Overview

Applicants
916
Acceptance Rate
22%
Average Undergrad GPA
3.44
Years Work Experience
5.2
Average Age
29

Test Scores

GMAT (25th and 75th percentiles)
-
GPA
-

Deadlines

Early Application Deadline
November 1

Regular Application Deadline
February 1

Rolling Admission Deadline
June 1

Round 1
November 1

Round 2
December 1

Round 3
February 1

Round 4
April 1

Other Admission Factors

Academic

GMAT Score
Undergraduate GPA
Letters of Recommendation
Essay / Personal Statement
Non-Academic


School Type And Accreditation

School Type
Public

AACSB-approved
Yes

Selectivity Rating

Overall


Program Types

Full-Time
Yes

Part-Time
Yes

Evening
Yes

Executive
Yes

Online
No

Faculty Information

Total Faculty
135

61
Part-time
39
Full-time
29
Female
21
Underrepresented Minorities


Students Say

The combination of academic innovation, strong industry ties, and a relaxed California environment make UC Irvine’s Paul Merage School of Business a top pick for future SoCal professionals. The school’s first-year MBA curriculum covers business fundamentals like finance and marketing while maintaining “a strong emphasis on innovation and international business” throughout disciplines. In the second year, students tailor their education through an impressive selection of elective courses in areas ranging from brand management to new product development. A student tells us, “I started with an interest in finance, and gradually discovered an affinity for strategy and technology. Because Merage does not put you on a track, I had the chance to get exposure to finance but the freedom to switch my focus late in my first year.” Class work is augmented by ample hands-on “opportunities outside of the classroom,” including business-plan competitions and nonprofit consulting projects, as well as the ten-week field project course, through which students consult for a regional company. Study abroad programs also receive top marks. A current MBA candidate attests, “My four months living in Budapest, Hungary was life changing and gave me an incredible perspective on international business and cultural differences in the workplace.”

With only 100 students in each incoming class, the “intimate learning environment” is a signature of the Merage program. The small class size makes it easy to “build personal relationships with everyone at the school, including professors and staff.” At Merage, “the professors really want to see us succeed and make themselves available to all students to answer questions or talk about their research.” The staff and administration is also “world-class”: “The career center and programming support staff are excellent and always available to meet,” and administrators are “extremely quick to respond and act to just about anything.” Of particular note, the dean is “outstanding,” “communicating his vision for our school and supporting students through has vast connections and experience in business.” Between students, “the program requires a lot of group work,” which encourages networking both in and out of the classroom. Fortunately, Merage maintains an unwaveringly “cooperative environment.” Here, “students want to see each other succeed, as evidenced by the large groups that study together prior to tests, or the peer feedback we receive in preparing for group presentations.”


Concentrations

Entrepreneurship
Human Resources
Finance
Information Systems/Information Technology
International Business
JD/MBA - Dual Degree
Marketing
MD/MBA - Dual Degree
Organizational Behavior
Real Estate
Supply Chain Management

Center for Research

Entrepeneurship
Healthcare Administration
Finance
Information Systems/Information Technology
Leadership/Management
Real Estate

Specialities of Faculty


Sustainability

Courses in Sustainability
Yes

Sustainability course is
Optional

Description

Research Opportunities in Sustainability
No

Description

School's environmental commitment 1:
Net Impact chapter on campus, Course on Sustainability & Competitive Intelligence

Career Overview

Average Starting Salary
$84,857
Accepted employment by 3 months after graduation
89%

Graduates Employed by Area of Practice

31%
Marketing
19%
Consulting
17%
Finance/Accounting
12%
Operations/Logistics
7%
General Management
7%
Human Resources
3%
Information Technology
3%
Other

Students Say

“The major business program in all of Orange County,” Merage has the edge in the local job market, where students benefit from direct “access to some of the top companies in the country: Taco Bell, Blizzard, Pimco, the list goes on and on.” In addition to the old standbys, “there are a lot of new companies moving to the area and have established recruiting efforts with the school.” On top of that, “the school has a very strong alumni base which is very interested in helping current students in their search for employment.” Merage may not be as famous as some of L.A.’s big business schools, but students assure us that the “companies that know our school love us.”

Merage’s “excellent career center” makes the most of the school’s strong local connections, maintaining a “great track record” with graduating MBAs. Career Center programs start right at the beginning of the MBA, guiding student through every step in the career-search process, from defining their career goals to landing a choice internship. Top hiring com- panies at Merage include AT&T, Deloitte, AERS, Deloitte Consulting, Experian, General Electric, IBM, Johnson & Johnson, JP Morgan, KPMG, Niagara Bottling, Pacific Life, Roth Capital Partners, and the Walt Disney Company, among many others. Finance and account- ing, consulting, and sales and marketing were the most popular job functions for a recent class.


Job Function

Job Function % of Grads Seeking Employment Who Accept
Jobs w/in 3 Months
Median Salary Mean Salary Low Base Salary High Base Salary
Marketing / Sales 31% $85,000 $84,901 $55,000 $120,000
Consulting 19% $90,000 $93,364 $75,000 $127,000
Finance / Accounting 17% $83,750 $81,550 $47,000 $110,000
Operations / Logistics 12% $75,000 $81,714 $50,000 $140,000
Human Resources 7% $79,000 $74,750 $55,000 $86,000
General Management 7% $90,000 $90,000 $80,000 $100,000
Information Technology 3%
Other 3%

Industries

Industries % of Grads Seeking Employment Who Accept
Jobs w/in 3 Months
Median Salary Mean Salary Low Base Salary High Base Salary
Consulting 24% $825,000 $89,786 $70,000 $127,000
Consumer Products 19% $85,000 $82,636 $60,000 $100,000
Technology 14% $87,500 $91,875 $55,000 $140,000
Manufacturing 12%
Other 10% $72,500 $74,667 $55,000 $110,000
Financial Services 9% $90,000 $80,700 $47,000 $100,000
Pharmaceutical / Biotechnology / Healthcare 5% $95,000 $94,108 $85,000 $102,325
Real Estate 3%
Media / Entertainment 2%
Petroleum / Energy 2%

Prominent Alumni

Lisa Locklear
Vice President, Ingram Micro

Darcy Kopcho
Executive Vice President, Capital Group Companies

George Kessinger
Pres. and CEO, Goodwill Industries International

Norman Witt
Vice President Community Development, The Irvine C

Dates

Application Deadlines
Mar 2

Financial Aid Statistics


New Students Receiving Scholarships / Grants
55%

Tuition Full-Time (per year)

Tuition (In-State)
$38,450
Tuition (Out-State)
$47,089

Expenses per Academic Year

Estimated Room And Board On-Campus
$12,720
Estimated Room And Board Off-Campus
$17,803
Academic Expenses
$2,400

Student Body Profile

Total Enrollment
635
Part Time
66%

In State
90.0%
Out of State
10.0%
Foreign Countries Represented
13

Demographics

40.00%
International

36% female
64% male

Campus Life

Students Say

“Life at Merage is very dynamic.” Beyond the classroom, there are frequent “networking events, volunteer events, interviewing, seminars, academic group meetings, and many other opportunities for professional and personal growth.” Though the administration creates a lot of these opportunities, you’ll also find that student-run “clubs are very active and organize a mix of social and career focused events like executive panels, mixers, trips, speaker series, and tours.” Socially, “there is a business school student mixer at a nearby bar or restaurant” every week, as well as “a few mixers that take place between different schools every quarter.”

Located on the Southern California coast, life in Orange County is “fantastic.” With its “gor- geous beaches” and sunny weather providing the perfect backdrop, “students are always organizing outdoor activities (beach BBQs, intramural sports, etc).” There’s “great food and nightlife in Irvine and Newport”; not to mention, the school is “close enough to L.A. that many people visit on the weekends.” At the same time, the suburban atmosphere keeps things low-key; many mention that it’s “very safe here.”


More Information

% of Classrooms with Internet Access
100%

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Internet Access for All Students
Yes

Admissions Office Contact

Contact
Taylor Martini
Associate Director, Recruitment and Admissions

Address
4293 Pereira Drive
Suite 4500
Irvine, CA 92697-3125
United States

Phone
949-824-4622

Fax

Email
mba@merage.uci.edu


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