This is a time of unprecedented economic and technological change. The companies that will be successful in the future are those well positioned to not only anticipate change, but to capitalize on it. Every business must recognize and participate in a global economy that presents increasing opportunities and competitive threats.
The Merage School offers four dynamic MBA programs – plus Ph.D. and undergraduate business degrees – that deliver its thematic approach to business education: sustainable growth through strategic innovation. It graduates leaders with the exceptional ability to help grow their organizations through analytical decision-making, information technology and collaborative execution. In-class and on-site experiences with real-world business problems give students the edge needed to help companies compete in today’s global marketplace.
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.
Six Centers of Excellence and an Executive Education program provide numerous and varied opportunities for students and the business community at large to enhance their education experience and update their professional expertise. While the Merage School is relatively young, it has quickly grown to consistently rank among the top 10% of all AACSB-accredited programs by BusinessWeek, U.S. News & World Report, The Wall Street Journal and Financial Times.
The Merage School 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.
Dean Andrew J. Policano
Andy Policano is a nationally recognized macroeconomist, whose emphasis is on monetary theory and policy, economic forecasting, the U.S. Social Security system and business school trends. His research in progress includes the optimal timing of earnings announcements and strategies for academic leadership.
Policano’s academic career includes professorial posts in economics and finance at the University of Iowa, Fordham, University of Wisconsin-Madison; research associate at Columbia University, and a guest professorial at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Vienna, Austria. He served as director of graduate studies, Department of Economics, Fordham University; chairman, Department of Economics, and senior associate dean, College of Business Administration, University of Iowa; dean, Division of Social & Behavioral Sciences, Stony Brook University.
Prior to joining UC Irvine, he was the Kuechenmeister Professor of Finance at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Dean of the School of Business, from 1991 to 2001. During his service as Dean, Policano was the guiding hand behind the development, design and construction of the $23-million Fluno Center for Executive Education. He has received research and study grants totaling more than $1.2 million, and recognition for his work that includes the Excellence in Teaching Award, Executive MBA Program, University of Iowa; Stony Brook Distinguished Alumnus Award; and the Robert A. Jerred Distinguished Service Award, School of Business, UW-Madison.
Policano is chairman for the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) Board of Directors, effective Feb. 1, 2010. He also sits on three corporate boards of directors, and has published in such journals and business education periodicals asQuarterly Journal of Economics, Journal of Political Economy, International Economic Review, Review of Economics & Statistics, Journal of Monetary Economics and Executive MBA Magazine.
Policano received his Ph.D. and M.A. in Economics from Brown University, and his B.S. in Mathematics from Stony Brook University.
Distinctions and Awards
The Paul Merage School of Business has consistently ranked among the top 50 accredited business schools by prominent media. A selection of recent rankings is available on the school website.