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Admissions Make 2021 the year you commit to transforming your career. Apply by our July 15 deadline. 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.

Contact us to see if you qualify for the GMAT/GRE waiver


FEMBA Class Profile Sheet
  • 3.3 Average GPA
  • 100 Students in the Fall Class of 2020
  • 6.1 Average Years of Work Experience
Crystal Fisher, FEMBA '21 Career Path Transition
Why Merage? Benefits of the Merage School

Admissions Information

Gain access to our full-service Career Center, executive mentoring and networking opportunities. Immediately start exploring career paths through electives and our centers of excellence.

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 2021 target deadlines:

December 1, 2020

February 1, 2021

April 1, 2021

June 1, 2021

July 15, 2021


An overall GPA of 3.0 is preferred. If your overall GPA is lower than a 3.0, the Admissions Committee will take into consideration your undergraduate institution attended and major, as well as additional degrees and licenses/certificates obtained.

Please upload unofficial transcripts from every college and university attended with your online application, this includes any transfer colleges. These will be used to conduct the initial review. You will be asked to submit official transcripts only if you are admitted and then decide to attend UCI. At that time, only send the officials for the institution(s) where a degree was earned.

The preferred and quickest method for sending official transcripts to UCI Graduate division is to send your electronic transcripts to us via email to gradtranscripts@uci.edu.

If sending by mail please send to the below address:

UCI 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. Applicants submitting transcripts from non-U.S. universities should include evidence of degree conferral (proof of graduation: please upload your diploma if not referenced on the transcript) as well as all transcripts or marksheets to the application and consult with the admissions office on what will be needed to fulfill the official requirement if you are unable to order officials in a timely manner from your university. International applicants should refer to the International Applicant page for more specific requirements.

Official GMAT or GRE Score

The GMAT/GRE may be waived for candidates who hold a bachelor's or master's degree from an accredited institution with a 3.0 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. Other degree areas may be considered. 

Contact us directly to see if you could qualify for a GMAT waiver.

If you need to take either the GMAT or GRE, 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. There is no minimum GMAT or GRE score to apply, but the application process is competitive. 

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 minimum score required 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 submit scores from 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. Scores are valid for two years. UCI 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 directly where you took the IELTS test and request that your test scores be sent electronically using the IELTS system. All IELTS test centers worldwide are able to send scores electronically to our institution.

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.

The FEMBA Program Office is excited to announce three special scholarships available to highly qualified admitted students into our Fall 2021 class. The Merage School is well-known for its focus on developing leaders for a digitally driven world as well as it’s renowned strength for developing an inclusive, community-oriented culture. These three scholarships are designed to recognize students with a track-record of success in one of our core themes. The Merage School continues to award top scholarships to exceptional candidates admitted into the FEMBA Program.

  1. Digital Transformation & Innovation Scholarship – describe a transformation or innovation initiative you led at your current or prior employer that made a major impact on your company. Detail the impact of your initiative on the organization.
  2. Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Social Impact Scholarship – describe an initiative you led at either your employer, or a personal organization you support, that had an impact on the respective community. Detail the impact of your initiative.
  3. FEMBA Ambassador Scholarship – describe how you would make an impact on the FEMBA community at Merage as an active ambassador. Provide examples of community engagement initiatives you have led.

Candidates interested in one of these scholarships must submit a video essay to be considered, no longer than two minutes. The video essay must be submitted by EOD July 15, along with a submitted application if you have not already applied. Late submissions for the scholarship will not be accepted. Three people will be awarded between $10,000 to $30,000 in each of these categories. One top scholarship in each category will be awarded at $50,000! This is in addition to any merit scholarship you may receive during the admission process. Scholarship recipients will be announced by August 2. To be considered, e-mail a private YouTube link of your submission to mcoburn@uci.edu. Include your name and please make it clear which scholarship category you want to be considered for.