University of California-Davis Online Master of Business Administration

Why University of California, Davis? 

There is no hard and fast rule about minimum years of work experience needed for admission to the online Master of Business Administration degree program at UCDavis. Applicants to this very large public research university, located in Davis, in the Sacramento area, know that the university offers many advantages and has selective admission policies.

The Graduate School of Business looks at the whole picture of an applicant’s professional life and their potential for commercial success. The applicants are evaluated as a whole person. GMAT or GRE scores are not needed for admission, and neither is a minimum grade point average.

Program Snapshot

University Name University of California, Davis
Location Davis
State CA Grade A
Name of Degree Master of Business Administration
School or Department Administering Program Graduate School of Management
Credits (quarter units) 72
Cost per credit $1,465.00
Tuition for Entire Program $105,480.00
Test Requirements optional
Minimum GPA none
Prerequisite Courses and Skills none
Campus Visit Required? yes
Typical Time to Complete 24-36 months
When Can Students Start the Program? January, April, June, September
Program Concentrations none
Synchronous classes yes
Required Courses
  • Financial Accounting
  • The Individual and Group Dynamics
  • Organizational Strategy and Structure
  • Markets and the Firm
  • Data Analysis for Managers
  • Marketing Management
  • Financial Theory and Policy
  • Managing for Operational Excellence
  • Articulation and Critical Thinking
  • Integrated Management Project (Capstone Course)
Does the Program Include a Capstone? yes
Does the program include a practicum or internship? no
Other Features that Make the Program Unique faculty made up of research experts; students receive personalized attention; research strengths of the department are organizational behavior, cross-disciplinary entrepreneurship, banking markets, behavioral economics, industrial organization; three multi-day in-person experiences in Silicon Valley, Davis and Napa Valley; curriculum emphasizes quantitative analysis and data-driven decision making
Program Description This degree requires 72 credits of coursework. Students complete a capstone course to consolidate and extend the knowledge learned throughout the program. There is no internship or practicum requirement. Most students complete the program within 24-36 months. Students do not specialize in a concentration subject area and instead pursue a generalist curriculum. 


What will I Learn?

Applicants should know that this program is administered on the quarter system, and therefore the curriculum requirement of 72 units is equivalent to 48 semester credits. There are no concentration areas offered.

The curriculum highlights Davis’s expertise in data-driven decision-making through required courses in Data Analysis for Managers and Articulation and Critical Thinking. Specialists in banking and finance teach Financial Accounting, Markets and the Firm, and Financial Theory and Policy. Students may encounter renowned faculty while taking courses in organizational psychology such as The Individual and Group Dynamics, Organizational Strategy and Structure, and Managing for Operational Excellence.

Program concepts are brought together for discussion and spirited debate in a capstone course entitled Integrated Management Project.

How much will the program cost?

The program costs $1,465.00 per credit, and 72 credits are required. The total cost of the degree is just over $105,000.00 for the entire degree. Most students take 24-36 months to finish their studies. Significant financial aid and scholarships are offered.

How does the program fit into my life?

Synchronous weekly class sessions via videoconferencing are mandatory for all courses. A variety of semesters are available for new students to join the course: January, April, June, and September. It is important for students to plan ahead for the three, multi-day residencies that will be held in various places around California.

Between between 24 and 36 months, students may expect to finish the course. Students may maintain a full-time job and study at their own pace because to the flexible nature of the curriculum.


With faculty made up of research experts with active projects in industry and academia, UCDavis offers unparalleled opportunities for students interested in cutting-edge theory and practice. Faculty research interests include organizational behavior, cross-disciplinary entrepreneurship, banking markets, behavioral economics, and industrial organization.

While the cost of this program is much higher than many others in the heartland, it is comparable to similar programs located in the same state. Applicants will be attracted to the chance to experience three multi-day in-person experiences in Silicon Valley, Davis and Napa Valley. The curriculum emphasis on quantitative analysis and data-driven decision making will also be of interest to many.