Admission to graduate standing in The Paul Merage School of Business is accorded to those possessing an undergraduate degree with an acceptable level of scholarship from an institution of recognized standing. Applicants for admission will be evaluated on their academic record and potential for leadership as demonstrated in submitted application materials including:
We recommend you verify all application information before submitting. Once you submit your application, it will be locked for editing or updating for the remainder of the application cycle. Exceptions include updated test scores and recommendations.
Please upload unofficial copies of transcripts for each college and university attended with your online application. Transcripts scanned and uploaded to your application will be used to conduct the initial review. You will be asked to submit official transcripts if you are admitted and have decided to attend UCI.
Send official transcripts to:
120 Aldrich Hall
Irvine, CA 92697-3180
Candidates may apply to the program if they hold the equivalent of a four-year US Bachelor's degree. Transcripts from non-US universities should include evidence of degree conferral (proof of graduation). International applicants should refer to the International Applicant page for more specific requirements.
Official GMAT or GRE Score
The GMAT or GRE are not required but strongly recommended for applicants with GPA’s under a 3.3. While these tests are not required, the admissions team is looking for evidence of strong verbal and quantitative skills. Note that GMAT and GRE scores are good for up to five years. There is no advantage to taking one exam over the other. If you take an exam multiple times, we will take the highest total score that you obtained on that exam. The Admissions Committee does not average exam scores. While there is no minimum GMAT or GRE score to apply, we do expect that applicants will have an overall competitive profile.
GRE scores are valid for up to five years from your test date. Exam results should be sent to UC Irvine institution code: 4859. For more information on the GRE, visit: ets.org/gre
GMAT scores are valid for up to five years from your test date. Exam results should be sent to UC Irvine institution code: 0DP-7R-40. For more information on the GMAT, visit: mba.com
Letters of Recommendation
Two letters of recommendation are required for your application. References can be either academic and/or professional. Submissions of letters of recommendations are preferred using the online application system. However, letters received in the mail will be accepted if received in a signed and sealed envelope directly from the recommender.
Two essays are required. The specific essay prompts can be found on the application. Please answer the questions within the space limits indicated. If you would like to include a personal statement, upload in the third essay section.
Submit a copy of your résumé.
Test of English as a Foreign Language (International applicants)
The minimum score for admission is 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 were completed in a country where the primary and dominant language is English and English was the language of instruction of the school. For a list of countries that qualify please click here. Exam results should be sent to UC Irvine institution code: 4859. For more information on the TOEFL, visit: toefl.org
As an alternative to the TOEFL, you may also take the Academic Modules of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or Pearson Test of English (PTE). For the IELTS, the minimum required score for admission is 7, with a score of no less than 6 on any individual module. The PTE minimum required score for admission is 53. Scores are valid for two years.
Send official Test Report Form (TRF) to:
The Paul Merage School of Business
Master of Professional Accountancy Program
4293 Pereira Drive
SB1 Suite 4500
Irvine, CA 92697-3125
Accounting Coursework Verification Form
The Accounting Coursework Verification Form must be completed at the time of application. Financial and Managerial Accounting must be completed or in progress at the time of application submission. If you have not yet completed these courses, but do plan to enroll in them, they must be completed prior to the start of the MPAc Summer Intensive in mid-June.
Our program also requires students take Intermediate Accounting I and II, Taxation and Audit before starting in the Fall, either through their undergraduate institution, a community college, online university extension program or by enrolling in our MPAc summer intensive program. We ask that all students complete this form to communicate your plans for completing these courses, as well as to get a better sense of your academic record with regard to accounting specific coursework. Please complete the form to the best of your abilities.
Personal Interview (by invitation only)
Interviews are by invitation only, are required for admission, and are conducted by the Admissions Committee. The interview is a way for us to evaluate your interpersonal and communication skills, as well as a way for you to ask questions and determine whether the Merage School is right for you.
We encourage applicants from all backgrounds, especially those who demonstrate strong communication and conceptual thinking skills.