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BA in Business Administration

BA in Business Administration This program of study enables students to develop areas of focus as they pursue the Business Administration major.

This program of study enables students to develop areas of focus as they pursue the Business Administration major.


Students are required to complete 7 business courses that provide a foundation in essential core business competencies, followed by a minimum of 5 business electives selected from emphases. Students select a minimum of one of six emphases in Accounting, Finance, Information Systems, Marketing, Operations and Decision Technologies, and Organization and Management. Students also must fulfill an international business requirement through participation in the University's Education Abroad Program or by taking one of a number of designated courses that stress 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 requirement. 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.

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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. 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. Completion of the prerequisite courses does not guarantee admission into the major.

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Requirements for the BA in Business Administration

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

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

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

  • Accounting
  • Finance
  • 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.

Does the Merage School of Business offer any minor programs?
Yes, three minors. UC Irvine students from all non-Merage School majors are able to complete our majors in two ways: 

  1. Students are invited to apply to the Accounting, Management, or Innovation and Entrepreneurship minor programs. Applying and being selected into the minor provides students with priority enrollment in some courses.
  2. Ask your home advising unit to add the major to your DegreeWorks. Many students are able to complete the requirements for our minors without requiring priority enrollment.

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 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