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What is a good GMAT score for UCLA MSBA?

Short Answer – All in all, the prestigious UCLA MSBA course has an average GMAT score of 733. Therefore, If you score above 733, you have a fair shot and you will receive an encouraging response to your profile evaluation from the admission committee. 

Long Answer – However, there is no such thing as a safe score, higher is always better. In our years of consulting experience, we have seen our clients with 690 getting selected into top schools like MIT and on the other hand, someone with a 770 getting rejected too. Basically, a good benchmark that we advise all our clients to beat is the average GMAT score of the last entering class as mentioned in the Class profile published every year. Scoring above the average gets you a fair shot; 

“The higher your score, the better is it for your interview or admission chance.” 

As a matter of fact, if you plan to apply with a score below the average, then you are starting a fight with one hand tied behind your back or, say, starting a few yards behind your competitors. You can catch up in other application sections by writing outstanding essays or performing well in an interview later. But it is always nice to start ahead of the competitor. A higher GMAT score helps one gain a competitive advantage.

“What if you are from the over-represented Indian or Asian Pool?”

As has been noted, the over-represented candidate pool of Indian or Chinese applicants usually goes through a rigorous preparation process for GMAT, with a lot of Indian applicants scoring quite high increasing the overall competition. Hence, correspondingly, we recommend candidates within the most over-represented profiles shoot at least 20 points higher than the school’s class profile average. 


Average Employment Salary after UCLA MSBA

The average salary at UCLA MSBA for the last graduating class was $116,000.00. Almost 100% of the class was employed within 3 months of graduation with the majority of the class going into consulting (21%), Finance (23%) and technology (29%) oriented functional roles. 

The program- UCLA MSBA requires professionals who can perform powerful analytics and understand business. 


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Tuition Fees & Scholarship at HEC

UCLA Master in Business Analytics Tuition fees is altogether-$70,771.00 and an additional $43,734.00(approximately)  living cost is required to be paid.

With a 3:1 student-to-faculty ratio in UCLA MSBA,  students have access to world-renowned leaders in business analytics and hence, the program is worth the cost.

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UCLA MSBA Application Essays

To get admission to the UCLA MSBA program, applicants are required to submit three essays as part of the online application. All in all these application essays help the Admissions Committee become acquainted with applicants as individuals, and they demonstrate an applicant’s ability to write concisely and economically.

Question 1: Business analytics requires a combination of mathematical/quantitative abilities and creative thinking. Describe a project you worked on, either as a student or professional, that demonstrates your analytical and creative problem-solving skills. Tell us why this project was interesting to you. (Maximum 750 words)

Question 2: Statement of purpose: Share academic and professional background, skills, accomplishments; research interests; academic/career goals. Describe why this graduate program is a good fit for you.

Question 3: Personal Statement: Personal motivation for applying to UCLA Anderson. Please share any relevant experiences, challenges, or accomplishments.


Furthermore, the admission to UCLA Business Analytics program requires two letters of recommendation. It is suggested that references are written specifically by individuals who can evaluate your quantitative skills and your management potential (e.g., professors, employers, and managers).

Application Process & timeline

We strongly advise all our clients to have a proper excel sheet or a timetables mapped out.
Once you are done with GMAT the entire application process usually take 4-6 weeks

Step 1

GMAT / GRE Score

2-3 months.

If you are not sure about what score to target then look at the average score of the schools you want and shoot above the average. 

Step 2

Profile Evaluation

 1-2 weeks.

Get your profile evaluated from a professional consultant and figure out what schools you can target based on your profile

Step 3

Application Prep

3-4 weeks at least. 

Start writing at least 1 month in advance of their 1st deadline. First application usually takes the longest.

Step 4

Interview Prep

1 week

School will notify you and give you roughly 1 week to schedule your interview. Ideally, start your prep ASAP and Do some mock interviews.


While knowing programming languages such as Python and SQL has advantages for students, they are not required for admission to UCLA Business Analytics program.

All prospective students are expected to have a strong quantitative background, including linear algebra, multivariate calculus, statistics and probability. In addition, applicants should have some experience or coursework in computer programming (e.g., C, Java, or Python), plus statistical and econometric modeling (e.g., R, SAS, STATA, or MATLAB). It is important to demonstrate competence in analytical skills in your application, through undergraduate math courses and/or your GMAT or GRE score.

Yes, the UCLA Anderson MSBA program qualifies as STEM, which can extend an international student’s Optional Practical Training (OPT) by 24 months – for a total of 36 months. OPT is temporary employment for practical training directly related to the student’s major area of study. 

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