Frequently Asked Questions


How long is the Master of Innovation and Entrepreneurship program? How many units do I need to complete it?

The minimum number of credits required for the MIE degree is 36 units (28 units of core courses and eight units of electives) with a capstone project. The core comprises five four-unit classes, and four two-unit classes for a total of 28 units. In addition, there are two electives at four units each for a total of eight units. The two electives are for further study on topics such as New Product Development, Business Growth Strategies, Marketing on the Internet, and Experiential Consulting: New Ventures.

What is the tuition?


Do I need to have a business background to apply to the program?

No, all undergraduate majors are encouraged to apply.

Is work experience required for admission?

Work experience is not required for admission.


What are the Application Requirements?

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:

  • Official transcripts from all institutions attended to obtain undergraduate degree (with English translation if needed)
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Statement of purpose essay
  • Resume
  • Official TOEFL, PTE, or IELTS (international applicants)
  • $150 application fee
  • A personal interview (by invitation only)

What are the application deadlines? When will I find out if I am admitted?

  • November 15
  • January 15
  • March 1 (final deadline for international applicants)
  • May 1
  • June 1
  • July 1

Admissions decisions are usually made within four weeks after the interview.

Scholarships/Fellowships are available to qualified candidates. In general, applying early maximizes the chances of receiving a scholarship/fellowship.

Note: If you are an international applicant, we encourage you to apply early to allow sufficient time to obtain your student visa.

Where do I send official documents?

We are unable to accept unofficial test scores or transcripts. In order for your application to be complete, official
documents should be sent to:

  • TRANSCRIPTS: The Paul Merage School of Business, UC Irvine, Attn: Master of Innovation & Entrepreneurship Program, 4293 Pereira Drive, SB1 Suite 4500, Irvine, CA 92697-3125
  • GMAT: The Paul Merage School of Business, Master of Innovation & Entrepreneurship Program, institution code: 0DP-7R-05.
  • GRE: UC Irvine institution code: 4859
  • TOEFL: UC Irvine institution code: 4859
  • IELTS: You must submit a Test Report Form (TRF) to: The Paul Merage School of Business, UC Irvine, Attn: Master of Innovation & Entrepreneurship Program, 4293 Pereira Drive, SB1 Suite 4500, Irvine, CA 92697-3125
  • Pearson: You must submit a Test Report Form (TRF) to: The Paul Merage School of Business, UC Irvine, Attn: Master of Innovation & Entrepreneurship Program, 4293 Pereira Drive, SB1 Suite 4500, Irvine, CA 92697-3125

Please note, we will not receive your official TOEFL or GRE score reports until 2-3 weeks after you have submitted your online application.

What is the minimum GPA required for admission?

While there is no minimum GPA to apply, we do expect that applicants will have an overall competitive profile.  We encourage applicants from all backgrounds, especially those who demonstrate strong communication and conceptual thinking skills.

Is the GMAT/GRE required?

The GMAT/GRE is not required; however the Admissions Committee does look for evidence of quantitative proficiency in all applicants. We strongly recommend that applicants complete a college‐level mathematics and statistics course.

Is there a minimum score for TOEFL/IELTS required from 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 in a country where the primary and dominant language is English and English was the language of instruction of the school where the requirements were completed. *Please note that if transfer credits where applied to your degree, that these course would have to have been completed in a country where English is the primary or dominant language for the TOEFL waiver to apply. For more information visit UCI Grad Division's English Proficiency page.

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. You will be considered within the context of your entire application. We are looking for well-rounded applicants, and we encourage you to apply if you have a genuine interest in the program.

How will I know if my application is complete?

We will notify applicants via e-mail if their application is incomplete.

Do I need to send in a hard copy printout of my application once submitted?

There is no need to send in a printout of your online application given that we receive this information once you submit it online. However, make sure you do submit official copies of your transcripts and other required items listed here.

I have previously applied to a Merage Master’s program. Can I re-apply or apply to another Merage Master’s program?

If you submitted an application to a Merage Master’s 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 of your program of interest and request instructions to re-apply.

Can I apply to multiple programs at Merage at the same time?

You may only apply to one program at Merage in a given admissions year. If you are uncertain which program you would like to pursue, our admissions team is happy to discuss your background and career interests to determine which program would be the best fit. If you have already started an application, submitted an application, or received an admissions decision from one program but wish to apply to a different program, please contact the admissions office associated with the program you initially applied to. The admissions office will provide further guidance and instructions.

Can I submit an additional letter of recommendation?

Applications will be processed when the minimum requirement of two recommendations has been met. If you would like to hold your application for review until we receive an additional letter of recommendation, please email our program office.

Are WES evaluations accepted by UC Irvine?

No. Our program staff handles all transcript evaluations and do not accept WES evaluations. WES services are non-binding, meaning they do not have the authority to overrule the evaluations conducted by UCI's Graduate Division. WES is considered a suggested guide and is not considered an official evaluation of your credentials.

For more information, please contact us.