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Admissions The Fall 2020 application deadline has been extended to August 15. Apply Today

The Fully Employed MBA program is a part-time program ideal for early to mid-career professionals and managers seeking to advance or redirect their careers or achieve entrepreneurial goals.

The program is designed to accommodate your busy schedule, propel your career forward, and allow you to focus on your professional interests.

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  • 3.3 Average GPA
  • 100 Students in the Fall Class of 2020
  • 6.1 Years of Average Work Experience
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Admissions Information

We are now accepting applications for Fall 2020. At any point during the application process, you may send us your supplemental documents, including GMAT or GRE score, official transcripts, etc. We will keep these records on file until your application is completed. Applications are reviewed on a rolling admission basis. Once your application is complete, you can expect an admissions decision within 2-4 weeks.

Fall 2020 target deadlines: 

December 1, 2019
February 1, 2020
April 1, 2020
June 1, 2020
July 15, 2020
Extended: August 15, 2020


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.

Official GMAT or GRE Score

All applicants are required to take either the GMAT or GRE, but may be waived for candidates who hold a PhD in a quantitative subject. There is no advantage to taking one exam over the other. If you take an exam multiple times, we will take the highest total score that you obtained on that exam. The Admissions Committee does not average exam scores. While there is no minimum GMAT or GRE score to apply, we do expect that applicants will have an overall competitive profile. 

The GMAT/GRE can be waived for candidates who hold a bachelor's or master's degree from a US institution with a 3.2 cumulative GPA or higher in a quantitative area. The approved quantitative areas are: Business Administration, Economics, Engineering, Biological Sciences, Information and Computer Science, Health Sciences, and Physical Sciences.

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-16. For more information on the GMAT, visit: mba.com

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
Fully Employed MBA Program
4293 Pereira Drive, Suite 4200
Irvine, CA 92697-3125

Two Letters of Recommendation

Submissions of letters of recommendations are preferred using the form through our online system. However, letters received in the mail, will be accepted if received in a signed and sealed envelope directly from the recommender.

At least one recommendation should be from a current or former supervisor providing clear evidence of your managerial experience or potential for advancement. They may also be obtained from people who know you professionally, such as clients, former bosses or others. Recommendations from professors are not helpful unless you have done extensive work or research with them.


One essay is required.  The essay should illustrate your professional accomplishments, career goals, and values that you will bring to the Merage School Fully Employed MBA Program. The specific essay prompt can be found on the application. You may also choose to submit an optional second essay or a video essay. Please answer the questions within the space limits indicated.

Employment History (Résumé)

A minimum of two years of professional work experience is preferred. The admissions committee weighs the quality of work experience more heavily than the quantity. Direct management experience is preferred, but not required. Submit a copy of your résumé and for each position held, include the name and website of the organization, job title, a detailed description of your responsibilities, and reason for leaving.


Interviews are by invitation only, are required for admission and are conducted by the Admissions Committee. The interview is a way for us to evaluate your interpersonal and communication skills, as well as a way for you to ask questions and determine whether the Merage School is right for you. 

If invited to an interview, you will be informed via email. Whenever possible, applicants are encouraged to conduct interviews on campus. However, for those applicants unable to travel to Irvine, telephone interviews are acceptable.  In some cases before an in-person or Skype interview, candidates may be invited to participate in a separate video interview. This is not an indication of an applicant's increased chances of admission, but rather an additional step we use to learn more about you.