Chat with MBA Admissions — March 1, 2012
Your application is the same with the exception of your transcripts. If your undergraduate transcripts are from outside the U.S., then you'll need to provide us with a copy in the original language of instruction, as well as an English translated version. We'll also need a copy of your degree certificate - again, in the language of instruction and in English. Other than that, it's exactly the same requirements as someone who went to school in the U.S.
Will you accept applications past the April 2nd deadline?
We usually accept applications past the final deadline on a space available basis. As we start getting into May and June, you may want to check in with us to see if we're still accepting applications. Feel free to email us at MBAadmissions@ucsd.edu.
I was recently laid off from my job, so I'm looking into graduate schools right now. Should I be looking at your Flex program just in case I get another job?
It really depends on what schedule format you feel is best for you. However, on a case-by-case basis, we sometimes are able to switch an individual into a different cohort before fall quarter if circumstances have changed.
What is the GPA requirement?
If you're referring to your undergraduate degree, then our students are typically coming in with a 3.2 gpa. UC San Diego requires that graduate students have at least a 3.0 gpa, but we're willing to consider someone with a lower gpa based on the other aspects of their application.
Do you guys offer a fee waiver for the application? What about to take the GMAT?
Fee waivers are offered for members of military. There is no fee waiver for the GMAT offered by UC San Diego.
Would getting a higher GMAT score help me if my undergraduate gpa is under a 3.0?
The application review process is holistic, with all components given consideration. This includes GMAT, undergraduate academic records, letters of recommendation, etc. There is no "formula" that is used by the Admissions Committee when reviewing applications.
What's the latest that I can take my GMAT to be considered for this fall?
Since our last deadline is in April, I would take that into consideration when planning on taking your GMAT. Again, we'll consider applications after the deadline on a space available basis, but your application cannot be evaluated until we have all the puzzle pieces (including your GMAT scores).
What is the average scholarship granted to full time students?
The amount varies widely. It is partially dependent on the type of fellowship award (merit-based versus need-based) and what time of year the award is made. There is typically a larger pool of fellowship funding available earlier in the year. There is still some funding available for Fall 2012.
The application states that it is mandatory to have a B in Calculus. Would a B- satisfy that criteria?
I don't see why not. We'll also consider the quantitative score of your GMAT when deciding if we need to recommend a further calculus class.
I have not yet taken the GMAT, and saw that you can submit your GMAT scores after sending in your application. When is the deadline to submit GMAT information?
You can certainly submit an application without a GMAT score - simply indicate on the application the date on which you have scheduled to take the exam. Please note that we will not review an application until it is complete - which includes a GMAT score. As Anna indicated above, our last application deadline is on April 2, but we will still review applications after that date on a space-available basis.
I'm looking into the FlexMBA program and noted that there is an additional deadline of May 21, 2012 in the list. Is that purely for rolling admissions or is it for a later starting term?
The Flex program has a later application deadline because the deadlines didn't start until a month after the first deadline for the full-time program. The FlexMBA program doesn't have a later starting date - all programs begin at the same time each fall with their cohort.
Is it possible to have a part time job while you’re in the MBA program?
During the first few quarters of the Full-Time MBA, most students find that there is very little extra time for part-time employment. However, many students work on a part-time basis during their second academic year. This often includes a Teaching Assistant position here at Rady for core classes.
What sectors and positions do the graduates usually work?
We have detailed information on employment data and statistics here: http://rady.ucsd.edu/careers/data/. You'll see that there are a wide range of functions and industries pursued by Rady MBA student after vacation.
Is there a typical weekly schedule for the FlexEvening program, e.g. Tues/Thurs class?
Yes, you'll be taking your core classes in the first year. Those are typically on Tues/Thurs evening from 6:30pm - 9:30pm. FlexEvening students get catered dinners prior to class, so you'll see that your classmates are here early (like around 5:30pm). You guys have the opportunity to sit down, have dinner, meet with your study group, and then go to class. Once you move into electives, your schedule will possibly include Mon/Wed evenings. You also have the opportunity of possibly taking electives within the other program formats (such as FlexWeekend).
I am a current UC San Diego employee and am trying to figure out staff tuition support (SEOEP, Staff Association scholarships, etc.). Does Rady offer a UC San Diego staff tuition rate?
Unfortunately, no. The UC San Diego staff tuition discount is available for other graduate programs, but not ones that are pretty much self-sustained. I recently looked into this for another student. I'm not sure if you can use the Staff Association scholarship, but that's definitely something you could look into. However, I do know that the maximum amount you can receive yearly from the Staff Opportunity scholarship is $500.
Thank you for joining us today. We hope this was helpful for you, and we welcome you to contact us directly with any further questions at MBAadmissions@ucsd.edu.