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.

  • 49

    Total Students

  • 40

    Average Age

  • 16 years

    Average Work Experience
  • 36%

    International Birthplace
  • 35%

    Advanced Degrees (JD, MD, MPH, PhD, etc.)

  • 22%



We are accepting applications for Fall 2019. 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
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.

International applicants should refer to the International Applicant page for more specific requirements.

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

Alternately, you can request your official electronic versions to be emailed from your institution directly to

Two Letters of Recommendation

We encourage applicants to submit at least one recommendation from a current or former supervisor providing clear evidence of your managerial experience or potential for advancement. They may also be obtained from professionals, such as colleagues, clients or business partners. Recommendations from professors are accepted if they provide.

Submissions of letters of recommendations are preferred using the form through our online system.


Essays are the primary means for you to share with us your career goals and professional accomplishments. Two essays are required.  The specific essay prompts are listed below for first time applicants.

    1. What are your short and long-term career objectives?  How will an MBA from the Executive MBA Program help you attain these objectives?
    2. Describe a challenging leadership decision you made.  Discuss how it impacted your organization.  If you were faced with the same challenge now, would you make the same decision again and why?
    3. Optional Essay:  Please provide any additional information you would like the Admissions Committee to consider in evaluating your candidacy.

Employment History (Résumé)

A minimum of eight years of professional work experience is preferred. Five years of managing staff, teams, and / or large projects is required. 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 and are required for admission. 

Instructions on how to schedule an interview will be provided at the time of invitation. Whenever possible, applicants are encouraged to conduct interviews on campus. For those applicants unable to travel to Irvine, Skype interviews are an option.

Official TOEFL Score (international applicants only)

The recommended 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 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

Executive Assessment

The Executive Assessment may be requested based on your academic record. You may voluntarily submit your GMATGRE, or Executive Assessment score(s) along with your application if you believe the information will help the Admissions Committee better understand your academic readiness for the program. We encourage you to contact us with any questions at 949.824.4565 or


If you applied to the EMBA program within the last two years, you are considered a re-applicant.  The first step towards reapplying is to contact the Recruitment and Admissions office to let them know of your interest. Application fee is $150.

In addition, please send the following items to the Recruitment and Admissions office:

  • One new letter of recommendation.
  • One new essay.  This essay needs to be a statement one to three pages in length, describing your activities since you last applied, including your reason for re-applying to The Paul Merage School of Business.
  • An updated copy of your resume.
  • Any new test scores, if applicable.


Tuition for the EMBA program 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 except airfare are included in the tuition.

Tuition includes registration, fees, textbooks, course materials and software, parking, lodging during all three residentials, and meals during class weekends. It also includes membership to the UCI Athletic Center.

Actual tuition, fees and charges are subject to change by the Regents of the University of California and may be affected by State Funding reductions. Final approved levels and your final balances due may differ from the amounts shown. 

Class Visit

EMBA class visit opportunities are available on class weekends throughout the academic calendar year in the morning or afternoon and include an optional lunch with students.

Attending an Executive MBA class provides a realistic experience in our dynamic program. Visitors will have an opportunity to meet students and faculty and gain valuable insights on how our program prepares students to anticipate disruptive technologies and create competitive value in their organizations. 

Learn more about our available class visit options by contacting Joann Pitteloud, Associate Director, at or 949.824.7241.

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