UCLA Anderson School of Management is one of eleven professional schools at the University of California, Los Angeles. The school is consistently ranked among the country’s top-tier programs (currently #11 in the United States by US News and World Report, #25 in the world by the Financial Times and #12 by Business Week), offering degrees to full-time, part-time, executive MBA and Ph.D. students. Enrollment during the 2005-2006 academic year is around 1,400 students, approximately 670 of whom are matriculated in the full-time program.
The school of management at UCLA was founded in 1935, and the MBA degree was authorized by the UC Regents four years later. In its early years the school was primarily an undergraduate institution, although this began to change in the 1950s after the appointment of Neil H. Jacoby as dean; the last undergraduate degree was awarded in 1969. UCLA is rare among public universities in the U.S. for not offering undergraduate business administration degrees. Undergraduate degrees in business economics are offered.
In 1950 the school was renamed the School of Business Administration. Five years later it became the Graduate School of Business Administration; in the 1970s the school’s name was changed again to the Graduate School of Management.
In 1987 John E. Anderson, class of 1940, donated $15 million to the school and prompted the construction of a new complex at the north end of UCLA’s campus. The 6-building, facility, designed by Henry N. Cobb of the architectural firm Pei Cobb Freed & Partners, cost $75 million to construct and opened officially in 1995.
Anderson has a very strong focus on giving back to the community. One of the biggest clubs on campus is the Challenge for Charity, a competition between the top West Coast business schools to put in the most volunteer hours per student and raise the most money for Special Olympics per student. This year, Anderson was the #1 school for total volunteer hours.
UCLA Anderson’s teaching model combines case study, experiential learning, lecture and team projects.
UCLA Anderson’s curriculum consists of ten core classes (required courses which cover a broad range of business fundamentals) and twelve (minimum) elective courses. Students are assigned to cohorts, called sections, of 65 students throughout the core curriculum. Unique from most other curricula, UCLA Anderson students take five of the ten core courses in their first quarter. This system gives the students a strong fundamental understanding of the skills required in the modern business world. The cohort system is almost entirely student run, with each cohort electing 17 different leadership positions ranging from President to Ethics chair. In addition, there is the student-led Anderson Student Association (ASA) which deals with all issues of student life including company recruiting, social clubs and academic issues. The current president of the student association is second year student, Sachin Patel.
Students may choose (but are not required) to focus in one or more of the following areas:
- Decisions, Operations, and Technology Management
- Communications, Media, and Entertainment Management
- Entrepreneurial Studies
- Global Economics and Management
- Human Resources and Organizational Behavior
- Information Systems
- Real Estate
Applied Management Research Program
The Applied Management Research Program is a two-quarter team-based strategic consulting field study project required during the second year of study in lieu of the comprehensive exam for the master's degree. Students complete strategic projects for companies partnering with the school, ultimately presenting recommendations to senior management. The program has been around since the late 1960s and is presently led by Sara Tucker, its Executive Director.
In 2004, two alternatives to the field study were introduced: a Business Creation Option, and a research study option.
The Harold and Pauline Price Center for Entrepreneurial Studies
Price Center Web site
The Price Center oversees all teaching, research, extracurricular, and community activities related to entrepreneurship at UCLA Anderson. The Price Center also maintains a strong commitment to serving the non-profit and small business communities through management development programs and topical seminars. These venues allow participants such as Head Start directors, early childcare professionals, and owners of developing businesses to direct and grow their organizations with a focused, well-managed, entrepreneurial flair.
The Laurence and Lori Fink Center for Finance & Investments (CFI)
CFI sponsors research, teaching and the application of financial knowledge in the global corporate and investment community. With acclaimed faculty, extensive information resources, dedicated alumni and corporate alliances, CFI offers the finest opportunities available anywhere for transforming fundamental knowledge into applicable practices within the global economy.
UCLA Anderson Forecast
UCLA Anderson Forecast Web site
UCLA Anderson Forecast provides forecasts for the economies of California and the United States. The UCLA Anderson Forecast for California is the most widely followed in the state and was unique in predicting both the seriousness of the early-1990s downturn, and the strength of the state economy’s rebound since 1993. Quarterly conferences are attended by business, professional, and government decision-makers from across the U.S. The Forecast Seminar, a quarterly forum sponsored by major corporations, state agencies, and local governments, gives members access to new developments in forecasting technology and software development.
Richard S. Ziman Center For Real Estate
Ziman Center Web site
The new century has brought forth an exciting era of growth and success to the $7 trillion real estate industry. Following a long tradition of quality real estate research and educational programs at UCLA Anderson, the school founded the Richard S. Ziman Center for Real Estate in 2002. Due to the interdisciplinary nature of the field, the Ziman Center’s research, teaching and outreach activities draw upon faculty and departments throughout UCLA, including management, law, public policy, urban planning, engineering and architecture.
Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER)
CIBER Web site
UCLA Anderson's CIBER was founded in 1989 as part of a network of 28 CIBERs created by the United States Omnibus Trade and Competitiveness Act of 1988. UCLA CIBER seeks to enrich the international content of the business school curriculum, provides funding to faculty and doctoral students working on projects related to international business and economics, and conducts programs that reach out to the Los Angeles area business community.
Entertainment and Media Management Institute (EMMI)
EMMI Web site
EMMI examines the forces of change on the management of enterprises in entertainment and media including the impacts of technology, consolidation, and globalization. The Institute and its predecessors have been around since the late 1970s and have approximately 1,000 graduates in management positions in the media, entertainment, and technology industries. 150-200 MBA students each year participate in classes, lunches with executives, Days on the Job, field studies, speakers, and other activities with the Institute. The student-run organization linked to the EMMI is called the Entertainment Management Association (EMA).