Full-time MBA

Rady School of Management

Program Description
AACSB Accredited

Full-time MBA

Rady School of Management

Immersion in Innovation

The Full-Time MBA is designed to inspire your vision of the future and give you the knowledge to move great ideas to the marketplace. Full-Time MBA students are smart, collaborative, passionate about the business of innovation, interested in the worlds of science and technology -- and ready to launch the next stages of their careers.

We Focus on Your Career from Day One

The mission of the Rady Graduate Career Connections is to assist Master of Business Administration professionals in developing, evaluating and implementing career decisions.

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Direct to Rady for Exceptional Undergrads

You are completing or have just finished your undergraduate education, and you feel ready to pursue your MBA. You've made a real decision, not just thought about grad school as a backup strategy - you have reflected on your professional and personal aspirations and have considered your academic background and extracurricular and work experiences.

Rady welcomes applications from exceptional college seniors and recent graduates who are ready to move directly to the MBA and provides an intensive, focused orientation designed to ensure your success in the MBA program.

These applicants will have:

  • Excellent academic credentials.
  • Leadership potential demonstrated through activities, research, or work experiences.
  • Maturity and self-confidence.
  • An ability to articulate why attending business school now is the right professional and personal choice.


The Rady Full-Time MBA curriculum helps students develop the fundamental knowledge necessary for success in an innovation-driven, global environment. UC San Diego's Rady MBA students work collaboratively to enhance leadership skills and foster innovation and entrepreneurial thinking.

The Rady MBA curriculum provides the analytical and theoretical frameworks for rigorous business decision making. Our world-class faculty teaches you to identify and capitalize on new trends, ideas, and technologies. You will gain the practical knowledge needed for your success as an entrepreneurially minded leader. We emphasize innovation-driven industry sectors, especially those propelled by discoveries in technology and science.

Lab to Market

Required of all Rady MBA students, the capstone Lab to Market course sequence puts your core curriculum and elective knowledge to work. In this unique, action-learning based course sequence, you explore a project of significance to you by learning to assess which innovations are worth pursuing while bringing those concepts successfully to the marketplace. Lab to Market takes you out of the more structured academic framework of the core curriculum and puts you in a real-world environment, evaluating and pursuing potential business opportunities in collaboration with a team of classmates.

Collaboration sets learning in motion

At the Rady School, we believe teamwork and collaboration are essential for successful innovation and that action learning is a critical component of your education as an entrepreneurially minded manager and leader — so you will see these elements integrated into every aspect of our MBA program.

Your classmates bring deep experience in a wide variety of industries and functions to each class discussion or project. They have lived, studied and worked around the globe, and been involved in companies of all sizes and at all stages of development. Their expertise and experience is an asset to your learning and your professional growth.

Project Teams

In electives, independent study and Lab to Market, you will work in teams formed around specific projects, interests or ideas. Project assignments are designed to ensure that you apply your new knowledge to real-world problems or situations. Issues you and your organization are facing become, in real-time, the subject of project work, demonstrating the value of your educational investment to your company.

Study Groups

In the core curriculum, your study team is your home base and your support network. Every team represents a diversity of educational and professional backgrounds and perspectives. You will find teammates whose strengths complement your own, and who help you learn in one area as you help them in another.

Core Curriculum: A Strong Foundation

Our robust core curriculum delivers a strong foundation that prepares you to make adept decisions in an ever-changing business environment. Beyond business cases and formulas, the Rady MBA core curriculum encourages collaboration, classroom discussion, and interaction.

Electives: Focus Your MBA Experience

Our elective courses are a tool for you to focus your educational experience on your personal and professional goals. More than half of the Rady MBA curriculum is elective and our diverse range of electives deepens and enriches your education. Whether you focus on one of the core functional areas of business – perhaps marketing, finance, or operations – or emphasize electives critical for innovation, like new product development or new venture finance ,or take advantage of Rady's action learning electives like technology commercialization or venture capital management, Rady's electives provide you with the knowledge and skills critical for working in innovative industries.

Cost & Fees

*Fees are subject to change

Entry Requirements

We are looking for innovative leaders who are determined to make an impact in their career and their community. At the Rady School, we admit individuals, not numbers. Our admissions committee reviews each MBA application comprehensively to get to know you as an individual. Your future is personal. Your education should be, too.

Key Criteria

Several criteria are assessed through the application and further explored in the admissions interview.

Academic Preparedness

Are you intellectually and academically prepared for the MBA curriculum?

Readiness for the MBA

Where are you in your career? What are your aspirations and your potential to take on leadership roles and make an impact?

Personal Attributes critical for success

Do you demonstrate key attributes like personal integrity, communication skills, interpersonal and teamwork skills, initiative, creativity, and leadership?

Application Checklist

A completed MBA application will include the following components:

  1. Application Form
  2. Transcripts
  3. Resume or CV
  4. Recommendations
  5. Short Answer and Essays
  6. GMAT or GRE Scores
  7. TOEFL, IELTS or PTE Score (for international applicants only)
  8. Fellowship Request Form (if applicable)
  9. Application Fee


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Last updated December 21, 2017
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2018
21 - 30 months
Full time
46,775 USD
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(Early decision deadline); December 1, 2017; February 1, 2018; April 1, 2018 (Final deadline for international applicants); June 1, 2018
USA - La Jolla, California
Start date: Sept. 2018
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(Early decision deadline); December 1, 2017; February 1, 2018; April 1, 2018 (Final deadline for international applicants); June 1, 2018
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Sept. 2018
USA - La Jolla, California
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(Early decision deadline); December 1, 2017; February 1, 2018; April 1, 2018 (Final deadline for international applicants); June 1, 2018
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for California residents and $50,909 for non-residents