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The Merage School Experience

The Merage School Experience Take advantage of unique experiences that complement your in-class education

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
  • 1 Irvine has a 95% jobs-to-population ratio
  • 10+ global partnerships for study abroad and international residential opportunities
Joy Mina, MBA '19 A Day in the Life
Community "As soon as I stepped on to campus, I could feel the community." A conversation with Ellie Lee Hoekstra, MBA '20.
Competitions "It allowed us to utilize concepts that we learned in the classroom in a real world environment." A conversation with Andrew Hoverson, MBA '20.
Residentials "It was a unique experience getting to immerse ourselves in a different culture." A conversation with Marissa Testa, MBA '19.

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