Executive MBA | The Merage School Experience

The Merage School Experience At the Merage School, we're committed to setting our students up for success.

When you join UCI EMBA, you get much more than just the degree. You’ll be joining other high achievers in a close-knit community which will last a lifetime.

Getting the Support You Need 

You will dedicate an average of 15-20 hours per week to your studies in addition to time in the classroom. One of the unique attributes of this program is our full program support. We assist you by taking care of the many details of academic life. We serve our students by:

  • Registering and enrolling you in all of your courses
  • Arranging all four residential courses including booking your accommodations
  • Coordinating all meals during scheduled classes
  • Securing parking permits
  • Providing on-going support and academic guidance
  • Conducting a new student orientation for each incoming class
  • Arranging professional development workshops and computing classes

Finding Balance 

As a high achieving professional, time is truly of the essence. You may be asking yourself if earning your MBA is feasible given your already busy schedule. At the Merage School, we welcome all of you, including your family, work and commitments that exist beyond the classroom. 

As you bond with fellow students, dinners and late-night study sessions during each block are often where long-lasting friendships are formed, life philosophies debated, and startup ideas explored. Before you know it, school also offers a rich social life.

Beyond the Classroom 


The Executive MBA program provides a sequence of off-site immersive learning experiences (residentials), including a domestic and an international experience, both of which are invaluable in today's global environment.




Events at the Merage School

As a UCI EMBA student, you will gain access to industry leaders in a variety of contexts. Whether through conferences, events, guest speaker series or visiting faculty, you’ve never been more connected to the leading thinkers and practitioners in business.



Merage Student Association

The Merage Student Association is an energetic society which provides social, learning and networking opportunities with a busy calendar of social and educational events for all Merage students. Whether you want to strengthen your leadership skills, start a business or improve your golf swing, the Merage School has many clubs and associations that make it easy for you to find fellow students who share your interests, help increase your knowledge in a given subject area and broaden your network outside of the classroom.



Veterans Association

The Merage School Veterans Association is a community dedicated to supporting veterans as they pursue their career goals as well as personal and professional growth at the UCI Paul Merage School of Business.


A Schedule that Allows Flexibility 

Nearly one-third of our students commute to the program, coming from areas outside of Orange County such as Salt Lake City, Honolulu, San Diego, Las Vegas, Phoenix, Los Angeles, Seattle and San Francisco. The EMBA program format, program support, and strong community make commuting manageable.

Our Executive MBA program meets in-person one to two times per month, minimizing how often you’ll travel to campus and giving you enough time when you’re here to shift your focus to school and build deep connections with classmates.

From service member to defense contractor abroad and back to the public sector, the UCI EMBA program gave me the tools I needed to make the smooth transition back to civilian life with a culture of diversity.