UCLA MBA Program Busts Admissions Myths

To all applicants interested in the UCLA MBA program, take heed of admissions director Mae Jennifer Shores‘ newest post on The MBA Insider Blog: Top Ten MBA Applicant Myths.

Below you’ll find clarity direct from Shores in the hopes of  demystifying 10 of the most common myths about the admissions process:

It is better to apply in Round 1 or 2 than Round 3. While this is true for some top MBA programs, it is not true for all, including the UCLA MBA. The chances of admission are comparable in all rounds. We welcome all Round 3 applicants.

The UCLA MBA program looks for a set profile of candidate. The UCLA MBA program seeks a diversity of academic, professional, geographic and personal backgrounds. We accept many students who have neither studied business nor worked in consulting or investment banking.

There are minimums or cut-off scores for the GPA and GMAT. Both measures are evaluated jointly, along with measures of ability to handle quantitative coursework. The distribution of GPA and GMAT scores among admitted students is broad.

Work experience is a pre-requisite for admission. Candidates are evaluated on both demonstrated and potential leadership and management skills.

Candidates are assessed on their number and/or type of extra-curricular activities and community service. We seek well-balanced students who possess a broad perspective on life. Candidates may have less formal commitments that exhibit this balance.

Applications are pre-screened. All applications are read in their entirety. Admissions decisions are made across multiple criteria; it is the rare candidate who is denied based on one area of an application.

Applicants are evaluated relative to others with the same professional or geographic background. Applicants are evaluated relative to the entire pool. There are simply too many ways to disaggregate and assess candidate profiles.

I have a better chance of being admitted if I visit or interview on-campus. We are committed to fairness and equity and recognize that there are applicants who are unable to visit us for monetary and/or personal reasons.

Foreign students are not eligible for fellowships. International and domestic students, alike, are considered for merit-based fellowships. International students are also considered for need-based grants.

The UCLA MBA program is primarily an entrepreneurial or media & entertainment school. The school is widely recognized for its breadth and depth of curriculum across disciplines, including finance, marketing, accounting, general management, etc.

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