2013-2014 Program Requirements for UCLA Graduate Degrees
Applicable only to students admitted during the 2013-2014 academic year.
John E. Anderson School of Management
The John E. Anderson Graduate School of Management offers the Master of Science (M.S.) and Doctoral of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees in Management, the Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) degree, and the Master of Financial Engineering (M.F.E.) degree. In addition, there are a number of degree programs, offered in cooperation with other graduate and professional degree programs on campus, that lead to the M.B.A. and another degree. The school also offers the Executive M.B.A. Program (EMBA) and the M.B.A. for the Fully Employed (FEMBA).
Master of Business Administration
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In addition to the University's minimum requirements and those listed above, all applicants are expected to comply with the instructions below.
Although no specific undergraduate major is required for entrance, applicants should complete elementary algebra and differential calculus before entering the M.B.A. program.
The M.B.A. program application, which includes the application for admission to graduate status, is required. Completed applications, with full documentation, must be submitted online by the above deadline. Early application is strongly advised.
Consideration is given to the academic record, score on the GMAT and, for applicants whose native language is not English, score on the TOEFL or IELTS; potential for management as evidenced by work experience and community, extracurricular, or other experience; and several written essays and letters of recommendation. Preference is given to those who have had full-time work experience since completing the bachelor's degree.
Management, M.B.A./Urban and Regional Planning, M.U.R.P.
The John E. Anderson Graduate School of Management and the Department of Urban Planning (Luskin School of Public Affairs) offer a three-year concurrent degree program designed for students who seek careers which draw on general and specialized skills in urban planning and management. By providing knowledge of the workings of both the private and public sectors, the program enables individuals who have acquired these skills to move easily between careers in private industry and public service. Application information should be requested separately from both schools.
Management, M.B.A./Computer Science, M.S.
The John E. Anderson Graduate School of Management and the Department of Computer Science (Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science) offer a concurrent degree program which enables students to complete requirements for the M.S. in Computer Science and the M.B.A. in three academic years. Application information should be requested separately from both schools.
Management, M.B.A./Latin American Studies, M.A.
The John E. Anderson Graduate School of Management and the Latin American Studies Program offer a three-year concurrent degree program designed for individuals preparing for careers in international management with a special focus on the Latin American region. The program is predicated on the belief that individuals employed in the area of international business and management are better equipped to meet the challenges of their employment with complementary preparation in language and regional studies. Application information should be requested separately from both schools.
Management, M.B.A./Law, J.D.
The John E. Anderson School of Management and the School of Law offer a concurrent degree program which enables students to prepare for a career where law and management overlap and where understanding of both fields is necessary. Examples of such areas include public service, international trade, industrial relations, corporate law, and specialized areas of management consulting. The program makes it possible to earn the J.D. and M.B.A. in four academic years. Application information should be requested separately from both schools.
Management, M.B.A./Library and Information Science, M.L.I.S.
The John E. Anderson Graduate School of Management and the Department of Information Studies (Graduate School of Education and Information Studies) offer a three-year concurrent degree program designed to provide an integrated set of courses for students who seek careers that draw on general and specialized skills in the two professional fields. Application information should be requested separately from both schools.
Management, M.B.A./Medicine, M.D.
The John E. Anderson Graduate School of Management and the Geffen School of Medicine offer a concurrent degree program which enables students to prepare for a career where medicine and management overlap and where understanding of both fields is necessary. Examples of such areas include medical management at a hospital center and management of health care delivery. The program makes it possible to earn the M.D. and the M.B.A. in five academic years. Applications should be made to the M.B.A. in the third year of medical school.
Management, M.B.A./Nursing, M.N.
The John E. Anderson Graduate School of Management and the School of Nursing offer a three-year concurrent degree program designed for students who seek careers in hospital and nursing administration. By providing knowledge of both management and clinical care issues, the program prepares individuals for management positions in an increasingly complex environment. Application information should be requested separately from both schools.
Management, M.B.A./Public Health, M.P.H.
The John E. Anderson Graduate School of Management and the School of Public Health offer a three-year concurrent degree program designed for students who desire a management career in health care and related fields and who wish in-depth professional preparation for such a career. The program reflects the combined interest of employers, faculty, and students who recognize the increasing challenges facing managers in the health care industry and the need for individuals who are skilled in dealing with these challenges. Application information should be requested separately from both schools.
Management, M.B.A./Public Policy, M.P.P.
The John E. Anderson Graduate School of Management and the Department of Policy Studies (Luskin School of Public Affairs)offer a three-year concurrent degree program which enables students to pursue the Master of Public Policy and the Master of Business Administration degrees simultaneously. This concurrent degree program is designed for students who seek careers that require expertise in policy making and management and enables them to move easily among careers in public service, nonprofit, and the private sector. Application information should be requested separately from both schools.
Management, M.B.A./Dentistry, D.D.S.
The John E. Anderson Graduate School of Management and the School of Dentistry offer a three-year concurrent degree program which enables students to pursue the Doctor of Dental Surgery and the Master of Business Administration degrees simultaneously. This concurrent degree program is designed for students who seek careers that would benefit from the integration of business administration and dentistry. Application information should be requested separately from both schools.
Small group information sessions are offered by the M.B.A. Admissions Office several days a week, year-round, on an appointment basis. To arrange attendance, students should sign up online at the school's website. Outside of the management core, which provides a broad general management perspective, students may emphasize one or more area(s) of study to coincide with their academic and career interests. Academic advisers assist students in planning appropriate programs.
Areas of Study
Accounting; Consulting; Corporate Finance; Entertainment, Entrepreneurship; Finance; Global Management; Health Care; Hi-Tech; Investment Management; Marketing; Sustainability; Real Estate. For additional information, students should consult the school's website.
Foreign Language Requirement
The five required elements of the M.B.A. program are the management core, Leadership Foundations, the advanced electives, the international requirement and the Applied Management Research project. The management core courses teach the fundamental techniques and disciplines which underlie the practice of management. Advanced electives provide specialized knowledge and skills for one or more fields of management work. The international requirement recognizes the importance of a global perspective. The Applied Management Research project allows an opportunity to apply knowledge gained in the program to strategic issues in real organizations. A total of 90 units of coursework is required for the degree.
Management Core. The management core consists of nine courses (Management 402, 403, 405, 408, 409, 410, 411, 420, and 421A/B) on subjects basic to the practice of management. Students must maintain a 3.0 (B) overall average in the management core courses.
Advanced Electives. These courses are chosen by students from the management curriculum area or interdisciplinary studies courses to focus on one or more fields of specialization. Up to twelve units of free electives may be selected from any University department, subject only to general University regulations. A maximum of eight units of Management 596 courses may be applied toward the 90-unit requirement for the degree. These courses count as free electives. Fieldwork courses (Management 451, 452, 453, and 454) are offered for unit credit, but these courses will not be applied toward the 90-unit requirement.
International Requirement. Students fulfill the international requirement in one of three ways: (1) take at least one course from a list of approved Management international electives (including, but not restricted to, Management 205A, 234A, 234B, 240F, 240G, 253, 261B, 296A, 297A, 297B, 297C, 297D, 297E, 406, or 458), (2) spend a term abroad through an approved international exchange, or (3) complete an approved international Applied Management Research project (approval required prior to the start of the project).
Applied Management Research Project. A two-term project in the second year, Applied Management Research is the final, professional requirement of the M.B.A. program. Teams of M.B.A. students complete an original applied research project that integrates and expands students' capacity to solve complex business problems. Each team chooses a project from among three options: (1) Management Field Study, (2) Business Creation, or (3) Special Project.
At least 90 units of work toward the degree must be completed in residence in the full time MBA program at UCLA. In special cases, up to 8 units of graduate work taken elsewhere and not used toward another degree may, via petition, be counted toward the free electives component of the 90-unit total.
Candidates for the M.B.A. program are required to do a minimum one-quarter internship with a company in their proposed area of study (e.g. finance, marketing, consulting). The summer between the first and second years is the preferred time to satisfy this requirement; however, internships may be pursued during the Fall, Winter or Spring terms. Candidates should wait until their second quarter in the M.B.A. program to begin satisfying this requirement. Candidates should expect to devote at least 80 hours during the term to their internship, and should be prepared to provide regular activity reports to their faculty advisor. Candidates will have their fieldwork experiences evaluated by their faculty advisor through enrollment in Management 454. Evaluation may consist of any combination of written or oral presentations. Candidates considering entrepreneurial ventures may also discuss their plans with the M.B.A. Program Associate Dean in order to develop alternative fieldwork opportunities.
Comprehensive Examination Plan
The comprehensive examination requirement is fulfilled by completing the two-quarter Applied Management Research Project.
The full-time M.B.A. must be completed within two calendar years of admission. The minimum time required to complete the M.B.A. program is six quarters.
Termination of Graduate Study and Appeal of Termination
A student who fails to meet the above requirements may be recommended for termination of graduate study. A graduate student may be disqualified from continuing in the graduate program for a variety of reasons. The most common is failure to maintain the minimum cumulative grade point average (3.00) required by the Academic Senate to remain in good standing (some programs require a higher grade point average). Other examples include failure of examinations, lack of timely progress toward the degree and poor performance in core courses. Probationary students (those with cumulative grade point averages below 3.00) are subject to immediate dismissal upon the recommendation of their department. University guidelines governing termination of graduate students, including the appeal procedure, are outlined in Standards and Procedures for Graduate Study at UCLA.
Special Departmental or Program Policy
Regular M.B.A. Program
At the end of the first year, a student who has a grade point average below 3.00 or who has completed fewer than 48 units is subject to a recommendation for termination. The student's records are reviewed by the assistant dean of the program, who makes a recommendation for termination. A student may appeal a recommendation for termination to the dean of the school.
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