Graduate Division

Management Ph.D.

Section 1

Overview

The Merage School PhD program prepares individuals for scholarly positions in academic institutions. Small and highly individualized, the doctoral program allows students to pursue their own areas of interests.  

Areas of concentration include: Accounting, Finance, Information Systems, Marketing, Operations & Decision Technologies, Organization & Management, and Strategy.

The doctoral program is divided into two phases. The qualification phase provides students with a foundational knowledge in their area of specialization. The dissertation phase requires the completion of a significant original research project.

The normative time to degree is five years and a 5 year financial support package is offered.

What Sets Us Apart?

The School’s extraordinary “intellectual capital’ rankings from nationally-recognized publications attest to our faculty’s large volume of research published in leading journals. Our world-renowned faculty tackle a broad range of business issues and strive to impact global discussions that will bring about positive change. Recent research abstracts are organized by academic area and are available for review by students, business professionals and policy-makers.

  • No. 54 in the World [tied] for Faculty Research (Financial Times, 2018); No. 38 US (10% ranking)
  • No. 1 in the World for percentage of female faculty (Financial Times, 2018)
  • Outstanding faculty/student ratio allows for exceptional cooperation and mentoring
  • High placement rate in academic jobs: 95% (15-year data, graduates from 2003-2018) *
  • Located in the heart of the business community of Orange County, California; a vibrant ecosystem with global reach.  As such, we are uniquely positioned to attract scholars, students and partners, domestically and internationally.

*Note: the 95% includes tenure-track, post doc, lecturer, and adjunct positions

Quick Facts

Program Type

Doctoral Program

Normative Time to Degree

5 years

Capstone Type

Dissertation

Accordion Section

Admissions Requirements

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


Online Application & Fee


An application fee of $105 US for domestic applicants or $125 US for international applicants may be paid by credit card only through the online application system. We do not accept the on-line applications provided by the UCI Graduate Division Office.

If you have any questions, please contact Noel Negrete at phd@merage.uci.edu.

Official Transcripts


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.

Letters of Recommendation


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

Official GMAT or GRE Score


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



International Applicants


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 here. Exam 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 also take the Academic Modules of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or Pearson Test of English (PTE). For the IELTS, the minimum required score for admission is 7, with a score of no less than 6 on any individual module. The PTE minimum required score for admission is 53. Scores are valid for two years.

Send official Test Report Form (TRF) to:

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


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.

Financial Support

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.

Tuition & Fees

Management Ph.D. Fees 2018-19 Fall 2018 Winter 2019 Spring 2019 Annual
Student Services Fee 376.00 376.00 376.00 1,128.00
Tuition 3,814.00 3,814.00 3,814.00 11,442.00
Assoc. Grad Students Fee * 14.00 14.00 14.00 32.00
Student Center Fee 137.88 137.88 137.87 413.63
Bren Events Center Fee 23.00 23.00 23.00 69.00
Recreation Center Fee 88.00 88.00 88.00 264.00
eTech Fee † 60.00 60.00 60.00 180.00
Document Fee ‡ 80.00 0.00 0.00 80.00
Student Health Insurance 1,348.00 1,347.00 1,347.00 4,042.00
Total California Resident $5,800.88 $5,799.88 $5,799.87 $17,400.63
Nonresident Supplemental Tuition 5,034.00 5,034.00 5,034.00 15,102.00
Total Nonresident $10,834.88 $10,833.88 $10,833.87 $32,502.63

Posted 10 August 2018 at http://reg.uci.edu/fees/2018-2019/phd-business.html.

The tuition, fees, and charges posted to your billing statement or account are estimates based on currently approved amounts. These figures may not be final. Actual tuition, fees, and charges are subject to change by the Regents of the University of California and could be affected by increases or reductions in State funding, or other developments. Accordingly, final approved levels (and thus your final balance due) may differ from the amounts shown.

Graduate students in the School of Business are assessed $5.00 more per quarter for associated graduate student fees than other graduate students.

† The non-refundable eTech Fee is required of all students and is used to support the maintenance and improvement of existing education technology, and new services and capabilities. The eTech fee is listed separately as the charged amount varies based on the amount of undergraduate units the student is enrolled in and is assessed later in the term than the other fees listed. The fee is $4 per unit of undergraduate lecture course, up to a maximum amount of $60 (or 15 units) per quarter. It will be assessed after the third week of instruction. The $60 eTech Fee included on this chart reflects the maximum possible fee.

‡ The Document Fee provides lifetime access to official transcripts and academic verifications without a fee for in-person pickup or delivery by USPS. In addition, there is no fee for mailing the initial diploma. Effective Fall 2018, new undergraduate, professional, and graduate students are assessed the one-time document fee. Eligible students are able to use financial aid to cover the Document Fee.

Core Faculty

Dennis Aigner, Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley, Professor Emeritus of Paul Merage School of Business

Alpesh N. Amin, M.D. Northwestern University, Thomas and Mary Cesario Endowed Chair in Medicine and Professor of Medicine; Biomedical Engineering; Paul Merage School of Business; Program in Public Health (hospital medicine, quality/safety, new technologies in healthcare)

Christopher Bauman, Ph.D. University of Illinois at Chicago, Associate Professor of Paul Merage School of Business

David Blake, Ph.D. Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Professor Emeritus of Paul Merage School of Business

Kevin Bradford, Ph.D. University of Florida, Lecturer with Potential for Security of Employment of Paul Merage School of Business (personal setting, sales management, distribution of firearms, marketing practices of guns, gun culture)

Tonya Bradford, Ph.D. Northwestern University, Assistant Professor of Paul Merage School of Business (rituals, market exchange, gift-giving, communities)

Philip Bromiley, Ph.D. Carnegie Mellon University, Professor of Paul Merage School of Business

Nai-Fu Chen, Ph.D. University of California, Los Angeles, Professor Emeritus of Paul Merage School of Business

Vidyanand Choudhary, Ph.D. Purdue University, Professor of Paul Merage School of Business

Elizabeth Chuk, Ph.D. University of Washington, Assistant Professor of Paul Merage School of Business (financial reporting, consequences of accounting standards, defined benefit pensions, earnings management)

N. Edward Coulson, Ph.D. University of California, San Diego, Professor of Paul Merage School of Business; Economics

Imran Currim, Ph.D. Stanford University, UCI Chancellor's Professor of Paul Merage School of Business

Sanjeev Dewan, Ph.D. University of Rochester, Professor of Paul Merage School of Business

Joseph DiMento, Ph.D. University of Michigan, Professor of School of Law; Criminology, Law and Society; Paul Merage School of Business; Urban Planning and Public Policy (planning, land use and environmental law, use of social science in policy making, legal control of corporate behavior)

Martha S. Feldman, Ph.D. Stanford University, Roger W. and Janice M. Johnson Chair in Civic Governance and Public Management and Professor of Urban Planning and Public Policy; Paul Merage School of Business; Sociology (organization theory and behavior, stability and change in organizations, decision-making and information processing, public management, qualitative research methods)

Paul Feldstein, Ph.D. University of Chicago, Professor Emeritus of Paul Merage School of Business

Mary Gilly Graham, Ph.D. University of Houston, Professor of Paul Merage School of Business

John Graham, Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley, Professor Emeritus of Paul Merage School of Business

Luyi Gui, Ph.D. Georgia Institute of Technology, Assistant Professor of Paul Merage School of Business

Vijay Gurbaxani, Ph.D. University of Rochester, Taco Bell Chair in Information Technology Management and Professor of Paul Merage School of Business; Informatics (economics of information systems management, impact of information technology on organization and market structure)

David Hirshleifer, Ph.D. University of Chicago, Paul Merage Chair in Business Growth and Professor of Paul Merage School of Business; Economics

Siew Hong Teoh Hirshleifer, Ph.D. University of Chicago, Professor of Paul Merage School of Business

Joanna Ho, Ph.D. University of Texas at Austin, Professor of Paul Merage School of Business

Chong Huang, Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania, Assistant Professor of Paul Merage School of Business

Mireille Jacobson, Ph.D. Harvard University, Associate Professor of Paul Merage School of Business; Economics

Philippe Jorion, Ph.D. University of Chicago, Professor of Paul Merage School of Business; Economics

John Joseph, Ph.D. Northwestern University, Associate Professor of Paul Merage School of Business

Lynn Robin Keller, Ph.D. University of California, Los Angeles, Professor of Paul Merage School of Business

Sreya Kolay, Ph.D. University of Rochester, Assistant Professor of Paul Merage School of Business

Sharon Koppman, Ph.D. University of Arizona, Assistant Professor of Paul Merage School of Business; Sociology (work and occupations, sociology of culture, creative industries)

Kenneth Kraemer, Ph.D. University of Southern California, Professor Emeritus of Paul Merage School of Business

Loraine Lau, Ph.D. University of California, Los Angeles, Associate Professor of Paul Merage School of Business

Ben Lourie, Ph.D. University of California, Los Angeles, Assistant Professor of Paul Merage School of Business

Radhika Lunawat, Ph.D. University of Minnesota, Assistant Professor of Paul Merage School of Business; Economics

Newton Margulies, Ph.D. University of California, Los Angeles, Professor Emeritus of Paul Merage School of Business

Peter Navarro, Ph.D. Harvard University, Professor Emeritus of Paul Merage School of Business

David Neumark, Ph.D. Harvard University, UCI Chancellor's Professor of Economics; Paul Merage School of Business

Tingting Nian, Ph.D. New York University, Assistant Professor of Paul Merage School of Business

Gerardo Okhuysen, Ph.D. Stanford University, Professor of Paul Merage School of Business

Judith Olson, Ph.D. University of Michigan, Professor Emeritus of Informatics; Paul Merage School of Business; Urban Planning and Public Policy (interactive and collaborative technology, human-computer interaction, computer-supported cooperative work)

Jone Pearce, Ph.D. Yale University, Professor of Paul Merage School of Business

Cornelia Pechmann, Ph.D. Vanderbilt University, Professor of Paul Merage School of Business

Morton Pincus, Ph.D. Washington University, Professor of Paul Merage School of Business

Andrew Policano, Ph.D. Brown University, Professor Emeritus of Paul Merage School of Business; Economics

Judy Rosener, Ph.D. Claremont Graduate University, Senior Lecturer with Security of Employment Emerita of Paul Merage School of Business

Maritza Salazar, Ph.D. New York University, Assistant Professor of Paul Merage School of Business (team science, group dynamics and processes, team-based organizations, global teams, impact of culture on work behavior, international management, management of innovation and learning)

Claudia Schoonhoven, Ph.D. Stanford University, Professor Emerita of Paul Merage School of Business

Christopher Schwarz, Ph.D. University of Massachusetts, Associate Professor of Paul Merage School of Business

Carlton Scott, Ph.D. University of New South Wales, Professor Emeritus of Paul Merage School of Business

Devin Shanthikumar, Ph.D. Stanford University, Assistant Professor of Paul Merage School of Business

Terrence Shevlin, Ph.D. Stanford University, Paul Merage Chair in Business Growth and Professor of Paul Merage School of Business

Kut So, Ph.D. Stanford University, Professor of Paul Merage School of Business

Eric Spangenberg, Ph.D. University of Washington, M.B.A. Portland State University, Dean of The Paul Merage School of Business and Professor of Paul Merage School of Business; Psychology and Social Behavior (sensory cues in the retail environment and the effects of self-prediction on behavior)

Zheng Sun, Ph.D. New York University, Associate Professor of Paul Merage School of Business

Eli Talmor, Ph.D. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Professor Emeritus of Paul Merage School of Business

John Turner, Ph.D. Carnegie Mellon University, Associate Professor of Paul Merage School of Business

Rajeev Tyagi, Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania, Walter B. Gerken Chair in Enterprise and Society and Professor of Paul Merage School of Business

Kerry Vandell, Ph.D. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Professor Emeritus of Paul Merage School of Business; School of Law; Urban Planning and Public Policy

Alladi Venkatesh, Ph.D. Syracuse University, Professor of Paul Merage School of Business; Informatics (social impacts of information technology, Internet and the New Economy, Smart Home technologies, children and multimedia)

Libby Weber, Ph.D. University of Southern California, Associate Professor of Paul Merage School of Business

Patricia A. Wellmeyer, M.S. California State University, Fullerton, Lecturer with Potential for Security of Employment of Paul Merage School of Business

Margarethe Wiersema, Ph.D. University of Michigan, Professor of Paul Merage School of Business

Mingdi Xin, Ph.D. New York University, Assistant Professor of Paul Merage School of Business

David Yang, Ph.D. Harvard University, Assistant Professor of Paul Merage School of Business

Shuya Yin, Ph.D. University of British Columbia, Associate Professor of Paul Merage School of Business

Maia Young, Ph.D. Stanford University, Assistant Professor of Paul Merage School of Business

Lu Zheng, Ph.D. Yale University, Professor of Paul Merage School of Business

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