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The Paul Merage School of Business – University of California, Irvine


Founded in 1965 as the Graduate School of Administration, UC Irvine originally offered three graduate degrees in administration: a Master of Science in Administration, Master of Public Administration, and Master of Business and Public Administration. In 1981, the business school became the Graduate School of Management, where the Master of Business Administration degree was available. The school earned its AACSB accreditation in 1987. In 2005, the Graduate School of Management was officially renamed in honor of entrepreneur and philanthropist, Paul Merage, who donated $30 million dollars to fund the program.

School Rankings

• U.S. News & World Report: 43
• Bloomberg: 46
• Forbes: 43
• Financial Times: 65
• The Economist: 52


Located approximately halfway between Los Angeles and San Diego and an hour from local mountain ski resorts, the UC Irvine campus is just ten minutes away from the coastal communities of Huntington Beach, Newport Beach and Laguna Beach. Situated off the San Diego Freeway, UC Irvine students find a wealth of employment opportunities in the thriving business region surrounding the campus.

A special advantage is UC Irvine’s proximity to University Research Park, located next to the campus. The park attracts companies interested in hiring UC Irvine students and collaborating with faculty on research projects, such as America Online, Cisco Systems, AltaVista, and McKinsey & Co.

The main campus is located less than an hour away from the Los Angeles International Airport.


A new 78,000 square foot state-of-the-art teaching, meeting, dining, and learning space serves as the gateway to The Paul Merage School of Business.

The Colloquia Room, an inviting space for executive briefings, board meetings, research colloquia and various events showcasing the school and its corporate and research partners, includes a flexible table seating up to 54, or rows of chairs for up to 78.

The Executive Terrace, adjacent to the Dean’s Suite, is used for high profile business executives as well as to showcase faculty research and student initiatives.


The Paul Merage School of Business employs more than 130 full-time faculty members, emeritus faculty, visiting scholars and program advisors who teach across eight academic concentrations, including: Accounting, Economics/Public Policy, Finance, Information Systems, Marketing, Operations and Decision, Technologies, Organization and Management, Strategy.

Many faculty members are true pioneers of original knowledge in their fields who have tackled problems “outside the box.” They have published influential books, conducted cutting-edge research, and consulted with Fortune 500 companies. Many members have lived, worked and consulted overseas, providing students a firsthand look at international business.

Student Body

The UCI Paul Merage School of Business currently enrolls 500 students. More than 300 are enrolled part-time.

MBA Degree Offerings

Paul Merage School of Business offers a full-time, two year MBA program, as well as a part-time MBA, Executive, and Healthcare Executive MBA programs. In addition, students have the opportunity to a JD/MBA and MD/MBA.


Competing in an Evolving Digital World | UCI Paul Merage School of Business

The rules of the game have changed. Executives who once knew how to compete are faced with a world in which the digital and physical are converging. The source of value creation and competitive advantage are rapidly shifting – and business leaders have to adapt by gaining new skills and insights. In the digital economy, intangible assets such as knowledge, rule. Physical assets matter less and less. Astronomical quantities of data yield new knowledge and insights – but only if companies know how to develop it them. Companies now differentiate themselves based on their distinctive knowhow, which allows them to deliver unique value to their customers. Competitors cannot easily replicate such knowledge about customers, products and operations. Knowledge organized into software can be replicated, shared and applied at extremely low cost. And while software has traditionally codified what humans already know, new technologies such as machine learning generate new knowledge that business leaders can leverage.

Leadership for a Digitally Driven World | UCI Paul Merage School of Business

As a top-tier research institution, The Paul Merage School of Business is focused on developing agile leaders who can anticipate disruption and capitalize on and create new opportunities in the marketplace. Our cutting-edge curricula equip students with broad knowledge and learning experiences to challenge and rethink the context of business. Connect with the Merage School and explore the possibilities in degree and non-degree programs and in our Centers of Excellence. Visit for more information.

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