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The Merage School offers four dynamic MBA programs, a Master of Professional Accountancy, MS in Biotechnology Management, MS in Engineering Management, and PhD and undergraduate business degrees that deliver its thematic approach to business education: sustained growth through strategic innovation. Business leadership, collaboration and communication are taught through in-class and on-site experiences with real-world business problems. Seven Centers of Excellence and an Executive Education program provide numerous and varied opportunities for students and the business community at large to enhance their education experience and update their professional expertise. While The Paul Merage School of Business is relatively young (the first class began in 1967), it has quickly grown to consistently rank among the top 10% of all AACSB-accredited programs through exceptional student recruitment, world-class faculty, a strong alumni network and close individual and corporate partnerships who generously invest in the School with both time and contributions.

Financial Times Ranks UC Irvine’s Paul Merage School of Business Among Top 30 in the U.S., Top 50 in the World
In the latest 2016 Financial Times Global MBA rankings report, UC Irvine’s Paul Merage School of Business was ranked among the top 30 schools in the U.S. and 57th in the world overall. The Merage School also placed 10th among public institutions in the U.S.

“We are definitely on the right trajectory, said Merage School Dean Eric Spangenberg. “We are extremely focused on expanding our global reach, redefining business education, and delivering high return on investment, and we are diligent in our efforts to improve student career outcomes. Our progress toward these goals is clearly reflected in our continued ascendance in the rankings.”

In addition to the top overall rankings, the Merage School ranks No.1 in the world for percentage of women faculty. The Merage School was 55th in the world and 37th in the U.S for faculty research. The School moved up significantly in areas related to salary, ranking 20th in the world and 6th in the U.S. for salary percentage increases. “Through our professional development planning process, our students are making informed decisions about the jobs they take upon graduation to put themselves on the right career path,” said Tom Kozicki, executive director of the Merage School’s MBA Career Center. “The 2016 results reinforce the importance of our approach for long term career success.”
The Financial Times 2016 ranking places the Merage School among the top 10 percent of all AACSB-accredited programs in the U.S.

UC Irvine Ranks First in the Nation on List of Top 100 Universities Under 50 Years Old
UC Irvine is No. 1 in the U.S. and No. 4 in the world among the 100 best universities less than 50 years old, according to an analysis by Times Higher Education. Founded in 1965, UC Irvine also is the youngest university to gain membership in the prestigious Association of American Universities.

BusinessWeek

2014
  • Full Time MBA is ranked No. 31 in the U.S.; No. 10 among U.S. public universities
2013
  • Executive MBA ranked No. 36 in the world and No. 29 in the U.S.
  • Fully Employed MBA ranked 10th in the West region.
2012
  • Full-Time MBA ranked No.43 in the U.S. and top 5 in California.
2011
  • Executive MBA ranked No.40 in the world (Top Tier).
2008
  • Full-Time MBA Program is ranked among the Top 50 nationally.
  • Full-Time MBA Program is ranked among the Top 20 U.S. public universities.
  • Faculty Research / Intellectual Capital is ranked No. 20 in U.S.
  • MBA Compensation 10 Years After Graduation is ranked No. 25 nationally.

Financial Times

2016
  • Full-Time MBA Program is ranked No. 27 in the U.S.; No. 10 among U.S. public universities and No. 57 globally.
  • Executive MBA Program is ranked No. 28 in the U.S. among U.S. based programs
  • Percentage of women faculty ranked No.1 in the world.
  • Faculty is tied for 37th in the U.S. and tied for 55th in the world for research in the world.
  • Tied for 6th in the U.S. and 20th in the world for salary percentage increase
2015
  • Full-Time MBA Program is ranked No. 21 in the U.S.; No. 7 among U.S. public universities and No. 43 globally.
  • Percentage of women faculty ranked No.1 in the world.
  • Faculty is tied for 25th in the U.S. and tied for 29th in the world for research in the world.
  • Tied for 7th in the U.S. and 19th in the world for salary percentage increase
2014
  • Full-Time MBA Program is ranked Top 25 in the U.S., #9 among U.S. public universities and #48 globally.
  • Percentage of women faculty ranked #1 in the world.
  • Tied for 4th in the U.S. and tied for 16th in the world for percentage of women students.
  • Faculty is tied for 24th in the U.S. and tied for 28th in the world for research in the world.
  • Ranked #10 in the world for e-business.
2013
  • Full-Time MBA Program is ranked #26 in the U.S. and #9 among U.S. public universities.
  • Employment of MBA students within three months of graduation is ranked #5 in the US.
  • Percentage of women faculty and women students ranked #1 among U.S. schools.
  • Full-Time MBA Program is ranked #33 for research in the world, #26 in the U.S.
2012
  • Executive MBA Program is ranked No.10 among U.S.-only-based programs and No. 44 in the world
  • Full-Time MBA Program is ranked No. 43 in the U.S. and #19 among U.S. public universities.
  • Full-Time MBA Program is ranked No.34 for research in the U.S.
2010
  • Employment of MBA students within three months of graduation is ranked No.1 in the US.
  • Full-Time MBA Program is ranked No. 43 in the U.S. and No. 72 internationally.

U.S. News & World Report

2016
  • Fully-Employed MBA ranked No. 37 in the U.S., No. 26 among public schools.
  • Full-Time MBA Program is ranked No. 48 in U.S. and No. 25 among U.S. public universities.
  • Undergraduate Business Program ranked No. 32 in the U.S., No. 21 among public schools.
2015
  • Fully-Employed MBA ranked No. 37 in the U.S.
  • Undergraduate Business Program ranked No. 34 in the U.S., No. 22 among public schools.
2013
  • Executive MBA ranked No. 25 in the U.S.
2011
  • Full-Time MBA Program is ranked No. 40 in U.S. and No. 17 among U.S. public universities.
  • Fully Employed MBA Program (FEMBA) is ranked No. 21 in U.S. among part-time programs.
  • Executive MBA ranked No. 23 in U.S.

Forbes Magazine

2015
  • Full-Time MBA program ranked No. 42 in the U.S., No. 20 among public schools.
2007
  • The School is ranked No. 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 No. 42 regionally and no. 7 nationally for Information Technology.

Modern Healthcare

2015, 2014, 2013
  • Health Care Executive MBA ranked Top-30 in U.S.

Expansion Magazine/Time, Inc.

2016
  • Full-Time MBA program is ranked No.39 internationally for "The Best Global MBAs for Mexicans."
2010
  • Full-Time MBA program is ranked No.47 internationally for "The Best Global MBAs for Mexicans."

Public Accounting Report (PAR)

2016
  • Master of Professional Accountancy program ranked No. 23 among schools with 15 or fewer full time accounting faculty in the nation
  • Master of Professional Accountancy program ranked in the top 25 in the western region
  • Undergraduate accounting program ranked No. 24 among top-ranked undergraduate accounting programs in the west

Ivy Exec

2016
  • Executive MBA Program ranked Top 30 globally

Deans

2014 Eric R. Spangenberg, The Paul Merage School of Business
2013 Rajeev Tyagi (interim), The Paul Merage School of Business
2004 Andrew J. Policano, The Paul Merage School of Business
2002 Jone Pearce (interim), Graduate School of Management
1997 David Blake, Graduate School of Management
1997 John King (interim), Graduate School of Management
1988 Dennis Aigner, Graduate School of Management
1983 Newt Margulies, Graduate School of Management
1972 Lyman W. Porter, Graduate School of Administration & Graduate School of Management
1967 George W. Brown, Graduate School of Administration
1965 Richard C. Snyder, Graduate School of Administration

Milestones

Read a recap of UC Irvine Graduate School of Management History 1966-1972 compiled by Dean Lyman Porter

2016 Certificate in Digital Transformation and Certificate in Real Estate and Urban Development offered, allowing students greater customization of their degree
2016 Master of Professional Accountancy program ranked No. 23 among schools with 15 or fewer full time accounting faculty in the nation
2016 Undergraduate program is ranked No. 32 (U.S. News & World Report)
2016 New undergraduate minor in Innovation and Entrepreneurship launched
2016 Launched Hybrid FEMBA program and began recruiting for the 2-year, part-time MPAc program
2015 Certificate in Innovation and Entrepreneurship offered to MBA and undergraduate students
2015 New Building Gala & Open House
2015 FEMBA program ranked among Top 5 in California (U.S. News & World Report)
2014 Undergrad program debuts among Top 50 in the Nation (U.S. News & World Report)
2014 Business School ranks among Top 25 in the Nation, Top 50 in the World (Financial Times)
2013 Master of Science in Biotechnology Management (MSBTM) and Master of Science in Engineering Management are launched
2013 Master of Professional Accountancy (MPAc) is launched
2013 Groundbreaking held for Building for the Future on the Merage School campus
2012 Center for Digital Transformation launches
2011 Dean’s Leadership Circle Professorship awarded to Andrew J. Policano
2011 Center for Leadership and Team Development is renamed the Center for Global Leadership
2011 School Endowment Fund reaches $20 million
2011 First Undergraduate Business Majors walk at commencement (9 graduate on the leading edge of Class of 2012)
2010 John S. and Marilyn Long Institute for US-China Business and Law launched with $2.5 million gift
2010 Dean Andrew Policano chairs AACSB, the top international accreditation organization for business schools
2009 Taco Bell Endowed Chair in Information Technology Management awarded to Professor Vijay Gurbaxani
2008 Undergraduate Business Major Introduced
2007 School Endowment Fund reaches $15 million
2007  Emeritus Professor Edward A. Dickson Endowed Chair awarded to Emeritus Professor Lyman W. Porter
2007 Center for Health Care Management and Policy is launched
2007 The Beall Family Foundation pledges $6.6 million to rename The Beall Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship
2006 AACSB Bridge Program (educating future business school educators) introduced (developed and taught at UC Irvine)
2006  Center for Real Estate launched
2006 Merage Chair in Business Growth awarded to Dean’s Professor David Hirshleifer
2005 Dean’s Leadershp Circle launched
2005 Center for Investment and Wealth Management launched
2005 Graduate School of Management is renamed The Paul Merage School of Business
2004 School Endowment Fund reaches $5 million
2004 Alumni Base reaches 5000
2004 Paul Merage Family Foundation pledges $30 million to business school
2003 Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation (now the Beall Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship) launched
2002 School expands into MPAA building
1998 Center for Leadership Development (now the Center for Global Leadership) launched
1998 Taco Bell Endowed Chair in Information Technology Management awarded to Ken Kraemer
1997 UC Irvine Business School enters Top 50 ranking (U.S. News & World Report)
1997 HCEMBA program introduced
1991 Center for Research on Information Technology in Organizations (CRITO) is launched
1991 Executive Education Programs launched
1990 FEMBA program introduced
1989 New Graduate School of Management building, designed by Robert Venturi, is dedicated
1988 Walter B. Gerken Chair in Enterprise and Society Endowed Chair awarded to Professor Richard B. McKenzie
1987 School earns AACSB accreditation
1987 Alumni Base reaches 1000
1986 Robert Gumbiner Health Care Management Endowed Chair awarded to Professor Paul J. Feldstein
1986 EMBA program introduced
1985 School gains international recognition for its integrated information technology curriculum
1985 Endowment reaches $1 million dollars
1981 Corporate Partners Program introduced

 

1981 Master of Business Administration degree offered
1981 School name is changed to Graduate School of Management
1969 School becomes member of AACSB, the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business
1965 Founding Faculty: Fred Tonge, Jr.
1965 Master of Science in Administration, Master of Public Administration, and Master of Business and Public Administration degrees offered
1965 School name is Graduate School of Administration
1965 October 4, 1965: first day of class