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University of California, Irvine, Merage School of Business Executive MBA

The Paul Merage School of Business at UC Irvine offers MBA and specialized master’s programs – plus PhD and undergraduate business degrees – that deliver its thematic approach to business education: sustainable growth through strategic innovation. Seven Centers of Excellence and Executive Education programs provide numerous opportunities for students and the business community at large to update their professional expertise and engage with the School. The Merage School boasts a world-class faculty, a strong alumni network and close individual and corporate relationships.

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Program at a Glance

Program Type Executive
Total Program Enrollment 83
Tuition (Total) $103,600

Program Information

University of California—Irvine Paul Merage School of Business Says

The Paul Merage School of Business at UC Irvine offers MBA and specialized master’s programs – plus PhD and undergraduate business degrees – that deliver its thematic approach to business education: sustainable growth through strategic innovation. Seven Centers of Excellence and Executive Education programs provide numerous opportunities for students and the business community at large to update their professional expertise and engage with the School. The Merage School boasts a world-class faculty, a strong alumni network and close individual and corporate relationships.

Specializations Offered: Accounting, Decision Science, Economics, Finance, General Management, Information Systems / Information Technology, Marketing, Organizational Behavior, Public Administration, Public Policy, Real Estate, Strategy, Supply Chain Management
Degrees Awarded: Executive MBA.

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Bloomberg

#36 Businessweek Executive MBA Programs

School Rankings

The Princeton Review

N/A Best Business Schools (West)

Admissions

Admissions

Application Information

  • Acceptance Rate: 33% accepted out of 805 applicants
  • Average Age Admitted: 28
  • Average Incoming GPA: 3.35
  • Average Years Work Experience: 5
  • Application Fee: $150

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Recommendations, Undergraduate GPA, Personal Essay, Standardized Test Scores

Admission Requirements

Required: Work Experience, Recommendations, Extracurricular Activities, Undergraduate GPA, Personal Essay, Standardized Test Scores

Admission Information

Merage admissions officers consider applicants' undergraduate records (an overall GPA of at least 3.0 is preferred; post-undergraduate degrees are considered as well); GMAT scores (middle 80 percent of students admitted to the full-time program score between 620 and 730); work experience (most in the full-time program arrive with at least five year...Merage admissions officers consider applicants' undergraduate records (an overall GPA of at least 3.0 is preferred; post-undergraduate degrees are considered as well); GMAT scores (middle 80 percent of students admitted to the full-time program score between 620 and 730); work experience (most in the full-time program arrive with at least five years professional experience); two self-evaluation essays (plus an optional third essay, if applicants choose to submit it); a mandatory interview, conducted by invitation only; and two letters of recommendation (at least one should be from a current or former supervisor). International students whose undergraduate records do not demonstrate English proficiency will likely be required to also submit an official score report for the TOEFL.

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Important Dates

Round 1
December

1

Deadline
October

3

Start
Round 2
February

1

Deadline
October

3

Start
Round 3
April

1

Deadline
October

3

Start
Round 4
June

1

Deadline
October

3

Start

School Information

School Information

The following section features data representative of the entire business school, and numbers here are not necessarily reflective of the specific program.

Students and Faculty

Total Graduate Students 635
Percent International Students 40%
Total Full-Time Faculty 124
Full-Time Faculty 39%

Student Life

“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 “gor­geous 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.”

Career

“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 compa­nies 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 account­ing, consulting, and sales and marketing were the most popular job functions for the class of 2012.

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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 “world­class”: “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.”

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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

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Student Services

  • Campus Wide Network
  • Centers Of Research:

    Center for Research on Information Technology and Organizations (CRITO). National Science Foundation supported center to develop research ideas to understand the impacts of information and technology.

  • International Student Support Groups:

    http://www.ic.uci.edu/

  • Research Facilities:

    Center for Research on Information Technology and Organizations (CRITO). National Science Foundation supported center to develop research ideas to understand the impacts of information and technology.

  • Study Abroad:

    Bocconi University, Milan; Budapest University of Economic Science, Budapest, Hungary; Chinese University of Hong Kong; ESSEC Business School Paris, France; HEC, Paris; Chinese University of Hong Kong; Maastricht University, Netherlands; National University of Singapore; Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile, Santiago, Chile; Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration, Vienna, Austria; Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea

Famous Alumni

Well known alumni of University of California—Irvine Paul Merage School of Business include:

Norman Witt - Vice President Community Development, The Irvine C

George Kessinger - Pres. and CEO, Goodwill Industries International

Darcy Kopcho - Executive Vice President, Capital Group Companies

Lisa Locklear - Vice President, Ingram Micro

School Outcomes

Top Employers Of Graduates From This School Include: AT&T, Deloitte Consulting, Walt Disney Company, Southern California Edison, Experian

Industry Percent Employed Median Starting Salary
Finance / Accounting 41% $75,848
Marketing / Sales 23% $76,631
Consulting 18% $78,850
Financial Services 18% $65,300
Other 14% $79,875
Consulting 11% $77,917
Operations / Logistics 7% $91,250
General Management 5% $81,333

School Employment Information

Three Month Employment 94%
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