Your MBA experience at the Merage School will be centered around a top-notch location in a dynamic business community, a tight-knit and diverse student body, and an immersive experience like no other. 

Take advantage of unique experiences that complement your in-class education both in southern California and worldwide. From the moment you step on campus, you are encouraged to make the experience your own.

Transform your view of business by collaborating with a diverse core study group in the first year, enhance your presentations skills, learn from executives and entrepreneurs, put your skills into practice with real world projects, and build your leadership skill-set  through a myriad of opportunities available through clubs, competitions, speaker events, conferences and more. During your second year, you have the option to study abroad in a quarter-long international exchange or a week-long international study program providing a first-hand look at the global economy. 

In addition to getting a first class education, you will develop meaningful relationships with your peers, alumni, faculty and staff that often last a lifetime.


  • 37%

    Female Students

  • Irvine is #1 for jobs-to-population ratio

    in America at 95%
  • 10+

    global partnerships for study abroad and international residential opportunities

Community video


As soon as I stepped on to campus, I could feel the community.

Ellie Lee Hoekstra MBA '20

Competitions video


It allowed us to utilize concepts that we learned in the classroom in a real world environment.

Andrew Hoverson MBA '20

Residentials video


It was a unique experience getting to immerse ourselves in a different culture.

Marissa Testa MBA '19

Life in Orange County, CA

Located in the heart of Orange County, the nationally recognized University of California, Irvine is a vibrant research-based campus. As one of the founding schools at UCI, the Merage School offers access to venture capital, multiple fortune 500 companies and is halfway between San Diego and Los Angeles. Orange County, specifically Irvine, is a diverse and safe area filled with beaches, mountains, hiking trails and entertainment options making it a destination for professionals and vacationers alike.

Apply What You Learn


Core Groups Collaborate with classmates and navigate your first-year core classes together with a focus on teamwork
Presentation Skills Program Personalized, specific feedback helps develop your presentation skills and improve your performance under pressure
Real-World Projects Put your skills to use with real-world projects, including the Merage Consulting Projects course and the New Venture Competition
Centers of Excellence Our seven Centers of Excellence provide networking opportunities and programs with executives and entrepreneurs
Clubs & Organizations The Merage Student Association is home to more than a dozen clubs with interest in the different business disciplines, as well as philanthropy
Global Alumni Network  Connect with our alumni in California and around the world