UCLA’s Anderson School of Management has set its new MBA application deadlines for the 2018-2019 admissions cycle.
Round one candidates must turn in their applications by Oct. 2, 2018, to gain an admit or deny decision by Dec. 18th. That’s four full days ahead of last year’s R1 cutoff, yet the decision date is three days later. The round two deadline is Jan. 8th, 2019, for a decision on March 26th, while the round three and final deadline to get into Anderson’s Class of 2021 is April 16th. R3 decisions will be released May 21.
Interviews are conducted on an invitation basis only after submitted applications are reviewed. An interview must be completed to be admitted to the program. At UCLA, applications are reread following the interview, comments are added, and then the Admissions Committee decides whether to make an admission offer.
Interviews at Anderson are held on campus, or off campus via Skype, and they last approximately 30 minutes. Admission interviews are conducted by second-year MBA students. At UCLA, interviews are blind in order to avoid interviewer bias. Your interviewer will receive a copy of your resume in advance but will not see your application.
The school describes its interview questions as “straightforward,” generally covering topics already addressed in the application, such as your reasons for getting an MBA, your short-term and long-term career goals, and your fit with UCLA Anderson and personal interests.
Although the majority of Anderson MBA students ave full-time work experience, early career and college senior prospective students may still apply. New applicants are required to submit two recommendations. Reapplicants only need to submit one new recommendation. Recommendations should be written by individuals who are well acquainted with your performance in a work setting, preferably from a direct supervisor or manager.
UCLA’s 2018-2019 MBA Application Deadlines
|UCLA Rounds||Application Deadline||Interview Invites||Decisions|
|Round One||October 2, 2018||NA||December 18, 2018|
|Round Two||January 8, 2019||NA||March 26, 2019|
|Round Three||April 16, 2019||NA||May 21, 2019|
Though UCLA has yet to announce its essay prompt for the 2018-2019 cycle, last year the school asked applicants to describe their short- and long-term career goals as well as how the UCLA Anderson experience can add value to one’s professional development, placing a 500-word limit on answers.
Anderson also required a 250-word short answer question, asking applicants to describe how they would contribute to the UCLA Anderson community.
For applicants who applied for the MBA program in the previous two years, there’s a different question to describe your career progress since you last applied and how you have enhanced your candidacy. You’re also asked to Include updates on short-term and long-term career goals, as well as your continued interest in UCLA Anderson. (750 words maximum).
UCLA RECEIVED 3,314 APPLICATIONS FOR 360 CLASSROOM SEATS
In recent years, UCLA Anderson has been a model of consistency, taking in roughly 360 MBA students who averaged a GMAT hovering near 715. And last year’s 2016-2017 cycle was no different. Last year, the school received 3,314 applications, up 24 from the previous class. By the same token, Anderson enrolled 360 students in the 2019 Class while managing a 22% acceptance rate, making it harder to snag a spot here than leading public programs like Michigan Ross and Virginia Darden.
Overall, the latest incoming class arrived with a 715 average GMAT. This also represents a 11-point uptick over the past five years. The international student average was 720 vs. the domestic mean of 714. The average GPA was 3.52. The average age at Anderson is 28, with 63 months of work experience.
ADVICE FROM LATEST UCLA MBA GRADUATES & CURRENT STUDENTS:
“Be passionate and be giving. Without exception, every student I have met at UCLA has brought something incredible to the table; not just through the amazing and unique experiences that they add to our cohort, but through having so much passion and enthusiasm in their goals and interests that they want to share that knowledge with their peers. I’ve learned so much in the classroom, but it can’t compare to the incredible amount of knowledge I’ve gained outside the classroom through my Anderson peers.” — Melody N. Akbari, 2018 MBA graduate of UCLA now working for Google as a sales strategy & operations manager
“Be who you are and tell your story.I chose UCLA Anderson because of the supportive and collaborative culture of “sharing success” and because it has a top entertainment program (plus, I would never have to dig my car out of a snow bank again!).” — Abby Williamson, 2018 MBA graduate of UCLA now working for Mattel as an associate marketing manager
“Before writing your essays, talk to current students, dive deep into the school’s values, and (if possible) try to visit the school before writing your application. The moment you realize Anderson is the right fit for you, your essay will flow more easily, and your passion will help you stand out. When you gather your recommendations, choose people who know you well and can be enthusiastic in advocating for you. Also, ask for recommendations early in the process; you want to give your recommenders plenty of time to thoughtfully prepare their letters. Finally, give your recommender a document reminding him of your story, the particulars of the program you are applying to and facts or events in the letter.” — Luiza Niemeyer, Class of 2019 MBA student at UCLA