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UCLA Anderson School of Management Adjusts International Student Application Requirements

The Anderson School of Management at UCLA announced last week that it is evolving it application requirements for international applicants to reflect changing academic systems worldwide. Specifically, Anderson will now consider applicants with three-year undergraduate degrees and also will admit some international applicants without TOEFL or IELTS scores.

The changes, announced via a post on Anderson’s MBA Insider’s Blog, come as the volume of international applicants to graduate management programs continues to rise. According to data released recently by the Graduate Management Admissions Council (GMAC), which owns the GMAT, international applicants made up more than half (53 percent) of applicants to full-time MBA programs last year, and 46 percent of graduate business programs saw their international application volume grow.

“We have seen more and more applicants with three-year bachelor’s degrees like the new European standard,” read the MBA Insider Blog. While the standard for graduate admission remains a four-year degree or its equivalent, Anderson’s admissions office states that it will now use its discretion to admit candidates with three-year undergraduate degrees provided their overall academic profile and application are strong enough.

Likewise, Anderson will continue to require a TOEFL or IELTS score from most international applicants to demonstrate English fluency but will now allow for some exceptions. “We will consider applications from those without TOEFL or IELTS scores if the candidate earned a degree where the sole language of instruction was English,” the MBA Insider Blog read. “This means that applicants from countries such as India and Singapore no longer have to take the language test if they were schooled in English,” the post continued. Anderson will use a range of indicators – other verbal scores, essays, etc. – to ensure that all members of the incoming class are completely fluent in English, and a TOEFL or IELTS score remains “the best way for international applicants to ensure competitiveness in our evaluation process,” the post stressed.

For more details on requirements for international applicants to the UCLA Anderson School of Management, click here.

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