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University of California Irvine’s Paul Merage School of Business


Contact our general manager with any questions. Profile updated: March 28, 2012.

Contact Information

4293 Pereira Drive
Suite 5400
Irvine, CA 92697
Admissions Office:

School Data

Annual Tuition: $39,249

Total Tuition & Fees International: $52,629

Acceptance Rate: 27%

Full-Time Enrollment: 71

International: 44%

Minority: 25%

Average Age: 29

Female: 37%

Male: 63%

Application Deadlines: Round 1: November 1st, 2018; Round 2: December 1st, 2018; Round 3: February 1st, 2019*; Round 4: April 1st, 2019; Round 5: June 1st, 2019. *Recommended final application date for international candidates.

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.

Rankings Analysis:

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.