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How to Apply to the UCLA Anderson MBA Program

The UCLA Anderson MBA program is one of the most competitive in the world. In order to be considered for admission, applicants must meet a number of requirements, including submitting a strong application package.

Application Process

The UCLA Anderson MBA application process is divided into two phases: the application and the interview.


The application for the UCLA Anderson MBA program is available online. Applicants must submit the following materials:

  • Resume
  • Two essays
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Official transcripts
  • Test scores (GMAT, GRE, EA) (TOEFL, IELTS)


The resume should highlight the applicant’s academic, professional, and extracurricular achievements. It should be well-organized and easy to read.


The two essays are designed to allow applicants to showcase their leadership, communication, and problem-solving skills. The first essay is a personal statement, and the second essay is a reflection on a leadership experience.

Letters of Recommendation

Two letters of recommendation are required. The letters should come individuals who can speak to the applicant’s academic, professional, and leadership skills.

Official Transcripts

Official transcripts must be submitted all colleges and universities attended.

Test Scores

The UCLA Anderson MBA program accepts the GMAT, GRE, and EA. Applicants must submit their most recent scores.


Applicants who are not native English speakers must submit their TOEFL or IELTS scores.


The UCLA Anderson MBA program conducts interviews with selected applicants. The interview is an opportunity for the applicant to learn more about the program and for the admissions committee to get to know the applicant better.

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Essay 1

The UCLA Anderson MBA program seeks to develop transformative leaders who think fearlessly, drive change, and share success. The first essay asks applicants to share an example from their personal or professional life where they demonstrated perseverance to accomplish a significant goal or milestone. Applicants should use the STAR technique to structure their story, which stands for:

  • Situation: Set the stage by describing the challenge or obstacle you faced.
  • Task: Identify the specific tasks you had to complete in order to overcome the challenge.
  • Action: Describe the actions you took to complete the task, with a particular focus on how you persevered.
  • Result: Summarize the positive outcome of your actions.

Optional Essay

The optional essay asks applicants to share any extenuating circumstances in their profile about which the Admissions committee should be aware. Applicants should only respond to this essay if they have a glaring weakness or liability in their application that they need to address. They should keep their responses brief and to-the-point, offering explanations without making excuses.

Short Answers

The short answers section of the UCLA Anderson MBA application allows applicants to provide additional information about their academic or personal circumstances, their short-term and long-term post-MBA career goals, and how UCLA Anderson can help them achieve their goals. Applicants should be concise and specific in their answers, and they should make sure to tailor their responses to the specific requirements of each question.

Clear Admit Resources

Clear Admit is a website that provides resources for MBA applicants, including advice, admissions information, and live updates from applicants and admits to UCLA Anderson. Applicants who are interested in applying to UCLA Anderson are encouraged to check out Clear Admit’s website and resources.

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Letter of recommendation questions

The UCLA Anderson MBA program requires two professional recommendations. The recommender should be able to speak to your work performance, capabilities, and potential for graduate studies and future career success.

Section 1: Recommender Information

  • Context of Relationship: This refers to the nature of your relationship with the applicant. You can select from the following options:
    • Current Employer
    • Previous Employer
    • University/Academic
    • Extra Curricular/Community
    • Other
  • Relationship to applicant: This refers to your specific role in relation to the applicant. You can select from the following options:
    • Direct Supervisor
    • Other Supervisor
    • Advisor/Mentor
    • Colleague/Peer
    • Direct Report
    • Indirect Report
    • Client/Customer
    • Business Partner/Investor
    • Vendor
    • Professor/Instructor
    • Other
  • How long have you known the applicant?
  • During which period of time have you had the most frequent contact with the applicant?
  • If you are affiliated with UCLA Anderson School of Management or UCLA, please select the option that most closely matches.
    • Faculty
    • UCLA Anderson Graduate
    • UCLA Graduate
    • Staff
    • Not affiliated
    • Other

Section 2: Competency Ratings

The recommender will be asked to rate the applicant on 10 competencies using the following scale:

  • No Basis
  • Below Average
  • Average (top 50%)
  • Good (top 25%)
  • Excellent (top 10%)

The competencies are:

  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Professional Maturity
  • Resilience
  • Self-Confidence
  • Communication
  • Analytical and Problem Solving
  • Motivation and Initiative
  • Work Quality
  • Teamwork
  • Leadership Potential

The recommender can also provide additional comments on any of the competencies.

Section 3: Comments and Examples

The recommender will be asked to answer the following questions and provide specific examples where possible:

  • Please provide a brief description of your interaction with the applicant and, if applicable, the applicant’s role in your organization. (Recommended word count: 50 words)
  • How does the performance of the applicant compare to that of other well-qualified individuals in similar roles? (E.g. what are the applicant’s principal strengths?) (Recommended word count: 300 words)
  • Describe the most important piece of constructive feedback you have given the applicant. Please detail the circumstances and the applicant’s response. (Recommended word count: 300 words)
  • (Optional) Is there anything else we should know?
  • Based on your professional experience, how do you rate this candidate compared to her/his peer group?
    • Unable to assess
    • Below average
    • Average
    • Very good (well above average)
    • Excellent (top 10%)
    • Outstanding (top 5%)
    • The best encountered in my career
  • Overall, I …
    • Do not recommend this applicant
    • Recommend this applicant, with reservations
    • Recommend this applicant
    • Enthusiastically recommend this applicant

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Admissions events in your area

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If invited for an interview this resource is useful: Interview reports submitted by interviewees

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