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  • QS Global RankQS Global Rankings
    Position in the QS World University Rankings: Global MBA Rankings 2020
    #111-120
  • Avg. GMATAverage GMAT score for the program.
    667
  • Fee (USD)Cost of tuition fees for full program
    $50k-$60k

Full-Time MBA Program Overview

To study the Full-Time MBA program, you’ll need to be a highly motivated professional with two to six years’ experience. 

Depending on whether you’re a resident, average tuition fees to study the full-time MBA will cost you $45,287. If you’re a non-resident, average tuition fees to study the full-time MBA cost $52,708. If you need help to pay for your studies, you may be eligible for several types of financial aid. 

If you’re an international student who’s interested in applying to study the full-time MBA at The Paul Merage School of Business, we recommend you submit your application as early as possible through the online application form, and ensure the following materials are submitted with your application:

  • Official transcripts from all institutions attended to obtain undergraduate degree (with English translation if needed)
  • The GMAT or GRE are not required, but are strongly recommended for applicants with GPA’s under a 3.3
  • Two Letters of Recommendation
  • Two essays
  • Résumé
  • Official TOEFL, PTE, or IELTS (For international applicants – the scores are valid for two years).
  • $150 non-refundable application fee
  • A personal interview - by invitation only.


Program Highlights

Avg. Work Experience
5
Employed (Post 3 Months)
91%
Scholarship
Yes
Accreditations
AACSB

Program Locations

Frequently Asked Questions

Why do you think more and more students are looking to study in Southern California?

Southern California is a massive economic hub with global and national corporations headquartered throughout.  The region has also established itself as a hotbed for technology and innovation with access to venture capital.  With more MBAs wanting to work in the technology industry it makes sense that students have identified Southern California as a desired study destination.  Outside of career opportunities, SoCal has access to beautiful beaches, mountains, vast scenery and amazing weather all year round.

What is your top tip for understanding the opportunities available with the MBA program at the Merage school?

Connect with a current MBA student!  There is no better way to understand the student experience and what the program has to offer.  You can reach out to a current student directly using our website https://merage.uci.edu/programs/mba/full-time-mba/experiences.html or contact the admissions team and we can set you up with someone that has a similar background or career aspirations.  You can sit in on a class, take a tour of our new building or just hang out and get to know the student community.  We are always happy to host prospective students for on campus events or for personalized experiences.  Chatting with a current student or coming on campus allows you to assess culture and fit which are much harder to identify through online research.

How long is the MBA program? How many units do I need to complete it?

The Full-Time MBA Program is a two-year program that follows the quarter system. The academic year typically runs from late-September to mid-June, although you will begin Orientation for your first year in early September. 92 units are required to complete the program.

Does the MBA program offer areas of concentration?

During the second year of the MBA program, you have the opportunity to customize your curriculum in the area of your interest with the electives offered.  The program offers focused areas of study, including:

  • Accounting
  • Finance
  • Global
  • Healthcare
  • Information Systems
  • Marketing
  • Operation and Decision Technologies
  • Organization & Management
  • Real Estate
  • Strategy