UC Davis, Graduate School of Management

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  • QS Global RankQS Global Rankings
    Position in the QS World University Rankings: Global MBA Rankings 2020
  • Application DeadlineLast date you can apply to the program.
    19 Jun '19
  • DurationHow long it normally takes to complete the program.
    21 months
  • Avg. GMATAverage GMAT score for the program.
  • Fee (USD)Cost of tuition fees for full program

UC Davis Full-time MBA Program Overview


You’ll feel the energy and the camaraderie the moment that you arrive at the University of California, Davis to start our 21-month Full-Time MBA program. It’s a vibe unlike any other business school—a transformational experience where you’ll learn to think in new ways, grow your network and change the world. 

We focus on preparing you to lead, collaborate, and have a positive impact.

In the morning your team presents its strategic solution to Fortune 500 executives . . . debrief over lunch with your professor . . . meet alumni at an evening mixer in San Francisco . . . then head to nearby Napa Valley or San Francisco for the weekend.


Experience Davis, California, one of the best-educated cities in the U.S. with a high quality of life index, Enjoy a quintessential college-town lifestyle with easy access to the economic engines of the 6th largest economy in the world. UC Davis’ prime location on the corridor linking Sacramento, the dynamic state capital, and the global innovation hub of the San Francisco Bay Area and Silicon Valley creates endless opportunities.


  • Experiential, hands-on learning: Team up to deliver value on consulting projects for top industry leaders and promising startups, the anchor of our IMPACT curriculum. 
  • New Industry Immersions: Deep dives into Food & Ag, Biotechnology, Sustainable Energy, Business Analytics and Technology Finance, drawing on UC Davis’ global research leadership, California’s innovation and relationships with top executives in these key sectors. 
  • Unique close-knit community: Collaborate with people from all over the world who will challenge you to be your best self. 
  • Career success: We work with you to pinpoint companies where you want to make your mark and promote you directly to them. 
  • Close relationships with thought leaders: Work with our top 10 globally ranked research faculty  and industry experts to develop lifelong connections.
  • Leadership innovation: Build your leadership capacity through our pioneering program modeled on approaches used by global companies for their executives.
  • National and international MBA rankings: Top 50 Full-Time MBA program in the U.S. for 24 consecutive years (U.S. News & World Report). No. 8 globally for faculty quality (The Economist)
  • Entrepreneurship focus: Our UC Davis Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship offers several programs to help you build a network to drive your startup business ideas forward. 

We hope you’ll reach out and learn more about us by scheduling your personal consultation.

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Tuesday, 21st Jan 2020 |
17:00 - 21:00
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Thursday, 23rd Jan 2020 |
17:30 - 21:00
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Saturday, 25th Jan 2020 |
14:00 - 18:00
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Thursday, 30th Jan 2020 |
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Frequently Asked Questions

What factors are considered in UC Davis MBA admissions decisions?

The Admissions Committee evaluates your academic potential, professional promise and personal qualities. These factors are not listed in order of importance, and we look at each candidate individually. The Admissions Committee’s goal is to assemble a class of students who will bring diverse perspectives to the learning environment.

Does the UC Davis Graduate School of Management offer scholarships or grants?

Both the University of California and the Graduate School of Management have financial aid available for students, including grant funding. Over 85% of the of the entering Full-Time MBA Program students receive at least one type of grant or scholarship to cover their living expenses or educational fees.

What type of jobs and internships are available to international students?

Internships and jobs vary but employment is allowed only under limited conditions. It is critically important that you secure an adequate, reliable and continuing source of funding for your entire course of study before you decide to come to the United States. If you have been in F-1 status for one full academic year and are in good academic standing, you may apply to work off-campus up to 20 hours per week during school and up to 40 hours per week during vacations. Depending on the visa, international students are allowed to work on campus for up to 20 hours per week.

An RA (Research Assistant) or TA (Teaching Assistant) position can earn up to $1,400 per month per 20 hours worked per week. MBA Student Summer Internships are with Finance Departments, Strategic Business Analyst Internships, Corporate Planning & Analysis, Consulting, International Trade & Investment Divisions, Marketing, etc.

What are the chances of working in the U.S. after I complete my UC Davis MBA?

Visa quotas change every year, consequently it’s very difficult to speculate the opportunities that will be available in the future. The type of visa you hold, the industry you’re targeting and the functional area of your expertise will determine your chances for employment. There are several web sites and organizations that address the international job market, and probably have a better handle on the situation, including The Foreign MBA.

What is the City of Davis like?

Ecologically aware and socially innovative, the City of Davis has a small town friendliness and strong community participation. Davis is a true “college town” with students comprising nearly half of the city’s population of 64,400. There is a widespread appreciation for open space and community recreation as is evident by the numerous greenbelts and 31 landscaped parks, most with tennis courts, playgrounds and swimming pools. Davis boasts over 50 miles of bicycle and jogging paths linking all parts of town and campus. Sacramento, the state capitol is located 12 miles to the east and affords all the amenities expected in a metropolitan area. Davis is located within a couple hours drive from San Francisco, the world famous Napa Valley, and skiing at Lake Tahoe.