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MBA - Master of Business Administration University of California Irvine




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The Paul Merage School of Business admits students to the two-year, Full-Time MBA program in the fall quarter. Students from a variety of undergraduate disciplines, including liberal arts, social sciences, physical or biological sciences, computer science, and engineering, are encouraged to apply. The final deadline for completion of all phases of the application procedure is generally around April 1. In addition to the general University rules governing admission to graduate study, the School normally requires the completion of the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). There are no specific prerequisite requirements for the Full-Time MBA program. However, the Admissions Committee does look for evidence of quantitative proficiency in all applicants.

The evaluation of an applicant’s file for admission consists of an integrated assessment of all materials submitted including test scores, transcripts of previous academic work, work experience, essays, and letters of recommendation. The MBA program at The Paul Merage School of Business is distinctive for its focus on providing students the capabilities and skills to succeed in the technology-rich Innovation Economy. Students develop a sophisticated understanding of the new requirements for success in the School’s curriculum that emphasizes the critical drivers of the Innovation Economy: Strategic Innovation, Information Technology, Analytical Decision Making, and Collaborative Execution.

The Full-Time MBA program requires a minimum of 92 units with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 in the core curriculum and overall. The curriculum consists of courses divided into two groups designed to achieve specific educational objectives. Ten required Common Core Courses (40 units) and 52 units of elective courses which students select to emphasize career goals and educational interests. A thesis is not required.

The Fully Employed MBA (FEMBA) program gives emerging managers an opportunity to earn an MBA with minimal disruption to their professional lives. Students attend classes delivered in-person or hybrid (online and in-person) during the program. The FEMBA Program enrolls new students in spring and fall. Students that begin the program in spring attend classes nine consecutive quarters, including summers, and complete the program within 27 months. Students that begin the program in fall attend classes during the Fall-Spring academic year and complete the program within 33 months. Students also have the opportunity to accelerate their program to graduate in 21 months.

The program consists of both core courses and electives, allowing students to establish a solid foundation of traditional business skills and then customize their education based on personal interests and goals. The curriculum provides constant interaction between information presented in the classroom and what is being used on the job, reinforcing and enhancing the student’s learning experience.

Course options

Here are the different ways in which you can study MBA - Master of Business Administration.

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees

$54,119.00 (40,92,343) per year


23 Sep, 25 Mar


Paul Merage School of Business



92697, United States

Online/Distance with attendence (21 months)

Tuition fees

$54,119.00 (40,92,343) per year




Paul Merage School of Business



92697, United States

Entry requirement for international students

All applicants must meet the following minimum academic requirements:

  • Hold a bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) from a recognized academic institution with degree standards equivalent to those of the University of California
  • Have a minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0

TOEFL Score Requirements for Admission Consideration:

  • On the TOEFL iBT minimum score of 80
  • For the paper-based test, a minimum score of 550

IELTS Score Requirements for Admission Consideration:

  • An overall minimum score of 7 for admission, with a score of no less than 6 on any individual module.
  • Applicants who qualify for admission by the above criteria, and also achieve a score of 8 or higher on the Speaking module may be eligible to serve as a Teaching Assistant.

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