The Paul Merage School of Business


UC Irvine’s Paul Merage School of Business combines the academic strengths and best traditions of the University of California with the cutting-edge, entrepreneurial spirit of Orange County in the heart of America’s Tech Coast. Four dynamic MBA programs – plus Ph.D., undergraduate business and several specialized master’s degrees – deliver the school’s thematic approach to business education: sustainable growth through strategic innovation. The Merage School consistently ranks among the top 5% of accredited business schools in the U.S., and boasts a world-class faculty, strong alumni network and close individual and corporate relationships.

At the Merage School, we graduate leaders with the exceptional ability to help grow their organizations through strategic innovation — supported by analytical decision-making, information technology and collaborative execution, and enhanced by a highly-personalized learning environment. In-class and on-site experiences with real-world business issues give our students the edge needed to help companies compete in today’s global economy.

The school’s pioneering curriculum and world-class faculty are attracting the best and the brightest students – and some of the world’s leading companies to recruit them. Companies like Verizon, IBM, The Boeing Company, HBO, and 20th Century Fox recognize the quality of our MBAs. Our undergraduate program, which also provides a world-class curriculum, has quickly become one of the most rigorous and competitive programs in California.

Six Centers of Excellence and Executive Education programs provide numerous and varied opportunities for students and the business community at large to enhance their educational experience as well as broaden and update their professional expertise.

The Merage School’s new building initiative, Building for the Future, is slated for completion during the 2014-2015 academic year. The initiative will take this remarkable business school to new heights of excellence in student learning opportunities, faculty research, community engagement, and facilities and grounds.

At the Merage School, we devote our resources and research to solving societal issues, and together with our alumni and business community, we are proud to launch the next generation of professionals who will have a positive impact in business as well as in society as a whole.

Interim Dean Rajeev Tyagi

Professor Rajeev Tyagi serves as interim dean of The Paul Merage School of Business for the 2013-2014 academic year while an extended international search for a permanent dean continues. Tyagi oversees all academic and administrative functions at the school and leads external relations and special initiatives.

Tyagi joined UC Irvine in 1996 as an assistant professor and became a full professor in 2006. He has been serving as the school's senior associate dean since 2008, leading academic affairs and overseeing curriculum and faculty reviews.

Tyagi is an accomplished scholar in the area of marketing and holds the Walter B. Gerken Chair in Enterprise and Society. His work uses microeconomics and game theory to examine business profitability and social welfare implications of various business decisions and public policies. Some of this work has been in the areas of new product strategies, distribution channels strategies, and competitive marketing strategies. He publishes regularly in the top marketing journals including Management Science, Journal of Marketing Research, Journal of Industrial Economics, and Marketing Science. Tyagi is an associate editor at Management Science and has been an editorial board member at Marketing Science.

Tyagi has been recognized for teaching excellence on numerous occasions, winning several teaching awards from the Merage School and from UC Irvine. Among the courses Tyagi teaches are New Product Development, Marketing Strategies for High-Technology Markets, Applied Multivariate Statistics and Pricing Strategy. In 2012, he received a Faculty Service Award at the Merage School and has also received several faculty research and faculty development awards throughout his tenure at UC Irvine.

Tyagi received his Bachelor of Engineering degree in Electronics Engineering from National Institute of Technology, Surat. He received an MBA with a major in marketing from the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Marketing from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. In his free time, he enjoys reading, road trips, visiting national parks, and nature. He is the father of two sons and makes his home in Irvine.

Distinctions and Awards

The Paul Merage School of Business consistently ranks among the top 5 percent of accredited business schools in the U.S. In addition, the Merage School ranks 5th in the U.S. for students employed within 90 days of graduation (at 94%) and is the #1 school in the U.S. for percentage of women faculty and percentage of women students. Also, U.S. News & World Report has just announced in its 2013 rankings report that the Executive MBA program ranked 25th in the U.S.

A selection of recent rankings is available on the school website.

Rajeev Tyagi, Interim Dean

Rajeev Tyagi

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