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[January 27, 2014]

Financial Times Ranks UC Irvine's Paul Merage School of Business Among Top 25 in the U.S., Top 50 in the World

IRVINE, Calif. --(Business Wire)--

In the 2014 Financial Times (News - Alert) Global MBA rankings report released today, UC Irvine's Paul Merage School of Business was ranked among the top 25 schools in the U.S. and 48th in the world overall, up 6 spots from last year and up 33 spots from the 2012 ranking. The Merage School also placed 9th among public institutions in the U.S.

"We are proud to be among the top 25 research-based business schools in the U.S. The Merage School set a goal in our strategic plan to be recognized among this group of schools. The Financial Times 2014 report is the realization of that goal and confirms the outstanding progress we have made towards our primary objective: creating a world-class business school with leading-edge research and faculty," said Rajeev Tyagi, interim dean of The Paul Merage School of Business.

In addition to the top overall rankings, the Merage School ranked number 1 in the world for percentage of women faculty, which has grown to 47 percent from 40 percent a year ago, and tied for 4th in the U.S. for percentage of female students. For faculty research, the Merage School ranked 28th in the world, up from 33 in 2013, and tied for 24th in the U.S. The Merage School tied for 39th in the world and tied for 23rd in the U.S. on alumni salary increases. Students reported a 100 percent average salary increase from the start of the program to now.

"We continue to make enhancements o our programs and curriculum in support of our commitment to students to provide the highest quality MBA education possible," continued Tyagi. "This international acclaim from Financial Times can be attributed to the excellent collaboration between our dedicated faculty, students, alumni, staff and business community. The increases in faculty research, women faculty hiring and alumni salaries illustrate the progress we have made and provide additional momentum for future successes at the School."

The Financial Times 2014 ranking places the Merage School among the top 5 percent of accredited programs in the U.S.

About the Methodology

The Financial Times Global MBA rankings report methodology consists of three factors: an alumni survey (59 percent of ranking) that includes a survey of the current alumni class and alumni surveys of two previous graduating classes; a school survey (31 percent of ranking) that includes placement, international orientation, gender diversity, doctoral rank, and faculty with doctorates; and a faculty research rank score (10 percent of ranking) that is calculated according to the number of faculty publications in 45 selected international and academic practitioner journals, in approximately the previous 3 years. The faculty research rank score is weighted based on the full-time faculty size.

About The Paul Merage School of Business at UC Irvine

The Paul Merage School of Business at UC Irvine offers four dynamic MBA programs, a Master of Professional Accountancy, and PhD and undergraduate business degrees that deliver its thematic approach to business education: sustainable growth through strategic innovation. The school graduates leaders with the exceptional ability to help grow their organizations through analytical decision-making, innovation 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 economy.

Seven Centers of Excellence and Executive Education programs 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 percent of all AACSB-accredited programs through exceptional student recruitment, world-class faculty, a strong alumni network and close individual and corporate relationships. For more information, visit

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