La La Land: More than a Movie…Tips to get you to UCLA Anderson

(Updated for 2018-2019)

How To Get Into UCLA’s

Anderson School of Management

Learn How  

There are many amazing reasons to live in Southern California: Perfect weather, perfect water, and Silicon Beach to name a few. However, what really makes UCLA stand out is its unique location in a city filled with many different industries, a collaborative culture, and the flexibility to customize your MBA experience. Keep these in mind when completing your essays.
Essay Question: Describe your short-term and long-term career goals. How can the UCLA Anderson experience add value to your professional development? (500 words maximum)

While this is a pretty standard essay question, Anderson is looking at this question to ensure that you are ready for an MBA. Make sure that you can sell why now is the right time and Anderson is the right place for you.


Start by describing your short and long-term goals. Be clear and concise so that everyone will interpret your path in the same way. If you are too vague, it could be a red flag that that you have not thought through your plan clearly and might not be ready for an MBA.

Bring Proof:

You should provide evidence from your past that illustrates how you have developed these goals and that they logically fit with your story. If you are a career switcher, you will need to give a bit of background as to why you are switching – what experiences have you had that make you want to change your path?

Why Anderson:

How can Anderson get you there? How can Anderson fill the skill gaps you have? This is your opportunity to really show how well you know UCLA. Will you pick finance or marketing in your first semester? Will you choose a specialization to help you dive deeper into your niche or stay high level to round out your general management skills? How will you approach your Capstone project – through AMR or BCO (you better know the difference)? How will you leverage the resources available through the Parker Career Management Center?

Short Answer Question: Describe how you would contribute to the UCLA Anderson community. (250 words maximum)

The best way to know how you can contribute to the UCLA community is to get to know it: visit campus, sit in a class and reach out to current students and alumni – a coffee or adult beverage is well worth the cost of getting insight.

Then think about what unique qualities you could bring to your class and Anderson overall. Will you take a leadership role in one of the many clubs? Or will you help to provide connections for the Global Immersion trip to your country? Or teach your fellow classmates to surf?

While it is important to talk about the specifics, it is also important to show that you understand the collaborative- change oriented- and student driven nature of UCLA Anderson and show how you will continue to drive this culture forward.

Are you are prepared to share success, think fearlessly and drive change? Then perhaps UCLA Anderson should be the next step towards YOUR future in business.

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