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University of California - Davis Graduate School of Management Part Time MBA

The UC Davis Graduate School of Management provides an innovative and collaborative environment centrally located within Northern California's innovation hub. Offering the resources of an internationally renowned university, the UC Davis MBA experience provides intimate access to world-class faculty, a wealth of activities, and a short drive to Silicon Valley. At the Graduate School of Management, you’ll find a vibrant, close-knit community where each student matters. Our career development team will work with you to pinpoint industries and companies where you want to work, and we will promote you directly to those employers. It’s almost like having your own talent broker. We have built strong, enduring relationships with a broad network of top corporations that know the quality of UC Davis MBAs. Each year we expand this group with new partnerships that reflect the emerging interests and talents of our students, as well as hot new companies and industries.

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Program at a Glance

Program Type Part Time
Total Program Enrollment 59

Program Information

University of California - Davis Graduate School of Management Says

The UC Davis Graduate School of Management provides an innovative and collaborative environment centrally located within Northern California's innovation hub. Offering the resources of an internationally renowned university, the UC Davis MBA experience provides intimate access to world-class faculty, a wealth of activities, and a short drive to Silicon Valley.

At the Graduate School of Management, you’ll find a vibrant, close-knit community where each student matters. Our career development team will work with you to pinpoint industries and companies where you want to work, and we will promote you directly to those employers. It’s almost like having your own talent broker.

We have built strong, enduring relationships with a broad network of top corporations that know the quality of UC Davis MBAs. Each year we expand this group with new partnerships that reflect the emerging interests and talents of our students, as well as hot new companies and industries.

Specializations Offered: Accounting, Entrepreneurship, Finance, General Management, Marketing, Organizational Behavior, Strategy, Technology
Degrees Awarded: MBA, Part Time - Sacramento.

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School Rankings

The Princeton Review

N/A Best Business Schools (West)
#6 Greatest Opportunity for Women

Admissions

Admissions

Application Information

  • Acceptance Rate: 19% accepted out of 361 applicants
  • Average Age Admitted: 28
  • Average Incoming GPA: 3.3
  • Average Incoming GMAT: 596
  • Average Years Work Experience: 5
  • Application Fee: $125

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Recommendations, Undergraduate GPA, Personal Essay, Standardized Test Scores

Admission Requirements

Required: Recommendations, Extracurricular Activities, Undergraduate GPA, Personal Essay, Standardized Test Scores

Optional: Work Experience

Admission Information

Admissions Officers for the full-time MBA program at UC Davis consider the following factors in assessing candidates: academic potential, professional potential, and personal qualities. Full-time work experience is not required for admission, but most students have at least a few years of work experience. Applicants must submit the following materi...Admissions Officers for the full-time MBA program at UC Davis consider the following factors in assessing candidates: academic potential, professional potential, and personal qualities. Full-time work experience is not required for admission, but most students have at least a few years of work experience. Applicants must submit the following materials: a completed application form (online or hard copy); a current resume; a list of outside activities and honors; three short personal essays; official transcripts from each undergraduate and graduate institution attended; two letters of recommendation; and an official GMAT score report. Applicants whose native language is not English must submit an official TOEFL score report or IELTS reflecting a score no more than two years old. Applications to the full-time program are accepted for the fall semester only.

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Important Dates

Round 1
June

25

Deadline
October

2

Start
Round 2
March

12

Deadline
October

2

Start
Round 3
May

14

Deadline
October

2

Start
Round 4
June

25

Deadline
October

2

Start

School Information

School Information

The following section features data representative of the entire business school, and numbers here are not necessarily reflective of the specific program.

Students and Faculty

Total Graduate Students 500
Percent International Students 30%
Total Full-Time Faculty 58
Full-Time Faculty 55%

Student Life

The Davis MBA program operates out of a “brand new state-of-the-art building” on a “new campus that is clean and high tech.” “There are plenty of places to study and I can find access to any needed resource,” one student reports. The school’s proximity to San Francisco and Sacramento creates opportunities for connections in business and govern­ment. Hometown Davis “is a growing midsize city. It is called ‘bike town U.S.A.’ because there is no need to own a car (this is rare in California)…. There is a diverse mix of restau­rants, including Thai, Chinese, Japanese, Mexican, Czech, Bavarian, French, European, Indian, American fare, and others.” The Davis campus engenders “a good sense of community,” according to students. While “full-time students have opportunities to participate in clubs,” those who attend part time either “work or have classes during club meetings.” Either way, their participation is limited, which suits them. As one explains, “As working professionals, we all have established lives. We have homes. Most of us are married and many of us have children. Because of this school is less central in our lives.” Davis MBAs are “great team players” and “friendly people” “with a diverse array of skill sets and career aspirations.” Many “care about the environment and the impact they make on the world.” “Many are very liberal,” which is not that common in graduate business programs, but “then you have about half who are more stereotypical business-minded people.”

Career

Students report that Davis’ cozy size is a drawback when it comes to job-hunting season. “Even though our small size is one of our greatest strengths, it also hinders us from mak­ing an impact with recruiters,” a student warns. A “tightly knit alumni network” helps ease the pain a bit. Although that alumni network is relatively small, its members are committed to helping fellow alums find their place in the business worldEmployers that most frequently hire Davis MBAs include: CalPERS; Blue Shield; Wells Fargo; CalSTRS; Hewlett Packard Company; Agilent Technologies; Intel Corporation; Kaiser Permanente; AT&T; Brocade; Elite Capitol; Ernst & Young; KPMG; PricewaterhouseCoopers; Rabobank International; Deloitte, LLP; and PG&E. Approximately 26% of the class of 2010 found work in consulting (median starting salary $95,000); 24% took jobs in finance/accounting ($92,070); and about 15% entered general management. Most graduates remain in the area; two in five find work in San Francisco or the surrounding Bay Area, one in five finds a job in the greater Sacramento region, and the rest are split between Silicon Valley and destinations farther afield.

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About

The UC Davis MBA program encourages students to think creatively and integrate the many disciplines of business management into the "big picture." At the UC Davis Graduate School of Management, we offer a supportive, cooperative learning environment that encourages you to stretch intellectually. Your classmates at UC Davis will be a select group of today's brightest, most energetic students. Classes are small and you will have close interactions with faculty members who are internationally renowned experts. This is an exciting time to be at UC Davis and an opportunity for you to grow at one of the best business schools and universities in the country.Steven C. Currall, Dean

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Students Say

The Graduate School of Management at University of California—Davis “maintains the perfect balance between size and quality of institution,” students here report. The small­er scale of operations here means that students enjoy “amazing professors who we are in constant contact with and have easy access to” and an administration that “is responsive to student needs. Most students are on a first-name basis with staff.” In short, Davis’ “small program with good course options” results in a “personal nature of education [that] is amazing compared to many similarly ranked schools.”The Davis MBA program exploits its presence within a greater university—one that excels in the sciences, among other fields—to create more opportunities than would typ­ically be available in a program of this size. A “thriving interdisciplinary environment” encourages students to seek these opportunities. One student pursuing “degrees in eco­nomics and transportation technology while earning the MBA” notes “close collabora­tion in these programs with industry and government sponsors (auto and energy, state and federal agencies), [which] has positioned me well for my desired career at the inter­section of energy and transportation.” Other survey respondents identify business opportunities springing from the university’s work in biotech, viticulture (the school has “good ties to the wine industry”), and sustainability and clean energy industries. Students note approvingly the emphasis on social responsibility throughout the Davis curriculum. Davis attracts an “excellent faculty” whose members “are not just academics; they are board members and former CEOs, which makes class work a lot more relevant.” Teaching “focuses on case curricula” and professors “integrate a lot of material that is currently happening around us whenever they can.” The “very qualified, effective, and communicative” administration “bends over backwards to help the students,” helping to ease the stress that invariably accompanies graduate study. On the downside, the rela­tively small size of the program means that “getting into popular classes can be difficult due to faculty size and course offerings.”

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Academic

The UC Davis Graduate School of Management has accomplished what many in academic circles felt was impossible for such a small and young MBA Program; it is being ranked among the top 50 in the nation. Conceived just over 20 years ago, the program is recognized for the high quality of its graduates, its world-class faculty, and the excellence of its overall program.

The UC Davis MBA program cultivates each student’s ability to deal successfully with the challenges of a continually changing, increasingly complex global business environment. The program’s strengths come from:A variety of teaching methodologies, including case studies, lectures, class discussions, computer simulations, team projects, and “real world” applications

The program is comprised of 24 classes (72 quarter units). Joint degrees are available in law (MBA/JD), engineering (MBA/MEng), medicine (MBA/MD), and agricultural management (MBA/MS). All students spend their first year in “core” classes mastering the curriculum, which provides a common foundation of fundamental management knowledge and skill. Elective concentrations available in the full-time day program or in the evening MBA Program for Working Professionals are accounting, corporate environmental management, e-commerce, environmental and natural resource management, finance, health services management, information technology, international management, marketing, not-for-profit management, technology management, and general management. Students can also design a customized concentration.

UC Davis encourages students to take advantage of the many opportunities to participate in exchange programs with universities abroad. The invaluable experience at another university gives students a first-hand look at how companies are affected by fluctuations in the global marketplace. Students emerge from this experience with a comprehensive understanding of the “big picture.”

As more students of diverse interests and backgrounds engage in MBA education, UC Davis is striving to expand the opportunities for students to study abroad. UC Davis has established student exchange programs with eleven renowned international universities. Students can also take advantage of a “one-way” exchange with a number of other universities abroad. Established student exchange programs include Hong Kong University of Science and Technology; Instituto Tenologico Antonomo de Mexico (ITAM); Pontifica Universidad Catolica de Chile in Santiago, Chile; Erasmus University in Rotterdam, Holland; Heinrich Heine Universitat Dusseldorf, Germany; Fundacao Getulio Vargas in Sao Paulo, Brazil; Helsinki School of Economics and Business Administration in Helsinki, Finland; Groupe HEC, Institut Superieur des Affaires (ISA), France; Manchester Business School, England; Australian Graduate School of Management (AGSM); and Jonkoping International Business School (JIBS) in Sweden.

To enhance preparation for the job market, the School requires students to participate in a videotaped mock interview with one of several executives drawn from both the public and private sector. This program gives students a unique chance to meet top executives face to face as well as to dramatically improve interviewing skills.

The annual Alumni Day gives current students the “inside track” on up-to-date industry information and career opportunities from alumni and also provides a valuable networking activity.

The School encourages prospective students to take advantage of the Visitation Program. While visiting the School, prospective students are able to talk one on one with current students and professors and can attend a class.

To enhance each student’s learning and networking experience, the School has developed close ties with leaders throughout business and government. They are frequent visitors to campus, serving as guest lecturers in classes, as interviewers in the mock interview program, and as speakers at frequent School-sponsored events. Through these important contacts, students gain access to high-profile companies and establish relationships with potential employers.

The Executive-in-Residence program gives students and faculty members alike a unique opportunity to work closely with a top business leader during the executive’s quarter-long visit to the School.

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Student Services

  • Campus Wide Network
  • Centers Of Research:

    UC Davis Center for Entrepreneurship UC Davis Center for Investor Welfare and Corporate Responsibility Energy Efficiency Center, Consulting Center MBA Consulting Center

  • International Student Support Groups
  • Lesbian Bisexual Transgender Support Groups:

    http://lgbtcenter.ucdavis.edu/

  • Minority Support Groups:

    http://www.ucdavis.edu/diversity/

  • Peer Tutoring Programs:

    http://gsm.ucdavis.edu/general-information/academic-resources-tutoring

  • Research Facilities:

    UC Davis Center for Entrepreneurship UC Davis Center for Investor Welfare and Corporate Responsibility Energy Efficiency Center, Consulting Center MBA Consulting Center

  • Study Abroad:

    Mexico, Holland, Germany, Finland, France, UK, Chile, Brazil, China and Sweden, British Columbia.

  • Women Support Groups:

    http://wil.gsm.ucdavis.edu/

Famous Alumni

Well known alumni of University of California - Davis Graduate School of Management include:

Gary Lew - Principal, Vx Capital Partners

Eric Robison - IdeaTrek, Inc., Owner & President

Gordon C. Hunt, Jr., M.D. - Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer

Christine Gulbranson - Founder & CEO, Christalis, LLC

Sue Miller-Sylvia - IBM Fellow, VP Application Innovation Services

School Outcomes

Average Debt At Graduation: $46,411

Top Employers Of Graduates From This School Include: Gartner, Inc., PG&E, AT&T, HP, Tesla

Industry Percent Employed Median Starting Salary
Other 39% $93,600
Business 37% $90,052
Marketing / Sales 36% $87,000
Finance / Accounting 30% $94,057
Technical 24% $91,333
Consulting 18% $89,000
Consulting 11% $89,500
Financial Services 8% $86,667

School Employment Information

Graduation Employment 63%
Three Month Employment 93%
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