University of California, Los Angeles: Anderson


  • Completed applications must be received by 11:59 PM Pacific Time on the deadline day to be evaluated in that Round.

  • You should apply when your application is as strong as possible, even if it means waiting until a later Round to submit it

  • Rounds 1 and 2 are comparable in competitiveness.

  • There is no difference in applying early or late within a given Round.

  • Round 3 becomes more competitive as seats in the class fill up, and we look for distinctive profiles to round out the student mix.

  • Round 3 admits include strong candidates from around the world, and getting a student visa in time for fall enrollment is easy.

  • Earlier admits enjoy greater availability of fellowships, housing and networking events, so you should apply as soon as your candidacy looks strong.


All responses to essays must be on double-spaced pages that are uploaded as a document. We do not accept essays in any other media but written form.

1. What is your proudest achievement outside the workplace, and how has it impacted you? (700 words maximum)

2. What are your short-term and long-term career goals, and how will an MBA from UCLA Anderson specifically help you achieve these goals? (700 words maximum)

Optional Essay: Are there any extenuating circumstances in your profile about which the Admissions Committee should be aware? (250 words maximum)


1. How strong is the candidate’s focus in terms of being results-oriented, strategically-minded, and career-driven? (700 characters)

2. How does the candidate demonstrate leadership by creating a vision, motivating others, managing resources, and taking risks? (700 characters)

3. How strong are the candidate’s interpersonal skills as shown by their professionalism, teamwork, attitude, and conflict management? (700 characters)

4. How effective is the candidate in communicating clearly, eloquently, and confidently (in written and oral form)? (700 characters)

5. How does the candidate bring a unique perspective, and contribute to activities outside the workplace? (700 characters)


Reapplicants are those who submitted a completed MBA application within the previous two years (i.e., for the classes which began in fall 2011 or fall 2012) and received a final decision. The process to reapply is streamlined.

  • Create a new account in ApplyYourself (using a different email address than before, making sure that it will remain valid throughout the new admissions season).

  • Indicate on the application that you are submitting a renewal.

  • Submit only one new recommendation.

  • Answer the reapplication essay question below.

  • Watch for decision notifications according to the standard release schedule.

Please note:

  • You will be evaluated by the same standards as first-time applicants, so there is no disadvantage to reapplying.

  • Highlighting progress made since the prior application is the best way to get a different result this time.

  • Admission Committee members see the entire previous application to provide context.

  • Standardized test scores (GMAT, TOEFL and IELTS) remain on file if previously reported, though scores are subject to expiration dates.

  • You may submit new test scores if desired, and of course, higher scores make an application more competitive.

Required Reapplication Essay