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Application Process


Step 1 Attend an Admissions event to learn more about the program - see Upcoming Sessions- or contact Kris Dalton, Program Manager 949.824.0561 or
Step 2 Start the Application Process
Step 3

Submit your Online Application and Pay Application Fee
(*Waived for December 1st - contact us to have your fee waived PRIOR to submitting)


All application materials become the property of UC Irvine | The Paul Merage School of Business and cannot be returned, regardless of the Admissions Committee’s decision. Please retain copies of all submitted documents for your own records.


Once you submit your application, our office will contact you to set up an in-person interview.

Step 4

Admissions Committee Review

You will typically receive a notification within 2-4 weeks after sending a complete application with all support documentation.


Application Checklist

ChecklistThe checklist below will help ensure that you have everything you need before you begin our convenient online applications process.

Official Transcripts

One copy of official transcripts from all previous universities or colleges attended. All transcripts must be received in their original sealed envelope and either hand-delivered or mailed to the EMBA Program Office.

International students: A bachelor’s degree or equivalent from a recognized academic institution of acceptable standing is required.   Please provide one official copy of mark sheets/transcript as well as a notarized copy of diploma. If you are unable to attain one official copy, please provide a notarized copy of mark sheets/transcripts or bring your originals to our office for review. Please refer to the
International Page for specific requirements or contact our office (949.824.0561).

Online Application Form

To apply, click on the Apply Online link at the top of this page. You will be asked to create an account with a user name and password. You can easily save your work and return to it at a later time to complete it.

You may submit your application prior to or on the deadline.  Our office will contact you via e-mail if any components are missing for your application.

The Online Application will require:

Professional Résumé

We highly value your professional experience and career progression as an important criterion for admission to our Executive MBA program. 


Self-Evaluation Essays

There are two (2) required essays

Essay 1 (2 page maximum, double spaced)
Briefly describe your current role and responsibilities within your organization. What are your short and long term career objectives? How will an MBA from the Executive MBA Program help you attain these objectives?

Essay 2 (2 page maximum, double spaced)
Describe a challenging business or management decision you have made. Discuss how it impacted your team, department and/or organization. If you were faced with the same challenge now, would you make the same decision again and why? 

Two Professional Letters of Recommendation

There is a Recommendation form on the application which will be emailed to your recommenders. At least one letter should come from your current employer or supervisor, or from recent employers or supervisors.  It should contain specific and relevant details about your performance. If you are a business owner, a recommendation from a client would be appropriate.


Although not required, the admissions committee encourages candidates to submit a GMAT or GRE score to demonstrate quantitative abilities, with the exception of candidates who hold a terminal degree such as a JD, MD or DDS and those candidates with a masters or PhD in a quantitative subject.

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) (International applicants only)

The minimum score required for admission for the Paul Merage School of Business is 600 for the paper-based test, 250 for the computer-based test, or 80 for the Internet-based test. TOEFL scores are valid for up to two years from your test date. Applicants may receive a waiver of the TOEFL if all of the requirements for the high school diploma, bachelor’s degree or an advanced degree in a country where the primary and dominant language is English and English was the language of instruction of the school where the requirements were completed. Be sure to have your exam results sent to The Paul Merage School of Business Executive MBA Programs Office, institution code:  4859-02.  For more information on the TOEFL, visit:


Application Fee

The non-refundable application fee for the Executive MBA program is $150 paid by credit card. (The application fee is waived for active duty military and U.S. veterans, and alumni of UCI. Please call our office before submitting your application, 949.824.0561). 

Admissions Interview

An admissions interview is a required part of the admissions process. The admissions interview will not only give you the opportunity to ask questions and learn more about the school and specifically the Executive MBA program, but it will also allow us to learn more about you.

Paper documents should be sent to this mailing address:

University of California, Irvine
The Paul Merage School of Business
Executive MBA Programs Office
4293 Pereira Drive, Ste. 4200
Irvine, CA 92697-3125
Attention: Admissions Office


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