Expanded Online Courses for Your Convenience

The UCI Paul Merage School of Business has expanded our online course offerings. Beginning Fall 2020, transfer students who have a full UC IGETC certification will have the option of completing their Business Administration requirements fully online. All students have access to the same opportunities and resources regardless of whether they take some, none, or all of their classes online.

Career Center Accessibility

Students will have access to BA Career Services – the Merage School's dedicated career center available only to Business Administration majors. Online advising options will be accessible through a variety of modalities.

Financial Aid

All students who are eligible for financial aid packages will still be eligible for the same aid award regardless of course modality (online, in-person, or both). Submit your FAFSA today!

Curriculum

The rigor and content of our online courses is equivalent to the in-person courses, and the professors who teach our online courses teach the same courses in-person. Regardless of whether you take your courses online, in-person, or both, you are receiving the same Business Administration degree.

Events

Commencement, Welcome Week, sporting events featuring UCI's top-ranked NCAA teams, Shocktoberfest, and more! Students taking online courses have access to all of the on-campus events hosted by UCI and Merage's Undergraduate Student Association.

On-Campus Housing

Whether you take your courses online, in-person, or both, all transfer students receive the same UCI on-campus housing guarantee.

At the Paul Merage School of Business, we are committed to providing a high-quality UC education that works around your life. Apply to the BA major and, once admitted, you will hear back from our team in Spring 2020 with next steps. For more information, fill out the form.

FAQs

Can the major/degree be completed entirely online?

Transfer students who have a full UC IGETC certification and all University requirements fulfilled can complete all of their BA requirements fully online. If the IGETC or University requirements are not fulfilled, students can still complete most of their coursework online.

Are the online courses open to freshmen?

Students entering as freshmen will have access to any lower-division major courses that are offered in an online format. Once students reach upper-division standing, they will have access to the online upper-division courses as space is available.

How much interaction will I have with my professors and classmates?

The interaction will vary by course based on the structure of the class. At minimum, students can expect multiple means of communication with their professors, such as: e-mails (with responses provided within 1-2 business days), instructor feedback on assignment submissions throughout the term, and the distribution of information to students via course announcements and messages, which may include text, audio and/or video recordings.

Instructors also have a suite of educational and technological tools that they can use to foster further interaction based on the course structure. Examples of additional engagement students may find across their courses include:

  • Students will interact with videos featuring the instructor on camera. Built-in video quizzing may also be utilized in some courses so that the professor and TA can customize their communication with students based on their inputs.
  • "Virtual" office hours through video conferencing
  • Students will engage in asynchronous conversations through a class discussion board, which provides opportunity for direct interaction with the instructor and other students.

Peer to peer interaction will vary by course but is an integral part of the learning process in each course. For most courses, students will interact with each other through the discussion board, study groups, teamwork, peer review assessments, etc.. Some courses will also require small group work collaboration on a variety of different projects. Tools for collaboration will include tools like the Google Suite, Zoom web conferencing, and the Canvas learning management system.

Will I take my exams online or on-campus?

Exams will vary by course. Many courses will require that students take exams through a monitored test-taking service to ensure academic integrity. Some courses may also offer the option to take exams in-person in addition to the online format.

What type of technology will I need?

All courses will require:

  • A stable, persistent internet connection
  • Access to a computer that is equipped with:
    • Speakers (built-in or external)
    • Webcam (built-in or external)
    • Microphone (built-in or external)
    • Adobe Acrobat Reader
    • G-Suite (access provided by UCI)
    • Microsoft 365
  • Additional technology and software required may vary by course and will be indicated in the course syllabus prior to the start of the quarter
When will online classes be taught?

Online course offerings will be announced at the same time the traditional class schedule is announced each quarter.

The curriculum for all online courses will be delivered through weekly online modules with a structured self-paced component built in. Students will have the flexibility to complete their weekly coursework on their own schedule and at their own pace, but there will be fixed due dates for assignments. Each weekly module has specific "to do" items for the student that must be completed before they are able to move to the next module. For example, in one week, a student might have to watch a series of mini-lectures, respond to case study questions, participate in a simulation activity, contribute to a current events discussion and submit a homework assignment. These items will need to be completed before a student is permitted to move forward to the next learning module.

From whom and how will I receive advising?

Whether you choose to take your classes in-person or online, you will have access to the same academic advisors and career counselors. Online advising options will be available through a variety of modalities (including Zoom appointments, online workshops, etc.).

Am I eligible for financial aid if I take my courses online?

Yes, students are eligible for the same financial aid packages regardless of whether they take their coursework online or in-person.

What are the admissions/enrollment requirements?

Preference for admission will be given to junior-level applicants with the highest grades overall (minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0) who satisfactorily complete lower-division courses equivalent to the following:

- Calculus (MATH 2A - 2B),
- Economics (ECON 20A - 20B),
- Statistics (MGMT 7), and
- Accounting (MGMT 30A, 30B)
MGMT 1 may be completed at UCI.

Admission to the major will be competitive due to limited space availability.

Are tuition and fees the same if I take my courses online?

Tuition and fees are the same regardless of whether students take their coursework in-person or online.

Will I take non-major classes on-line or on-campus?

Some non-major courses may be available in an online format; however, students should expect to take the majority of their non-major coursework in-person. Students can check with individual departments to determine which non-major courses are available in an online format.

Will I have access to on-campus services?

Yes, students will still have access to all of the same on-campus services.

Will I be offered the on-campus housing guarantee?

Yes, all transfer students will be offered the on-campus housing guarantee.

How do I take classes online vs. in-person?

Students can enroll in online or in-person courses when their enrollment window opens each quarter.

Can I apply for the Business Administration major through TAG?

The Business Administration major does not participate in the TAG program.

What are some advantages/disadvantages to taking classes online vs. in-person?

There are many benefits of taking online courses over traditional courses: students will have more flexibility in terms of when and where they study; the instructor can devote more time and focus on the interaction with students; students can interact much more freely with each other through discussion boards and chat rooms than in a traditional class setting.

In addition, student learning experiences are enhanced in online courses. The course material is vividly presented, with multiple examples, and multiple methods of interactive engagement that help students connect the conceptual framework with real-life applications.

Additionally, using an online course presents the following advantages:

  • You'll have dedicated online collaboration spaces for you to work with your peers and connect virtually.
  • Increased interaction with the material and with peers. All students are required to participate in online discussion. Students who may not normally feel comfortable sharing in a face-to-face setting may be more likely to participate and interact with other students in an online environment.
  • Immediate feedback on some assignments
  • Convenience and flexibility for students. Can access the material and interact with each other from anywhere and are not limited to traditional class time(s) or set office hours.
  • The formation of a learning community for the class will accelerate and enrich the students absorption of the strategy concepts.
  • Online courses provide engaging short lecture videos that integrate visuals, captions, and some interactive features like self-check quizzing. You'll be able to play, fastforward, and rewatch this content as much as you'd like and can review the material at your own pace.

Taking online courses presents the following disadvantages:

  • Technology learning curve might pose challenges to some. Students will need to learn how to use the Canvas learning management system as well as other online tools in order to have the best experience.
  • Learning online (typically in smaller time chunks) is a different skill. Because students can complete the coursework on their own time, they will need to be self-motivated and possess time management skills. Students must also be able to manage potential distractions that would not otherwise exist in a traditional classroom setting.
How many students will you enroll in online courses?

The maximum number of students will vary per course. In general, upper-division core coursework will be limited to 200 students per class, while upper-division elective coursework and upper-division writing will be limited to 100 students per class.

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