Earn an MBA While You Work Full Time

Further your leadership skills and gain the tools you need to be a strong competitor in today’s marketplace through the Fully Employed MBA (FEMBA). This program, offered on the Irvine Center, allows you to continue working full time while pursuing your studies part time.

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Dual AACSB accreditation in business and accounting

Two MBA programs to choose from

Irvine Center

Scholarships and financial aid available

Cohort Model

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From the start, you’ll benefit from College of Business and Economics’s rich connections to the thriving Southern California business community. You’ll enter the program with a cohort of peers — all with a minimum of three to five years work experience — creating an instant network of working professionals from an array of industries. Other opportunities, such as the real-world consultation project in the capstone course, will broaden your professional network.

Key Features

  • 36-month, cohort-based MBA program
  • Focus on one subject and balance your busy schedule with just one course every eight weeks.
  • Earn the quality education you deserve from the only business school in Orange County to hold dual AACSB accreditation in business administration and accounting — all at a manageable cost.
  • Connect with an alumni network of over 65,000 people throughout Southern California and beyond.
  • Learn from faculty who are top-ranked researchers and industry experts with experiences spanning the entire business spectrum.


As a FEMBA student, you will be required to take a total of 42 units of coursework — 21 units of foundation core coursework, 18 units of electives in the general concentration and three units in the MBA capstone course. Please visit the University Catalog for course descriptions and prerequisites

Cohort Format

You’ll begin establishing your network from the very beginning of your educational journey. Learn collaboratively with a cohort of working professionals from a variety of backgrounds and industries. Your cohort averages 25 students, so you have more opportunities to build personal connections with faculty and participate in discussions.

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Optional Global Business Trip

Explore business on a global scale through conversations with international companies and business executives. During our Global Business Trip, MBA students visit international corporations to participate in consulting projects. Learn more about the program to see how you can participate.

Prerequisites and Admission Requirements

  • GMAT or GRE exam*
  • Minimum three years work experience
  • Professional résumé
  • Statement of purpose
  • Leadership and creativity statement
  • Official transcripts

*Waiver available for applicants that meet eligibility criteria. See   admission requirements  for more information .

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