At the Merage School, students must satisfy four groups of degree requirements in order to earn a baccalaureate degree from UCI.
The four groups are major requirements, general education (GE) requirements, university requirements and degree-specific requirements. When these are complete, you are ready to graduate.
Requirements for Graduation
In addition to completing all courses required for the Business Administration major, general education, and university requirements, you must also meet the following requirements:
You must have credit for a minimum of 180 quarter units.
You must have a 2.0 GPA overall AND 2.0 GPA in your major.
At least 36 of the final 45 units completed by a student for the bachelor’s degree must be earned in residence at the UCI campus (including UC programs like UCEAP, UCDC).
Time to Degree Policy:
Students who enter UCI directly from high school are expected to complete all degree requirements within 5 years (15 quarters, not including summers). This includes completion of any minors or additional (double or triple) majors. A maximum of 216 units is permitted after their 12th quarter of study at UCI. Most students follow a 4 year plan to graduate.
Students who enter UCI as junior transfers from other institutions are expected to complete all degree requirements within 3 years (9 quarters, not including summers). This includes completion of any minors or additional (double or triple) majors. Most students follow a 2 year plan to graduate.
Application for Graduation:
Graduation is NOT automatic. You must file an Application for Graduation online. Your application indicates to us that you are planning to complete your degree requirements by the end of a particular quarter. The Application for Graduation is available under the “Applications” portion of your StudentAccess. NOTE: emphases are not listed on your graduation application, so please disregard the "Concentration" option. You are able to submit an application when you have at least 120 units of cumulative credit.
After your application has been reviewed, its status will change from “PENDING” to “RECEIVED”. To ensure that you are on track for the quarter of your expected graduation, you are encouraged to schedule an appointment with a full-time advisor.
Students are certified for the BA degree once all coursework and grades have been posted to their UCI transcript. The quarterly deadlines to apply for graduation are as follows, and we encourage you to apply as soon as possible:
- Fall 2022: Friday, November 4 at 5:00 p.m.
- Winter and Spring 2023: Friday, February 10 at 5:00 p.m.
- Summer 2023: Friday, March 10 at 5:00 p.m.
Please note that we strictly adhere to the above deadlines for participation in Commencement.
Degrees are noted on official transcripts approximately six to seven weeks after the end of the quarter in which they are awarded. Academic transcripts may be ordered from the Registrar's Office in advance, indicating that they be held until the degree is noted on the transcript. For more information, please refer here.
Diplomas will be available approximately two to four months after the quarter in which the degree was awarded. The Registrar’s Office will notify you via email when your diploma is available. More information about this process is available here.
Upon graduation, academic records are final (may not be changed). It is your responsibility to check the accuracy of your academic record before you graduate. (Note that an NR becomes an F or NP after one quarter of subsequent enrollment or at the end of the quarter immediately preceding award of the degree, whichever comes first. Contact the instructor of the class about the possibility of removing the NR or replacing it with a grade.)
Congratulations to the Class of 2023!
Please join us for the Merage School’s 55th Annual Commencement Celebration on
Tuesday, June 20, 2023 from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Bren Events Center
Our Commencement Ceremony is conducted differently than other school ceremonies and many of the procedures are different. For information regarding registration, please visit the Merage Commencement Ceremony website.
As a reminder, you must have a graduation application on file for Fall 2022, Winter 2023, Spring 2023, or Summer 2023 to participate. Your application indicates to us that you are planning to complete your degree requirements by the end of a particular quarter (Fall 2022 – Summer 2023). The Application for Graduation is available under the “Applications” portion of your StudentAccess. NOTE: emphases are not listed on your graduation application, so please disregard the "Concentration" option.
All graduates must purchase a cap and gown to participate in the ceremony. Graduates may begin to purchase their regalia packages online April 18 or at the Grad Expo:
Tuesday, April 25 – Friday, April 28, 2023
10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. daily
Newkirk Alumni Center
Early online orders can opt-in to pick up their regalia at Grad Expo April 25-28.
- Gown size will be based on height without shoes.
- LINK TO ORDER: https://commencement.uci.edu/capandgown.html.
NOTE: You may not use a prior year’s cap and gown set; it will not match this year’s design and fabric. Black dye color in gowns cannot be made permanently color fast. In case of rain, neither UCI, UCIAA nor Jostens will be responsible for stains resulting from the wearing of this garment. For questions regarding cap and gown, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Requirements are subject to yearly change and other eligibility restrictions, including disciplinary and academic integrity violations. Additional information and GPA requirements can be found at https://www.reg.uci.edu/