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Graduate Management Program

Key Program Highlights

  • Increase access to graduate management education offerings

  • Complete graduate-level courses that count toward a Merage School MBA

  • Study with UCI Merage School faculty

  • Choose and build your program to match your interests and needs

  • Learn new skills or further master existing skills

  • Engage and network with like-minded MBA students

  • Explore MBA options before enrolling in a degree program​

Leadership Development Certificate and UCI Merage School of Business Alumni Status granted upon completion.

Who Should Attend?

Business Professionals

Program Duration

11 weeks

Program Location

Hybrid: Online + UCI Irvine Campus

Program Cost

$6,322 (USD) per course

Application Deadline
September 15, 2023 for enrollment in Fall 2023

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Graduate Management Program

This program allows you to enroll in select UCI Paul Merage School of Business MBA elective courses on a rolling admission basis without formal admission to a university degree program. Gain valuable graduate-level skills through courses taught by acclaimed Merage School faculty and earn university credit that counts towards an MBA degree.

If you choose to continue your educational journey by applying to the Merage School’s Flex MBA program (Formerly Fully Employed MBA program), your tuition will be reduced by the amount paid through the Concurrent Enrollment Program upon admission. Subsequent admission to the Flex MBA program is not required or guaranteed. You must follow the standard admissions process, and if admitted, the credits will transfer to the Flex MBA program through Graduate Division.*


Hybrid Saturday courses meet four Saturdays per quarter in either the morning (8:30am-11:30am) or the afternoon (1pm-4pm). Approximately 60% of the Hybrid course is delivered through state-of-the-art online learning delivered through Canvas. The remaining 40% is delivered in-person during the four Hybrid Saturdays. Students are expected to attend all class sessions to earn the Graduate Management Certificate.
Each course will have a team project component and we will facilitate a process for you to join an MBA student team. All courses are ten weeks in length, plus one week of finals (and/or a presentation.) We will provide all students enrolled in the Graduate Management Certificate Program with an Orientation to help acclimate students into the learning environment at the Merage School.

Key Program Components


You decide how many courses you wish to take. You can choose one to specialize in a certain area of business or choose a total of three courses and earn your certificate


Enroll in the number of courses that fit your schedule and pay tuition per course. There is no deadline to complete the certificate so you can tailor your plan to fit your financial circumstances

Pathway to an MBA

You can tailor the course load to fit your schedule. Whether you choose to enroll in one or two courses per quarter is up to you. Courses follow the quarter system with ten weeks of classes and one week for exams

All credits earned and tuition fees paid will be credited toward your MBA if you apply and are accepted into the Fully Employed MBA program at UCI’s Paul Merage School of Business


How to Apply

All applicants must provide:

- A resume or CV
- A transcript from Undergraduate degree
- A one-page essay describing:
What course(s) are you interested in and why?
What are your career aspirations following the completion of the course(s)?

Please email documents to with subject line: Graduate Management Program. Individuals will be notified regarding their application within 2-3 weeks.

Pre-requisites: Undergraduate / Graduate degree, plus a minimum of 2 years professional work experience with increasing responsibilities.

2024 Application Dates

December 1st for enrollment in Winter 2024

*In-person sessions are planned to be held in-person following the guidelines of the CDC, UCI and State of CA guidelines. Sessions will also include a networking reception and graduation celebration


Program Faculty & Facilitators


Leonard Lane

Full-Time Lecturer
The Paul Merage School of Business


Stephen Postrel

The Paul Merage School of Business


Shaun Pichler

Adjunct Professor
The Paul Merage School of Business

Reach Out to Us Today to Setup a Personalized Conversation

If you are interested in learning more about this program, please send us a message and we will set up a conversation with one of our program specialists.

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