Overview

Applicants
548
Acceptance Rate
30%
Average Undergrad GPA
3.41
Years Work Experience
5.4
Average Age
29

Test Scores

GMAT (25th and 75th percentiles)
640 - 730
GPA
2.99 - 3.88

Deadlines

Early Application Deadline
November 2

Regular Application Deadline
March 1

Round 1
November 2

Round 2
January 11

Round 3
March 1

Round 4
May 17

Other Admission Factors

Academic

GMAT Score
Undergraduate GPA
Letters of Recommendation
Essay / Personal Statement
Non-Academic

Interviews

School Type And Accreditation

School Type
Public

AACSB-approved
Yes

Selectivity Rating

Program Types

Full-Time
Yes

Part-Time
Yes

Evening
Yes

Executive
No

Online
No

Faculty Information

Student/Faculty
7:1
Total Faculty
73

51
Part-time
49
Full-time
23
Female
21
Minority


Students Say

The well-regarded MBA program Graduate School of Management at the University of California, Davis offers three different options and a strong quantitative background for students with work experience under their belts. Whether enrolled in the full-time program at Davis, or the part-time night and weekend programs at the campuses in the Bay Area and Sacramento (which teach all of the same material as the full-time program), students are afforded a "great combination" of challenging and rewarding classes, "very supportive atmosphere," and "many opportunities to expand our experiences well beyond the classroom."

The "stellar faculty" is "very well-informed" and offers "a variety of interesting current world topics." They "are willing to talk to you about anything and will spend as much time as you want discussing how to use things from class at work," and even "sit with the students at meals and will join in at happy hours." The school is also "doing a really good job bringing in experienced business people to teach electives"; the curriculum is a "great mix of classes" that also provides multiple opportunities to apply theoretical knowledge in practical setting, including "study trips, projects with actual companies, individual and group studies, internships and much more." Additionally, classes are up-to-date and provide both historical and recent cases and business examples that allow students to gain a better understanding of the concepts and curriculum.

The administration is similarly "student-oriented." It "works very hard to listen to and communicate with the students," and the Dean's Student Advisory Board meets once a quarter ("The Dean is impressive and obviously on a diehard mission to put our school in the top ten"). However, given the unique nature of the part-time schedule (i.e. Friday/ Saturday classes), scheduling of classes can be messy, and "it is often difficult to pair core classes with popular electives."



Sustainability

Courses in Sustainability
Yes

Sustainability course is
Recommended

Description
Sustainable and Responsible Business: Examines the fundamental challenges of meeting the needs and interests of all stakeholders in a way that balances social, environmental, and economic interests. Through case studies, lectures, movies, guest speakers, and a capstone research project, students will explore the necessity of simultaneously managing natural, social, and economic capital in all sectors of the economy.

Research Opportunities in Sustainability
Yes

Description
Energy Efficiency Fellows - This funding award is available to two students interested in emerging technologies in energy efficiency, particularly in the areas of buildings/cooling, buildings/lighting, transportation or water efficiency. Special consideration will be given to students who have a demonstrated interest in moving to southern California upon graduation or completing a summer internship with Southern California Edison (a subsidiary of Edison International). Fellowship awardees are often later selected as interns or offered an employment opportunity upon graduating with the sponsoring company and, thus, it is preferred they have an interest in living in the company’s service area. PG&E Energy Efficiency Fellows - This funding award is available to students interested in emerging technologies in energy efficiency, particularly in the areas of agriculture, buildings/cooling, buildings/lighting, transportation or water. Special consideration will be given to students who have a demonstrated interest in remaining in northern California upon graduation or completing a summer internship with PG&E. Fellowship awardees are often later selected as interns or offered an employment opportunity upon graduating with the sponsoring company and, thus, it is preferred they have an interest in living in the company’s service area.

School's environmental commitment 1:
The Davis chapter of Net Impact has been recognized nationally for its activities and success in harnessing the power of business to create positive social, environmental and economic change. The group has been honored as the Best Small Chapter of the Year (2006), Trailblazer Chapter of the Year (2007), and among the top five chapters in the U.S. (2009). The Davis chapter also earned a gold chapter designation this year, the highest level of chapter achievement.

School's environmental commitment 2:
The UC Davis Energy Efficiency Center (EEC) works closely with utilities, government agencies, industry, investors, stakeholder organizations, and researchers from multiple academic institutions to accelerate the development and commercialization of energy efficiency technologies. While the Center relies on research and broad expertise within its internal and external technology networks, the EEC’s emphasis on venture development and market impact distinguishes it from other traditional university centers. MBA students contribute as emerging market analysts to develop lab to market paths to bring new technologies to life.

School's environmental commitment 3:
The UC Davis Graduate School of Management, has earned a “platinum” certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, the first business school building in California awarded the highest green building ranking. Nationwide, only two other business school buildings have won a platinum ranking.

Career overview

Average Starting Salary
$97,426
Accepted employment by 3 months after graduation
91%

Finding Jobs & Internships

Source Of Full-Time Job Acceptances
68%
School Facilitiated
32%
Graduate Facilitated

Source Of Internship Acceptances
61%
Graduate Facilitiated
39%
School Facilitiated

Graduates Employed by Area of Practice

29%
Marketing
29%
Finance/Accounting
23%
General Management
13%
Other
3%
Consulting
3%
Information Technology

Graduates Employed by Region

81%
West
6%
International
6%
Southwest
3%
Midwest
3%
South

Students Say

This program "has a reach into many regions beyond Sacramento" thanks to the Career Development Office's ability to reach out into markets that students are most interest- ed in and their "willingness to develop something to further student's success." Most everyone attending Davis part-time is already employed, but the networking opportu- nities across students in different industries and the ability to work with classmates in consulting projects outside of school are "amazing." "We have people from San Jose, Oakland, Pleasanton, and as far as Ukiah commuting to the program, which makes it a large network of students in Fortune 500 companies," says a student. "We all study together, we eat together, and we bond together, which builds a strong student network of trust and accountability." Some students do think that the school's efforts to facilitate networking with actual companies themselves could be stepped up; in the past three years, the students themselves "have put together an alumni networking event that has successfully facilitated job and career changes."

Job Function

Job Function % of Grads Seeking Employment Who Accept
Jobs w/in 3 Months
Median Salary Mean Salary Low Base Salary High Base Salary
Finance / Accounting 29% $95,200 $92,711 $70,000 $110,000
Marketing / Sales 29% $105,000 $97,143 $75,000 $115,000
General Management 23% $104,000 $104,250 $90,000 $125,000
Other 13%
Consulting 3%
Information Technology 3%

Industries

Industries % of Grads Seeking Employment Who Accept
Jobs w/in 3 Months
Median Salary Mean Salary Low Base Salary High Base Salary
Technology 35% $93,625 $95,765 $80,000 $115,000
Other 26% $92,000 $91,500 $70,000 $110,000
Financial Services 16% $103,000 $102,750 $80,000 $125,000
Pharmaceutical / Biotechnology / Healthcare 10%
Petroleum / Energy 6%
Consulting 3%
Consumer Products 3%

Prominent Alumni

Michael Picker
President, CA Public Utilities Commission

Sue Miller-Sylvia
IBM Fellow

Michael Hurlston
Director, WLAN at Broadcom Corporation

Cathinka Wahlstrom
Senior Managing Director, Accenture

Andrew Barkett
CEO, Getexp, Inc.

Dates

Application Deadlines
Mar 2

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Aid Package
$41,186

Average Scholarship / Grant Aid Package
$12,375

Students Receiving Some Form Of Aid
100%

All Students Receiving Scholarships / Grants
100%

New Students Receiving Some Form Of Aid
100%

New Students Receiving Scholarships / Grants
100%

New Students Receiving Loans
30%

Tuition Full-Time (per year)

Tuition (In-State)
$36,462
Tuition (Out-State)
$48,707
Fees (In-State)
$2,017
Fees (Out-State)
$2,017

Tuition Part-Time (per credit hour)

Fees (In-State)
$1,245
Fees (Out-State)
$1,245

Expenses per Academic Year

Estimated Room And Board On-Campus
$15,357
Estimated Room And Board Off-Campus
$15,357
Academic Expenses
$1,771

Student Body Profile

Total Enrollment
422
Part Time
78%

In State
57.0%
Out of State
43.0%
Foreign Countries Represented
11

Demographics

5.10%
Minorities
35.00%
International

34% female
66% male

Campus Life

Students Say

This bunch is "willing to learn and help each other out." Most also have lives outside of school and work so are quite busy, so at times "they can appear stressed." But, they are all "good-natured, friendly, and approachable people." There are "a ton of activities and clubs" that can help "to improve your business acumen," and across all of the programs, students "interact, work on projects, socialize outside of class." "My classmates quickly became a tight-knit group," says one student. Lunch and/or dinner is provided for the Bay Area weekend program (during which time announcements are made), which "promotes a cohort model that closely replicates the total-immersion experience offered by full time programs." "With three campuses offering very similar courses at different times of the day and week, you can work around your professional schedule," says a student.

For those who can carve time our of their academics, life, and extracurriculars, it is worth noting that the city of Davis "is an amazing jewel in the Central Valley…there is an amaz- ing offering of athletics and healthy living businesses, and boasts a very large proportion of small businesses, as opposed to chains."


More Information

% of Classrooms with Internet Access
100%

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Internet Access for All Students
Yes

Admissions Office Contact

Contact
James Stevens
Senior Assistant Dean

Address
Graduate School of Management
One Shields Ave, Gallagher Hall
Davis, CA 95616
United States

Phone
530-752-7658

Fax
530-754-9355

Email
admissions@gsm.ucdavis.edu


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