Chat with MBA Admissions — August 2, 2012
If you're just starting your research into our program, we encourage you to first carefully check out the website (http://www.rady.ucsd.edu/mba/). There you will find a wealth of information regarding our program costs, curriculum, and admissions process. Our application can be started using the blue button that says "how to apply".
How often do you admit students each year?
We only have one start each year, and that's in the fall. We're still accepting applications for this fall and admitting students on a space available basis. Starting in September, you'll be able to submit your application for Fall 2013. We evaluate applications on a rolling basis, but will have deadlines posted soon for the upcoming fall.
I'm an SDSU student and I have one more semester to go. I would really like to apply for an MBA program for Fall 2013.Where do I start?
Our Fall 2013 application will open in September of this year. You can start an application now using the "how to apply" button at (http://www.rady.ucsd.edu/mba/). A checklist of what our Admissions Committee requires for admission consideration can be found at http://rady.ucsd.edu/mba/admissions/apply.
I'm taking classes at Palomar to prepare for the Full Time MBA program, I already have a BA in Human Development, but I don't think I meet the Calculus requirement. Could I take that at Palomar?
The calculus prerequisite is not a requirement for admission. Our Admissions Committee looks at your calculus education in conjunction with your GMAT score and academic history to determine if you’re mathematically prepared for our program. If we decide you need additional math preparation, we will recommend so at the time of admission. In general, a calculus course taken at a community college should be okay.
I am interested in the costs per semester of the FlexWeekend program, and I would also like confirmation from what I've read that candidates who hold PhD degrees are exempt from having to take the GMAT.
The cost for our FlexMBA program is structured on a per credit basis. The 2012-2013 fees are $1065 per credit. This cost is inclusive of your tuition and fees, books and materials, parking permit, residentials, and meals. You can see more about our fees here: http://rady.ucsd.edu/mba/flex/costs/. Also, if you have a PhD in a technical, scientific, or quantitatively-based discipline from an accredited US institution, we will consider waiving the requirement for the GMAT. We'll need to see your transcripts that show the conferral of your degree.
Also, are the costs for the FlexEveing similar to the costs for the FlexWeekend program?
Yes. It is 92 units. $1065/unit.
Regarding the GMAT, should it be taken before or after submitting the application?
The GMAT can be taken either before or after submitting the application. However, we won't review your file for evaluation of admission until we have your scores.
Is December 2012 still the deadline for the Jan 2013 Flex MBA evening class?
We only offer Fall admission. Therefore, the application that will be available in September of this year will be for admission consideration in September 2013. Application deadlines for Fall of 2013 will be posted in September of this year as well.
If I want to start attending school in Fall 2013 should I apply now?
You're always welcome to start your application now for Fall 2013 - it's always a good idea to get ahead of the game in regards to your essays and considering the people you'll want to ask for a letter of recommendation. However, I would wait to submit it until September - at the very earliest.
Is it ok for me to apply while I still have one semester to go for my undergrad? And do I need to take my GMAT test before applying?
Yes, you can apply while you still have another semester to go in your undergraduate program. The Rady School does not have a work experience requirement in order to be considered for admission. That being said, I would really focus on preparing for your GMAT. Again, you don't have to take the GMAT prior to applying. There's a space on the application where you can put the date that you intend on taking it.
Are internships part of the Full-Time MBA program?
Our Full-Time students typically do a full-time summer internship in between their first and second year here. While we do not have a "placement" program, our Career Connections team works very closely with our students and corporate employers to provide them with numerous opportunities for summer internships. This includes not only an exclusive Rady job database, but also a plethora of networking events throughout the year. Our reputation and relationship with employers help our students obtain internships in their industry of choice.
What are the considerations taken into account for granting financial aid (specifically for the FlexWeekend or FlexEvening)? I intend to continue working full-time while studying. Will this adversely affect any financial aid decisions?
In regards to federal financial aid (FAFSA), they're the same considerations whether you're a FlexMBA student or whether you're a Full-Time student. Your financial need will be based on your tax returns from the previous year. Our Financial aid office works with students to show an estimated award letter that will typically include federal student loans. We also have fellowship funding for FlexMBA students, and you will be considered for any possible funding at the time of your admission evaluation.
If I don't get accepted for 2013 MBA program when is the next time I can apply?
Unfortunately, prospective students can only apply once per academic year. Therefore, if you are not accepted for Fall of 2013, you'll have to wait until September 2013 to apply for Fall of 2014. A look into where our students have worked over the years can be seen at http://www.rady.ucsd.edu/careers/data/.
In regards to the GI Bill, do you know how the GI Bill pays out over the duration of the MBA Flex Evening course?
There is actually a Veteran Liaison through our Registrar's office who works with our Military Veterans, as well as current personnel, in helping to ensure that your benefits are applied to your tuition. In order to receive 100% of your GI Bill, you'll probably want to look into our FlexWeekend program since students in that cohort take more credits than those in the FlexEvening program - they're considered, for all intents and purposes, full-time. If you like, I can put you in contact with one of our current FlexMBA students with a military background. Simply email me your request to email@example.com.
On average how many people are accepted into the Full Time MBA program every year and can a person apply a second time if their application was denied once?
Typically, we look to seat anywhere from 55 - 65 students each fall in the Full-Time program. We're very holistic in how we review applications, so we're happy to take the time to ensure that we're seating a great class. If your application is denied, you're more than welcome to apply the following year.
I'm excited to work with a range of students from everywhere to help develop and contribute to well-rounded perspectives. I'm seeing 61% of your 2011 class is from San Diego (92% from the West coast in general). Are those numbers getting more diverse for 2012, 2013 as the program grows?
Absolutely! As the Rady brand continues to grow, so will the diversity of the school. As it is right now, the cohort who started in the Fall of 2011 had a diverse, international population - about 40% were from outside the United States.
What if I don't plan on taking my GMAT before August 20th? Is that too late?
Our Fall 2012 application will be closed at the end of this month. Therefore, if you are unable to submit a complete application (GMAT, letters of recommendation, and transcripts) by then, we will not be able to process you in time for the start of program in September. Therefore, we would encourage you to consider applying for Fall of 2013.
How long are the breaks between semesters? I'm hoping to add industry related excursions to help build my resume in addition to the summer internship.
For Full-Time students, the breaks will be anywhere from 1 week (Spring break) to almost a month (Christmas break). Of course you'll also have all of summer off to concentrate on your internship. Career Connections puts on a Bay Area Trek during Winter Quarter - students have an opportunity to visit multiple companies over 2-3 days. There are industry related trips sometimes planned by student clubs (Japan, Brazil, etc.). These will normally take place during the Winter break. We've also had a faculty led trip to China that offered the opportunity to earn academic credits.
What can Rady do to move up in rankings? I understand it's very new. As a student what would I be able to do to help the brand?
Currently we're not ranked. We recently received our AACSB accreditation last year, and it typically takes about a year and a half after that point to join the rankings. We're in the process of providing all the information needed to join the rankings, but all signs point to a nice spot our first time out.
I'm sorry maybe the question was already asked, but after the application closes at the end of this month, when can we start the application for Fall 2013?
You can start it now and the information will be saved and transferred to the Fall 2013 application. You won't be able to submit the Fall 2013 application until September of this year.
If I'm applying in September for fall 2013 and I don't have my undergrad transcript yet (one more semester to go) my application will not be reviewed till you get them?
Your application can still be evaluated with your "incomplete" transcript. We'll simply ask you to submit a new transcript that indicates your degree conferral after you graduate.
Are there networking opportunities/events with other UC schools? If so how often and of what nature?
Sure. That's the great part of being connected to UCSD! We have partnered up for networking opportunities, projects, classes, etc. with the Jacob School of Engineering, Skaggs School of Pharmacy, and the school of International Relations and Pacific Studies. The nature of the connection depends on the class/event.
I plan on applying Round 2 to most schools in December. With your small class size, what's the best month to apply, and if accepted how much time would we have to respond? I'm not expecting responses until the Spring for other programs.
If you're interested in being considered for fellowship funding, we recommend applying within one of the first three deadlines. However, for the sake of admission, we honestly believe that we receive great applications in the beginning, middle, and end of the cycle. There's no judgment on folks who wait until the last deadline. We want you to feel comfortable with the application that you're presenting to us, so that should be more of a guideline as to when you should apply.
I was wondering if there were events with UCLA, UCBerkeley, etc.?
There are upcoming MBA tours in San Francisco and Los Angeles where numerous MBA programs come together to introduce prospective MBAs to their programs. The next one will be a Kaplan tour in two weeks. You can see the various tour dates on our events page: http://rady.ucsd.edu/mba/admissions/events.
Can we take as much time as we need to decide on attending if we apply early?
Typically, we give admitted students about a month to decide. However, if you'd like an extension on the deadline we assign you, that's definitely something we're open to discussing.
I apologize for not being clear. Are there events with the full time admitted class and UCLA, UCBerkeley? Not prospective students. I've seen a lot of 'mixers' between Berkeley and Stanford. I'm hoping for some cross pollination if that makes sense.
The events that come to mind are both case competitions - where students from different MBA programs will be teamed up with folks from other schools - as well as national conferences held by organizations like NSHMBA. I know that our current students have put together events in the past that included MBA students from USD, SDSU, and UCLA. It's typically student driven/organized.
What are your applicants like? How many architects have you seen in your applicant pool?
We hope to recruit a very diverse class each year. So, there isn't a standard "type" of applicant. We've definitely seen a few architects in the past. We get a lot of engineers and those in the technical field.
Are there plans to expand the class size in the future?
It's a possibility, especially with our beautiful new building.
Do you have any admission events in south America? (Chile)
Unfortunately, we do not have admissions events in South America. However, we do have virtual events that you can attend. We're also available via phone or email at your convenience.
Any comments from the student side? What drew you to the program?
Unfortunately, there aren't any students on this chat. However, you can reach out some of our current MBA students at firstname.lastname@example.org.