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The program is intended to provide a broad knowledge of the core disciplines of management and a depth of knowledge and original dissertation research.

PhD Class Profile Sheet

  • 3.60 Average Undergraduate GPA
  • 1390 Average GRE
  • 740 Average GMAT


At the Merage School, PhD candidates are considered carefully as individuals and as future research partners. We evaluate their performance in their business and academic careers, and their potential to become valued members of the Merage School network of global scholars and business leaders.

To apply for our program, you must specify an area of specialization from the following:

  • Accounting
  • Finance
  • Information Systems
  • Marketing
  • Operations & Decision Technologies
  • Organization and Management
  • Strategy

Thank you for your interest in our doctoral program. Our online application system for Fall 2021 is closed. We thank those that did apply and ask for your patience as we pre-process your application, collect/verify test scores, letters of recommendation and/or other documents (if applicable) before we get back to you with a status. You will be hearing from us within the next three weeks (approximately). If you have any questions please email Noel Negrete at phd@merage.uci.edu.

The application system will re-open in September 2021 for Fall 2022.

A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 or equivalent from the undergraduate institution is required. 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. We will conduct the initial review process with unofficial transcripts, however, if you are selected for an interview, you will need to provide official copies of transcripts from your degree issuing institution. Official transcripts must be received before a final admissions decision can be granted.

Send official copies of transcripts to:

PhD Program Office
The Paul Merage School of Business, UC Irvine
4293 Pereira Drive, Suite 3235
Irvine, CA 92697-3125

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

Three letters of recommendation are required. Those NOT using the online recommendation system, please use the pre-formatted Recommendation and Waiver forms provided by UC Irvine's Graduate Division for EACH recommender.

Letters must be mailed to:

PhD Program Office 
The Paul Merage School of Business
4293 Pereira Drive, Suite 3235
Irvine, CA 92697-3125

All applicants are required 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. While there is no minimum GMAT or GRE score to apply, we do expect that applicants will have an overall competitive profile. Test 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

Exam results should be sent to UC Irvine institution code: 0DP-7R-24. For more information on the GMAT, visit: mba.com

We require a minimum score of 600 for the paper-based test or 100 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). UC Irvine, 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. For the IELTS, the minimum required score for admission is 7, with a score of no less than 6 on any individual module. 


English Language Proficiency Exam

In addition to the TOEFL/IELTS requirement, an official score on the English Proficiency Exam, for students whose primary language is not English must be on file. Our financial support package requires that students work for the university as Teaching Assistants (TAs). Therefore, international students need to have passed (or will pass) an approved speak exam before securing a TA position.

You can either take the test prior to admission OR you can take a UCI Spoken Proficiency English Assessment Kit (SPEAK) test when admitted into our program. 

Application Fee Waiver

In order to support initiatives aimed at addressing and increasing diversity of business school faculty, UC Irvine will waive the PhD Application fees not only for applicants who meet university-wide criteria but also for students who have participated in programs such as the following:

  • Alliance for Minority Participation (AMP)
  • Bridges to the Baccalaureate Program (BRIDGES)
  • Building Infrastructure Leading to Diversity (BUILD)
  • Cal Bridge
  • California Alliance for Minority Participation (CAMP)
  • California State University Pre-Doctoral Program (Cal Pre-Doc)
  • Chemistry at the Space-Time Limit (CaSTL)
  • Educational Opportunity Program (EOP)
  • Gates Millennium Scholars Program
  • Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP)
  • LSAMP Bridge to the Doctorate (BD)
  • Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program
  • Minority Access to Research Careers (MARC)
  • Minority Access to Research Careers Undergraduate Student Training in Academic Research (MARC U-STAR)
  • Minority Biomedical Research Support Program (MBRS)
  • Minority Health and Health Disparities International Research Training Program (MHIRT)
  • Minority Opportunities in Research (MORE)
  • National Institute of Mental Health Career Opportunities in Research (NIMH COR)
  • Research in Science & Engineering (RISE)
  • Ronald E. McNair Post-baccalaureate Achievement Program (McNair)
  • University of California Historically Black Colleges and Universities (UC HBCU) Participant
  • University of California Irvine Summer Research Program (SRP)
  • University of California Leadership Excellence through Advanced Degrees (UC LEADS)

To verify your participation in any of the above diversity based program, please submit to Noel Negrete a letter or email from your Program Director attesting to your participation.

To see a full list of qualifications and documents needed for fee waiver consideration, refer to Graduate Division.

Submit all your document(s) to Noel Negrete. A decision will be made within 1-3 business days by the Graduate Division admissions office.

More Information

Since the PhD program is a full-time in residence program of study employment outside UC Irvine should not be sought. During this period of time students receive a full support package.

The five-year support package covers tuition, fees and a living stipend. This support is provided through a combination of scholarships, teaching assistantships and research assistantships, and is subject to terms described in the acceptance letter.

Several other types of financial assistance are also available to graduate students at UC Irvine, including fellowships, tuition fellowships for nonresident students, and student loans. All graduate students who are US citizens and permanent residents are encouraged to submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each year to access state and federal loans. Foreign students are not eligible for federal aid and do not need to complete the FAFSA. They may be eligible for a private loan with a US co-signer. Please contact Alda Ruggiero for details at aruggier@uci.edu or 949.824.7967.