UC Davis Graduate School of Management

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UC Davis Graduate School of Management
Motto Preparing Innovative Leaders for Global Impact
Type Public business school
Established 1981
Dean H. Rao Unnava
Academic staff
28 tenured and tenure-track
Location Davis, California, United States
Alumni 3,900
Nickname UC Davis GSM
Website gsm.ucdavis.edu
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The UC Davis Graduate School of Management (GSM) is a graduate business school at the University of California, Davis. Established in 1981, its degree programs include MBA, MPAc and MSBA.

The GSM offers Master of Business Administration (MBA) degrees in three locations: The two-year, Full-Time MBA program is offered at the main campus in Davis. Two working professional programs, are offered in Sacramento and at San Ramon in the San Francisco Bay Area.

The working professional programs is designed to be completed in three years, but may be "accelerated" to finish in two by taking additional classes.[1]

The UC Davis Full-Time MBA is ranked 48th in the nation by U.S. News and World Report.[2]

The Graduate School of Management began 9-month MPAc (Master of Professional Accountancy) program in 2012.

Starting in 2017, the Graduate School of Management will offer a 10-month MSBA (Master of Science in Business Analytics) program in San Francisco.[3]

UC Davis undergraduates can minor in technology management. GSM's executive programs include the Wine Executive program, jointly managed with the department of Viticulture & Enology.

The school's teaching model combines case study, experiential learning, lecture and team projects.

The school's LEED Platinum certified facility, Maurice J. Gallagher, Jr. Hall, opened in September 2009.[4]

Master of Business Administration[edit]

The MBA degree requires completing 72 hours of credit (24 courses) with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better. MBA student at UC Davis may also seek to earn a double degree such as J.D./M.B.A., MBA/Doctor of Medicine (MD), MBA/Master of Science in Engineering (MSE), MBA/Master of Science (MS) in Agricultural and Resource Economics.

MBA concentrations offered are: Accounting; Competitive Analytics and Technologies; Finance; Information Technology; General Management; Marketing; Technology Management; and Entrepreneurship. MBA specializations offered are: Agribusiness; Biotechnology; Corporate and Social Responsibility; Healthcare; High Tech; International Business; Non-Profit; Real Estate; Small Business; and Wine Industry.

The MBA curriculum is anchored by IMPACT,[5] a new, two-part capstone course designed to sharpen writing, speaking and critical-thinking abilities. IMPACT teams work on 10-week projects for clients ranging from multinational Fortune 500 firms to ultra-fast-paced Silicon Valley start-ups.

Team projects are organized around industry sectors directly connected to UC Davis' research strengths: Clean technology and Energy, Biotechnology, Information Technology, Healthcare Delivery, Telemedicine, Foods, Nutrition and Agribusiness Service sectors (e.g., finance and consulting) and OneHealth (the intersection of human and animal medicine). Recently, the program has also introduced an enhanced, two-year leadership and career development training program that emphasizes self-evaluation to improve leadership skills.

Master of Professional Accountancy[edit]

In 2012 UC Davis became the first University of California school to offer a master’s degree in professional accountancy—a response to major changes in educational requirements and the resulting need for improved training of certified public accountants in California.[6]

The MPAc program requires students to pass an examination after advancing to candidacy, and at the end of all coursework, in order to receive the degree.

Master of Science in Business Analytics[edit]

With its inaugurating class in Fall of 2017, the school will offer a master's degree in Business Analytics, at its UC Hastings extension campus in San Francisco. The MSBA aims to address the market's need for leadership in the digital enterprise, and to help reduce the shortage[7] of skilled workers and managers who can leverage massive data and computing to extract insight, improve decisions, and create business value.

The MSBA program blends technology subjects (primarily in analytics and analytics-related computing) with soft skills training in organizational effectiveness. Courses cover data science via exploration of high-ROI applications, and practical approaches for successfully implementing analytics-driven business transformation. The emphasis on employment-readiness put into action through a 10-month long project with corporeate partners in Silicon Valley and the Sacramento capital region.

Research centers[edit]

  • Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship - Under the direction of Professor Andrew Hargadon, the institute provides researchers and MBA students with the necessary skills, resources and network support to turn their ideas into action for profit or for social benefit. The institute brings science, engineering and business students and faculty together with entrepreneurs, investors and corporate leaders in a collaborative environment.
  • Center for Investor Welfare and Corporate Responsibility - Under the direction of Professor Brad M. Barber, the Center for Investor Welfare and Corporate Responsibility draws on the expertise of Graduate School of Management faculty engaged in research related to investor welfare, corporate fraud, white-collar crime, corporate ethics and social responsibility. The Center advocates for improved corporate practices, educates investors through research and outreach, and better prepare MBA students for today's global business arena.

Student life[edit]

  • Associated Students of Management (ASM) provides the framework for incorporating student ideas into the MBA program, networking with alumni, engaging in philanthropic activities, and coordinating extracurricular and social events. Its mission is to "enhance the value of students' experience by creating a collaborative community that facilitates academic, social and professional growth while building a reputation for innovation and excellence".
  • Collaborating closely with the Career Services Center, the School's professional student groups raise awareness of career opportunities and offer services in specific fields, from marketing and finance to technology and consulting.
  • Big Bang! is the annual UC Davis Business Plan Competition organized by MBA students. The competition promotes new business development, technology transfer and entrepreneurship on campus and in Northern California. Over 20 thousand dollars are awarded to the winners of the competition each year.
  • MBA Challenge for Charity (C4C) supports the Special Olympics and family-related local charities.
  • Net Impact offers programs to help its members broaden their business education, refine leadership skills, pursue professional goals and build their network.
  • Various intramural sports teams that compete against other teams on campus in recreational sports such as flag football, soccer, basketball, and inner tube water polo.


U.S. News & World Report

  • 2016: Full-Time MBA program ranked #48 nationally; Part-Time MBA program ranked #29 nationally [8]
  • 2015: Full-Time MBA program ranked #41 nationally, Part-Time MBA program ranked #25 nationally [9]

Financial Times

  • 2014: Full-Time MBA Program ranked #98 globally [10]
  • 2013: Full-Time MBA Program ranked #95 globally [11]

The Economist

  • 2016: Full-Time MBA program ranked #47 nationally and #71 globally [12]
  • 2014: Full-Time MBA program ranked #40 nationally and #68 globally [13]
  • 2013: Full-Time MBA program ranked #38 nationally and #65 globally [14]


  • 2014: Full-Time MBA program ranked #60 nationally [15]

Forbes Magazine

  • 2016: Full-Time MBA program ranked #61 nationally [16]
  • 2011: Full-Time MBA program ranked #72 nationally [17]

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