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 Ann H. Stevens
Academic staff
31 tenured and tenure-track
Location Davis, California, United States
Alumni 3,315
Nickname UC Davis GSM
Affiliations University of California, Davis
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, the school has a number of programs. It offers three Master of Business Administration (MBA) programs: The two-year daytime program at Davis and two working professional programs, one in Sacramento and the other at San Ramon in the San Francisco Bay Area. The GSM's daytime program is ranked 48th in the nation by U.S. News and World Report.[1]

The school offers an undergraduate minor in technology management, business development programs, and executive programs. The school's teaching model combines case study, experiential learning, lecture and team projects. In addition, starting in the fall 2012, the school will offer a one-year MPAc (Master of Professional Accountancy) program, in response to the growing demand for accountants and the changes made to California law regarding the CPA exam.

The school's LEED Platinum certified facility, Maurice J. Gallagher, Jr. Hall, opened in September 2009.[2]

MBA programs[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 new curriculum is anchored by IMPACT,[3] a new, two-part capstone course, developed to sharpen writing, speaking and critical-thinking abilities that will be put to work on 20-week team projects for client companies ranging from multinational Fortune 500 firms to ultra-fast-paced Silicon Valley start-ups.

Team projects will be 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 (intersection of human and animal medicine). In tandem with the new curriculum, UC Davis MBA 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]

Starting in the fall 2012, the school will become 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.[4]

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

Research centers[edit]

  • Center for Entrepreneurship - Under the direction of Professor Andrew Hargadon, the Center for Entrepreneurship 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 center 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.
  • MBA Consulting Center - Under the direction of Professor Richard C. Dorf, the MBA Consulting Center offers field study experiences to MBA students who have completed the core courses. Students apply the business knowledge acquired in other courses to real-world situations.

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.
  • 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 [5]
  • 2015: Full-Time MBA program ranked #41 nationally, Part-Time MBA program ranked #25 nationally [6]

Financial Times

  • 2014: Full-Time MBA Program ranked #98 globally [7]
  • 2013: Full-Time MBA Program ranked #95 globally [8]

The Economist

  • 2014: Full-Time MBA program ranked #40 nationally and #68 globally [9]
  • 2013: Full-Time MBA program ranked #38 nationally and #65 globally [10]


  • 2014: Full-Time MBA program ranked #60 nationally [11]

Forbes Magazine

  • 2011: Full-Time MBA program ranked #72 nationally [12]

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