University of California, Riverside

Anderson Graduate School of Management

How to Apply

Applying to the MBA program

MBA Admission Criteria

The MBA program is open for admission to all eligible students from all undergraduate majors. We consider each applicant's professional, academic, and life experiences in addition to character and personality. Admission to the program is based upon several criteria, including the quality of previous academic work, personal essays and letters of recommendation, and Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Exam (GRE) performance. The GMAT or GRE is required for all applicants.

Professional experience is considered advantageous but is not required for admission. We encourage recent graduates, entry-level and mid-career applicants to apply.

Quantitative methods (business calculus, linear algebra, statistics) is a prerequisite to the program. Qualified students who have not taken this prerequisite course may be admitted, but must meet this requirement by completing MGT 403 during their first two quarters in residence.

How to Apply

To apply to the MBA program, you will need to complete an online application and submit the required documents listed below.  Please note that not all documents are necessary to begin and complete your online application. Refer to the Graduate Division website for specific application instructions.

If you need to contact our office about your application, please make sure to include your Full Name (as entered on your application) and Application ID on all correspondence.

For Military applicants

Find out how you can earn your degree at no cost through our Yellow Ribbon partnership. Ask to speak with our Military Admission Liaison for customized assistance through the admissions process and fee waivers. 

Required Documents

  • Statement of Purpose & Personal History essay
  • Resume/CV
  • 1 letter of recommendation
  • Official transcripts
  • Official GMAT or GRE scores
For International Applicants Only
  • Official TOEFL or IELTS scores
  • International Applicant Sponsorship Information Form


All application materials (including transcripts) should be mailed to:

Graduate Program in Management
The A. Gary Anderson Graduate School of Management
University of California, Riverside
900 University Avenue
Riverside, CA 92521  USA

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Application Deadlines

Fall 2019 Admission

Priority Round:
   December 15, 2018

Round 2:
   January 31, 2019

Round 3:
   March 1, 2019

Late Round:
   June 1, 2019 (International)
   August 1, 2019 (Domestic)


Program Costs

Approximately 80% of domestic students receive financial awards through scholarships, and financial aid. International students are also eligible for merit-based financial awards. Applicants are automatically assessed for awards as part of the admissions process.

Current fee and tuition schedule

Please note: All graduate students are required to have mandatory health insurance through the university and pay the associated GSHIP fee each quarter. This fee may be waived if you have existing qualified health coverage and apply for a waiver through Student Health Services.

More Information 

General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

Contact Information

The A. Gary Anderson Graduate School of Management

Graduate Programs Office
102 Anderson Hall, South

Tel: (951) 827-6200
Fax: (951) 827-2055