Each student’s journey is different. We recognize your individual goals and experiences, and we help you develop the skill, agility and resiliency to navigate the global economy and your career for a lifetime. Our renowned faculty have made their mark in business and continue to produce innovative research that influences and shapes the curricula and your perspective.
Through immersive education and experiential learning, your time at the Merage School is focused on developing your professional skills. Small cohorts, not typically found at large public universities, along with personalized attention from our faculty and professional staff, enhance our ability to treat each student as an individual. With smaller cohorts come smaller class sizes, so you can get to know your peers.
Collaborate to build your social and professional network with a group of intellectually curious people striving to reach their academic and career goals. Team projects show you how to apply your critical thinking skills and analysis into tangible results within a group – similar to the challenges you will face in your organization.
An Educational Experience That Prepares You for Success
We are focused on giving our students the tools to reach their career goals and achieve their dreams. Students come to the Merage School because they want to learn and grow on a campus that is rapidly growing, diverse and globally recognized, and has the feel of a smaller, newer school.
Here’s what you can expect during your time at the Merage School:
- Innovative, collaborative and entrepreneurial atmosphere
- Wide variety of programs
- Customizable curriculum and certificates
- Flexible program delivery options
- Smaller class sizes
- Personal one-on-one relationship with career advisors
- Expert faculty that are invested in the students
- Exceptional opportunities for experiential learning
Merage School Learning Outcomes (PLOs)
The Merage School faculty have developed student learning goals for each of its programs. These learning goals are guided by the teaching, research and service mission of the school; they provide faculty and students a shared understanding of what graduates are expected to know or to be able to do at the end of their course of study as it relates to the school’s mission and a program’s specialty. These goals are broken down into objectives which are measured in our core courses. Faculty curricular committees regularly review these goals and objectives in the curricular and program review process.
Business Administration and Business Information Management
- Understanding the impact of the digital transformation
- In a digitally-driven world, technology not only increases a company’s efficiency, but also dramatically shifts the business landscape that the company faces, changing the resources and processes required for a company to effectively compete. Our students should know about the technologies driving the digital transformation as well as their significant impact on the industry, the company and their future role as managers. They should also understand how to address this rapidly changing environment and the unique management issues that arise from it.
- Analytical decision making
- In a digitally-driven world, companies collect large amounts of data that can be used to make informed decisions. Our students should know how to analyze this data and understand how to use this analysis to make effective decisions in this dynamic environment.
- Critical thinking
- In a digitally-driven world, it is not only important to evaluate open-ended problems in a rigorous way, it is also critical to be aware of the biases in that evaluation. Our students should understand how to ask the appropriate questions to determine the type of analysis necessary for the problem. They should also be able to critically analyze other’s claims, as well as have an awareness and be able to address the inherent cognitive biases in a company’s view and processes, and those in the data that the company collects.
- Ability to participate and/or lead collaborative efforts
- In a digitally-driven world, both intra-company and inter-company boundaries are often blurred, as cross-functional teams and alliances offer much-needed flexibility for companies. Thus, our students need to be able to successfully participate in and manage diverse teams to collaborate on complex analyses, critical decisions, and developing effective strategies to compete in this rapidly moving environment.
MBA Programs (Full-time MBA, Fully Employed MBA, and Executive MBA)
- Data-Driven Decision Making
- In a digitally-driven world, computer systems amass large amounts of data. Our students should know what to do with this data, and understand how it can be used to make effective decisions.
- Role of Information Technology
- In a digitally-driven world, IT is not just a tool, but a strategic enabler. Our students should know about the technologies that are key to driving economic productivity and competitiveness, as well as the technologies on the horizon that are critical for businesses to invest in, so that students may connect IT to business strategy.
- Digitally-Driven Leadership
- In a digitally-driven world, leaders must manage cross-functional teams to perform complex analyses to deliver competitive advantage. Our students should have excellent communication skills (both oral and written), know how to collaborate effectively, and understand how to persuade others using clear and informed arguments. Moreover, as leadership implies a responsibility to all stakeholders, students should understand how today’s digitally-driven world presents new ethical challenges for businesses to meet.
Master of Finance
- Development of a broad understanding of financial concepts and tools
- Data analytical skills
- Understanding of the impact of information technology and disruptive innovation in financial decision making
- Knowledge integration within and/or across disciplines
- Effective communication of financial information
Master of Innovation and Entrepreneurship
- Data-driven decision making
- Understanding the potential demand for an idea, the size of a potential market segment, barriers to entering a market, and market disruptions.
- Oral communication skills
- Ability to present information clearly, such as in an elevator pitch about one’s self or in pitch that articulates a business model for a product or service.
- Understanding what investors expect
- Developing the components of a business model and knowing how to frame an idea through the lens of widely accepted norms for business.
- Being a good team member
- Ability to effectively lead, support, and collaborate with peers on projects and businesses.
Master of Science in Business Analytics
- Understanding of what it takes to achieve data-driven decision-making in Organizations
- Ability to tell a story backed with data
- Ability to handle, query and manipulate large data sets
- Ability to choose an analytic model appropriate for a data analytics project
- Computer programming skills appropriate for business analytics
- Knowledge of statistics and econometrics appropriate for business analytics
- Understanding of business context in order to connect data analytics to managerial implications
Master of Professional Accountancy
- Technical and conceptual comprehension and application
- Understanding of the impact of information technology
- Understanding and integration of knowledge across fields
- Written and oral communication skills
- Advance development of analytical thinking skills
- Application of accounting and business knowledge in a global context
- Understanding of the ethical and professional responsibilities of accountants
- Acquisition and mastery of research tools
- Foundational knowledge in business education
- Expertise in the area of specialization
- Original research that leads to an analysis of a research problem that in turn leads to problem solving in important business areas and contributes to the betterment of the society and the global order
- Understanding of issues in ethical research
- Ability to work and collaborate with faculty mentor(s)
- Preparation for a research/teaching career in a recognized research university
“One thing that confirmed my choice to attend the Merage School was the immediate attention I received from my professors. Not only do faculty members know your name, but they take a personal interest in your career development and offer themselves as a resource down the road.”
Rachel Bobroff, Full-time MBA