Financial Support

Qualified students admitted to the Doctoral Program are offered a FIVE year support package covering tuition, fees and a living stipend. This support is provided through a combination of scholarships, teaching assistantships and research assistantships, subject to terms described in the acceptance letter.

Using 2016-2017 tuition and fee rates, we have a table that illustrate in dollar figures the breakdown of this financial support.  This is not indicative of future admission offers as the school reserves the right to change its support policies and modify it accordingly for all applicants or for a select group of individuals.  Applicants are encouraged to contact the Ph.D. Program Office ( for details.

Merage Business School Commitment - DOMESTIC & INTERNATIONAL
Tuition and Fees based on 2016-2017 Figures (subject to change)

  Non Resident Tuition Fees (includes health insurance for the student)
Stipend Employment* Total Commitment
Year 1 $ 15,102.00 $ 16,999.50 $ 12,000.00 $ 15,470.00 $ 59,571.50
Year 2 N/A $ 16,999.50 $5,400.00 $ 21,430.00 $ 43,829.50
Year 3 N/A $ 16,999.50 $5,400.00 $ 21,430.00 $ 43,829.50
Year 4 N/A*** $ 16,999.50 $5,400.00 $ 21,430.00 $ 43,829.50
Year 5 N/A $ 16,999.50 $5,400.00 $21,430.00 $ 43,829.50
          $ 234,887.50



*Teaching and research assistantships made available to qualified Ph.D. students are contingent upon continuing satisfactory academic progress and employment performance. Employment salary figures assume 25% Teaching Assistant (TA) / 24% Research Assistant (RA) Work combination each quarter during the academic year 2-5; salary is higher with larger TA%. In regards to RA salaries, it also assumes student is entering with Masters degree or coming in with research experience.  If entering with an undergraduate degree, RA salary slightly lower. 

** International students are expected to advance to candidacy by the end of year 4, otherwise international students are expected to pay Non-Resident Tuition. 


The Ph.D. program is a full-time, in residence program of study. During the period of time a student is receiving a full support package, employment outside UC Irvine should not be sought.

Several other types of financial assistance are also available to graduate students at UC Irvine, including fellowships, tuition fellowships for nonresident students, and student loans. All graduate students who are U.S. citizens and permanent residents are encouraged to submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each year to access state and federal loans. Foreign students are not eligible for financial aid (e.g. federal loans) and therefore do  not need to complete FAFSA. They may be eligible for a private loan with a U.S. co-signer. Please contact Alda Ruggiero for details at or 949-824-7967. 

UC Irvine subscribes to the agreement of the Council of Graduate Schools of the United States, under which successful applicants for awards of financial support are given until April 15 to accept or decline such awards.

In conformance with state law, applicants may not be given preferential treatment on the basis of race, ethnicity, gender, religion, or national origin.


State of California Disclosure:
Federal student loans are available to most students regardless of income and provide a range of repayment options including income-based repayment plans and loan forgiveness benefits, which other education loans are not required to provide.