Strategic Plan

Agility is key to survival in our rapidly changing global economy. The Paul Merage School of Business develops and equips leaders with critical business and leadership skills needed to succeed through programs that are continually adapted to address the ever-changing social, technological and economic opportunities and challenges in our digitally driven world. We offer three dynamic MBA programs, a Master of Professional Accountancy, Master of Finance, Master of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, MS in Business Analytics, MS in Biotechnology Management, MS in Engineering Management, PhD, and undergraduate business degrees that focus on creative and critical thinking skills, strategic decision-making, leadership, innovation, and collaboration through in-class and on-site experiences with real-world business problems. While the Merage School is relatively young (established in 1965), it has quickly grown to consistently rank among the top 5% of all AACSB-accredited programs through exceptional student recruitment, world-class faculty, a strong alumni network and close relationships with both individual business executives and global corporations. We combine the academic strengths, diversity and best traditions of the University of California with the cutting-edge, entrepreneurial spirit of Orange County in the heart of Southern California’s Tech Coast.


To be at the forefront of education and research among globally preeminent business schools.


Develop globally-competitive transformational leaders in a diverse, collaborative, student-centric community where academic excellence and practical application coalesce.

Our Strategic Identity

We are a business school committed to serving our students, alumni, business partners and academic communities. Together we share a core strategic identity.

  • Who We Are: We are ambitious. We are intellectually hungry. We have a calling to deliver educational excellence valuing diversity, collaboration, inclusivity and respect. We celebrate both the academic tradition of the University of California and our innovative spirit as one of its youngest campuses.
  • What We Do: We provide thought leadership and train professionals to drive value for a lifetime – for the future of business and society, locally, nationally and globally.
  • Where We Do It: We are the heart of the business community of Orange County, California; a vibrant ecosystem with global reach. As such, we are uniquely positioned to attract scholars, students and partners, domestically and internationally.
  • How We Do It: We foster collaboration across our students, faculty, university and community. We excel by providing access to, and growth within, our programs, faculty and staff. We innovate operationally to ensure we remain relevant and cost effective in a rapidly changing world.

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