Master of Innovation and Entrepreneurship | Frequently Asked Questions

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General Questions


The minimum number of credits required for the MIE degree is 44 units (32 units of core courses and twelve units of electives) with a capstone project and is now offered in a one-year or two-year format. The core comprises of seven four-unit classes and two two-unit classes for a total of 32 units. In addition, there are three electives at four units each for a total of 12 units. The three electives are for further study on topics such as New Product Development, Advertising, Marketing on the Internet, and New Ventures.

The MIE two-year program allows you to complete the program at a slower pace, while maintaining your career. Class times vary from quarter to quarter, so it will require some flexibility in scheduling.


No, all undergraduate majors are encouraged to apply.

Work experience is not required for admission.

If you submitted an application to a Merage School 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.

You may only apply to one program at the Merage School 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.

Admissions Questions

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
  • Two essays (one video and one written)
  • Resume
  • Official TOEFL or IELTS (international applicants)
  • $150 application fee
  • A personal interview (by invitation only)

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.

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.

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 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. If transfer credits where applied to your degree, these courses 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). For the IELTS, the minimum required score for admission is 7, with a score of no less than 6 on any individual module.

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.

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.

Applicants with a 3-year bachelor's degree* (except for the United Kingdom) need either an additional 1-year master's degree, a 1-year Post Graduate Diploma (PGD) in the same field of study as the 3-year degree, or a 2-year master's degree in any field to be recognized as equivalent to a 4-year bachelor’s degree from the United States. We also accept the Chartered Accountant Final Examination certificates as postgraduate coursework when it is combined with a 3-year bachelor’s degree in accounting. More information may be found on this link.

*For example: Degrees from India, Australia, Italy, etc. If you have any questions about your 3-year degree, please contact us at:

Application Questions

Fall 2024 applications are open.

Applications are submitted online. The MIE program has six rounds of application deadlines. It is your responsibility to ensure all parts of your application are completed by the stated deadline date. If you have any missing items by the deadline, your application will be considered in the next round. We encourage applicants to submit as early as possible.

Round 1: October 15
Round 2: November 15
Round 3: January 15 
Round 4: March 1 (final deadline for international applicants)
Round 5: May 1
Round 6: June 1

After submitting a completed application, you will receive a decision upon the careful review of your application within two months from the stated application deadline.

Scholarships are available to qualified candidates, and are granted according to merit. All applicants are automatically considered for scholarships. Applying early generally maximizes the chances of receiving a scholarship.

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: UCI Paul Merage School of Business, Attn: Master of Innovation & Entrepreneurship Program, 4293 Pereira Drive, SB1 Suite 4200, Irvine, CA 92697-3125
  • GMAT: UCI 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: UCI Paul Merage School of Business, Attn: Master of Innovation & Entrepreneurship Program, 4293 Pereira Drive, SB1 Suite 4200, Irvine, CA 92697-3125

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

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

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.