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The Paul Merage School of Business at University of California--Irvine

Business School Admissions

Application (Fall 2013)

Application deadline (U.S. residents) April 1
Application deadline (international students) April 1
Application fee $150

Admissions & Enrollment (Full-time)

Acceptance rate 32.1% - Medium
Average age of new entrants 28
Average undergraduate GPA 3.32 - Medium
Undergraduate GPA range (10th-90th percentile) 2.83-3.89
Entrants providing undergraduate GPA 110
Average GMAT score 663 - High
GMAT range (10th-90th percentile) 610-720
Students with prior work experience 109
Average work experience (months) 56

Admissions & Enrollment (Part-time)

Acceptance rate 83.2%
Average age of new entrants 30
Average undergraduate GPA 3.02
Undergraduate GPA range (10th-90th percentile) 2.55-3.54
Entrants providing undergraduate GPA 116
Average GMAT score 585
GMAT range (10th-90th percentile) 510-680
Students with prior work experience 116
Average work experience (months) 73

Undergraduate Majors

TOEFL required for international students Yes
Minimum TOEFL score required 600 paper test
80 internet-based test

Factors and Procedures Used in Admissions

(Data appear as originally submitted by this school)
Full-time program
Applicants complete an online application, take the GMAT or GRE and provide a copy of official transcripts. The minimum GPA is ordinarily 3.0 (4.0 scale) for the bachelor's degree. Applicants submit self-evaluation essays, a resume, and 2 letters of recommendation. The TOEFL is required for international applicants. Interviews are by invitation. Admissions are on a rolling basis.
Executive program
Admissions are based on a combination of professional work and management experience, academic history and record of achievement. The required interview is used to evaluate interpersonal and communications skills and leadership qualities. Applicants complete an online application; submit official transcripts (Bachelor's degree required), resume, essays and 2 letters of recommendation.
Part-time program
Applicants are considered for admission on a quantitative and qualitative basis. Quantitative measures include a Bachelor's degree (GPA typically 3.0/4.0), GMAT or GRE and TOEFL if required. Qualitative criteria include type, level and amount of work experience, 2 essays illustrating goals and contributions, letters of recommendation, and communication skills evaluated at the required interview.
Part-time distance learning program N/A

Admissions Contacts

Director of admissions Sarah Ramsey
Full-time program phone (949) 824-4622
Full-time program E-mail
Full-time program website http:/​/​mba.​merage.​uci.​edu
Executive program phone (949) 824-0561
Executive program E-mail
Executive program website http:/​/​www.​merage.​uci.​edu/​ExecutiveMBA/​
Part-time program phone (949) 824-4565
Part-time program E-mail
Part-time program website http:/​/​www.​merage.​uci.​edu/​FullyEmployedMBA/​
Part-time distance learning program phone N/A
Part-time distance learning program E-mail N/A
Part-time distance learning program website N/A

Business School Academics

Program Offerings

(11) Departments/concentrations
accounting organizational behavior
economics public policy
finance real estate
marketing quantitative analysis/statistics and operations research
management information systems other
production/operations management
Departments with highest M.B.A. demand finance, marketing, production/operations management, organizational behavior, other
Types of M.B.A. programs offered full-time traditional two year, part-time evenings and weekends, traditional executive MBA, other executive MBA
Joint programs available healthcare (medicine), law

Curricula Descriptions

(Data appear as originally submitted by this school)
Full-time program
Students take 13 core courses in prescribed sequence, with emphasis on themes of strategic innovation, IT and analytical decision making. Students tailor their program through electives. The international requirement may be fulfilled through an elective, exchange program, or week-long international study. Year two students may complete a consulting project and participate in the capstone course.
Executive program
The EMBA program delivers a comprehensive executive level education. In 21-months, students complete 12 core, 2 electives and 3 off-site residentials (including international trip on global business). Co-curricular programming includes professional and skills development. The Health Care EMBA offers 12 core, 4 electives and 3 residentials (including Federal Health Care policy in Washington, D.C.).
Part-time program
The FEMBA program provides an intensive and comprehensive educational experience. Students complete a total of 21 courses: 12 core, 3 off-site residentials and 6 electives. Students enroll in either the Fall or Spring cohort. The second residential course involves an international journey studying Global Business. Electives offered in the final year enable students to develop additional depth.
Part-time distance learning program N/A

Business School Ranking

#49 Best Business Schools

(1) Ranking by Specialties

#25 in Part-time M.B.A.

Business Ranking Scores

These data apply only to full-time students.

Score 54
Peer assessment score (out of 5) 3.3
Recruiter assessment score (out of 5) 2.9
Acceptance rate 32.1% - Medium
Average starting salary and bonus $79,149 - Medium
Average undergraduate GPA 3.32 - Medium
Average GMAT score 663 - High
Full-time graduates employed at graduation 57.3% - Medium
Full-time graduates employed three months after graduation 92.0% - High
Enrollment (full-time) 195

Business School Student Body

Student Body (Overall)

Enrollment 639

Student Body (Full-time)

Enrollment (full-time) 195
Minority students 23.6%
International students 34.4%

Student Body (Part-time)

Enrollment (part-time) 444
Minority students 46.4%
International students 6.8%

Business School Cost

Financial Aid Contact Information

Financial aid director Alda Ruggiero
Financial aid phone (949) 824-7967


Full-time: $36,343 per year (in-state)
Full-time: $45,918 per year (out-of-state)
Part-time: $29,532 per year (in-state)
Part-time: $29,532 per year (out-of-state)
Required fees N/A
Room and board, books, and miscellaneous expenses $26,249
Average indebtedness of 2011 graduating class $32,748

Financial Aid Availability

College-funded aid (fellowships, assistantships, grants, or scholarships) available Yes
Fellowships 112
Teaching assistantships 64
Research assistantships 12
International students eligible for college-funded aid Yes
Career and Salary Statistics

Business School Career and Salary Statistics

University of California--Irvine has submitted its most recent career data in accordance with the MBA Career Services Council Standards for Reporting MBA Employment Statistics and has granted permission to the Graduate Management Admission Council to send an independent third party to review for accuracy and compliance.

Class of 2011

Full-time graduates 95
Full-time graduates known to be seeking employment 75
Full-time graduates employed at graduation 57.3% - Medium
Full-time graduates employed three months after graduation 92.0% - High

Base Salary: Overall

Total reporting base salary 65
Low base salary $20,000
Average base salary $74,757
High base salary $128,900

Base Salary: U.S. Citizens

Low base salary: U.S. citizens $20,000
Average base salary: U.S. citizens $77,018
High base salary: U.S citizen $128,900

Base Salary: Foreign Nationals

Low base salary: Foreign nationals $33,408
Average base salary: Foreign nationals $71,140
High base salary: Foreign nationals $105,000

Signing Bonus: Overall

Total reporting signing bonus 25
Low signing bonus $3,000
Average signing bonus $11,420
High signing bonus $39,000

Signing Bonus: U.S. Citizens

Low signing bonus: U.S. citizens $3,000
Average signing bonus: U.S. citizens $10,367
High signing bonus: U.S. citizens $25,000

Signing Bonus: Foreign Nationals

Low signing bonus: Foreign nationals $3,000
Average signing bonus: Foreign nationals $13,000
High signing bonus: Foreign nationals $39,000

Other Compensation: Overall

Total reporting other compensation 10
Low other compensation $2,400
Average other compensation $6,720
High other compensation $10,000

Other Compensation: U.S. Citizens

Low other compensation: U.S. citizens $5,000
Average other compensation: U.S. citizens $7,040
High other compensation: U.S. citizens $10,000

Other Compensation: Foreign Nationals

Low other compensation: Foreign nationals $2,400
Average other compensation: Foreign nationals $6,400
High other compensation: Foreign nationals $9,600

Base Salary by Occupation

Numbers for employment by occupation are based on those graduates who reported base salary information by three months after graduation.
Number reporting marketing/sales jobs 15
Marketing/sales low salary $20,000
Marketing/sales average salary $76,333
Marketing/sales high salary $110,000
Number reporting operations/production jobs 8
Operations/production low salary $42,000
Operations/production average salary $70,875
Operations/production high salary $103,000
Number reporting general management jobs 3
General management low salary $75,000
General management average salary $88,333
General management high salary $100,000
Number reporting finance/accounting jobs 22
Finance/accounting low salary $33,408
Finance/accounting average salary $71,905
Finance/accounting high salary $128,900
Number reporting management information systems (MIS) jobs 1
Management information systems (MIS) low salary N/A
Management information systems (MIS) average salary N/A
Management information systems (MIS) high salary N/A
Number reporting consulting jobs 13
Consulting low salary $52,000
Consulting average salary $82,600
Consulting high salary $112,000
Number reporting human resources jobs 2
Human resources low salary N/A
Human resources average salary N/A
Human resources high salary N/A
Number reporting having jobs in other areas 1
Other occupations low salary N/A
Other occupations average salary N/A
Other occupations high salary N/A

Base Salary by Industry

Numbers for employment by industry are based on those graduates who reported base salary information by three months after graduation.
Number reporting government jobs 0
Number reporting manufacturing jobs 4
Manufacturing low salary $40,000
Manufacturing average salary $75,500
Manufacturing high salary $95,000
Number reporting non-profit jobs 2

Base Salary by Geographic Region

Numbers for employment by location are based on those graduates who reported base salary information by three months after graduation.
Number reporting jobs in the Northeast (CT, MA, ME, NH, NJ, NY, RI, VT) 1
Northeast low salary N/A
Northeast average salary N/A
Northeast high salary N/A
Number reporting jobs in the Middle Atlantic (DC, DE, MD, PA, VA, WV) 0
Middle Atlantic low salary N/A
Middle Atlantic average salary N/A
Middle Atlantic high salary N/A
Number reporting jobs in the South (AL, AR, FL, GA, KY, LA, MS, NC, SC, TN) 1
South low salary N/A
South average salary N/A
South high salary N/A
Number reporting jobs in the Midwest (IA, IL, IN, KS, MI, MN, MO, ND, NE, OH, SD, WI) 1
Midwest low salary N/A
Midwest average salary N/A
Midwest high salary N/A
Number reporting jobs in the Southwest (AZ, CO, NM, OK, TX) 1
Southwest low salary N/A
Southwest average salary N/A
Southwest high salary N/A
Number reporting jobs in the West (AK, CA, HI, ID, MT, NV, OR, UT, WA, WY) 56
West low salary $20,000
West average salary $75,618
West high salary $128,900
Number reporting jobs located internationally 5
International low salary $33,600
International average salary $63,520
International high salary $90,000

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