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

Introduction

A Remarkable Experience

Welcome to the University of California, Irvine, Paul Merage School of Business website. The Paul Merage School of Business, formerly the Graduate School of Management (GSM), offers a variety of educational and business leadership tools that can help you become an innovative leader, world-class scholar or hire a top-notch MBA recruit ready to help take your company to the next level.

The school offers four MBA programs: The Full-time MBA program (traditional, two-year) and three part-time programs: the MBA program for Fully Employed professionals (FEMBA), a three-year program; the MBA program for Executives (EMBA), and the MBA for Health Care Executives (HCEMBA).

Since the advent of MBA rankings in 1997, the school has appeared in a top 5 MBA program ranking 7 times and in a top 15 ranking 8 times. The full-time MBA program routinely is ranked as one of the best B-schools in the country by U.S. News and World Report and BusinessWeek. The school's faculty is also internationally recognized as one of the best. In 2002, BusinessWeek ranked The Paul Merage School of Business faculty 5th in Intellectual Capital in the United States. In 2005, the Financial Times ranked faculty 15th in the world and also ranked the school's Executive MBA in 2005 its national top 10 rankings. In 2005, the Wall Street Journal ranked the school's MBA focus on Information Technology as 4th in the nation.

The school's Ph.D. program continues to produce young scholars who go on to teach and conduct research at top universities throughout the country. The newly developed undergraduate programs in business continue to grow and the school's various centers and professional development endeavors are quickly becoming the focal point of the business community.

The UC Irvine Paul Merage School of Business creates competitive advantage by educating and training future leaders in strategic innovation, analytical decision making and information technology. Superior education, world-class faculty, and opportunities to integrate classroom learning with powerful experiential opportunities with Southern California's finest firms empowers students.

Located in the beautiful Irvine/Newport Beach community, the business school is part of an educational culture that fosters leadership, knowledge, social responsibility and the courage to stand out and take strategic risks. The UC system is known for its academic and research prowess. UC Irvine has produced three Nobel Prize winners in the last decade.


Current Rankings

U.S. News & World Report

  • 2006: Full-time MBA Program is ranked #38 nationally, and #19 among public universities
  • 2005: Executive MBA program is ranked #20 nationally.

Financial Times

  • 2007: Full-time MBA Program is ranked #31 in U.S. and #49 internationally; Faculty Research is ranked #28 internationally.
  • 2007 EMBA Program is ranked #11 in the U.S. and #30 internationally; Faculty Research is ranked #20 internationally. Percentage of Female Faculty is #1 internationally.

Forbes Magazine 2007

  • The school is ranked #45 on the U.S. Top 50 Forbes list of Business Schools with the Best Return on Investment.

Wall Street Journal/Harris Interactive 2007

  • The school is ranked #42 regionally and #7 nationally for Information Technology.

BusinessWeek 2004

  • Full-time MBA Program is ranked among the Top 50 nationally.

Vision, Mission and Shared Principles


Vision

The Paul Merage School of Business will be recognized among the top public university research-based business schools. The School will play a significant role in achieving the vision of the University of California, Irvine, to be one of the best public research universities in the country by 2014.

Mission

The Paul Merage School of Business will enhance socially responsible and strategic growth in the global innovation economy.

Aspiration

The School will be recognized among the top twenty five research-based business schools.

Shared Principles

We are dedicated to the discovery and dissemination of knowledge about management, innovation and strategic growth in a global economy through research, teaching and service to the community.

We will provide an innovative learning environment that challenges students to think creatively, anticipate change and lead strategic growth in a competitive, technology-intensive global economy.

We are committed to playing a significant role in the growth of the community by providing entrepreneurs, businesses and other organizations with student and faculty expertise, and by creating value-added executive and other life-long learning programs.

We value diversity and are committed to maintaining an environment of integrity, mutual respect and civility and to attracting a diverse cohort of students, faculty and staff.

We are dedicated to the principle that every graduate from our programs will have the potential to make a significant contribution both to their profession and to society.


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Programs

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Dual Degree Programs MBA

Campus Full time September 2017 USA Irvine

Merage School offers two special programs combined with your Full-time MBA program in which you can obtain a dual-degree. [+]

Merage School offers two special programs combined with your Full-time MBA program in which you can obtain a dual-degree. If you are seeking a career as a physician with a key management role in a health care organization, the MD/MBA program fulfills these requirements. We also offer undergraduates the accelerated 3/2 program in which you can acquire a bachelor’s degree and an MBA in five years.

 

MD/MBA Program for Physicians

Designed for professionals seeking careers as physicians with key management roles in health care organizations, the MD/MBA program is an ideal choice. You must be enrolled in the UC Irvine College of Medicine and may apply to the MBA program during your second or third year. ... [-]


Executive MBA Program (EMBA)

Campus Part time 21 months September 2017 USA Irvine

Designed for experienced managers who want to engage in a rigorous MBA program with other leaders, the course work allows participants to apply their new skills and knowledge immediately. [+]

Maximize your return on investment.

The Executive MBA Program attracts successful, motivated, high-potential professionals who work and study together in a collaborative environment. Designed for experienced managers who want to engage in a rigorous MBA program with other leaders, the course work allows participants to apply their new skills and knowledge immediately.

 

The same core curriculum and standards as our full-time MBA program are offered, while recognizing the value of the experience and knowledge that more senior participants can bring to their graduate classroom.

 

The EMBA class stays together for the duration of the program, and study groups are formed to foster teamwork, networking, and mutual support. A key EMBA advantage is the sense of community that develops among students as you study together, confront similar workplace challenges. The result is a lasting and diverse network of business colleagues — and friends.... [-]


Full-time MBA

Campus Full time 2 years September 2017 USA Irvine

At the Merage School we will help you develop core business skills while giving you broad exposure to global business trends, international cultures and successful business mentors. [+]

The Merage Difference

 

We live in a time of unprecedented economic and technological change. The companies that will be successful in the future are those that are well positioned to not only anticipate change, but to capitalize on it. Every business must recognize and confront a global economy that presents increasing opportunities and competitive threats.

 

The challenge for business schools, as we see it, is not just to impart the fundamentals but to apply them to the dynamic world of business. We are meeting this challenge by structuring our programs around three key business drivers: strategic innovation, the use of information technology, and analytic decision-making.... [-]


Fully Employed MBA Program (FEMBA)

Campus Part time 27 months March 2017 USA Irvine

You will achieve your personal and professional goals while networking with the business leaders of today and tomorrow. [+]

Achieving personal and professional goals.

The Merage Fully Employed MBA (FEMBA) curriculum emphasizes a combination of integrated management skills and comprehensive functional knowledge that you will be able to use immediately in your current position. You will earn the same MBA degree as our full-time students in a program tailored to meet the needs and demands of the working professional. As a student in the Fully Employed MBA program, you will achieve your personal and professional goals while networking with the business leaders of today and tomorrow.

 

Our approach to learning that combines business theory and practice has long been a hallmark of the Merage MBA. Our curriculum is dynamic and reflects the needs of the business community.... [-]


Health Care Executive MBA Program (HCEMBA)

Campus Part time 24 months September 2017 USA Irvine

The Health Care Executive MBA Program (HCEMBA) merges the medical and healthcare industries with business education in a unique learning environment. [+]

The business side of healthcare.

The Health Care Executive MBA Program (HCEMBA) merges the medical and healthcare industries with business education in a unique learning environment.

 

You will gain the fundamentals of management and a thorough understanding of the economic, political, and social dynamics that have reshaped the global healthcare industry. The Merage Health Care Executive MBA (HCEMBA) program is specifically designed for health care professionals who want to expand their business expertise.

 

Participants in the program come from the intersecting worlds of pharmaceuticals, medical devices, managed care, insurance, health care services, and health care policy.... [-]


MD/MBA Program for Physicians

Campus Full time 5 years September 2017 USA Irvine

Designed for professionals seeking careers as physicians with key management roles in health care organizations, the MD/MBA program is an ideal choice. [+]

Designed for professionals seeking careers as physicians with key management roles in health care organizations, the MD/MBA program is an ideal choice. You must be enrolled in the UC Irvine College of Medicine and may apply to the MBA program during your second or third year.

 

The joint M.D./MBA program is offered in 5-or 6-year programs. It is aimed at individuals who are exceptional in ability and motivation and who seek a career as physicians with major responsibility for administration and management i health care organizations and institutions. Students in this program pursue a combined curriculum leading to an M.D. degree from the college of Medicine and an MBA from the Graduate School of Management.... [-]