What You Need to Know about UCLA Anderson’s MBA Program

UCLA Anderson School of Management.

UCLA Anderson is the leading business school in Los Angeles, and it has excellent placement in the LA offices of McKinsey, BCG, and Bain, as well as top investment banks. The LA location also has an advantage if you’re considering a career in tech post-MBA. LA ranks #3 in the tech job market in the country, after the San Francisco Bay Area and New York City, and this advantage is visible from the 30% placement of graduates into the tech industry.

We’ve also heard excellent things about the career development opportunities at Anderson. The Parker Career Center has received stunningly positive reviews from former Menlo Coaching clients. The center is also consistently ranked highly by The Economist and Bloomberg Businessweek.

You would be a good fit at Anderson if the business school’s personal values of “share success”, “think fearlessly”, and “drive change” resonate with you. Anderson believes in a value-based approach to leadership and a collective approach to success. Moreover, Anderson is committed to fostering diversity in their program, which is bolstered by the variety of cultures present in Los Angeles, and UCLA’s support for the Riordan Programs Alumni Association’s Saturday Business Academy, which brings business education to inner city youth.

UCLA Anderson MBA Class Profile

Acceptance rate  24.3%
GMAT Average: 719
Range (mid 80%): 680-750
GRE Does not disclose
GPA Does not disclose
Age/Experience Age: Does not disclose
Work Experience (years): 5
Diversity Women: 34%
International: 33%
Pre-MBA Industries
Financial: 26%
High Tech: 25%
Consulting: 20%
Healthcare / Biotech.: 10%
Consumer Goods: 7%
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Public / Nonprofit: 5%
Real Estate: 4%
Entertainment / Media: 3%
Undergraduate Majors
Business / Economics: 43%
STEM: 32%
Humanities / Social Sciences: 13%
Other: 11%

The data above is from 2019 and represents the UCLA Anderson class of 2021.*
See the full report: UCLA Anderson MBA Class Profile

Student Experiences

UCLA Anderson MBA Employment Report & Careers

Offers & Compensation
Average Salary + Signing bonus: $151,755
% Offers upon Graduation:   75.8%
% Offers at 3 months: 90%
Post-MBA Industries
Technology: 30%
Consulting: 20%
Investment Mgmt.: 8%
Consumer Products: 8%
Health Care: 7%
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Entertainment / Media: 6.6%
Investment Banking / Brokerage: 6.6%
Real Estate: 5.8%
Other: 4.1%
Government / Education / NPO: 2.5%
Energy: 1.8%
Transportation & Logistics: 1.8%
Post-MBA Locations
United States: 89%
California 65%: <1%
Mid-Atlantic and South: 3%
Midwest: 2%
Northeast: 5%
Southwest: 2%
West (excl.Cal) 13%: <1%
Non-US: 11%
Post-MBA Companies UCLA Anderson Hiring Organizations
Career Development Resources UCLA Anderson Career Services

The data above is from 2018 and represents the career statistics of the UCLA Anderson class of 2018.*
See the full report: UCLA Anderson MBA Employment Report

UCLA Anderson MBA Academic Programs

MBA Curriculum

UCLA Anderson’s MBA curriculum is spread out across seven quarters over two years. Students take classes for four quarters in the first year and for the fall, winter, and spring quarters of the second year. The core curriculum at Anderson comprises nine foundation courses. Some of these courses include Data and Decisions, Business Strategy, Financial Accounting, and Operations Technology Management. Students begin taking elective courses starting the winter quarter of their first year. Some of the program’s more popular classes are Technology Analytics, FinTech, and Digital Marketing Strategy.

See the full offering of courses: UCLA Anderson MBA Course Catalog

Majors

Students are not required to select a major as part of their MBA at UCLA Anderson. Instead, the program offers the option of specializing in one of the 15 available business areas. These areas cover aspects of business such as accounting, consulting, social impact, and real estate.

Experiential Learning Programs

As part of their degree requirement, students must complete a capstone project, which focuses on real world business challenges. Students can fulfil this requirement through Applied Management Research, the Business Creation Option, the Student Investment Fund, the Anderson Strategy Group, or the NAIOP Real Estate Case Competition.

Research Centers

Anderson is home to eight academic centers. These centers provide students with a community around their research interests in areas ranging from Finance and Investments to Marketing Studies and Data Analytics.

MBA International Study Programs

Students enrolled in UCLA Anderson all participate in international study programs in order to complete a global degree requirement. This requirement can be met in one of three ways. Students can complete a global immersion course, an international Applied Management Research Field Study Project, or an on-campus global management elective course.

Video Resources on UCLA Anderson Academics

UCLA Anderson MBA Application

The latest application requirements set by the UCLA Anderson admissions office are described below.

Essays

Here are the prompts for Anderson 2020-2021 application:

  • Required Essay: How have events of the past year influenced the impact you would like to make in your community, career, or both? (250 words maximum)
    We welcome reflection on any events that influenced you in your personal or professional lives, or in society in general, and look forward to learning about specific ways you want to leave your mark.
  • Optional Essay: Are there any extenuating circumstances in your profile about which the Admissions committee should be aware. (250 words maximum)

Letters of Recommendation 

The 2020-2021 Anderson recommender questions are as follows:

  • Please provide a brief description of your interaction with the applicant and, if applicable, the applicant’s role in your organization. (recommended word count: 50 words)
  • How does the performance of the applicant compare to that of other well-qualified individuals in similar roles? (E.g. what are the applicant’s principal strengths?) (recommended word count: 500 words)
  • Describe the most important piece of constructive feedback you have given the applicant. Please detail the circumstances and the applicant’s response. (recommended word count: 500 words)
  • (Optional) Is there anything else we should know? (no word limit)

Video Resources on UCLA Anderson Admissions

UCLA Anderson MBA Admissions Interviews

UCLA Anderson’s interviews are typically 30 mins long, and take place either in person or via Skype. All interviews are conducted by second year MBA students, who receive your resume before the interview, but not your application. 

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What Makes UCLA Anderson Unique?

  • Parker Career Management Center: The career center is consistently top-ranked for student satisfaction. There is a 100% placement rate among students seeking an internship.
  • Fully Employed MBA: This three-year program boasts a strong ROI, with a reported 137% increase is salary 6-8 years post-MBA and a 23% — 34% salary increase during the MBA. The program also has three flexible schedule options, with classes all day on Saturdays, Tuesday and Thursday evening classes, and a hybrid schedule between the two.

*All data retrieved from the UCLA Anderson MBA Program webpages, unless otherwise stated.