Jon Kaplan

Jon Kaplan

Assistant Dean
MBA & Specialty Masters Programs

SB1 4500


Jon Kaplan is the Assistant Dean for the MBA and Specialty Masters Programs for The Paul Merage School of Business at University of California, Irvine. In this role, he manages all aspects of the school’s masters programs, including recruiting, admissions and student services.

Jon came to the Merage School in 2014, when he was named Assistant Dean and Director of the Full-Time MBA Program. In 2017, he added oversight of the school’s Specialty Masters Programs to his responsibilities, and then in 2018, the Fully Employed MBA and MBA for Executives programs were added to his portfolio. As part of his expanding responsibilities, he was instrumental in the creation and roll out of the school’s newest Specialty Masters programs, the Master of Finance, the Master of Science in Business Analytics and the Master of Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Previously, Jon served as Executive Director for the MBA Programs for Working Professionals at the University of California Berkeley’s Haas School of Business and as Assistant Dean of MBA programs at Chapman University’s Argyros School of Business.

Jon is an MBA graduate with honors from the UCLA Anderson School of Management. He also worked for five years at UCLA Anderson, in both Admissions and Career Management.

Prior to getting his MBA, Jon earned a degree in Economics from UCLA and spent over a decade as Director of Operations for the UCLA Football Team.