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.

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.


You are required to submit two essays on the following topics. The third essay topics are required only if they apply to you.

Essay 1 (required): Our most successful MBAs can articulate their professional aspirations. Using up to 300 words, describe your post-MBA role and how you will make it happen. (300-word maximum)

Essay 2 (required): Interesting people are more memorable. In two to three sentences, please share the most interesting personal thing about you with the Admissions Committee. If you are admitted, we may feature this information on our website and through social media. You may attach a photo within the document, if you want.

Essay 3 (required if applicable): If relevant, please address the following topics in an essay:

  • Is there any other information about your background, family or experience that you would like to share with the Admissions Committee? If you have overcome a specific challenge, please share this in the optional essay. (250-word maximum)
  • If your undergraduate GPA is below a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (or its equivalent if not on a 4.0 scale), provide additional information about other factors that may have affected your performance. (250-word maximum)
  • If you have ever been subject to academic discipline, placed on probation, suspended, dismissed or otherwise required to withdraw from any college or university, provide additional information. (250-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 U.S. bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university. 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 unless you have 2+ years of consecutive work experience at an English speaking business in the United States or 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).

The minimum score requirement for the TOEFL is 600 on the paper-based test, 250 on the computer-based test or 80 on the Internet-based test. The UC Davis institution code is 4834. For more information on TOEFL, please contact Educational Testing Service (ETS) at Phone Number:609-771-7100.

The minimum band score requirement for the IELTS 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 Phone Number:323-255-2771.

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.

Start Your Application Today

If you are ready to join an energetic community of hard-working professionals, begin your application for the online MBA program today. If you are interested in our on-campus programs apply here. We only allow applicants to have one active program application.

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