Application Requirements

Our students come from diverse professional, academic and personal backgrounds. Two or more years of professional work experience are recommended but not required—entry-level as well as midcareer applicants are welcome. To be considered for admission into the online MBA program at UC Davis, you must hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally-accredited institution; however, no particular area of undergraduate study is required. There are no prerequisites, but we suggest previous coursework in accounting, calculus, microeconomics and statistics.

Helpful Tips for Applicants

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

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

GRE code: 7887


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

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
P.O. Box 30096 020-001
College Station, TX 77842

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

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 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.

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

If your native language is not English, you must submit either TOEFL or IELTS scores taken within two years of your projected enrollment date. You are not required to take the exam if you have completed 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 which provides instruction solely in English as listed in the IAU World Higher Education Database (WHED).

You may be considered for a TOEFL or IELTS waiver* exception if you meet following criteria:

  • Have 2+ years of consecutive work experience at an exclusively English speaking business.

*Please note that all waivers are considered on a case-by-case basis, and additional requirements may be requested by faculty reviewers prior to receiving a decision.

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