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UC Irvine Merage Sample Essays and Recommendation Letters

UC Irvine Merage MSBA Sample Essays

Essays- A video essay and a written essay are required. The specific essay prompts can be found on the application essay questions are for the Master of Science in Business Analytics program

Essay 1 (Video Essay):

Applicants are required to provide a link to a 1-2 minute video as part of their application. In your video, please introduce yourself to the admissions committee and address the following question:


Please tell us about your personal background and introduce yourself to the admissions committee. How have your current professional or academic experiences led you to pursue an MSBA degree and how will the Merage School support your short-term and long-term career goals?

Most applicants use websites such as YouTube, Vimeo, Dropbox, or Google Drive to upload their video essays. On all these platforms, be sure to mark the video as “Unlisted” rather than “Private”. Unlisted means only people with the link will be able to see it. Click “Get Shareable Link” in your privacy settings and paste into the application.

Essay 2 (maximum 250 words): The Merage School prides itself on having an engaged community of students. Many MSBA students find that meeting other analytics minded individuals can be beneficial both professionally and personally and seek our student-led government, clubs, centers, and events as an integral part of the student experience. Based on your understanding of the UCI Merage culture, how would you contribute to our community? Consider activities or opportunities you would be excited about or would create for your classmates. If relevant, provide examples of how you were engaged as an undergraduate student. 

Essay 2 should be in .pdf format and no larger than 600KB

Essay 3 (Optional; maximum 250 words): This section should only be used to convey relevant information not addressed elsewhere in your application. This may include explanation of employment gaps, academic performance, supplemental coursework, etc. You are encouraged to use bullet points where appropriate. 

Optional Essay 3 should be in .pdf format and no larger than 600KB.

UC Irvine Merage MSBA Recommendation Letters

Recommendation forms are sent electronically by email to your recommenders through our application system. Please allow enough time for your recommender to submit their letters by the stated round deadline.-Two (2) letters of Recommendation are required for all MBA and Masters programs.

Recommendations should be provided by employers, supervisors, professors, or others who are able to comment on your professional and educational goals and potential (no friends or relatives please).

Additionally, your recommenders may upload their own letter of recommendation which must be signed on letterhead (PDF or .doc format).

How the online process works:

Enter the name, email address and other required fields for each recommender. If you decide to remove a recommender, click the red “remove recommendations” link to remove that entry and then the blue “add recommendations” link to add a new one.

Important: Once you enter your recommender’s email address and the section is saved, the recommendation email with the link to access the response form will be sent to your registered recommender. Once the email is sent to your recommender, certain fields can no longer be updated.

When the recommender submits the response form online it will automatically be matched to your application.If a recommender does not receive the email with the link to the recommendation form, please ask them first to check their “clutter” or “junk mail” folders in their email system before contacting us for support. In addition, the email your recommender receives includes instructions for an offline option to complete the recommendation and return it to the school via email.

Once you submit your application, you will be able to send “remind” emails to your registered recommenders. This feature is only available after you submit your application.

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