman on the board of directors. Nearly a third –
including household names McAfee, Quicksilver and Hansen Natural
— do not have a woman in either a top executive post or on the
Michael Mondavi, founder and coach of Folio Fine Wine Partners,
talks with UC Davis wine industry expert and Graduate School of
Management professor Robert Smiley, about his new wine venture
since the sale of his family’s legendary winery four years ago.
L. Wilton Agatstein Jr., a retired senior executive with Intel
Corp., talks about his nearly three decades of global experience
in the competitive high-tech arena. Agatstein was the Robert A.
Fox Executive-in-Residence for the Graduate School of Management
at UC Davis.
Stephen Newberry kicks off the Lam Research Leadership Skills
Series at the UC Davis Graduate School of Management with talk on
values-based leadership. He was appointed president and chief
executive officer of Lam Research in June 2005. Prior to joining
Lam Research in 1997, Mr. Newberry was group vice president of
global operations and planning at Applied Materials, Inc.