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 Financial Accounting and Managerial Accounting before applying. 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. We recommend applicants add internships, campus involvement and extracurricular activities on their resume.

Do I need to take the summer pre-session?

All students must complete the required prerequisite coursework listed below at an accredited US institution by our Fall start date in order to be waived of the summer pre-session coursework.

  • Intermediate Accounting I and II
  • Taxation
  • Auditing

Admitted international students who studied outside of the US, where English is not the primary language of instruction, will need to enroll in the summer pre-session.

Non-accounting majors who do not meet the coursework requirement to begin the program in the Fall quarter, will be offered an opportunity to enroll in the intensive summer pre-session. To enter the program in the Fall quarter, students must successfully complete all of the pre-session coursework.

See our Admissions page for more information.

Do you have a spring start date?

No. We only have a Fall start date. Non-accounting majors and applicants enrolled in our summer pre-session will begin in June to matriculate into Fall.

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, and fit with the program. All of these components are carefully reviewed once your application is submitted and complete with all supporting materials. The Admissions Committee will balance the diversity of education, work experience, background, and leadership potential to build a diverse and high caliber of students.

How will I know if my application is complete?

To check the status of your application, log into your application and review your Checklist. We will notify applicants via email if their application is completed.


Which application deadline should I apply for?

We encourage applicants to review the admissions deadlines in advance to ensure all materials are submitted on-time. Applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible to ensure they receive a decision by the corresponding decision deadline.

We use a waitlist to ensure that we can make admission offers across every application deadline. We do not have a specific number of available offers for any given deadline. Our offers vary each year, depending on the quality and size of the applicant pool.

International applicants are encouraged to apply early to allow sufficient time to obtain your student visa.

Is the GMAT/GRE required?

The GMAT or GRE are not required but strongly recommended for applicants whose GPAs are 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 results should be sent to UC Irvine institution code: 4859. For more information on the GRE, visit:

GMAT results should be sent to UC Irvine institution code: 0DP-7R-40. For more information on the GMAT, visit:

What is the minimum TOEFL/IELTS score? (International students)

Per UCI Graduate Division, the minimum score for admission for the TOEFL internet-based test is 80. 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. TOEFL/IELTS scores are valid for up to two years from the test date.

TOEFL: Be sure to have your exam results sent to UC Irvine using the institution code: 4859. Visit TOEFL for more information.

IELTS: UC Irvine Graduate Division only accepts scores submitted electronically by the IELTS test center. No paper Test Report Forms will be accepted. An institutional code is NOT required. Please contact the test center where you took the IELTS test and request that your test scores be sent electronically directly using the IELTS system. All IELTS test centers worldwide are able to send scores electronically to our institution.

Do I qualify for a TOEFL/IELTS waiver? (International students)

Applicants may receive a waiver of the TOEFL/IELTS 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 here.

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

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.

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

You may only apply to one program at the Merage School in a given admissions year. If you are uncertain about 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. Contact our program office at to schedule a consultation.

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.

Are WES evaluations accepted by UC Irvine?

No. We do not accept WES evaluations since WES services are non-binding and do not have the authority to overrule the evaluations conducted by UCI's Graduate Division. WES is considered a suggested guide and not an official evaluation of your credentials.

Where do I send official transcripts?

If you are admitted and have decided to attend UCI, send your official transcripts to:

Graduate Division
120 Aldrich Hall
Irvine, CA 92697-3180

For more information, please contact us.