At the Merage School, we seek highly motivated individuals who will excel in our team-based FEMBA program. Those we admit exhibit the highest potential for senior-level success, demonstrated leadership ability and a strong academic record.

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The next application deadline is June 1st. Contact us now to assess your fit for the FEMBA program.

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General Questions About the FEMBA Program

The Fully Employed MBA Program is a 27-month (Spring Class, includes summers) or 33 month (Fall Class, excluding summers) program that follows the quarter system. 92 units are required to complete the program (12 core courses, 6 elective courses, 3 residentials.)
   During the last year of the MBA program, you have the opportunity to customize your curriculum in the area of your interest with the electives offered.  The program offers focused areas of study, including:

          - Accounting
          - Finance
          - Marketing
          - Economic/Public Policy
          - Information Systems
          - Operation and Decision Technologies
          - Organization & Management
          - Real Estate
          - Strategy


Yes, you may, however, the FEMBA program is based on the cohort system which means that you take all of your core classes with your cohort (Spring or Fall) and then you take electives with all of the FEMBA students that graduate in your graduation year (2017, or 2018, etc.) 

You could feasibly take elective courses during the summer, provided that the instructor approves and there are seats available in the class.


General Application Questions

   Please see the Admissions Requirements page in this section for a complete list of requirements.
   The application fee is $150.00. We do not offer application fee waivers at this time.
   The Admissions Committee seeks to create a dynamic and diverse MBA class with students who will make a unique contribution to the MBA experience. Students come from various academic and professional backgrounds and share in common intelligence, a proven track record in their academic and professional pursuits, and in their drive to excel and fulfill their leadership potential.
   We have a preferred work experience requirement of 2 years. Candidates with less than two years of strong work experience are encouraged to apply, but we recommend that you contact us first to find out if the FEMBA program is right for you. FEMBA students have an average of six years of full-time work experience. 
   No, you do not need to have an undergraduate degree in business. Our students come from a variety of academic and professional backgrounds. For additional information, please refer to the class profile.
   There are no specific prerequisite requirements for the Fully Employed MBA Program. However, the Admissions Committee does look for evidence of quantitative proficiency in all applicants. We strongly recommend that applicants complete, at a minimum, a college-level mathematics and statistics course.

Admissions Questions


Applications are processed on a rolling admissions basis, and they are evaluated as they are received. Below are deadlines to assist you in your application planning:

Application deadlines can be found here:


Candidates are required to apply through our online application.  Supporting documents such as transcripts and letters of recommendation (if you are not submitting them online) should be mailed in one package to:


UC Irvine  |  The Paul Merage School of Business
4293 Pereira Drive, Suite 4400
Irvine, CA 92697-3125

   Yes. Applicants are notified of admissions decisions and fellowship award packages continuously throughout the admissions cycle.  We typically notify candidates of their admissions decision within 2-3 weeks after each deadline, or possibly earlier, depending on when you apply to the FEMBA Program.
   When an application is complete with all supporting documents, it is reviewed by the Admissions Committee. An interview is required for the FEMBA program; you may schedule your interview before you submit your online application or after you submit your application. 

Admissions decisions are usually made every 3-4 weeks.

It may be possible to waive certain core courses, which is at the discretion of the faculty and will not expedite your graduation. All students must complete the same number of units (92).


University of California, Irvine policy prohibits the awarding of duplicate degrees. We are unable to consider your application if you have an MBA degree from another university.


Letters of Recommendation

   Letters of recommendations from direct supervisors are preferred. They may also be obtained from people who know you professionally, such as clients, former bosses, or others who know your professional abilities. Recommendations from professors are not helpful unless you have done extensive work or research with them, or you have been out of school for less than two years.

Yes, you may submit more than two letters of recommendation. We only recommend that you submit additional letters of recommendation if you believe that they will strengthen your application.


We prefer that you submit your recommendations through our online application.   However, if your recommenders prefer to complete the recommendation form on paper, please mail the sealed letters along with your other supporting documents to:

UC Irvine  |  The Paul Merage School of Business

Attn: Fully Emplyoed MBA Program
4293 Pereira Drive, Suite 4400
Irvine, CA 92697-3125


My question is not answered here

Please feel free to contact the FEMBA Office at (949) 824-4565 between the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday and 8am to 5pm on Friday, or feel free to contact Melanie Coburn, Senior Associate Director of Admissions at 949.824.7505 .