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Campus: Los Angeles, California

Type: Public

Accreditation: AACSB

Base Program Cost: $37,590

Per Credit Hour: $447.50

Minimum Credit Hours: 84

GMAT Required: Yes

Minimum Time Commitment: 33 months

Online Concentrations: Fully Employed MBA with hybrid scheduling option.

On Campus Requirements: Yes. This is a hybrid program.

School Site: Online MBA Overview | Tuition | Financial Aid


Established in 1919 by California Governor William D. Stephens, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) began as a two-year undergraduate institution for Junior College students and teachers. Graduate programs were authorized and enacted in 1933 and five years later, the first Doctoral degree was awarded. Today, University of California, Los Angeles enrolls over 27,000 students in over 125 programs.

Because of the world-renowned curriculum, structure, and programs, University of California, Los Angeles was ranked 13th among the world’s top 400 universities, according to the London Times Higher Education. U.S. News & World Report ranked UCLA 25th in the nation. The faculty and alumni have contributed greatly to the community and nation. Awards and recognition includes 11 Nobel Laureates, 12 Rhodes Scholars, 11 MacArthur Fellows, 10 National Medal of Science Winners, and three Pulitzer Prize Winners.


University of California, Los Angeles has received accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. The UCLA Anderson School of Business is accredited by the top-flight Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSBS).


Because working adults generally don’t have the ability to take time off for a higher level education while working full-time, University of California, Los Angeles has created a Fully Employed MBA (FEMBA) program that combines on-campus attendance with online classes. Students can earn their MBA degree while continuing their professional employment. MBA programs give business professionals the skills necessary to advance their careers and potentially achieve higher levels of management within their company.

The FEMBA program is delivered over the course of 33-months and is a general management degree taught by the Anderson faculty. The program includes five scheduling options consisting of two classes per quarter and one each summer. One of the scheduling options is a hybrid program that delivers classes on-campus and online. This gives adult students the flexibility to attend some of their classes from home or on the go. Only four weekend campus visits per quarter for core classes are required, the remainder of the curriculum is delivered online.

The online learning experience involves web-based lectures, interactive group work, and web-assisted learning tools to provide students with the resources necessary to complete the program on their own. Moodle is the platform that UCLA uses for delivery of course materials, lectures, assignments, and more. Students will submit completed assignments in person and online to be graded by the professors. Interaction takes place via web conferences, discussion boards, chat, phone, and email. Study groups meet in-person and online and are given the tools necessary to share information and files and participate in live remote meetings.


There are four categories of admission requirements that must be met before a student can be accepted into the FEMBA program at University of California, Los Angeles:

  • Educational Background: All candidates must hold a four-year bachelor’s degree from a fully-recognized institution of higher education. International candidates must have 16 years of study, including four years of college experience (no specific undergraduate major is required). No minimum grade point average (GPA) is necessary.
  • Work Experience: Applicants generally have four to seven years of full-time professional work experience after earning their bachelor’s degree. Managerial experience will vastly improve a student’s chances of acceptance.
  • GMAT: The Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) must be taken by all applicants but there is no minimum required score.
  • TOEFL: International students, or those whose primary language is not English, must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

Tuition and Financial Aid

University of California, Los Angeles charges a total of $37,590 for the base tuition of the Fully Employed MBA program. A nonrefundable application fee of $200 and admission deposit of $1,500 are required prior to the start of the program. Students have the option to pay for their tuition costs in a single payment or in three installments.

Though outside scholarship opportunities may be available UCLA encourages graduate students to talk to their employers about company reimbursement of tuition. Corporate sponsorship is not guaranteed however and students requiring additional assistance may want to consider student loans to further spread out the cost of tuition.

School Resources

FEMBA students have the same access to the Career Services staff, events, and resources as traditional students. If they are interested in joining clubs, teams, and/or committees, FEMBA students are welcome to participate. Networking opportunities are provided to promote comradeship between online learning students and the same access to the UCLA Anderson MBA alumni network and contact database is provided.

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