University of California at Irvine - Paul Merage School of Business

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  • Full-Time MBA
    Traditional full-time MBA program
    Designed to be completed in 21 months
    For more about the program, please visit the program site
    Contact: Recruitment and Admissions Office
    Telephone: 949.824.4622

  • Fully Employed MBA (FEMBA)
    Part- Time MBA program for working professionals on an advanced career path.
    Designed to be completed in 24 to 33 months. On-campus and hybrid/Saturday scheduling options are available. Start in the Fall or Spring. For more information about the program visit the program site
    Contact: Melanie Coburn, Senior Associate Director of Admissions, FEMBA Program
    Telephone: 949.824.7505

  • Executive MBA
    For senior professionals and managers on an executive accelerated career path
    Designed to be completed in 21 months
    Classes meet on Friday and Saturday, four weekends per quarter
    For more information about the program visit the program site
    Contact: Joann Pitteloud, Associate Director, Recruitment & Admissions, EMBA Program
    Telephone: 949.824-0561

The Paul Merage School of Business offers the following to U.S. Military and former U.S. military personnel:

• We waive the application fee for all active military and U.S. veterans
• We are committed to making merit scholarship and financial aid available to qualified military personnel
• We provide a two-year deferment if admitted military students’ plans are delayed by their service branch.
• In the case of deployment, we guarantee the original tuition rate upon return to the program.

Yellow Ribbon Program

The Paul Merage School of Business is honored to be participating in the Yellow Ribbon Program. The Paul Merage School of Business has committed to awarding up to 50 percent of the tuition expenses not covered by the Post-9/11 GI Bill, to 10 eligible MBA students. The VA will match that amount dollar for dollar.

For more information on the Yellow Ribbon Program at The Paul Merage School of Business, contact the full time MBA Program Office at

MBA Degree Programs

  • Full-Time MBA, a traditional full-time MBA program
  • Fully Employed MBA, a part time MBA program for working professionals
  • Executive MBA, for professionals on an executive career path



  • Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)
  • Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)


Admission Requirements

A bachelor's degree equivalent to a four-year U.S. undergraduate degree from an accredited institution. One official transcript from the registrar of each college or university attended (undergraduate and postgraduate, if applicable) whether the degree was completed or not.

International students from countries where the primary or dominant language is not English and whose instruction was not taught in English must submit a recent Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score.

Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) scores. (Scores should be from tests taken within the last five years and must be sent directly from Educational Testing Services.

The GMAT is an optional component of the application for the Executive MBA programs.

Completed online application:
• Resume

• GMAT/GRE Test Scores

• IELTS/TOEFL (International Applicants)

• Essay(s):
1 Essay (2nd optional) - Full-Time MBA and Fully Employed Programs
2 Essays (3rd optional) – Executive MBA program

• 2 letters of recommendation

• Resume

• Admissions interview - By invitation

Description of Learning Environment for Students

As our lives become more digitally mediated, we must adapt both ourselves and our businesses for the disruption inherent in the digital environment. With this vision in mind, The Paul Merage School of Business has completely reframed its curricula to give students the high-caliber, holistic preparation they need to become effective leaders in a digitally-driven world.

Top industry executives continually provide the Merage School input on how they see their respective industries changing through the impact of technology. Our transformed curricula reflect new business needs in the contemporary world, focusing on actionable ideas and building a new set of competencies suited to the digital age. Experience-based decision-making skills are integrated into the curriculum with data-driven decision-making at the forefront. Experiential learning components continue to provide real-world education, allowing teams of students to immerse themselves in valuable projects with area companies.

Located in the heart of Orange County’s “Tech Coast,“ the Merage School is surrounded by a network of cutting-edge businesses in an evolving ecosystem of tech firms including Amazon, Google, and Western Digital, plus digitally-savvy firms including Capital Group, Disney, Experian, Hyundai, Pacific Life, and Taco Bell. It is in this environment that the Merage School prepares students for the disruptive technology forces they will encounter as future business leaders.


What sets UC Irvine's Paul Merage School of Business apart from other business schools is the caliber of teaching and research conducted by our renowned faculty. The school is one of only 11 business schools worldwide where 100% of the faculty have doctorates and has a No. 1 world rank for percentage of female faculty. Many general networking opportunities exist to interact closely with our distinguished teacher-scholars and to benefit from their ties to the business community.

Additionally, as consultants to organizations around the globe and to leaders in top professional organizations, our faculty stay at the forefront of current management practices. We encourage you to view their credentials, background, publications and awards at their Faculty Profile page where you may also be directed to their personal websites.


The program costs vary by degree program. Please visit the website of the program you are interested in for specific program information.


No. 42 Full-time MBA in the U.S. (U.S. News & World Report, 2019)
No. 14 Full-Time MBA Among Public Institutions (Financial Times, 2018)
No. 32 Full-Time MBA in the U.S. and No. 64 Worldwide (Financial Times, 2018)
No. 32 Part-time MBA in the U.S. (U.S. News & World Report, 2019)
No. 4 in California for Part-time MBA (U.S. News & World Report, 2019)
No. 10 Public University (U.S. News & World Report, 2017 Best Colleges)
No. 1 in the world for percentage of female faculty (Financial Times, 2018)
Top 10 in the West for Part-time MBA (Businessweek, 2013)
Top-Tier global ranking (Businessweek, 2013 ExecMBA programs)
Top 25 Executive MBA program in the U.S. (U.S. News & World Report, 2013 Executive MBA rankings)
No. 31 Undergraduate Business Program in the U.S. (U.S. News & World Report, 2017)
Top 25 Master’s in Accounting- Schools With 15 or Fewer Full-time Accounting Faculty (PAR Extra)
No. 24 in the West - Master’s Accounting Programs (PAR Main Issue)