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Top-tier STEM-designated Online MBA program designed for motivated professionals who need a flexible schedule.Top-tier STEM-designated Online MBA program designed for motivated professionals who need a flexible schedule.Top-tier STEM-designated Online MBA program designed for motivated professionals who need a flexible schedule.

  • Flexibility – the same MBA curriculum and faculty as our on-campus program, delivered online.
  • Collaborate for Impact – join an energetic and well-connected network of classmates, faculty and alumni eager to work with you to change the world.
  • Career Success – accelerate your career with personal assistance from the Graduate School of Management’s Career Development team and full access to UC Davis’ global alumni network.
  • Defer the Cost, Not the Experience – you may be eligible to apply for our groundbreaking Deferred Tuition Plan. To learn more about deferring tuition for the latter half of your program, up to $52,740, until after graduation at 0% interest, request information now.

The Graduate School of Management at the University of California, Davis, is more than a business school—it’s a transformational experience where you will develop new ways of thinking about business and innovation.

Our online MBA program, MBA@UCDavis, offers you an interactive virtual campus that brings our culture of collaboration to you, wherever you are. You’ll discover an energetic network of enterprising professionals and globally recognized faculty eager to work with you to change the world.

Scholarships Available for Qualified Applicants

Applicants admitted to the upcoming cohort will be considered for scholarship awards of up to $10,000 total. To learn more about scholarships and additional financing options—such as our deferred tuition plan—please visit our Tuition and Financial Aid page or reach out to your Admissions Counselor for more information.

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Accolades for UC Davis

Top 20

Best Online MBA

Ranked by Poets&Quants1 in 2024

Top 10

Public University

Ranked by U.S. News & World Report2 for 2024

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Are you ready to take the next step in your career? The final deadline for the September 2024 cohort is July 24, 2024. Request information today to learn more about MBA@UCDavis and how we can help you acquire the skills and connections to thrive.

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Accessible Faculty

Our trailblazing research faculty and industry experts from Silicon Valley, San Francisco and beyond will know you by name and help you to expand your perspective on business, both inside and outside of the online classroom.

Our faculty are international leaders in their fields who stay on the cutting edge of the business world through pioneering research, knowledge sharing and developing best practices.

Meet some of the Graduate School of Management faculty members who teach in the online MBA program.

Professor Andrew Hargadon

One of the world’s top scholars on innovation, Professor Hargadon is at the forefront of teaching, research and practice in cross-disciplinary entrepreneurship, and he is the founding director of the UC Davis Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. He is the author of Sustainable Innovation: Build Your Company’s Capacity to Change the World.

Professor Victor Stango

A leading economist, Professor Stango teaches finance courses on the interaction of consumers, firms and government. His research focuses on banking markets, behavioral economics and industrial organization. He has helped shape policy as an economist at the Federal Reserve Banks of Chicago and New York.

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MBA@UCDavis Online Learning Experience

Through a close-knit community online and in person, we empower you to collaborate with a group of diverse, caring professionals who will challenge you to be your best.

The centerpiece of the MBA@UCDavis online experience is the live online classes, where you will participate in spirited, face-to-face conversations on our technology platform.

Live Online Classes

Discuss ideas and industry best practices in real time with your classmates and professors. You’ll feel the same energy and camaraderie in our online classes, held via webcam, as you would on campus.

Self-Paced Coursework

Dive into interactive assignments that you can complete on your own time. You might join a message board discussion or record a video response to a thought-provoking lecture.

In-Person Residentials

Join classmates, professors and business leaders for multi-day, in-person experiences to sharpen your skills, network with your peers and with faculty and the Graduate School of Management community. Residentials have been held in Silicon Valley, Davis, Napa Valley, Los Angeles and Orange County. 

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Online MBA Curriculum

Our online MBA curriculum has the same standards, will be taught by much of the same faculty and requires the same credit hours (72 units) as our nationally ranked MBA programs on campus.

Core courses provide you with a foundation in the functional areas of business, such as accounting, economics, finance, marketing and strategy. Electives allow you to expand or narrow your interests and go deeper into a subject area, depending on your post-MBA career goals.

Sample Courses

Providing a strategic mix of business fundamentals and a variety of electives, MBA@UCDavis courses include:

  • Markets and the Firm
  • The Individual and Group Dynamics
  • Negotiation in Organizations
  • Financial Accounting
  • Data Analysis for Managers
  • Management of Innovation
  • Marketing Analytics
  • Management Information Systems
  • Digital Marketing
  • New and Small Business Ventures

Skills and Learning Outcomes

You will build a broad foundation of business knowledge and skills:

  • Sharpen your writing, speaking and critical thinking abilities.
  • Develop your management and leadership skills.
  • Deepen your expertise through electives in areas of your choice, including analytics, entrepreneurship, marketing, organizational behavior or technology management.

STEM-Designated

UC Davis’ STEM-designated MBA reflects our university’s nationally recognized leadership in the STEM fields. Our rigorous curriculum emphasizes quantitative analysis and data-driven decision making to teach our students how to apply data analysis to innovate and inform business decisions.

“Pursuing my MBA through the UC Davis Online MBA program is one of the best investments I’ve ever made in myself and my career. The program connects me to people, opportunities, and ideas that make me a better leader and advocate.”

Eve-Marie Lanza MBA ‘23
Strategic Management

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AACSB Accreditation

The Graduate School of Management at the University of California, Davis, is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International, which means the school meets internationally recognized standards for excellence in business education.

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UC Davis Career Resources and Networking

The Graduate School of Management’s career development team provides online resources and career coaching to guide you through exploring career options, preparing for interviews, advancing your professional development and building diverse networks.

Corporate Connections

Our prime locations and reputation have fostered strong corporate connections in Sacramento, the San Francisco Bay Area and Silicon Valley—the world hub of innovation. We identify companies where you are uniquely positioned to succeed and promote you directly to them.

Alumni Network

You’ll be able to tap into the Graduate School of Management’s network of more than 5,500 alumni and UC Davis’ global network of more than 304,000 alumni for mentoring, informational interviews, company tours and career assistance.

Proven Track Record

The UC Davis Online MBA program ranked the No. 20 Best Online MBA and No. 16 for Career Impact in 2024.3 These accolades reaffirm our unwavering commitment to offering a transformative educational experience that empowers students to confidently achieve their professional aspirations.

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Online MBA Admissions

MBA@UCDavis accepts applications on a rolling basis and offers four start dates per year: January, April, June and September. The program takes approximately 24–36 months to complete.

To apply, you will need to submit an online application, letters of recommendation, an essay, a personal introduction and an official transcript.

GMAT/GRE test scores are optional. 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

  • The value of an online MBA depends on factors like program reputation, network strength and curriculum and faculty quality. Graduate outcomes matter, too. In 2024, UC Davis was ranked the No. 20 Best Online MBA and No. 16 for Career Impact.3 This recognition reflects the high quality of the program and our commitment to supporting students in various facets of their careers, including role advancement and salary growth. By providing valuable resources, mentorship opportunities and academic programs designed to prepare students for the workforce, UC Davis is dedicated to its graduates’ professional development and success.

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  • Most MBA programs take 2–3 years to complete, depending on whether they’re full or part time. The 72-credit MBA@UCDavis program—which is specifically designed to accommodate working professionals—can be completed in as few as 24 months or as many as 36.

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  • You must hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution to be eligible for admission to MBA@UCDavis. We also strongly recommend at least two years of professional work experience and previous coursework in accounting, calculus, microeconomics and statistics.

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  • Yes. Many MBA programs offer waivers or make providing test scores in the application optional. At the MBA@UCDavis, submitting a GMAT/GRE score is optional. 

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  • Every organization is different, but our students say their employers appreciate the real-time value that comes with an online program. Because MBA@UCDavis students don’t have to relocate or leave their jobs, they’re able to directly apply their classroom learnings to workplace scenarios and experience the value of their education firsthand. The diploma and degree is a Master of Business of Administration. 

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Are you ready to take the next step in your career? Request information today to learn more about MBA@UCDavis and how we can help you acquire the skills and connections to thrive.

1 Best Online MBA Programs For 2024. (2023). Poets&Quants. Retrieved February 10, 2024.arrow_upwardReturn to footnote reference

2 Top Public Schools of 2024. U.S. News & World Report. Retrieved February 10, 2024.arrow_upwardReturn to footnote reference

3 Best Online MBA Programs For 2024. (2023). Poets&Quants. Retrieved February 10, 2024.arrow_upward