Frequently Asked Questions

General Questions

Does this program award the same degree as the Full-Time MBA Program and the Fully Employed MBA Program at Merage?

Yes. All Merage MBA students receive identical MBA degrees, and the same internationally renowned faculty teach in the MBA programs.

How is the EMBA program different from the other MBA programs offered at Merage?

The EMBA program is an MBA program for professionals, managers, entrepreneurs and executives with at least 8 years of business experience and 5 years managing people, projects, data, teams, or budgets. Students in this program have an average of 16 years of progressive work experience. Students are encouraged to bring their professional experiences and challenges to enhance the classroom learning experience across disciplines and industries.

What is the class meeting schedule?

Classes meet four weekends per academic quarter on Friday afternoon from 3:30 pm – 8:30 pm and Saturday from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Every 1st Sunday of every quarter will include an Executive Leadership class from 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Each academic quarter is 10 weeks in duration.

How long is the MBA program?

The EMBA program is 21 months and starts in September every year. Graduation is in June of the second year of the program.

How much time do students spend outside the classroom working on projects?

Merage EMBA students spend 15 - 20 hours a week outside the classroom on individual assignments and group projects.

How large is the entering cohort?

EMBA cohorts typically have between 50-60 students.

Does my undergraduate degree need to be in business?

No, you are not required to have an undergraduate degree in business. The Merage School recruits and admits individuals from a broad range of academic and professional backgrounds.

What is the cost of the Executive MBA Program?

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. 

Is financial aid available?

Yes. Financial aid is not based on need. A number of financial aid opportunities are available, including government and private loans. See Financial Aid for more information. Additionally, the Merage School offers a number of partial merit-based scholarships for qualified candidates.

Do you recommend I visit the campus?

Yes. We encourage you to contact us for a one-on-one meeting, class visit, and/or an MBA Preview Day to learn more about the EMBA program. Please call 949.824.4565 to schedule your meeting, either on campus or by phone.

Are there any prerequisites for this program?

In addition to having a 4 year Bachelor's degree from an accredited University, it is important to demonstrate competence in analytical skills in your application. This may be identified through undergraduate math courses or your Executive Assessment score.

Application Questions

What are the minimum requirements for admittance to the EMBA program?

Students must have a Bachelor’s Degree (a GPA of 3.0 or better is preferred) and a minimum of eight years of work experience, with 5 years of management experience. Executive Assessment results may be requested, based on your academic record. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) results may be required if the language of instruction at your undergraduate university was not in English.

How much is the application fee? Can it be waived?

The application fee is $150.  We waive the application fee for veterans, current members of the U.S. military, and UCI Alumni. Please contact for the application fee waiver prior to submitting your application.

What does the Admissions Committee look for in an applicant?

The Admissions committee takes into consideration the candidate's professional background, including progression in your career, academic preparedness, accomplishments, and interpersonal skills.

To where shall I have my transcripts mailed?

Paper documents need to be sent to this mailing address:

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

Is the GMAT/GRE required?

No, the GMAT/GRE is not required for admission, but we will accept it as a supplemental aspect of your application. The Executive Assessment may be requested depending on your academic record. If you have already taken the GMAT or GRE, we will accept your score in place of the Executive Assessment. 

How do I apply?

Please use the online application.

From whom should I get my letters of recommendation?

Two professional letters of recommendation are required for every applicant. Current or former supervisors are the most suited to provide clear evidence of your managerial experience or potential for advancement. Recommendations may be obtained from professionals, such as colleagues, clients, or business partners. 

Submission of letters of recommendations are required using the form through our online system. 

For more information, please contact us.