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Advance Your Career

The Rady School of Management values the wealth of experience members of the Armed Forces and veterans bring to our community. The skills acquired in the military — leadership, teamwork, loyalty and discipline — are an asset in the classroom and align with the Rady School’s values and the emphasis of our MBA program.

Our Partnership with the San Diego Military Advisory Council

In 2020, the Rady School established a partnership with the San Diego Military Advisory Council (SDMAC) to provide research support for SDMAC’s Military Economic Impact Report (MEIR). The MEIR is an independent annual study to comprehensively quantify the impact of defense-related expenditures on the San Diego region’s economy. More information about this partnership and the most recent MEIR can be found here.

Prepare for your GMAT on us

As a gesture of our appreciation to our military/veterans community, we want to help you transition to a business career. In partnership with UC San Diego Extension, the Rady School of Management is proud to offer complimentary GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test) Prep bootcamps for eligible military veterans or active duty personnel. Registration is now open for GMAT Bootcamps: Quantitative Reasoning & Verbal Reasoning. While there is no cost to attend the bootcamp for verified active military or veterans, participants are required to purchase the GMAT official guide — details are available on the registration pages.

Leaders Wanted - Apply Today

Admissions decisions are usually made within four to six weeks after we receive a complete application. We encourage you to apply early — and to start your future now! Applications are processed on a rolling admissions basis, meaning they are evaluated once all materials have been submitted, in the order of completion.

Transitioning from the Military

The Rady MBA core curriculum provides the analytical tools and business fundamentals needed to succeed in a business environment. Then, in your Lab to Market capstone project and in a variety of action learning electives, you will apply those fundamentals to real business problems, building a portfolio of experiences that assist in career transition. The Rady School’s small size means that our career development team can provide individualized attention as you assess your strengths and explore the career path that is right for you.

Advancing Your Military Career

Military leaders — both active and reserve — are increasingly well-educated, and the competition for top positions is tough. A Rady MBA creates a competitive career advantage by providing a rigorous education in business in an environment that aligns with the values of the military. More importantly, it enhances the contribution you can make to national defense, enabling you to be more effective in leading larger and more complex organizations in a period of change.

Benefits for Military MBA Candidates:

Fee Waiver

In appreciation of your service to our country, the Rady School of Management will waive the application fee for all current and former members of the military applying to any Rady MBA program. Please contact Rady Graduate Admissions to receive the application fee waiver before submitting your application.

Active Duty

To learn how active military personnel can pay their tuition using their military education benefits please visit the UC San Diego Financial Aid Office.

Useful Links

GI Bill & Yellow Ribbon: The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs GI Bill website and Yellow Ribbon Program websites provide prospective students with complete information regarding benefits and the payment application process. Click here to get an overview of veterans' benefits at UC San Diego.