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What programs are offered at the Rady School?

How long is the MBA program at Rady?

  • Full-Time MBA – 21 months
  • FlexWeekend MBA – 24 months
  • FlexEvening MBA – 30 months
  • Master of Finance - 24 months
  • MS in Business Analytics - 24 months
  • Master of Professional Accountancy - 9 months

What is the status of the Rady School’s accreditation?

The Rady School of Management is accredited by AACSB International - Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Founded in 2003, the Rady School is the only new business school created at a U.S. News & World Report top 10 ranked public research university during the past 30 years, and is one of the youngest in the nation to achieve this AACSB recognition.


My bachelor's degree is from a 3–year program, am I still eligible to apply?

Equivalency of a four–year U.S. bachelor’s degree is required. Thirty-six consecutive units of post-graduate, college-level courses taken prior to applying may fulfill the four–year requirement. Courses may be non–degree work.

I will complete my bachelor’s degree in the spring and will not have any professional work experience. Will you consider my application for admission to the Full–Time MBA?

We don’t require a minimum number of years of work experience. Each year we admit a small number of students directly from undergraduate or graduate studies without work experience. We will want to understand why now is the right time for you to pursue an MBA degree. Several factors are considered to determine your contribution to the class – teamwork, leadership potential, excellent academic records, possible undergraduate internships, community work, extracurricular activities, etc. https://rady.ucsd.edu/programs/masters-programs/mba/full-time/direct/ 

Do I need a business background to apply to the program?

It is not necessary to have business coursework prior to entering the MBA program – we are looking for a very diverse class. Majors have included computer science, engineering, chemistry, biology, sociology, literature, philosophy, political science, etc.

What is the minimum GMAT score for the Rady MBA program?

There is no minimum requirement; however, the average GMAT scores have been in the high 600s for the Full-Time MBA program. Details can be found in the class profile under your program of interest. GMAT scores are good predictors of how well students will do in the required core classes, and strong scores may serve to balance lower undergraduate academic performance. GMAT scores in one sitting are evaluated, not averaged from multiple sittings.

I’m a college senior. Am I eligible to apply to the MBA program?

The Rady School welcomes applications from undergraduates who have excelled academically and personally and who can articulate their reasons for continuing directly to the MBA program. Undergraduate majors in science or engineering or technical disciplines are particularly relevant to the Rady School’s emphasis, but these are by no means the only majors we consider. Please contact the Rady Graduate Admissions Office for more information.

Does the Rady School accept students with advanced degrees?

The Rady School welcomes applications from individuals who have already completed advanced study in science, engineering, medicine and technology. Deep knowledge of a scientific or technical field can, in combination with a rigorous MBA education focused on innovation, provide you with a launching pad for an exceptional career. Our student body, in both Full-Time and FlexMBA programs, includes unusually high numbers of people with advanced degrees. Please contact the Rady Graduate Admissions Office.

Does the Rady School view military service as relevant work experience?

Yes, the admissions team recognizes the valuable leadership skills that applicants with military service can bring to the Rady School. Members of the military and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. If you are interested in speaking to a current student or alumni with a military background, this can be arranged through the Rady Graduate Admissions Office.

Are there minimum requirements for language exams for international students?

There are mandatory minimum scores that are required by the UC San Diego’s Graduate Division. The university-wide minimum TOEFL score required for consideration for graduate admission is 550 for the paper based test (PBT), and 80 for the internet based test (iBT).

The university-wide minimum IELTS Academic Training exam score required for consideration for graduate admission is Band Score 7.

The minimum PTE Academic score required for graduate admission is Overall Score: 65.

The Admissions Process

How does the admissions process work?

The process of evaluating an application takes between four to six weeks after a complete application has been submitted. Please refer to the specific program's admissions page for details on what is considered a complete application.

After you submit your application, you will receive confirmation and instructions for further action, if necessary. The admissions committee will review the application to determine if we would like to schedule an interview.

How can I set up an interview with admissions?

Interviews are by invitation only. We will contact you to schedule an appointment. All admitted students will have been interviewed.

If I’m not admitted to the program, can I get feedback on my application?

If requested, the admissions committee will provide feedback to applicants once the admissions cycle is complete and classes are seated.

If not admitted, can I reapply the next year?

Yes, the application process is the same when reapplying. You would submit a new application with all supporting documents, including transcripts and letters of recommendation. If you retake the GMAT, GRE and/or TOEFL, your official scores need to be sent to us.

Is deferral of admission permitted?

An admission deferral for one year may be granted after review of your file and with a written explanation from you for the deferral request.

The Application

What are the application deadlines and when can I apply?

Deadlines vary according to each program.  The official deadlines are available on the admissions page for each program that you are considering.

Why are there multiple deadlines for submitting an application?

We admit on a rolling basis, so our deadlines give you a sense of where we are in the admissions cycle. As we move through that cycle, we have begun to make offers of admission. A few things to consider while deciding when to submit your application:

  • When are you satisfied that what you are submitting represents you well?
  • When would you like to have your admission decision?
  • We aim for a four to six week turnaround time once we have a completed application.
  • Fewer spaces are available in the cohort the longer you wait to submit your application.

What is the application fee and can it be waived under certain circumstances?

The required application fee is $200. We do offer MBA applicants who are active duty or veterans an application fee waiver. Please contact the Rady Graduate Admissions Office for more information.

What are the required application materials?

  • Application form (must be submitted online)
  • Official transcripts from all prior academic work.
  • Resume
  • Recommendations (2)
  • Short Answer and Essay Questions
  • GMAT or GRE
  • TOEFL or IELTS (if applicable)
  • Fellowship Request Form (if applicable)
  • Application fee

See the detailed Application Checklist for further details.

Can the GMAT or GRE be waived?

The Rady School of Management believes your motivation and commitment matters. Due to the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic and applicants' reduced ability to access and prepare for the GMAT or GRE, we will waive the GRE/GMAT requirement for all FLEX Evening and Flex Weekend MBA applicants for Fall 2020. All applications must be submitted before the final deadline of July 15 for the Fall 2020 enrollment.

A waiver of the GMAT/GRE will be considered for applicants who have:

  • completed an M.D. at an accredited U.S. medical school, or
  • completed a doctoral degree (Ph.D.) in a technical, scientific or quantitatively-based discipline at an accredited U.S. institution
  • completed a Master’s degree in engineering, science or a quantitatively-based discipline with a GPA of at least 3.0 (or equivalent), have at least 8 years of relevant work experience and are applying to the FlexMBA program for working professionals.

Applicants should consult with Graduate Admissions for further information. The LSAT will not be accepted in substitution for the GMAT or GRE.

Can I submit my application before taking the GMAT/GRE?

Yes. Under the GMAT/GRE section on the application indicate when you are scheduled to take the exam. We will assemble your application and do a preliminary review while waiting for the results. No admission decision will be made until we have your GMAT/GRE scores and your application is complete.

Am I required to submit a TOEFL score?

Demonstrated proficiency in the English language is required for all international applicants whose native language is not English. Students are eligible for a waiver if they have received at least a B average while studying full-time for one uninterrupted year at a university-level institution in which English is the language of instruction and in a country in which English is the dominant language. If an applicant is not eligible for a waiver, the applicant must demonstrate proficiency in the English language by taking and receiving passing scores on one of the below exams:

The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): The minimum TOEFL score for admission is 550 for the paper based test (PBT) or 80 for the Internet Based Test. TOEFL information and forms are available at the TOEFL website.

The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic Training exam: The minimum IELTS score is Band 7.0. IELTS registration information is available on the IELTS website.

The Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic). The minimum PTE academic score required for graduate admission is overall score 65. Registration and test information is available on the Pearson website.

Do I need to submit a translated copy of my transcript?

Official academic records must be issued in the language of instruction and accompanied by official English translations. Acceptable documentation includes:

  • Originals issued by the university bearing the original stamp or seal and the signature of the authorized official.
  • Official copies issued by the degree granting university bearing the stamp or seal and signature of the authorized official.
  • Official literal (word-for-word) English translations issued by the degree-granting institution or official authorized translation services.

Is the calculus prerequisite needed prior to applying?

The calculus prerequisite is not a requirement for an admission decision. Admitted students who have not satisfied a year of calculus with a B or better will be provided options on how to fulfill the calculus prerequisite before the start of the MBA program in September.

Who should my recommendation be from?

Recommendations should generally be from your professional network — someone who knows you well enough to provide us with insight regarding your professional qualifications and potential for contribution. The most effective recommenders are those willing to speak on your behalf and supplement the application materials. Two recommendations are required; both do not need to be from your place of employment.

I am enrolled in another MBA program – can I transfer to the Rady MBA program?

There is no automatic transfer to the Rady MBA. You must submit an application for admission consideration. Any transfer of credits would be on a case-by-case basis and generally only a limited number of electives would be considered.

Costs, Fees and Financing

What are the fees for the MBA programs?

Full-Time MBA: https://rady.ucsd.edu/programs/masters-programs/mba/full-time/costs-and-financing/ 

  • Fees are billed quarterly and are not determined by the number of courses taken. The fees do not include living expenses, textbooks and course materials or campus parking permits.

FlexMBA:  https://rady.ucsd.edu/programs/masters-programs/mba/flex/costs-and-financing/ 

  • The fee structure is per credit unit. 
  • Residency is not a factor in determining the fees for the FlexMBA
  • All inclusive fees are billed quarterly. Fees will vary depending on the number of units enrolled in per quarter.
  • Fees include
    • textbooks and course materials
    • parking permits on class days/nights when required
    • meals during scheduled class nights or weekends
    • lodging during the residential session for the Flex Evening program
    • lodging on Friday evenings of classes for the Flex Weekend program.
  • The fees do not include student health insurance.

Fees for the MBA programs are subject to change and approval by the UC Regents. For more information, please refer to our website under your program of interest.

What options do I have for financial assistance?

  • Applicants who wish to be considered for a fellowship must complete the Fellowship Request Form located in the application. Fellowships are limited for each program and are awarded to the most qualified applicants in terms of merit and alignment with the mission of the institution.
  • FAFSA (Free Application For Federal Student Aid) is available to U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
  • Educational loans may be an option to consider. The UC San Diego Financial Aid office provides a list of preferred lenders to assist graduate students.

Are there funding options for members of the military?

Yes, read more about federal veterans’ benefits available at UC San Diego.


What are the options for on- and off-campus housing?

UC San Diego offers limited, high–quality, on–campus housing for graduate students. We recommend you apply for campus housing as soon as possible after being admitted. To learn more visit: https://hdh.ucsd.edu/arch/pages/