BA Business Administration FAQ's

Are there emphases within the major?

Yes. Emphases within the major include:


  • Accounting
  • Finance
  • Health Care Management
  • Information Systems
  • Marketing
  • Operations and Decision Technologies
  • Organization and Management

Which freshman/sophomore level courses are required as part of the major


  • Mathematics 2A-B Single Variable Calculus (two quarters required)
  • Economics 20A-B Basic Economics I, II or Management 4A-B Basic Economics for Managers I, II (two quarters required)
  • Management 7 Statistics for Business Decision Making
  • Management 1 Introduction to Business and Management
  • Management 30A Introduction to Financial Accounting
  • Management 30B Introduction to Managerial Accounting

Are potential California Community College equivalencies being reviewed for lower division courses to assist prospective transfer students?

Certainly. As articulation agreements are developed, the information will be available on

When should I apply for a change of major into the Business Administration major?

For current UCI students, our change of major application is available once per quarter (fall, winter and spring). Students should apply in the quarter that they plan to complete all the program prerequisite requirements. The application deadline is Friday of the 6th week of the quarter (at 5:00 p.m.). Students may visit UCI's change of major website here for a list of requirements to be eligible to apply.


Does the Merage School of Business offer any minor programs?

Yes, two minors. UC Irvine students from all non-Merage School majors are invited to apply to the Accounting or Management minor programs (students may not complete both minors).

Are students able to minor in Accounting or Management while in the business major?

No, as this course work is already incorporated into core and elective options within the major program.

Does a student need to major in business to pursue a career in the field, or to later pursue an MBA degree?

Absolutely not! Your path to management or business success does not necessarily begin by earning an undergraduate business degree. In fact, there are a variety of academic disciplines valued by business and industry. By enrolling in the UC Irvine minor in Management or the UC Irvine minor in  Accounting, students can equip themselves with the perfect complement to any UC Irvine major.

Where can I find additional information regarding specific major requirements?

Interested students are encouraged to visit our website at, or to contact:

Undergraduate Programs Office
The Paul Merage School of Business
SB1 Suite 5400

Where can I find additional information regarding admission to UC Irvine and the new B.A. in Business Administration?

Admission information is available via:

UC Irvine Admissions and Relations with Schools
204 Aldrich Hall
University of California
Irvine, CA 92697-1075
Telephone: 949.824.6703