Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need to have an accounting or business background to apply to the program?
Our program is open to all majors. We require applicants complete, or be in the process of completing, Financial Accounting and Managerial Accounting. For non-accounting backgrounds, our summer pre-session will ensure students meet the coursework requirement to start the program in Fall.
See our Admissions page for more information.
Is work experience required for admission?
Work experience is not required for admission.
Do I need to take the summer pre-session?
All admitted international students will need to enroll in the summer pre-session. Regardless of major, where English is not the primary language of instruction, admitted students are required to apply and enroll in the summer pre-session.
Highly qualified applicants who do not meet the coursework requirement to begin the program in the Fall quarter will be offered an opportunity to enroll in an intensive summer pre-session. Students must successfully complete all of the pre-session coursework to meet the course prerequisites of the MPAc program in order to enter the program in the Fall quarter.
See our Admissions page for more information.
What is my eligibility for the winter internship if I am an international student?
The MPAc program structure is designed to provide students with an opportunity to pursue a winter internship. However, limitations exist for students that have not completed their undergraduate study at a U.S. based institution. While limitations to the winter opportunity exist for international candidates, these students will be fully eligible to take part/enroll in a number of elective offerings available through our Full-Time and Fully Employed MBA program and the Merage School’s Real Estate program. International students who have completed their undergraduate study at a U.S. based institution may be eligible for pursuing a winter internship.
Where do I send required documents?
Please send required documents including official transcripts to:
The Paul Merage School of Business
Master of Professional Accountancy Program
4293 Pereira Drive
SB1 Suite 4500
Irvine, CA 92697-3125
How will I know if my application is complete?
To check the status of your application, log into your application at: https://ucimerage.force.com/application/
and review your Checklist. We will notify applicants via e-mail if their application is completed.
What does the Admissions Committee look for in an applicant?
Applications are reviewed by our admissions committee holistically, which means we look at the overall competitiveness of your application, not just one component. There are many factors that go into our decisions, including undergraduate performance, recommendations, the GMAT/GRE (if applicable), TOEFL (if applicable), work experience, essays/goals, fit with the program, etc. All of these components are carefully reviewed once your application is submitted and complete with all supporting materials. An Admissions Committee will balance the diversity of education, work experience, background, and leadership potential to build a diverse and high quality classroom environment.
Is the GMAT/GRE required?
The GMAT or GRE are not required but strongly recommended for applicants with GPA’s under a 3.3. While these tests are not required, the admissions team is looking for evidence of strong verbal and quantitative skills. Note that GMAT and GRE scores are good for up to five years.
GRE 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: ets.org/gre
GMAT scores are valid for up to five years from your test date. Exam results should be sent to UC Irvine institution code: 0DP-7R-40. For more information on the GMAT, visit: mba.com
What is the minimum TOEFL/IELTS score?
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 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. For a list of countries that qualify please click here
Be sure to have your exam results sent to UC Irvine using the institution code: 4859. Visit TOEFL for more information.
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.
Should I apply early?
If you are an international applicant, we encourage you to apply early to allow sufficient time to obtain your student visa.
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.
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.