Graduate Division

Fully Employed MBA

Section 1

Overview

The Fully Employed MBA (FEMBA) program is designed for early to mid-career working professionals and managers who want to pursue their graduate education while they continue their career momentum. Students have the flexibility to customize the program around their career objectives through four specializations: Digital Transformation, Health Care, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, and Real Estate. Students graduate from 24 to 33 months. FEMBA students also obtain international experiential learning opportunities and an executive leadership residential that make the Merage School program unique. Classes are offered on-campus, and in a hybrid format that combines online learning with four Saturdays per quarter.

What Sets Us Apart?

UC Irvine’s Fully Employed MBA (FEMBA) program is ranked the No. 4 part-time MBA program in California (U.S. News & World Report, 2019) and is specifically designed to maximize career impact. The Paul Merage of School of Business has developed a thematic approach to business education: leadership for a digitally-driven world. Our FEMBA program offers a personalized educational experience to help students develop the tools and leadership skills to harness the power of disruptive technologies for competitive advantage, now and in the future.

Our pioneering curriculum equips students to enhance their leadership skills and immediately add value to organizations. Students have an opportunity to attend classes on-campus two nights per week or through our hybrid option, which combines state-of-the-art online learning with on-campus experiences to create an immersive learning environment. In addition to classroom work, students attend three residential courses including one abroad focusing on global markets. Students also build close relationships with a diverse group of classmates.

The FEMBA Advantage:

  • Flexibility to allow you to continue your career momentum while obtaining your MBA degree
  • Learn from world-renowned faculty who teach in all our acclaimed MBA programs in a curriculum developed to maximize the fluidity and real-time opportunities, including applied group assignments and projects
  • Access to the same resources available to all FEMBA students, including the top-ranked MBA Career Center, a dedicated FEMBA student service team, and access to: The Tech Coast’s global companies, workshops and competitions through our seven Centers of Excellence, alumni engagement, executive networking events, and more

Quick Facts

Program Type

Professional Master's Program

Normative Time to Degree

3 years

Capstone Type

Comprehensive Exam

Accordion Section

Admissions Requirements

Transcripts

An overall GPA of 3.0 is 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.

Send official copies of transcripts to:

UC Irvine
Graduate Division
120 Aldrich Hall Irvine, CA 92697-3180

Candidates may apply to the program if they hold the equivalent of a four-year U.S. Bachelor's degree. Transcripts from non-U.S. universities should include evidence of degree conferral (proof of graduation). International applicants should refer to the International Applicant page for more specific requirements.


Official GMAT or GRE Score

All applicants are required to take either the GMAT or GRE, but may be waived for candidates who hold a PhD in a quantitative subject. 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.

The GMAT/GRE can be waived for candidates who hold a bachelor's or master's degree from a US institution with a 3.2 cumulative GPA or higher in a quantitative area. The approved quantitative areas are: Business Administration, Economics, Engineering, Biological Sciences, Information and Computer Science, Health Sciences, and Physical Sciences.

GRE 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

GMAT scores are valid for up to five years from your test date. Exam results should be sent to UC Irvine institution code: 0DP-7R-16. For more information on the GMAT, visit: mba.com


Official TOEFL Score (international applicants only)

The recommended minimum score for admission is 600 for the paper-based test or 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
Fully Employed MBA Program
4293 Pereira Drive, Suite 4200
Irvine, CA 92697-3125


Two Letters of Recommendation

Submissions of letters of recommendations are preferred using the form through our online system. However, letters received in the mail, will be accepted if received in a signed and sealed envelope directly from the recommender.

At least one recommendation should be from a current or former supervisor providing clear evidence of your managerial experience or potential for advancement. They may also be obtained from people who know you professionally, such as clients, former bosses or others. Recommendations from professors are not helpful unless you have done extensive work or research with them.


Essays

One essay is required.  The essay should illustrate your professional accomplishments, career goals, and values that you will bring to the Merage School Fully Employed MBA Program. The specific essay prompt can be found on the application. You may also choose to submit an optional second essay or a video essay. Please answer the questions within the space limits indicated.


Employment History (Résumé)

A minimum of two years of professional work experience is preferred. The admissions committee weighs the quality of work experience more heavily than the quantity. Direct management experience is preferred, but not required. Submit a copy of your résumé and for each position held, include the name and website of the organization, job title, a detailed description of your responsibilities, and reason for leaving.


Interview

Interviews are by invitation only, are required for admission and are conducted by the Admissions Committee. The interview is a way for us to evaluate your interpersonal and communication skills, as well as a way for you to ask questions and determine whether the Merage School is right for you.

If invited to an interview, you will be informed via email. Whenever possible, applicants are encouraged to conduct interviews on campus. However, for those applicants unable to travel to Irvine, telephone interviews are acceptable.  In some cases before an in-person or Skype interview, candidates may be invited to participate in a separate video interview. This is not an indication of an applicant's increased chances of admission, but rather an additional step we use to learn more about you.

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

FEMBA cohort entering 2018-19 Fall 2018 Winter 2019 Spring 2019 Summer 2019 †
Program Fee * 10,633.00 10,633.00 10,633.00 10,633.00
eTech Fee ‡ 60.00 60.00 60.00 0.00

FEMBA cohort entering 2017-18 Fall 2018 Winter 2019 Spring 2019 Summer 2019 †
Program Fee * 10,633.00 10,633.00 10,633.00 10,633.00
eTech Fee ‡ 60.00 60.00 60.00 0.00

FEMBA cohort entering 2016-17 Fall 2018 Winter 2019 Spring 2019
Program Fee * 10,967.00 10,967.00 10,967.00
eTech Fee † 60.00 60.00 60.00


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 2018-19, the program fees include annual campus-based fees of $788.63 and quarterly campus-based fees of $262.88

† Not all FEMBA students are required to take courses in the Summer quarter.

‡ 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.

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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