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General Questions About the EMBA Program
   Yes. All Merage MBA students receive identical MBA degrees, and the same internationally renowned faculty teaches all MBA programs.

The EMBA program is a part-time MBA program for professionals, managers, entrepreneurs and executives on an advanced career path. Students in this program have an average of 13-15 years of progressive work experience. Students are encouraged to bring their professional experiences and challenges to enhance the classroom learning across disciplines and industries.

   Classes are held in two-day blocks, Friday and Saturday, on alternating weekends starting at 8:30 am. Co-curricular executive sessions are held following class on Fridays.

The Executive MBA Program is 21 months long. It starts in September every year and ends 21 months later in June.

   Merage EMBA students spend an average of 15-20 hours a week outside the classroom on individual assignments and group projects.

EMBA cohorts typically have between 40-45 students.

   You are not required to have an undergraduate degree in the business area. The Merage School recruits and admits individuals from a broad range of academic and professional backgrounds.

The total cost for the Fall 2014 EMBA Program was $106,708 or $15,244 per quarter. There are four quarters in the first year of the program, and three in the second year.  Tuition includes registration, fees, textbooks and materials,course software, parking, lodging during all three residentials, and meals while on campus. Tuition is expected to increase 2-5% for the entering Fall 2015 class.


Yes. Financial aid is not based on need. A number of financial aid opportunities are available, including government and private loans. See Financial Aid for more information. Additionally, the Merage School offers a number of partial merit-based scholarships for qualified candidates.


Yes.  We encourage you to contact us at any time and attend an information session or schedule a personal consultation to find out more about the program. Information sessions are regularly held and consultations are by appointment. Please call 949-824-0561 to set up an appointment.



In addition to having a 4 year Bachelor's degree from an accredited University, it is important to demonstrate competence in analytical skills in your application, either through undergraduate math courses or your GMAT score. We also recommend students have a working knowledge of Excel prior to starting the program.


General Application Questions
   Students must have a Bachelor’s Degree (a GPA of 3.0 or better is preferred) and a minimum of eight years of work experience. GMAT results may be requested. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) results may required if the language of instruction at your undergraduate university was not in English.

The application fee is $150.  We waive the application fee for veterans, current members of the U.S. military, and UCI Alumni. Please contact for the application fee waiver prior to application submission.


The Admissions committee takes into consideration the candidate's professional background, including progression in your career, academic preparedness, accomplishments and strong interpersonal skills.

   See Applying to the EMBA Program for application deadlines.

Paper documents should be sent to this mailing address:

University of California, Irvine

The Paul Merage School of Business
Executive MBA Programs Office
SB 202
Irvine, CA 92697-3125


The GMAT/GRE are an optional component of the application. The GMAT or GRE exam may be requested by the admissions committee for those applicants who are unable to demonstrate, either through past academic performance or work experience, sufficient strength in the areas of quantitative and analytical reasoning.



 Please use the online application.


Two professional letters of recommendation are required for every application. At least one letter should come from your current employer or supervisor, or from a recent employer or supervisor. If you are a CEO or entrepreneur, a letter from a colleague or client would be appropriate. There is an electronic form which will be sent to your recommeders directly from the online application. It contains 6 short answer questions to be filled out by the recommender.


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