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Master of Business Preparation Program (MBPP)

The UC Riverside School of Business Master of Business Preparation Program allows you to take upper-division business courses at UCR to prepare for the business master's degree of your choice. Choose from UCR master's program in Business Administration (MBA), Finance (MFIN), Professional Accountancy (MPAC), or Business Analytics (MSBA). While enrolled in the MBPP, our advising and admissions counselors will assist you in choosing courses and guide you in preparing for your application to the A. Gary Anderson Graduate School of Management.


  • Experience the academic, cultural, and social preparation needed to enter your graduate business program confident and ready for success
  • Receive advising on your graduate application and preferential consideration for AGSM scholarship funding
  • Experience life in the U.S. with exposure to multicultural opportunities and the Southern California lifestyle


You will be taught by an interdisciplinary team of internationally-renowned professors from every business specialty, including management, accounting, finance, information systems, marketing, supply chain management, and data analytics. Additionally, you will learn from instructors who are invested in your success and supported by full-time academic counselors.

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Program Roadmap

The below path outlines a student’s journey to the MBPP and beyond.

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Students will have completed 3 years of study at their home university when starting their MBPP journey

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MBPP students spend 1 year at the UCR School of Business, earning a total of 36 upper-division undergraduate units. At the completion of the MBPP, students will receive a bachelor's degree issued from their home university plus a certificate from UCR Extension.

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Students who apply to their preferred graduate management program and successfully receive admission will be able to stay at UCR to begin their 1- or 2-year business graduate program or move to the university of their choice.

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Who is Eligible?

  • Must have completed 3 years of study in a degree program at your home university
  • English Proficiency: TOEFL 550 PBT, iBT 80, IELTS 6.5, Duolingo 100, CET-4 500 or CET-6 460
  • Competitive GPA in an undergraduate program

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The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)

UCR School of Business is accredited by AACSB.

  • Only 5% of business schools in the world are AACSB-accredited.
  • 20% of companies recruit only from AACSB-accredited business degree programs.
  • Graduates from AACSB-accredited programs receive higher and more competitive salaries.

Top 100 MBA Program

A Best Undergraduate Business Program

  • No. 27, Top Marketing Colleges, University HQ, 2021
  • No. 43 in Best Undergraduate Teaching - U.S. News & World Report, 2019
  • No. 86 in Best Undergraduate Business Programs - U.S. News & World Report, 2023


UCR School of Business

  • Top 100 MBA Program (No. 89), U.S. News & World Report, 2023
  • Top 100 Undergraduate Business Programs (No. 86), U.S. News & World Report, 2023
  • No. 16 UT Dallas, Per Capita Research Ranking, Operations & Supply Chain, 2015-2018
  • No. 27, Top Marketing Colleges, University HQ, 2021
  • No. 67 Best Part-time MBA, University HQ, 2021
  • No. 77 UT Dallas, North America Research Ranking, 2020
  • Best Master’s of Finance Programs 2022 - TFE Times
  • AACSB-Accredited
  • 5 STEM-Designated Programs
  • Largest Undergraduate Program in the UC System
  • Nearly 20,000 Alumni Around the World


UCR Campus:

  • No. 1 Public University for Social Mobility, U.S. News & World Report, 2023, 2022, 2021, 2020
  • No. 4 Best Public University, Washington Monthly, 2023
  • No. 18 on national Economic Mobility Index, Third Way, 2022
  • No. 26 Most Innovative University, U.S. News & World Report, 2022
  • No. 38 Public University, U.S. News & World Report, 2023
  • America’s Fastest Rising University, U.S. News & World Report, 2020
  • Among the top 1% of universities worldwide, Center for World University Rankings, 2021
  • Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI); Asian American, Native American, and Pacific Islander Serving Institution (AANAPISI).
  • The country’s most transformative public university, Money Magazine, 2020
  • UCR annually contributes more than $1.9 billion in statewide annual economic activity, $1.4 billion of which occurs in the Inland Empire.