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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