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University of California at Irvine — The Paul Merage School of Business
Location: SB 220 Pereira Drive Irvine, California 92697
Admissions Office: 949-824-4622
Paul Merage School of Business at UC Irvine
The core focus of the Merage School’s visionary curriculum involves three distinguishing factors: strategic innovation, information technology, and analytic decision making. After completing MBA Boot Camp, an intensive two-week orientation designed to prepare students for the rest of their MBA career, Merage MBAs begin the program with the core courses such as Financial Accounting, Principals of Marketing, and Corporate Finance. Students also partner with professionals at the Merage MBA Career Center who help plan their “best fit” career. As students focus their career interests, then they begin taking elective courses to build knowledge and prepare for your summer internships.
The second year curriculum includes a variety of electives to prepare for the future. During the winter quarter, students may enroll in the school’s newly launched “EDGE” course that explores how technology and globalization are transforming the business landscape. As a second year student, Merage MBAs can also experience a week-long international study trip or quarter-long International Exchange Program at partnering schools in Asia, Europe, and Latin America.
Application Deadlines for the Class of 2017:
Round 1: November 1, 2014
Round 2: December 1, 2014
Round 3: February 1, 2015
Round 4: April 1, 2015
Latest Up-to-Date MBA Rankings:
Poets&Quants (2014): 46
BusinessWeek (2014): 31
Forbes (2013): 61
U.S. News & World Report (2014): 45
Financial Times (2014): 25 (U.S.)
The Economist (2014) : NR
The Merage School of Business moved up two places to a rank of 54th in Poets&Quants’ 2011 ranking of the best 100 MBA programs in the U.S. The change was largely driven by a significant improvement in The Financial Times’ 2011 ranking. Merage climbed 19 places to finish with a global rank of 53rd from 72nd in 2010. U.S. News’ 2011 ranking saw the school slip four places to 40th from 36th.
BusinessWeek, which largely ranks MBA programs on the basis of graduate satisfaction and the opinions of corporate recruiters every other year, did not rank Merage in 2010.
Program Costs: $77,863 (resident) / $95,141 (non-resident)
Median GMAT: 664
GMAT Range (mid-80%): 590-710
Average GPA: 3.32
GPA Range (mid-80%): 3.01 — 3.79
Acceptance Rate: 23%
MBA Full-Time Enrollment: 187
Mean Age: 29
Median Base Salary: $84,287
Median Signing Bonus: $12,474
Percentage of MBAs with Job Offers at Graduation: 71%
Percentage of MBAs with Job Offers Three Months Later: 92%
Where the Class of 2014 Went to Work:
Consumer Products: 9%
Financial Services: 9%
Pharmaceutical/Biotechnology/Health Care: 5%
Real Estate: 4%
Top Employers of the Class of 2014:
Toyota Motor Sales: 4
Deloitte AERS: 4
Ingram Micro: 4
Deloitte Consulting: 3
Niagara Bottling: 3
Pacific Life: 2
The Walt Disney Company: 2
Estimate of Total Pay Over a 20-Year Career*: $2,319,000
* 2014 PayScale Estimate for Poets & Quants
Preparing you to become the kind of leader that businesses now demand is one of the main goals of the Paul Merage School of Business. Our visionary curriculum will teach you how to analyze business problems and encourage you to think of innovative solutions. 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.
Hand-on learning We know that business fundamentals such as accounting, finance, marketing, operations and strategy are all important, and a Merage MBA helps you excel in these areas. But in today´s corporate environment, these skills alone will not set you apart. At the Merage School, you have plenty of opportunities for translating knowledge into action through experiential learning. The MBA field project, Social Responsibility Initiative and the business plan competition are two examples of ways our students can begin applying their knowledge outside the classroom.
Community Our learning environment, like the entrepreneurial businesses that surround it, is highly collaborative and focuses on the critical elements that have transformed the world of business, strategic innovation, information technology and analytic decision making. This collaborative environment sparks innovation and prepares students for the dynamic organizational challenges of leading companies and industries. You will partner with corporate executives, faculty experts, the administration and the dean to create connections that will build your knowledge and foster your confidence, leadership and interpersonal skills.
To gain more insight into life at the Merage School, check out our student and alumni profiles.
Career Success At Merage, you are more than just a number. You will build a strong working relationship with your career advisor as you develop and explore your career goals starting with our “Career Visioning” program. Our MBA Career Center is one of the best in the nation with proven success:
100% of the Class of 2012 had summer internships throughout the world with companies like Apple, PepsiCo, Oakley, Taco Bell, IBM, etc.
92% of the Class of 2011 had great jobs within 3 months after graduation with companies like Amazon, AT&T, Deloitte Consulting, Johnson & Johnson, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Verizon, The Walt Disney Company, Yahoo!, etc.
Our students love their high quality, personalized experience with the professionals at the Merage School MBA Career Center. They recognize that your career decision is one of the biggest choices you will ever have to make in your life and that our MBA Career Center can get them there.
Location UC Irvine´s Orange County location puts our campus in the center of southern California´s Tech Coast. Irvine is the primary location for up and coming businesses and industries especially biotech, medical, fashion, real estate, finance and auto design. Innovative companies such as Allergan, Broadcom, Disney, Google, Hyundai, Mercedes Benz Advanced Design, Ingram Micro, Mazda North America, Oakley, Pimco and Taco Bell can all be found in Orange County, just minutes away from the Merage School. And Irvine is one of the most desirable and safest locations to live in California or anywhere.
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