Chat with MBA Admissions — December 14, 2012
We do not offer any full tuition fellowships. However, our merit based fellowships can cover anywhere between 20 - 50% of tuition. As for waivers, we offer application fee waivers for veterans and active military applicants. Also, some of our students will supplement their income with teaching assistantships in their 2nd year. There is a tuition remission aspect, as well as a stipend that can be included. Typically, TA assignments are available in your 3rd quarter.
What is the role of undergraduate grades and GMAT scores in the admission process vs. practical historical demonstration of business acumen?
We look at every aspect of your application. Grades, GMAT scores, and business experience all count towards evaluating your application. Greater weight isn’t really attached to one or the other.
Is there an internship involved in the program? If so, could you give me a brief idea of what that is like (as far where they take place, etc)?
For the full time program, typically students will do an internship in the summer between their first and second academic year. You can see a sampling of the companies where our students have interned here: http://www.rady.ucsd.edu/careers/employment-reports/.
Can applicants apply for both full time and part time programs the same year?
Applicants can only apply to one program within an academic year. When evaluating your application, we will look at your background and current circumstances. If we feel that you are a better fit for one program versus another, we will discuss that with you then. We also offer class visits to give you a sense of which program is best for your situation.
I wanted to know how much weight is placed on professional experience when evaluating admissions applications?
We take a very holistic view when evaluating your application. Your professional experience is part of that—but it isn't the whole picture. As we don't require a minimum amount of work experience, we do have a small amount of students who come to us straight from graduating with their undergraduate degree. However, these are also exceptional students who did internships, part-time work, or took leadership roles within clubs or organizations. We'll consider everything that you've done, along with your GMAT scores, transcripts, and letters of recommendation.
When looking over the curriculum I noticed the Lab 2 Market sequence, could you give me an idea of what that entails?
This is definitely one of the things that differentiates Rady from other business programs. Lab 2 Market is a 3 quarter sequence class that is the capstone of the entire MBA program. In groups of 4-5, students not only come up with ideas for business, write a business plan, and give a presentation for the business to venture capitalists in the San Diego community, they learn how innovation becomes reality in the marketplace. It's about learning how to come up with 40 ideas and whittling it down to something that will actually work - especially since there are so many more bad ideas than good. We've heard that some of the best lessons learned in this course is what NOT to pursue. Administration/Faculty do not come up with vetted business ideas - students do. We also bring in VC's to meet with you and hear your ideas - and it ends with a final presentation to a panel of companies. It's a pretty awesome course sequence.
Weekends are impractical due to family commitments, and full time is not possible, so my ideal venue would be part time during the week. Is this possible?
If you applied and were admitted into the FlexEvening program, you would typically take 2 classes per quarter during the evening. You can pretty much count on taking evening classes on Tuesday and Thursday nights for the first year. Because we're cohort based, you'll have to follow this schedule for the first year while you're taking your core classes. However, after you finish your core classes, your schedule will get more flexible. You could take more than the 2 classes, which would allow you to finish the degree faster (FlexEvening students typically take 2 1/2 years to finish), and you could choose electives during the Full-Time slots in the week.
Is there a benefit to applying early on in the admissions process? Does applying early increase my chances of admission?
The best time to apply would be when you feel your application is ready. Take the time to ensure that you’re submitting a complete application that is the best reflection of who you are. Having said that, there are more seats available early in the recruiting cycle, so statistically, it may give you a slight advantage. However, our Admissions Committee looks less at the date in which you submit and more to the content of your application.
If I did the FlexEvening program and completed the core courses, would I then need to be a full time-student to take a daytime elective course?
No, you wouldn't need to be a full-time student to take a daytime class. You would be able to take elective courses during the day.
So if I understand this correctly, I would have to take my first year as Flex which would be Tuesday and Thursday nights, or Fridays and Saturdays?
You would take all of your core classes as a flex student. For the evening program, that would be Tuesday and Thursday nights; for the weekend program, that would be Fridays and Saturdays all day, every other weekend.
What are the current undergrad GPA and GMAT baselines for admission?
Currently, our average GMAT scores for the previous incoming Full-Time class was 680 and the average GPA was a 3.2. You can see the profile here: http://www.rady.ucsd.edu/mba/fulltime/profile/ . For the FlexEvening class the GMAT median was 613 and the average GPA was 3.1. Again, you can see the profile here: http://www.rady.ucsd.edu/mba/flex/eveningprofile/ .
To clarify, are the core classes cohort based and the electives not?
That is correct. The core classes are taken with people who are within the same cohort as you but the electives are a mix of flex students from the different programs and full time students as well. To sum, once you get into electives, FlexEvening students can have any elective offering Monday through Thursday nights.
I can't undo my undergrad 2.9. I am hoping that a decent GMAT score and real world business experience can compensate for that.
If your gpa is under a 3.0, we can write a letter of exception for you if other parts of your application are strong. We look at the entire application holistically. So, a low gpa will not necessarily bar you from being admitted.
Can the part-time MBA program provide I-20s? My job allows me to work for my current company even if I stay in the US.
Short answer: yes. Long answer: in order to maintain your legal status in this country with your I-20/F1 visa, you must carry at least 12 units. The FlexWeekend program allows you to do that since you'll take 3 classes each quarter. This adds up to at least 12 units.
If I want to be considered for the full time MBA program, what GMAT score is necessary?
We do not have minimum score requirements. However, to give you a sense of how competitive our applicant pool is, the median score is 680. For our international students, your GMAT score should be competitive. Try to aim for a GMAT score of at least that or higher. Our student profile is can be viewed here: http://rady.ucsd.edu/mba/fulltime/profile/
The MBA program seems to provide for a broad range of knowledge and skill developing. For someone that is interested in entrepreneurship, is there a way to focus on that particular area a little more than say some of the core areas?
After completing our core education, students move onto their electives which make up more than half of our program. Elective courses allow you to specialize in that in your field of interest. There are also independent study classes that allow you to focus your time on projects that are interesting to you.
What program would you recommend for active duty military in the San Diego area?
With an active military schedule, our FlexEvening or FlexWeekend program may fit better. FlexEvening students take 2 classes each quarter. Dinner is served from 5-6:30pm, classes are 6:30pm - 9:30pm. FlexWeekend students take 3 classes each quarter - all day Friday and all day Saturday, every other weekend. So weekend students are only here twice a month. I always recommend for interested students to come and visit a class to see the difference between the cohorts. We have the links already up for class visits next quarter on our website. Click this link (http://www.rady.ucsd.edu/mba/admissions/ ), and then click on "Visit a Rady Class" on the right hand side of the page. Also, Ralph can put you in contact with some of our current military students. Email him directly at email@example.com.
Do many full-time students hold jobs in the evenings?
The full time program is conducted all day. Students tend to meet with their groups in the evening. We try to discourage our full time students from working at least in the first year. There are some who do work but usually these are second year students who have gotten through their core classes.
What is the main difference between full time and part time MBA from a course point of view?
There is not much of difference between the two programs in terms of classes. We offer the same classes taught by the same faculty for each of the programs. The only difference is in the profile of the classes. The flex students tend to be older and have more work experience.
I am now 30 years old, have a master degree of engineering in Japanese university, have 4 years work experience in Japan as an engineer, work for my family company(in china) to explore Japan and US markets, and currently live in the US. Based on my background, could you please let me know, what program would fit for me?
Your background would be a good fit for our Full-Time program. We encourage you to explore and visit our campus by sitting in on a class. I think that would give you a much better idea of the environment.
I am going to apply in 2013 for the full-time or part-time program. I am considering retaking the GMAT. Thoughts?
That sounds like a good plan. We definitely recommend that you prepare prior to taking the GMAT. Please make sure that you visit www.mba.com, if you haven't already done so. It's a great resource.
Thank you for joining us today. Again, if you have any further questions, please feel free to contact us at MBAadmissions@ucsd.edu. Have a great day!