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The MBA for Executives program is designed to meet the unique demands of managers and executives within the rigorous standards of the MBA curriculum.

EMBA students are professionals, entrepreneurs and executives on an advanced career path who want to refine their leadership skills, develop agility and learn to anticipate strategic opportunities in the global business environment. The program format provides flexibility through online and on-campus learning experiences.

EMBA Class of 2021 Profile Sheet
  • 46 Total Students
  • 20 Industries/ Functional Areas Represented
  • 16 Years Average Work Experience
Leadership for a Digitally Driven World What Does It Mean and Why Merage.

Admissions Information

Application for Fall 2020 now available.


  • December 1 (application fee waived)
  • March 1
  • May 1
  • July 1


Please upload copies of transcripts for each college and university attended with your online application. Transcripts that are scanned and uploaded to the site are considered unofficial and will be used for the application review. You will be asked to submit official transcripts if you are admitted and have decided to attend UCI. At that time, in most cases only the institution(s) where a degree was earned will need to be sent. You may request your official electronic transcripts to be sent from your institution directly to our admissions coordinator at kdalton@uci.edu. If your school doesn’t offer an electronic delivery option, please mail official copies of transcripts to:

UC Irvine
Graduate Division
120 Aldrich Hall
Irvine, CA 92697-3180

Candidates may apply to the program if they hold the equivalent of a four-year U.S. Bachelor's degree. Transcripts from non-U.S. universities should include evidence of degree conferral (proof of graduation). International applicants should refer to the International Applicant page for more specific requirements.


Two letters of recommendation are required. Current or former supervisors are the most suited to provide clear evidence of your managerial experience or potential for advancement. In your application, you will be asked to provide an email address for each person from whom you are requesting a recommendation. Once you submit your application, the system will automatically email our online recommendation form to your recommenders.


Essays are the primary means for you to share with us your career goals and professional accomplishments. One essay is required. The specific essay prompts are listed below for first time applicants.

  1. What do you want to achieve in your professional life? What have you already done to get there and how do you think UCI Merage can help you achieve your goals?
  2. Optional: Please provide any additional information you would like the Admissions Committee to consider in evaluating your candidacy.

Employment History (Resumé)

Submit a copy of your resume and include company name, job title, and professional accomplishments. A minimum of eight years of professional work experience is preferred. Five years of managing staff, teams, and/or large projects is required. The admissions committee considers the quality of work experience more than the quantity.


An on-campus interview invitation may be sent to you once your application has been reviewed. An interview is a required step in the admission process.

Official TOEFL Score (international applicants only)

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 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 hereExam results should be sent to UC Irvine institution code: 4859. For more information on the TOEFL, visit: toefl.org 

As an 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.

Send official Test Report Form (TRF) to: 

The Paul Merage School of Business, UC Irvine
MBA for Executives Program
4293 Pereira Drive, Suite 4200
Irvine, CA 92697-3125


The Executive Assessment, GMAT and GRE are optional. You may voluntarily submit your GMATGRE, or Executive Assessment score(s) along with your application if you believe the information will help the Admissions Committee better understand your academic readiness for the program. We encourage you to contact us with any questions at 949.824.4565 or emba@uci.edu.


Contact Kris Dalton, Admissions Manager, and she will assist you with the steps to reapply. You will be asked to send the following items :

  • An updated copy of your resume.
  • An essay describing your professional activities and accomplishments since you last applied. Include your reason for re-applying to The Paul Merage School of Business.

Fees for the Fall 2019 EMBA class is $19,429 per quarter, and the total program (7 quarters) is $136,000. Fees include registration, textbooks, course materials and software, parking, lodging during all residentials, meals during class weekends, and membership to the UCI Athletic Center. Fees are paid on a quarterly basis, prior to the start of each quarter, and remain fixed throughout your program. 


EMBA class visit opportunities are available on class weekends throughout the year and include an optional lunch with students.

Attending an EMBA class provides a realistic experience in our dynamic program. Visitors will have an opportunity to meet students and faculty and gain valuable insights on how our program prepares students to anticipate disruptive technologies and create competitive value in their organizations. 

Learn more about our available class visit options by contacting Jennifer Risner, Director of Admissions & Recruitment, at jrisner@uci.edu or 949.824.1376.

Next Steps

Whether you have a question about the EMBA program, want to attend an event, meet in person or start your application, we can help!