UCLA PGPX – Post Graduate Program In Management for Executives is an extensive General Management Program offered by UCLA Anderson School of Management, one of the top Global Business Schools. Arguably the first program of its kind in India and South Asia, this one-year program  is focused on applied learning of Advanced Management concepts for Senior Executives and Business Owners. Its part-time, modular format provides great flexibility and UCLA faculty and industry leaders ensure that the program covers all aspects of best-in-class Management Education, expected from a highly respected and globally renowned institution. The UCLA PGPX Program puts you on the global leadership map, with a combination of strategies, skills and acumen that will stretch your thinking, and hone your abilities as a leader and manager capable of achieving remarkable growth in your business.


Apart from becoming part of your own cohort community and building an enviable network, participants graduate from the UCLA PGPX as a member of the outstanding UCLA Anderson alumni network. This entitles the participants to:

  • Join elite alumni network of distinguished UCLA Anderson alumni. You will have access to more than 36,000 alumni who have graduated from UCLA Anderson since its founding in 1935.
  • An Anderson email address that will forward to your preferred email account (e.g [email protected]). This does not expire ever.
  • UCLA Anderson Alumni Directory and Alumni LinkedIn Groups
  • UCLA AndersonEmail Listservs and Facebook Groups

You will also be invited to attend:

  • The Alumni Conference (held during Alumni Weekend)
  • UCLA Anderson Alumni Events that occur globally thanks to the efforts of the school and/or the UCLA Anderson Alumni Network Chapters and Groups.

You will also receive:

  • Dean’s Quarterly Newsletter
  • Anderson Assets (the school’s official online publication)



For nearly 100 years, UCLA has been a pioneer, persevering through impossibility, turning the future into attainable. We doubt the critics, reject the status quo and see opportunity in dissatisfaction. Our campus, faculty and students are driven by optimism. It is in our DNA. It is not native; it is essential. It is what enables us to push forward and redefine what’s possible. It pervades our focus on education, research and service and, in turn, opens limitless opportunities to every student. And it has fueled every accomplishment, allowing us to redefine what’s possible, time after time.

This can-do perspective has brought us 13 Nobel Prizes, 12 MacArthur Fellows, more NCAA titles than any university and more Olympic medals than most nations. Our faculty and alumni helped create the Internet and pioneered reverse osmosis. And more than 140 companies have been created based on technology developed at UCLA.



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The UCLA Anderson PGPX is designed for high potential business leaders and emerging stars with several years of management experience, who direct specific functional areas of a dynamic enterprise. Global enterprises rely on the program to prepare candidates for general management positions. Established entrepreneurs and other professionals will rely on the program to expand their ability to take their businesses to the next level of success.

Program is suitable for professionals with:

  • High-quality experience with significant responsibilities and a demonstrated career progression in a corporate or entrepreneurial environment.
  • Experience in leading teams and managing projects/ products/ people, preferred but not required.
  • A minimum of 8+ years of work experience.
  • An undergraduate degree with a strong academic track record.
  • Fluency in written and spoken English.

Class Profile

Global. Diverse. Successful.
UCLA PGPX attracts the very best of senior executives across diverse industries bringing in rich perspectives and amazing opportunities to learn and collaborate.

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UCLA PGPX has been designed to expose the participants to Management and Business Leadership essentials, in an extensive General Management curriculum that is designed to be experiential in learning and applied in focus. UCLA Anderson has been offering executive education programs for several decades. These programs conform to the highest standards of quality and are taught by some of the best faculty in the world. UCLA PGPX promises the same elite experience to participants joining the program from all parts of the world.

The videos and testimonials below capture the experience of programs and participants in different UCLA Anderson Executive Education Programs, who are all taught by the same world class faculty and learn on the same UCLA campus as the MBA and Executive MBA Programs.


Providing Thought Leadership in the Classroom and Workplace

The mainstay of UCLA Anderson’s high-quality management education programs is its esteemed, international faculty. Each year, UCLA Anderson faculty members publish papers in leading scholarly journals, receive recognition for research excellence, provide leadership in and beyond UCLA, and serve as inspirational teachers and mentors.

Faculty Director

UCLA PGPX Faculty Director: Sanjay Sood

Prof. SANJAY SOOD is a Professor of Marketing at UCLA Anderson and Faculty Director for UCLA PGPX. His research and teaching expertise lies in the area of brand equity and consumer decision making. Using psychological principles, Sanjay examines how firms can best build, manage, and leverage strong brand names. This includes investigating what brand names mean to consumers, how to manage brand portfolios, how to use brand naming strategies to launch new products, and how to protect brand names from becoming diluted over time and across geographical boundaries. His research has been published in leading marketing and psychology journals including the Journal of Consumer Research, Journal of Marketing, and Cognitive Psychology. Sanjay is an associate editor at the Journal of Marketing, and he is on the editorial review boards of the Journal of Consumer Research, Journal of Consumer Psychology and the Journal of Marketing Research.


The program curriculum design ensures that participants develop an extensive functional knowledge of management essentials from a local and global perspective. Participants will also hone analytical problem-solving skills directly relevant to the most critical global business and organizational issues.

Intense work, led by world-class faculty and fueled by peer synergy, challenges your potential and shows you how to reach it in the UCLA PGPX Program. The focus of the Program is your development as a leader with strong inter-personal skills, capable of envisioning, communicating and implementing positive change in your business. The program structure outlined below is subject to periodic curriculum review and the modules taught are subject to change in content and coverage.

Various Experiential learning techniques that drive home the applicability of the program sessions and develop vital skills as a team builder, leader, and member, include:

  • Hands-on simulations, taken from the current business world, force you to adapt to multiple team roles, excel at problem-solving, and swiftly master complexity, as you generate and stress-test ideas.
  • A case competition closes out the program, drawing upon the application of all your acquired knowledge and enhanced leadership abilities. Your team skills will be put to the test as your group takes on a real business, marshals fact-based decision-making and devises a unique, practical solution to its challenges for review by an elite panel of judges.
  • Throughout the program, you have privileged access to executive coaching through Northwest and during the UCLA on campus sessions from LA based coaches, that will help you clarify your goals and develop an action plan to sharpen the effectiveness of your leadership behaviors. Your UCLA Anderson professors remain engaged in your success and open to contact long after the program ends.


Financial Accounting
Branding and Marketing
Data Decisions
Human Capital Management
Corporate Finance
Strategic Finance
Organizational Behavior
Mergers and Acquisitions
Macro Economics


Management Communication
Case Analysis
Personal Leadership
Mentoring and Coaching
Leading Cross Cultural Teams
Effective Communication
Power and Influence
People Leadership
Managing Change


Hypothesis Based Problem Solving
India Innovation Forum
CV and LinkedIn Profile Develeopment
Finance Boot CampDesign Thinking
Legal Aspects of Business
Business Plan Development


Business Case Exercise 1
Business Case Exercise 2
Finance Simulation
Business Case Exercise 3
India Case Competition
Business Plan Demo Day



Once you have joined the UCLA PGPX, the next step is to plan your career growth roadmap. Early planning and committed execution is key to professional success, much like execution of your corporate and brand strategy at workplace.

Northwest career advancement services provides personalized support to all participants of its programs (except company sponsored participants) to help develop their career advancement strategy and guidance for its execution.

Northwest works closely with program participants through a multi-pronged approach to ensure that they are well prepared for their role of choice in specific industry and functional area of relevance to each participant. This is done through a dedicated senior industry mentor who acts as an executive coach and provides detailed feedback to participant on his/her profile, resume / CV and a constructive critique on career plans. The Executive Coach also guides the participant towards development of a specific plan to address the gaps as well as improve their performance at work place and in advancing their career, within or outside the organization.

The Coaching process is not necessarily aimed at immediate results but a carefully planned transformation that helps participants build on their strengths and improve on their development areas. Hence it is required that participants spend a significant time focusing on improving their profile and addressing gaps, as part of the program.

The process is as follows:

An initial workshop aims at explaining the nuances of a good resume and provides a ready format for participants to use to highlight their achievements. Executive coach and Northwest team then works with the participants to develop and maintain their profiles on active networks such as Linkedin and BLUESTEPS.

Psychometric tests such as Specialized 360 Assessments, Strength Finder, MBTI, FIRO B, Birkman (as applicable to the program design and participant profiles) etc. are used to help participants understand their blind spots and areas for improvement. The participants are then often given one-on-one coaching to help create a roadmap for such improvement by the executive coach. Participants also get pointers on body language, communication as well as presentation skills at various points during the program.

Participants work closely with Northwest team to identify the companies that provide a best fit with their aspirations and career advancement plan. Together with the Executive Coach, they chart out a path to create connect with the selected companies, by using the network of Northwest Founders, Faculty, Peers etc.

Northwest provides all participants, a life time paid access to BLUESTEPS, the portal of AESC (Association of Executive Search Consultants) which has a current listing of active executive search mandates from member organizations from across the world. The portal also provide for a mechanism for the participants to directly connect with specific executive search professionals with regards to a specific opportunity. Over 350 executive search firms and a total of 8000 plus executive recruiters will get access to your profile for global roles via BlueSteps. Some of the top Executive Search Firms that are active on BLUESTEPS include:

Spencer Stuart
Russel Reynolds
Egon Zhender
Stanton Chase
Korn Ferry
ABC consultants
Gilbert Tweed
Executive Access
EMA Partners
Accord Group
Heidrick & Struggles

You are also provided access to a Northwest maintained Job Board which lists current mandates being processed by organizations within the extended Northwest network of supportive organizations in India and outside, as well as select external postings.

Besides the workshops and providing high quality resources to help improve the public profile, develop communication skills, overall presentation and body language; Northwest team and the Executive Coach also conducts one-on-one interview practice sessions with program participants, focused on the type of role, functional area and industry. This is to ensure that the participants are well prepared to present themselves and their strengths to prospective employers and highlight their fit with the role in a clear, unambiguous manner.


UCLA PGPX follows a rolling admissions (first come, first serve) process and participant applications are evaluated as soon as they are received. The step-by-step process is outline below.

Online Application

You can apply to the program online by submitting a short online application form. We do not accept any paper applications.


Keep a resume in word or PDF format ready to be submitted (via upload) along with application form.


We require two professional references who are ready to discuss your candidacy with us in great detail.


One essay is required –

  • What are your long term (5-10 years) career aspirations? How will the UCLA PGPX help you achieve these?

Document Submission

Applicants are required to submit academic documents (degrees, diplomas and transcripts). This is to facilitate  an evaluation of the candidate’s profile and relative positioning vis a vis the rest of the class.


All shortlisted candidates will go through a round of interviews before they are accepted into the program. These interviews may be conducted in person or over the telephone.


RoundDeadline DateApplication Fee
Final RoundJun 11, 2016USD 250

Please Note:

  • The early application and acceptance round increases your chances of acceptance in the program by 50%
  • Considering the limited seats in the program and first come – first serve admission process, it is always more beneficial for candidates to apply as soon as possible. 
  • Your application can be placed on the waiting list. If you are not offered final admission for the current program, you might be offered a place in the next year’s program. In this case, your application fee will then be considered for the next year’s program. 
  • Application fee is refunded only in the case an applicant is not offered an admission to the program. 


The Program fee for UCLA Anderson PGPX is USD 26,000 inclusive of all taxes. It covers teaching fees, all academic materials, lunches, select dinners and accommodation for the US module only. The Fees does not include transport expenses (domestic and international), any associated visa fees etc. and accommodation for modules and/or workshops in India. It also does not cover any other expenses that are not expressly mentioned above.

Financing the Program

You are responsible for full payments of fees as per the guidelines to ensure that you are part of the program. Typically we see participants adopt one of the three routes below for paying the program fees.

  • Candidates can pay the entire fee through available funds/ savings
  • There is no difference in terms of payment schedule and requirements, should the candidates fund their own candidacy.
  • Financing by way of loans to pay the program fees and incidental costs is available to all participants through Credila (An HDFC Limited company) or Avanse (a DHFL Company) at competitive interest rates.
  • Subject to Participant meeting certain norms, loans of up to Rs. 17 lakhs may be availed without any collateral requirement. Decisions on loan approval and collateral requirements will be taken by the financial institution disbursing the loan, at its sole discretion

Please note that applying for financing by way of loans in no way jeopardizes a participant’s admission evaluation. However, in order to ensure that your loan is disbursed on time, we suggest that all participants seeking loan financing meet the early application deadline .