As a response to the unique global impact caused by the COVID-19 coronavirus, and an effort to support our prospective students, the University of California, Riverside A. Gary Anderson Graduate School of Management will alter the admissions requirements for all applicants for Fall 2021.
Changes will be as follows:
- The GMAT/GRE will not be required
Should you want your application to be considered without the submission of a GMAT/GRE score, simply include the phrase “Consider without exam” at the top of your statement of purpose essay.
We consider each applicant's professional, academic and life experiences, in addition to character and personality. Admission to the A. Gary Anderson Graduate School of Management is based upon several criteria, including the quality of previous academic work, personal essays and letters of recommendation.
Professional experience is considered advantageous but is not required for admission. We encourage recent graduates, entry-level and mid-career applicants to apply.
Schedule your personal consultation
We encourage prospective students to reach out to the admissions team for a personal consultation with an associate director by phone or virtual means. We can also connect you with a student ambassador for a student perspective. Requests for a personal consultation can be submitted HERE.
How to Apply
To apply to any of the AGSM Graduate Programs, you will need to complete an online application and submit the required documents listed below. Please note that not all official documents are necessary to start and complete your online application. Refer to the Graduate Division website for specific application instructions.
If you need to contact our office about your application, please make sure to include your full name (as entered on your application) and Application ID on all correspondence.
MBA Admissions Criteria
The MBA program is open for admission to all eligible students from all undergraduate majors.
Quantitative Methods (business calculus, linear algebra, statistics) is a prerequisite to the program. Qualified students who have not taken this prerequisite course may be admitted, but must meet this requirement by completing an inexpensive online course offered by Knewton Alta before classes begin, or complete MGT 403 during their first two quarters in residence.
Professional MBA Admissions Criteria
The Professional MBA program is open for admission to eligible students from all undergraduate majors.
Quantitative Methods (business calculus, linear algebra, statistics) is a prerequisite to the program. Qualified students who have not taken this prerequisite course may be admitted, but must meet this requirement by completing MGT 403 during their first two quarters in residence.
Master of Finance Admissions Criteria
The Master of Finance program is open for admission to all students. The program is best suited for students with a sufficient quantitative background and foundation of knowledge to support successful completion of the program. The most complementary undergraduate majors include business, engineering, mathematics, statistics and physics, among others. Students with less quantitative backgrounds may also apply, but should expect to take electives or additional courses to develop their quantitative skills.
Master of Professional Accountancy Admissions Criteria
The MPAc program is open to eligible students with an accounting background gained from undergraduate coursework, prior work experience, or a combination of both. We accept applicants with undergraduate degrees in business, accounting, economics and other related fields.
Prerequisites for Admission
Applicants must have completed the following accounting courses (UCR course numbers for reference) or their equivalents at another institution:
- Financial Accounting and Reporting (BUS 020)
- One year of Intermediate Financial Accounting (BUS 165A/B/C)
- One auditing course:
- Auditing (BUS 169A)
- Quality Assurance in Auditing (BUS 169B)
- One taxation course:
- Individual Taxation (BUS 168A)
- Federal Taxation for Corporations, Partnerships, Estates, and Trusts (BUS 168B)
- One cost or managerial accounting course:
- Financial Evaluation and Managerial Analysis (BUS 108)
Additionally, all applicants must have completed 5-6 business courses outside of accounting.
Master of Science in Business Analytics Admissions Criteria
Are you seeking to be a data driven professional? The admissions committee is looking for applicants with an academic background in quantitative disciplines such as mathematics, business, finance, economics, statistics, engineering, computer science, information systems, and the physical sciences.
If lacking the academic background described above, consideration will also be given to those who have significant work experience in the area of business analytics, marketing research or have developed a strong quantitative background through additional coursework or relevant work experience. Please share any certifications or licenses acquired if you think it could further inform the admissions committee.
Fall 2021 Application Deadlines
January 31, 2021
March 31, 2021
International Late Round:
June 1, 2021
Domestic Late Round:
August 1, 2021