UC-San Diego

University of California at San Diego
Rady School of Management
Flex Weekend MBA
9500 Gilman Drive
San Diego, CA 92093

Admissions: 858.-534-0864

Email: mbaadmissions@ucsd.edu
Website: http://rady.ucsd.edu/mba/flex/
Apply Online: https://app.applyyourself.com/?ID=ucsd-gsm

Two interesting facts that speak volumes about this program. Last year, only 31 managers applied to the Rady School of Management’s Flex Weekend program and 100% of them were accepted. The cost of the program: $94,300.

In the same year, 56 managers applied to San Diego State University’s EMBA program and only 63% were accepted. The cost of that degree: $48,960, more than $45,000 cheaper. Yet, the San Diego State program is ranked by BusinessWeek (while the UC-SD program is not) and the San Diego State program cost includes an international trip to Mexico (while the UC-SD program lacks and trips or residencies).

What gives? Typically, the UC Schools are the crown jewels of the American education system. But at least in this market, San Diego State’s program has trumped its local rival in the EMBA game.

As EMBA programs go, this is one of the most plain vanilla ones in the area. Classes meet on alternating Fridays and Saturdays over a rather lengthy 24 months. Students typically take a fairly standard menu of three courses in each of the eight quarters of the program in a class that generally numbers between 25 and 30 students.

There are no residencies. No consulting projects with corporate partners. No international study trip abroad. No executive coaching or career development sessions are baked into the program despite the fact that it costs more than twenty grand than the average EMBA experience. Even the most creative feature of the Rady School’s full-time program–a Lab-to-Market course sequence that helps students develop an idea and then capture its value in the marketplace–has no place in the school’s executive version of the MBA. That’s the exact opposite of the approach taken by the University of Michigan which includes its signature course–a months long multi-disciplinary consulting project with an organization–in both the full-time and executive MBA programs.

Application Deadlines: Feb. 6, April 9, May 21

Latest Up-to-Date Executive MBA Rankings:

2012 Poets&Quants: NR
2011 BusinessWeek: NR
2011 U.S. News & World Report: NR
2010 The Wall Street Journal: NR
2011 Financial Times: NR

Rankings Analysis: The Rady EMBA program is unranked.

Application Fee: $200

2012 Tuition & Fees: $94,300

Average Months of Work Experience: 151
GMAT Required: No. Academic transcripts are reviewed.
Acceptance Rate: 100%

EMBA Enrollment: 46
International: 24%
Female: 14%
Hispanic/Latino: 19%

Asian-American:  6%
Mean Age: 40

Classes Meet: Fridays from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., with dinner and a speaker following a day of classes, and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays of of alternating weekends. No residencies or international study trips.

Length of Program: 24 months

  • Students work in these functional categories:

    • Consulting: 14%
    • Finance/Accounting 10%
    • General Management : 33%
    • Marketing/Sales: 5%
    • Operations/Logistics: 19%
    • Other: 19%
  • Students work in these industries:

    • Consumer Products: 5%
    • Financial Services: 5%
    • Government: 14%
    • Manufacturing: 5%
    • Petroleum/Energy: 9%
    • Pharmaceutical/Biotechnology/Health Care: 10%
    • Real Estate: 5%
    • Technology: 5%
    • Other: 42%


  • Ken Harris

    After reading this blog post, I felt compelled to comment and share my experience as a graduate of the Rady FlexWeekend program. The environment at the school was nurturing and collaborative. One of the highlights of my experience at Rady was the group Lab to Market project, required of all students. This Lab to Market experience (ours was focused on wireless broadband solutions for rural communities) was instrumental in providing me with the knowledge and first-hand experience I use every day in my career. The most exciting and rewarding aspect of the Rady Lab to Market process was the opportunity to pitch our project to a panel of successful venture capitalists. As a matter of fact, several Lab to Market projects have received venture funding as a result of these presentations.In addition to providing me with direct access to venture capitalists, the Rady School’s deep connections with the San Diego business community and its quarterly Professional Seminar Series allowed my classmates and me the opportunity to interact with entrepreneurs and CEOs from companies like Qualcomm, HP, Genentech and Sony. For many of us, our relationships with these leaders continued after the seminar, leading to internships, mentoring opportunities and jobs after graduation. Personally, I had the privilege of mentoring with Dr. Martha Dennis, one of San Diego’s most successful serial entrepreneurs.Much of the success and rewards of the business education I received at Rady was dependent on my effort – true of any business school. The opportunities were there for me and I capitalized on those opportunities. Overall, it was a great experience.

    • Anonymous


      Thanks for sharing your experience with our readers. Sounds like you had a fantastic experience and definitely got your money’s worth.