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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Apply Now for Fall 2017

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

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Admissions staff members are available for in-person, phone or Skype consultations. Send us your resume to schedule.



Application Process

  1. Attend an Event (View a list of our upcoming sessions)

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  2. Start the Application Process
    • Order your transcripts
    • Start the online application and submit your résumé and self-evaluation essays
    • Arrange for two Letters of Recommendation to be sent through our online application
    • Have your GMAT score (or GRE score) sent to our office (and TOEFL exam scores if applicable).
  3. Submit your Online Application and Pay Application Fee
    • We will contact you to confirm receipt of your application and to schedule your admissions interview with an Admissions staff member. 
  4. Admissions Committee Review

    The Admissions Committee typically reviews your application upon submission and releases a decision within 3-4 weeks of an application deadline, or possibly earlier, depending on when you apply.

Application Checklist

The following checklist will help ensure that you have everything you need before you begin our convenient online application process.

Online Application

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 anything is missing for your application.

The Online Application will require your resume, self-evaluation essays, and letters of recommendation. See below.

Application Fee

A non-refundable application fee of $150 is required for the Fully Employed MBA program. Payment can be made by credit card only.


Your work experience is an important element for admission to our MBA program. Your resume should consist of your work history, including both full-time work and any substantive internships or part-time employment.

Self-Evaluation Essays

There is one required essay and one optional essay:

Essay #1: Briefly describe your current role and responsibilities. What are your short-term and long-term career objectives? Specifically, how will an MBA from the Fully Employed MBA program help you obtain these objectives? Please include an organization chart which shows your position.

Optional Video Essay is available!

The essays can be found on the application, along with length requirements.

Two Letters of Recommendation

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. We recommend that you submit these recommendations online.

Official Transcripts

One copy of your official transcripts from all previous universities or colleges attended. Your application will remain incomplete if we do not have all of your transcripts, including any transfer units. All transcripts must be sealed and either hand-delivered or mailed to the FEMBA Program Office at:

UC Irvine  |  The Paul Merage School of Business
4293 Pereira Drive, Suite 4200
Irvine, CA 92697-3125

International students: A bachelor’s degree or equivalent from a recognized academic institution of acceptable standing is required. Please refer to the academic requirements section of the UC Irvine Graduate Division site for specific requirements or contact our office (949.824.4565).

Official GMAT or GRE Score Report

The GMAT may be waived if you have a PhD in quantitative science. The GRE may also be submitted in lieu of the GMAT. Please contact us if you have any questions about the GRE or GMAT requirement. It will take up to 20 days for the official GMAT report to be mailed to us from GMAC. You may submit your unofficial score report to us in the meantime and we can make a provisional admissions decision with the unofficial score report. The GMAT institution code is: 0DP-7R-15. The GRE Institution school code is 4859.

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

The TOEFL exam is required if the primary language of the country in which your undergraduate institution was located is not English. The TOEFL exam may be waived if you are U.S Citizen or you hold a Master’s degree from a US institution. Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns about this requirement. The TOEFL school code is 4859.

Admissions Interview

An admissions interview is a required part of the admissions process and may be conducted on campus or remotely through Skype. The interview not only offers you the opportunity to ask questions and learn more about the Merage School and the Fully Employed MBA program, but allows us to learn more about you.

  • We typically will schedule your interview after you submit your application; if you wish to schedule your interview prior to submitting your application, or have questions, contact the FEMBA office directly at 949.824.4565.
  • The requirements to schedule an interview are: resume and application in progress for the current admissions cycle (Spring or Fall).

Authenticity of Application

Applicants are expected to complete their UC application completely and accurately, and the truthfulness of that information is at the core of all admissions decisions. Falsified application information may include but is not limited to: making inaccurate statements on the application, withholding information requested on the application, giving false information, or submitting fraudulent or falsified documents in support of an admissions application. You will be asked to certify the application is true and complete when submitting online.