The Merage School Experience

The Merage School Experience Visualize Your Journey

The Merage School’s differentiators include our collaborative culture and focus on leadership development for our digitally driven world. The Master of Science in Business Analytics Program welcomes a globally diverse student body that makes the Merage experience unique., High caliber faculty, dedicated staff, talented classmates,and curated experiential learning with our industry partners all combine to enhance your experience to help you achieve your professional goals.


Irvine: The Heart of the Tech Coast

Located in the heart of California’s Tech Coast, the UC Irvine campus combines the best of Southern California in a bustling, lively economic hub in a beachside city with global connections. Irvine is also bordered on the west by the Pacific Ocean, on the north by Los Angeles County and on the south by San Diego County.

Its warm Mediterranean climate and 42 miles of year-round beaches make it an ideal place to live and work. Of course, the OC is also home to such popular tourist attractions as Disneyland and Surf City, USA, also known as Huntington Beach. Rated one of the safest, best places to live in the United States, the city of Irvine offers an amazing quality of life.

Studying at UC Irvine’s Merage School of Business provides resources and capital for entrepreneurs, combined with the intellectual capital of a top-ranked research university. Irvine boasts more than 15,000 businesses, over one-third of all Fortune 500 companies have roots here and it produces a $5 billion annual economic impact in Orange County. Coupled with a world-class, forward-thinking education, the Merage School’s location gives you tools to succeed in a corporation, start-up or any other business endeavor you want to pursue.


UCI Merage MSBA: Brianna Chew Business of Giving Back

Connect and Network

The Master of Science in Business Analytics program provides an immersive education and experiential learning. Your time at the Merage School is focused on developing your skills and gaining exposure to the cutting edge of analytics, while expanding your connection and network to realize your full professional potential. 

Between our Orange County corporate connections and our combined faculty experience, the Merage School’s global network is prominent. A large number of our alumni stay in Southern California, and our vast network spans across the world. No matter where your education takes you, the connections you make here will positively impact your life and career. We focus on the quality of professional and academic relationships that you build while here.

The Orange Country R Users Group (OCRUG) is a community-based organization for data scientists, data analysts and people generally interested in data. OCRUG holds monthly meetups, special events and conferences. The group explores topics such as statistics, machine learning, visualization, data mining, and predictive analytics. While the focus is on the R programming language, they are inclusive of all languages and data tooling. In partnership with the Master of Science in Business Analytics program, the OCRUG has supported our MSBA students by hosting data science hackathons and training events. 

The partnership brings together students, academics, and professionals to build a data community to collaborate, learn, network and have fun.

Student Ambassadors

The Paul Merage School of Business at UC Irvine attracts a diverse cohort of students from across the country and around the world, as well as from a range of academic and career backgrounds. We aim to assist our prospective students in preparation for graduate school by providing outreach to those students through our Student Ambassador program. Our Ambassadors are a select group of current student leaders dedicated to representing the MSBA program and acting as guides for prospective students. The Ambassadors aspire to enrich the student experience of our candidates during the admissions process by answering questions and joining Information Sessions, all while fostering a strong sense of community within our program.

Student Ambassadors contribute to the current and future student cohorts by sharing their perspective about what life is like as a MSBA student at the Merage School. Want to learn more? Our student ambassadors are available to answer questions or share experiences with you.

UCI’s MSBA Program gave me the opportunity to work alongside the industry leader for data analytics within the consumer intelligence space, which opened my mind to how the art of efficient data analytics can be automated to produce a superior product and analysis result.