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UC Davis Master of Business Administration (MBA) online

Earn a STEM-designated MBA from the UC Davis Graduate School of Management (GSM) in 24–36 months.

About the program

  • Expert-led: Learn from world-renowned industry leaders.
  • Flexibility-oriented: Balance work and graduate school on a part-time schedule.
  • Collaboration-minded: Network with 304,000+ UC Davis alumni.

About the UC Davis Graduate School of Management

With a focus on new job creation, innovative leadership, and strong industry partnerships, the UC Davis Graduate School of Management empowers the next generation of business leaders to collaborate for impact — no matter where their careers take them.

Tuition and fees

Tuition and fees are subject to change and may increase each academic year. Tuition does not include student fees, technology platform licensing, or support services. Learners are also responsible for travel and accommodation costs related to any in-person immersions or residentials.

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Curriculum highlights

This STEM-designated program will equip you with the business skills, tools, and competencies you need to lead positive change in a competitive global environment. Learn from the same faculty as on-campus MBA students as you expand or refine your professional interests.

  • Core courses: Build a strong foundation in the functional areas of business, including operations, marketing, strategy, accounting, and more.
  • Elective courses: Cultivate a deeper understanding of specialized business topics through electives and self-guided concentrations.
  • Capstone project: Collaborate with peers on an integrated management project, where you’ll gain hands-on experience solving real-world problems.
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This program offers four start dates annually, and accepts applications on a rolling basis. The application fee is $125 (waivers available). In addition to your online application, you will need to submit:

  • Transcripts from all academic institutions attended

  • Resume or CV outlining employment history 

  • Application essays

  • Two professional letters of recommendation

Collaborate for impact

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The UC Davis Graduate School of Management is founded on a culture of collaboration that emphasizes diverse voices, experiences, and backgrounds. Meet the Online MBA class of 2021, the members of which are dedicated to working together in pursuit of better business solutions.

In-person residentials

Network with classmates, professors, and industry leaders in California’s industry and technology hubs, like Silicon Valley, San Francisco, and Napa Valley. During these immersive learning experiences, you’ll collaborate with your peers on first-person case studies, expand your business perspective with presentations from guest speakers, and simulate real-world scenarios with the help of subject matter experts.

Frequently asked questions

The value of an online MBA depends on factors like program reputation, network strength, and curriculum and faculty quality. Graduate outcomes matter, too. In 2024, UC Davis was ranked the No. 19 Best Online MBA and No. 16 for Career Impact.Footnote 4 This recognition reflects the institution’s commitment to supporting learners in various facets of their careers, including role advancement and salary growth. By providing valuable resources, mentorship opportunities, and academic programs designed to prepare learners for the workforce, UC Davis continues to make significant contributions to its graduates’ professional development and success.

Every organization is different, but online MBA students say their employers appreciate the real-time value that comes with an online program. Because MBA@UCDavis students don’t have to relocate or leave their jobs, they’re able to directly apply their classroom learnings to workplace scenarios and experience the value of their education firsthand.

Most MBA programs take 2–3 years to complete, depending on whether they’re full- or part-time. The 72-credit MBA@UCDavis program — which is specifically designed to accommodate working professionals — can be completed in as few as 24 months or as many as 36.

Yes. Many MBA programs now accept other standardized test scores, like the GRE, or simply waive the GMAT for qualified applicants. The MBA@UCDavis does not require GMAT/GRE scores.

You must hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution to be eligible for admission to MBA@UCDavis. At least two years of professional work experience and previous coursework in accounting, calculus, microeconomics and statistics are recommended.

The tuition cost for this program is $105,480. During the 2022–23 academic year, the average cost per credit is $1,465. Course fees are set at the time of enrollment and remain fixed for your MBA studies. Tuition and fees are subject to increase at the start of each academic year.

All candidates are automatically considered for merit-based scholarships concurrent with their application for admissions. Eligible students may also defer tuition payments (up to $52,740) for the second half of the required credits for the program.

Our top 20 online MBA program is nationally recognized and taught by acclaimed, award-winning faculty and Bay Area business leaders.Footnote 5 Alongside our students, our faculty members create a vibrant educational experience with real-world relevance and a culture of camaraderie.

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