Graduate Division

Executive MBA

Section 1

Overview

UCI’s Executive MBA program is designed for mid to senior level professionals, executives and entrepreneurs pursuing an advanced career path. EMBA students want to develop agility and learn to anticipate challenges and strategic opportunities and lead transformation in the global business environment. Students can tailor their education through four specializations: Digital Transformation, Health Care, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, and Real Estate. The program is delivered in a modular weekend format that supplements in-class learning with state of the art online learning between weekend classes. The EMBA program empowers students to conquer the C-Suite through an immersive learning experience.

What Sets Us Apart?

UC Irvine’s Executive MBA (EMBA) program is ranked the No. 16 Executive MBA program among U.S.-based-only EMBA programs, and 30th among EMBA programs worldwide by The Economist in 2018. The EMBA program is specifically designed to prepare managers and executives to think differently and creatively, anticipating challenges and strategic opportunities arising from emerging technologies impacting their industry. Taught in an immersive weekend format by some of the nation’s most renowned thinkers, EMBA students will learn how to capitalize on strategic opportunities. Students benefit from a highly interactive and involved community of accomplished professionals from diverse industries, maximizing engagement through experiential learning opportunities at the Merage School, and across the globe.

The EMBA Advantage:

  • Flexible schedule where classes meet four weekends per quarter (Friday afternoons and Saturdays) and complemented by state-of-the-art technology
  • Immersion opportunities including three experiential residentials (one international) plus three leadership-focused modules that enhance skills for executive success
  • An integrative curriculum with a focus on business foundations, digital transformation and global leadership
  • Executive-to-Executive Mentoring program pairs EMBA students with vice president and C-suite level mentors who share their advice while providing access to new networks for professional growth
  • Robust selection of elective courses in eight business disciplines to align your MBA with your professional goals
  • Dedicated program staff provide the support you need to continue the momentum of your demanding career while succeeding in the classroom
  • Engagement opportunities include an executive speaker series, career and professional development workshops, and opportunities for engagement with alumni, faculty, and the business community

Quick Facts

Program Type

Professional Master's Program

Normative Time to Degree

2 years

Capstone Type

Comprehensive Exam

Accordion Section

Admissions Requirements

Transcripts

An undergraduate degree is required, with an overall GPA of 3.0 preferred. If your overall GPA is lower than a 3.0, the Admissions Committee will take into consideration your undergraduate institution attended and major, as well as additional degrees and licenses obtained. 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.

International applicants should refer to the International Applicant page for more specific requirements.

Send official copies of transcripts to:

The Paul Merage School of Business, UC Irvine
MBA for Executives Program
4293 Pereira Drive, Suite 4200
Irvine, CA 92697-3125

Alternately, you can request your official electronic versions to be emailed from your institution directly to kdalton@uci.edu.

Two Letters of Recommendation

Two letters of recommendation are required. Current or former supervisors are the most suited to provide clear evidence of your managerial experience or potential for advancement. Recommendations may be obtained from professionals, such as colleagues, clients or business partners.

Submissions of letters of recommendations are required using the form through our online system.


Essays

Essays are the primary means for you to share with us your career goals and professional accomplishments. Two essays are required. The specific essay prompts are listed below for first time applicants.

  1. What are your short and long-term career objectives?  How will an MBA from the MBA for Executives Program help you attain these objectives?
  2. Describe a challenging leadership decision you made.  Discuss how it impacted your organization.  If you were faced with the same challenge now, would you make the same decision again and why?
  3. Optional Essay:  Please provide any additional information you would like the Admissions Committee to consider in evaluating your candidacy.


Employment History (Résumé)

Submit a copy of your resume and include company name, job title, and professional accomplishments. A minimum of eight years of professional work experience is preferred. Five years of managing staff, teams, and/or large projects is required. The admissions committee considers the quality of work experience more than the quantity.

Interview

An interview invitation email may be sent to you once your application has been reviewed and you meet the minimum admissions criteria.

If you are invited to an interview, we prefer it be conducted on campus. For applicants unable to travel to Irvine, Skype interviews are an option.

Official TOEFL Score(international applicants only)

The recommended minimum score for admission is 80 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, UC Irvine
MBA for Executives Program
4293 Pereira Drive, Suite 4200
Irvine, CA 92697-3125

Executive Assessment

The Executive Assessment may be requested based on your academic record. You may voluntarily submit your GMAT, GRE, or Executive Assessment score(s) along with your application if you believe the information will help the Admissions Committee better understand your academic readiness for the program. We encourage you to contact us with any questions at 949.824.4565 or emba@uci.edu.

Reapply

Contact the Recruitment and Admissions office to let them know of your interest to reapply. Application fee is $150.

Please send the following items to the Recruitment and Admissions office:

  • An updated copy of your resume.
  • An essay describing your professional activities and accomplishments since you last applied. Include your reason for re-applying to The Paul Merage School of Business.

Financial Support

Fellowships

All applicants are automatically considered for merit-based fellowships and are informed of any award upon admission. Criteria for fellowships include academic record (GPA), GMAT/GRE score, and work and leadership experience.

Federal and Private Loans

US citizens and permanent residents may apply for federal need-based financial aid in the form of student loans to cover all educational expenses including tuition, fees, room, board, books, travel and miscellaneous expenses up to the cost of attendance. In order to be considered for federal financial aid as a graduate student, you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and request that your information be sent to the University of California, Irvine, school code 001314. Once you have received your Financial Aid Award Notification, you need to go to the UCI financial aid website and choose “Log on to My Aid” to complete the process. Learn more >

There are a number of lenders who provide private loans. UCI has developed a system-wide private loan lender list that is based solely on factors related to the borrower’s best interest. To begin your search, enter "University of California, Irvine" in the School field and select "Graduate Business" from the drop down menu.

Teaching Assistantships

Teaching assistantships within the Merage School are reserved for our PHD students and second year Full-Time MBA students. Opportunities in assistantships for our first year Full-Time MBA students may exist in other departments on campus depending on your area of expertise.  Learn more >

International Students

There are several private loan options available for our international graduate students. International students interested in applying for a private loan must have a credit worthy co-signer who is a US citizen or permanent resident. UCI has developed a system-wide private loan lender list that is based solely on factors related to the borrower’s best interest. To begin your search, enter "University of California, Irvine" in the School field and select "International" from the drop down menu.

Military and Veterans

The Paul Merage School of Business appreciates the service of US military and veterans and is honored to be participating in the Yellow Ribbon Program.

Tuition & Fees

Cohort entering Fall 2019 Fall 2019 Winter 2020 Spring 2020 Summer 2020
Program Fee * 19,428.58 19,428.57 19,428.57 19,428.57

Cohort entering Fall 2018 Fall 2019 Winter 2020 Spring 2020
Program Fee * 16,658.00 16,658.00 16,658.00

 

Posted 27 June 2019:  http://reg.uci.edu/fees/2019-2020/execmba.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 State funding reductions. Accordingly, final approved levels (and thus your final balance due) may differ from the amounts shown.

* For 2019-20, the program fees include annual campus-based fees of $1,058.74 (per quarter campus-based fees of $264.69 for fall and winter quarters and $264.68 for spring and the trailing summer quarters), and an annual student services access fee of $117.00 ($39.00 for fall-winter-spring); future campus-based fee and student services access fee levels including inflationary increases and/or possible new campus-based fees voted via student referenda, are not confirmed at this time and fee levels will differ from the 2019-20 amounts.

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