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BA in Business Administration

Students are required to complete 10 business courses that provide a foundation in essential core business competencies, 
followed by a minimum of 10 business electives selected from emphases. Students select a minimum of one of seven emphases in Accounting, Finance, Health Care Management, Information Systems, Marketing, Operations and Decision Technologies, and Organization and Management. This program of study enables students to develop areas of focus as they pursue the Business Administration major. Because much business is conducted on a global scale, students are required to either participate in the University's Education Abroad Program or to take one of a number of designated courses that stresses the international dimension of a business area.

While academic course content is crucial to an undergraduate business major, auxiliary noncurricular programs also are important to students' academic experience. The Merage School incorporates a co-curricular element into the classroom experience. Drawing from Merage School and University resources, students are exposed to opportunities to enhance communication and presentations skills, attend formal speaker events, and engage in informal mentoring. The Merage School faculty is committed to ensuring that undergraduate majors have ample opportunity to enhance their writing and presentation skills through class assignments and a business communication elective. In addition, students can participate in a business writing program, where they can work with a writing consultant to further improve their writing skills.

Work experience is an important way to learn about business and management. UC Irvine's Internship Program, sponsored by the Career Center, can assist students in finding opportunities to work in either voluntary or paid positions in business, nonprofit, or industrial settings. Students who plan to enter business or apply to a graduate school of business or management in the future will find it necessary to supplement their academic work with a variety of practical experiences.

Another opportunity is UC Irvine's Undergraduate Administrative Intern Program, which offers selected students the opportunity to assume one-year positions under the guidance of University administrators. Students can choose from a range of offices in which they will be asked to undertake special projects specifically related to the management and administration of UC Irvine and higher education in general. These internships are supplemented by a two-quarter management seminar and by field trips to administrative conferences such as meetings of The Regents of the University of California.

Program Information

Freshmen: Preference will be given to those who rank the highest using the selection criteria as stated in the Undergraduate Admissions section of the Catalogue.

Transfer students: Junior-level applicants with the highest grades overall (minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0) and who satisfactorily complete lower-division courses in calculus (Mathematics 2A-B), economics (Economics 20A-B), and statistics and accounting (Management 7, 30A, 30B) will be given preference for admission. Management 1 may be completed at UC Irvine. 

Change of majors: For current UCI students, our change of major application is available once per quarter (fall, winter and spring). Students should apply in the quarter that they plan to complete all the program prerequisite requirements. The application deadline is Friday of the 6th week of the quarter (at 5:00 p.m.). Students may visit UCI's change of major website here for a list of requirements to be eligible to apply.

For current UCI students, our change of major application is available once per quarter (fall, winter and spring). Students should apply in the quarter that they plan to complete all the program prerequisite requirements. The application deadline is Friday of the 6th week of the quarter (at 5:00 p.m.). Students who wish to declare the Business Administration major should contact The Paul Merage School of Business Undergraduate Programs Office, SB2 202, for information about change-of-major requirements, procedures, and policies. Students should carefully review criteria for each major they are considering on the UCI Change of Major Criteria website. Review of applications and selection to the major is governed by the Undergraduate Programs Committee. Admission to the major is very competitive due to limited space availability; less than 10 students per year are typically accommodated. Completion of the prerequisite courses does not guarantee admission into the major.

Requirements for the BA in Business Administration

Please refer to the UC Irvine Catalogue for a list of all current requirements.

Petition to Substitute a Course: If you are looking to petition to substitute a course taken outside of UC Irvine, download the petition for further information.

Questions Regarding the BA Major

Undergraduate Programs Office
4291 Pereira Drive, SB2 Suite 202
Irvine, CA 92697-3125

949.824.9426
ugprograms@merage.uci.edu

Questions Regarding UC Irvine Admission

Admissions and Relations with Schools
204 Aldrich Hall
University of California
Irvine, CA 92697-1075

949.824.6703
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General Campus Information

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FAQ's

Are there emphases within the major?
Yes. Emphases within the major include:

  • Accounting
  • Finance
  • Health Care Management
  • Information Systems
  • Marketing
  • Operations and Decision Technologies
  • Organization and Management

Which freshman/sophomore level courses are required as part of the major

  • Mathematics 2A-B Single Variable Calculus (two quarters required)
  • Economics 20A-B Basic Economics I, II or Management 4A-B Basic Economics for Managers I, II (two quarters required)
  • Management 7 Statistics for Business Decision Making
  • Management 1 Introduction to Business and Management
  • Management 30A Introduction to Financial Accounting
  • Management 30B Introduction to Managerial Accounting

Are potential California Community College equivalencies being reviewed for lower division courses to assist prospective transfer students?
Certainly. As articulation agreements are developed, the information will be available on www.assist.org

When should I apply for a change of major into the Business Administration major?
For current UCI students, our change of major application is available once per quarter (fall, winter and spring). Students should apply in the quarter that they plan to complete all the program prerequisite requirements. The application deadline is Friday of the 6th week of the quarter (at 5:00 p.m.). Students may visit UCI's change of major website here for a list of requirements to be eligible to apply. 

Please be advised that completion of the prerequisite courses does not guarantee admission into the major; space is very limited. The change of major process is extremely competitive. On average, less than ten change of majors are admitted per year.

Does the Merage School of Business offer any minor programs?
Yes, three minors. UC Irvine students from all non-Merage School majors are invited to apply to the Accounting, Management, or Innovation and Entrepreneurship minor programs. Students may not receive both the minor in Management and the minor in Accounting. Students may not receive both the minor in Management and the minor in Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Are students able to minor in Accounting or Management while in the business major?
No, as this course work is already incorporated into core and elective options within the major program.

Does a student need to major in business to pursue a career in the field, or to later pursue an MBA degree?
Absolutely not! Your path to management or business success does not necessarily begin by earning an undergraduate business degree. In fact, there are a variety of academic disciplines valued by business and industry. By enrolling in the UC Irvine minor in Management, the UC Irvine minor in Accounting, or the UC Irvine minor in Innovation and Entrepreneurship, students can equip themselves with the perfect complement to any UC Irvine major. See our minor programs for more information.

Where can I find additional information regarding specific major requirements?
Interested students are encouraged to visit our website at merage.uci.edu, or to contact:

Undergraduate Programs Office
The Paul Merage School of Business
SB2 Suite 202
ugprograms@merage.uci.edu
949.824.9426

Where can I find additional information regarding admission to UC Irvine and the new B.A. in Business Administration?
Admission information is available via: 

UC Irvine Admissions and Relations with Schools
204 Aldrich Hall
University of California
Irvine, CA 92697-1075
Telephone: 949.824.6703
admissions.uci.edu

Summer Orientation

Freshmen must complete the Anteater Zot Start tutorial BEFORE registering for a Student Parent Orientation Program (SPOP). Anteater Zot Start provides information about placement testing, general education requirements, majors, class schedule, class registration, and other special programs.

Freshmen Orientation

SPOP 1 July 16-17, 2018
SPOP 2 July 20-21, 2018
SPOP 3 July 24-25, 2018
SPOP 4 July 30-31, 2018
SPOP 5 August 3-4, 2018
SPOP 6 August 8-9, 2018
SPOP 7 August 13-14, 2018
SPOP 8 August 18-19, 2018
SPOP 9 August 22-23, 2018
SPOP 10 August 27-28, 2018

International Student Parent Orientation Program (ISPOP)

September 18-20, 2018

For more information, visit UCI Orientation.

Transfer Academic Advising

Session 1

June 22, 2018

Session 2

June 25, 2018

Session 3

June 27, 2018

More information will be emailed to incoming transfer students in early June.

Please view the following information before your Orientation:

  • UCI General Catalogue - Refer to the Catalogue for course descriptions, university policies, preqrequisite information, and major and minor requirements
  • Graduation Requirements - Requirements to graduate for the Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration
  • Schedule of Classes - View all of the course offerings for the upcoming quarter
  • New Student Checklist - View the New Student Checklist for Freshmen and Transfers

For more information, visit UCI Orientation.