Application Requirements

Our students come from diverse professional, academic and personal backgrounds. To be considered for admission into the online MBA program at UC Davis, you must hold a bachelor’s degree from a US regionally-accredited institution or the equivalent. No particular area of undergraduate study is required. There are no requirement of prerequisite courses, but we suggest previous coursework in accounting, calculus, microeconomics and statistics. Two or more years of professional work experience are recommended. Please note that per UC Davis academic policy, applicants who have already completed an MBA degree are not eligible for admission to the UC Davis MBA program. This University-wide academic policy was designed to prevent students from completing work that is a duplication of a previous degree. Please contact your admissions counselors if you have questions regarding academic policies.

Helpful Tips for Applicants

January 2023 Cohort

We accept applications on a rolling basis. The program offers four cohort start dates per year, in January, April, June and September.

DeadlineDate
Pre-Priority Application Deadline
September 7, 2022
Priority Application Deadline
October 5, 2022
Final Application Deadline
November 2, 2022
Classes Start
January 9, 2023

You must submit the following materials to apply.

Online Application

To apply for admission to MBA@UCDavis, you will need to complete the online application. If you’re ready, begin your application now.

Test Scores

Scores from either the GRE or the GMAT are required as part of your application.

If you take the GMAT, please enter “Davis” into the search bar, and select “University of California- Davis (MBA, Online)”. The institutional code for the GMAT is B1S-VF-18.

If you take the GRE, please use the code below.
GRE code: 7887

GMAT waivers are available for qualified applicants. Learn more about how to qualify for a GMAT waiver.

Transcripts

Unofficial copies of transcripts from all academic institutions you attended are required for admissions review, even if you did not earn a degree there or if transfer credits are listed on another school’s transcript. (This includes all University of California campuses.) If you are extended an offer of admission, you will need to submit official transcripts before the registration of first quarter courses for your acceptance to be finalized. As a reminder, a bachelor’s degree from a regionally-accredited institution is required to be considered for admission.

Transcripts may be sent electronically  to appsvcs@onlinemba.ucdavis.edu.

If your schools prefer to send by mail, official transcripts should be sent to the MBA@UCDavis Admissions Office:

University of California, Davis
Application Processing Center
MBA@UCDavis
P.O. Box 30096 020-001
College Station, TX 77842

International transcripts or transcripts being mailed by Fedex, UPS or DHL mailing address (no P.O. Box):

University of California, Davis (UCD)
Application Processing Center
MBA@UCDavis
211 Quality Circle
Box 020-001
College Station, TX 77845

Employment Experience

You will need to submit a resume or CV to show your employment history. Two or more years of professional work experience are recommended.

Essay(s)

Essay 1: Professional Goals (required)
Pursuing an MBA is a catalyst for personal and professional growth. What are your post MBA goals and career objectives and how will the MBA@UCDavis program help you achieve that? (500 word maximum).

Essay 2: Experience that has impacted your life (optional)
We want to get to know you better. Describe an experience, personal passion, or accomplishment, not reflected in your application, that has uniquely impacted your life. How has this experience shaped you to contribute to the Graduate School of Management community? (150 word maximum).

Essay 3: Conditional Essay (required if applicable)
If your undergraduate GPA is <3.0 (on a 4.0 scale or its equivalent if not on a 4.0 scale), you have experienced a hardship, or if you have ever been subject to academic discipline, placed on probation, suspended, dismissed, or otherwise required to withdraw from any college or university for any reason, please provide details in this statement. Please explain what you have done since completing your undergraduate degree to improve your academic aptitude and overall candidacy (200 word maximum).

Letters of Recommendation

Two letters of recommendation from professional sources are required. These should be individuals who can comment objectively about your professional qualifications, ideally current or recent managers. You will submit their contact information through the online application, and the recommenders will upload their recommendations in the application.

Application Fee

The application fee is $125 and nonrefundable. Applicants who submit their application before the priority application deadline are eligible for an application fee waiver.

Personal Interview

After you have submitted your application, we will contact you to set up a personal interview. Interviews are conducted in English via video conference using a webcam.

International Applicants

The online MBA program from UC Davis welcomes international applicants who hold the equivalent of a University of California bachelor’s degree based on the characteristics of the national system of education, the type of institution and level of studies completed that are accepted by the Graduate Council. This is often represented by 16 total years of education. To determine if your degree program meets our requirements, please review the expected level of study for international students.

English Language Requirements

Applicants must submit official TOEFL or IELTS examination scores unless they have earned or will be earning a bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degree from either:

  • A regionally accredited U.S. college or university where English is the sole language of instruction, OR
  • A foreign college or university that provides instruction solely in English. UC Davis Graduate School of Management will only approve waivers for foreign colleges and universities that list English as the sole language of instruction in the IAU World Higher Education Database. We will not review or accept any other documentation.

There are two standardized tests you may take: the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) assessment. Unless you are exempt from the standardized English language proficiency test requirement per above, you must take the TOEFL or IELTS assessment.

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)

The minimum score required for admissions is 100. The institution code is 4834, and the department code is 02. For more information on TOEFL, please contact: Educational Testing Service (ETS) at 609-771-7100. We accept TOEFL scores from tests administered by the Educational Testing Service and sent to us directly by the TOEFL office.

IELTS (International English Language Testing System)

As an alternative, you can submit scores from the Academic Modules of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) administered by the British Council worldwide.

The minimum band score requirement for admissions is 7.0. You must request that the testing center send your official scores directly to the UC Davis Graduate School of Management; no code is required. For more information on the IELTS, please contact IELTS International at 323-255-2771. 

TOEFL and IELTS exam scores are valid for two years from the date the test was taken. Scores that expire before the start of classes for the current admissions year may be used in your application only if the official score report is received in our office prior to its expiration. It is your duty to confirm with the admissions office receipt of your official test score prior to its expiration.

Student Visas

Please be aware that the online MBA program is not eligible for a student visa to study in the United States since most work is completed virtually. We will work with you to secure the appropriate visa for the in-person residentials.

International Transcripts

If you are ordering international transcripts or your transcripts cannot be sent to a P.O Box, please contact admissions@onlinemba.ucdavis.edu or your Admissions Counselor for an alternative mailing address.