Executive MBA Admissions

The Executive MBA program is designed to meet the unique demands of managers and executives within the rigorous standards of the MBA curriculum. EMBA students are professionals, entrepreneurs and executives on an advanced career path who want to refine their leadership skills, develop agility, and learn to anticipate strategic opportunities in the global business environment. The program format provides flexibility through online and on-campus learning experiences.

  • 74

    Total Students

  • 40

    Average Age

  • 15 years

    Average Work Experience
  • 42%

    International Students
  • 19

    Countries Represented

  • 34%



We are accepting applications for Fall 2018. We are seeking highly motivated managers, professionals, executives and entrepreneurs with a record of accomplishment in your field and industry, demonstrated leadership ability, potential for senior-level success, desire to make a positive contribution to the community, and ability to work collaboratively with a diverse group of professionals.

December 1 (priority deadline - application fee waived)

February 1
April 1
June 1
July 15
August 15
Apply as early as you are able in the academic year as we have many events to welcome new students and prepare you to start school next Fall. We also have limited merit fellowships awards.



An overall GPA of 3.0 is preferred. If your overall GPA is lower than a 3.0, the Admissions Committee will take into consideration your undergraduate institution attended and major, as well as additional degrees and licenses obtained. Please upload copies of transcripts for each college and university attended with your online application. Transcripts that are scanned and uploaded to the site are considered unofficial. We will conduct the initial review process with unofficial transcripts, however, if you are selected for an interview, you will need to provide official copies of transcripts from your degree issuing institution. Official transcripts must be received before a final admissions decision can be granted.

Send official copies of transcripts to:

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

Candidates may apply to the program if they hold the equivalent of a four-year U.S. Bachelor's degree. Transcripts from non-U.S. 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

We value the academic background and professional experience you bring to the classroom, and therefore the GMAT/GRE is waived for qualified applicants. If you have already taken the GMAT/GRE, scores are valid for five years, and the highest score is used if you have taken the test more than once. In some cases, the admissions committee may request a valid GMAT/GRE test score to supplement a candidate’s application.

Official TOEFL Score (international applicants only)

The recommended minimum score for admission is 600 for the paper-based test or 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 hereExam results should be sent to UC Irvine institution code: 4859. For more information on the TOEFL, visit: 

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, UC Irvine
Executive MBA Program
4293 Pereira Drive, Suite 4200
Irvine, CA 92697-3125

Two Letters of Recommendation

Submissions of letters of recommendations are preferred using the form through our online system. However, letters received in the mail, will be accepted if received in a signed and sealed envelope directly from the recommender.

At least one recommendation should be from a current or former supervisor providing clear evidence of your managerial experience or potential for advancement. They may also be obtained from people who know you professionally, such as clients, former bosses or others. Recommendations from professors are not helpful unless you have done extensive work or research with them.


Two essays are required.  The specific essay prompts can be found on the application.  Please answer the questions within the space limits indicated.

Employment History (Résumé)

A minimum of eight years of professional work experience is preferred. The admissions committee weighs the quality of work experience more heavily than the quantity. Direct management experience is preferred, but not required. Submit a copy of your résumé and for each position held, include the name and website of the organization, job title, a detailed description of your responsibilities, and reason for leaving.


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. 

If invited to an interview, you will be informed via email. Whenever possible, applicants are encouraged to conduct interviews on campus. However, for those applicants unable to travel to Irvine, telephone interviews are acceptable.  In some cases before an in-person or Skype interview, candidates may be invited to participate in a separate video interview. This is not an indication of an applicant's increased chances of admission, but rather an additional step we use to learn more about you.


Tuition for the EMBA program for Fall 2018 is $16,658 per quarter. The full price of the program for all seven quarters is $116,606. There are four quarters in the first year of the program and three quarters in the second year.

As an EMBA student, you will attend three residentials. All residential fees with the exception of airfare are included in the tuition.

Students enrolling in the EMBA program cannot use Cal Vet tuition/fee exemptions (also referred to as a "College Fee Waiver" or "Cal Vet Fee Waiver"). This program is NOT supported with state funds and is NOT subject to the state law regarding Cal Vet tuition/fee exemptions.

The tuition, fees, and charges posted to your billing statement or account are estimates based on currently approved amounts. These figures may not be final. Actual tuition, fees, and charges are subject to change by the Regents of the University of California and could be affected by State funding reductions. Final approved levels and your final balance due may differ from the amounts shown.