PhD Admissions

The Paul Merage School of Business offers graduate education leading to the PhD in Management for those who wish to pursue careers in scholarly research.  The program is intended to provide a broad knowledge of the core disciplines of management and a depth of knowledge and original dissertation research.

  • 3.60

    Average Undergraduate GPA

  • 3.81

    Average Graduate GPA

  • 1390

    Average GRE
  • 740

    Average GMAT

  • 66%

  • 70%

    International Students


At the Merage School, PhD candidates are considered carefully as individuals and as future research partners. We evaluate their performance in their business and academic careers, and their potential to become valued members of the Merage School network of global scholars and business leaders.

To apply for our program, you must specify an area of specialization from the following:

  • Accounting
  • Finance
  • Information Systems
  • Marketing
  • Operations & Decision Technologies
  • Organization and Management
  • Strategy

Online Application

Application for Fall 2019 is now closed.

The online application for Fall 2020 will go live mid-September 2019 and the deadline to submit an application is January 4, 2020.

If you have any questions about the PhD Program, please contact Noel Negrete at

Official Transcripts

A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 or equivalent from the undergraduate institution is required. 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:

PhD Program Office
The Paul Merage School of Business, UC Irvine
4293 Pereira Drive, Suite 3235
Irvine, CA 92697-3125

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.

Letters of Recommendation

Three letters of recommendation are required. Those NOT using the online recommendation system, please use the pre-formatted Recommendation and Waiver forms provided by UC Irvine's Graduate Division for EACH recommender.

Letters must be mailed to:

PhD Program Office 
The Paul Merage School of Business
4293 Pereira Drive, Suite 3235
Irvine, CA 92697-3125

Official GMAT or GRE Score

All applicants are required to take either the GMAT or GRE. 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. Test 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:

Exam results should be sent to UC Irvine institution code: 0DP-7R-24. For more information on the GMAT, visit:

International Applicants

We require a minimum score of 600 for the paper-based test or 100 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
PhD Program Office
4293 Pereira Drive, Suite 3235
Irvine, CA 92697-3125

English Language Proficiency Exam

In addition to the TOEFL/IELTS requirement, an official score on the English Proficiency Exam, for students whose primary language is not English must be on file. Our financial support package requires that students work for the university as Teaching Assistants (TAs). Therefore, international students need to have passed (or will pass) an approved speak exam before securing a TA position.

You can either take the test prior to admission OR you can take a UCI Spoken Proficiency English Assessment Kit (SPEAK) test when admitted into our program. 


Applications are due no later than January 4. All required official score reports and supporting documents, must be received in the Merage School PhD Program Office by this date. It is your responsibility to ensure that your application is complete in all respects by the deadline. We do not contact applicants in the case of incomplete applications received.

Students are admitted to the PhD program to begin in the fall quarter only. Early application is strongly encouraged.