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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

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First Year Curriculum

Year one of the Full-time MBA program consists primarily of the core curriculum which is designed to provide you with a disciplinary knowledge base in areas such as Accounting, Finance, Information Systems, Marketing, Operations Management, and Strategy. These core courses are offered during your first year in the program. Continual emphasis will be placed on the three main themes of the program: Strategic Innovation, Information Technology and Analytical Decision Making and how they can be leveraged for growing your business. As an entering MBA student, you will be assigned to a specific section of approximately 50 students. You will then be assigned to a small, diverse group of 4-6 students with whom you will complete all group projects during your first year. These groups create a mutually supportive and cooperative learning environment and promote a strong sense of community among students. You will begin your first year with a pre-term residential. This course, Management of Complex Organizations, is held off-campus at a nearby hotel to allow you to focus intensely on the subject matter and to get acquainted with classmates. You will examine basic concepts of strategic and organizational management, including group processes, competitive analysis, corporate strategy, individual and business ethics and the manager's formal and informal roles. You will be introduced to the teaching methods that you will use throughout your MBA: case analysis, group presentations and effective group work. And you will get to know a group of people who will be very important to you in the years to come--your fellow classmates. Classes taken during your first year are: FALL 200: Management of Complex Organizations (Residential) 201A: Statistics for Management 203A: Financial Accounting 204A: Microeconomics 207: Information Systems for Management WINTER 202: Organizational Analysis 203B: Managerial Accounting 205: Principals of Marketing 209A: Corporate Finance SPRING 201B: Management Science 208: Operations Management 210: Business Strategy Elective

Second Year Curriculum

After completing the core requirements, you have the opportunity to create a unique focus by selecting a total of eleven elective classes that are multi-disciplinary or focus on the application of knowledge. Additional electives are chosen from a diverse set of options, enabling you to develop additional depth in a discipline or interdisciplinary area, or to gain expertise with a particular set of analytical or technical tools. We offer a variety of electives no matter your specialization. For example, students who want to focus on marketing can take courses in brand management, new product development, database management and business intelligence. Students specializing in finance can take courses on investments, fixed income securities, derivatives, and participate in a real world investment lab. Those interested in a consulting career focused on how information technology is transforming business can take electives on managing technological innovation, managing electronic business and technology decision-making. Students interested in operations management and consulting can take courses on forecasting, supply chain management and service operations. During your second year you are strongly encouraged to take an experiential learning course that is designed as a practicum and will enable you to apply, test, and improve your expertise in your functional area of interest. This practicum will facilitate the application of your academic training from your core and elective classes within real companies, solving real business challenges. The Merage practicum will place you and your team, led by a faculty member, inside sponsoring companies for a 10-week consulting project. The company provides a project liaison who helps to guide your team in the completion of a superior deliverable that is immediately applicable. For more information on the practicum, please click here. The MBA program culminates with a Capstone course that will examine broad trends such as technology, macroeconomic and geopolitical trends, and attempt to determine how these trends are likely to affect business strategies, new product development, and organization structures. A notable feature of this course is a conference featuring renowned experts in each of these topics, partnered with executives, who will interpret the impact of these trends on their businesses. You will be given assignments focused on analyzing the impact of these trends on a specific business or industry. Examples of these include the impact of technology trends on the music industry, new product offerings for growing demographic categories (aging baby boomers, Latinos), building and leading globally networked enterprises, etc. You will also be provided with access to senior executives, who will guide you in your analysis. At the culmination of the course all teams will present the results of their analysis to faculty and business leaders. The Paul Merage School of Business recognizes explicitly that we need to simultaneously prepare you for positions immediately after your MBA degree, as well as for your leadership roles in the future. We believe our program will provide you with both short and long-term capabilities and knowledge, and will equip you for a productive and successful career.

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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."


Human Resources
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International Business
JD/MBA - Dual Degree
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Real Estate
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Net Impact chapter on campus, Course on Sustainability & Competitive Intelligence

Career Overview

Average Starting Salary
Accepted employment by 3 months after graduation

Graduates Employed by Area of Practice

General Management
Human Resources
Information Technology

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 % 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


Application Deadlines
Mar 2

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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."

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Admissions Office Contact

Taylor Martini
Associate Director, Recruitment and Admissions

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




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