Rady School of Management

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Rady School of Management
Wells Fargo Hall
Wells Fargo Hall
DeanRobert S. Sullivan
Academic staff
Postgraduates476 MBA
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32°53′13″N 117°14′28″W / 32.887°N 117.241°W / 32.887; -117.241Coordinates: 32°53′13″N 117°14′28″W / 32.887°N 117.241°W / 32.887; -117.241
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The Rady School of Management at the University of California San Diego is a graduate-level business school offering full-time and part-time Master of Business Administration (MBA) programs, a full-time Master of Finance degree and a full-time Master of Science in Business Analytics degree. In addition, the Rady School has a Ph.D. program, offers non-degree executive development programs, and undergraduate courses including minors in business, accounting and entrepreneurship & innovation. The Rady School of Management is the second-youngest professional school at the University of California San Diego, one of the top-ranked institutions in the U.S. for higher education and research.[1] UC San Diego's lineage includes 16 Nobel laureates (former and current faculty).

The Rady School of Management was created due to a need expressed to the school's founders by the San Diego business community.[2] Experiential learning is at the core of all programs, providing students the opportunity to graduate with both an education and applied experience.

Master's programs[edit]

The south face of the Rady School of Management
The courtyard in the school's center

The Rady School offers the MBA program in two formats, the FlexMBA and the Full-Time MBA. The FlexMBA program is designed for working professionals.

The MBA curriculum places a special emphasis on issues faced by innovation-driven companies, allowing Rady MBAs to develop expertise in key industry sectors. The school works collaboratively with the business community and the UC San Diego campus.

Lab to Market
Rady School Alumni

Rady School students and alumni have a significant impact on the innovation economy locally, nationally and globally. They have launched over 95 companies that are operational today. In a single year, Rady School alumni and students had a nearly $2 Billion impact on the economy through funding events, partnerships, revenue generation and an IPO. Alumni ‘intrapreneurs’ have launched over 100 products or services within their organizations.[citation needed]

Master of Finance

The Master of Finance degree program was introduced by the Rady School of Management in February 2014. The Master of Finance degree is a one-year program aimed at preparing graduates to tackle the significant challenges facing the financial sector. Master of Finance students learn methods for analyzing big data for financial decision making and risk management.

Master of Science in Business Analytics

In July 2015, the Rady School announced it will offer a Master of Science in Business Analytics, with the first class matriculating in fall 2016.

Executive Development

The Rady Center for Executive Development offers programs for professionals looking to develop their business acumen in a non-degreed format. The Center offers custom programs, open enrollment programs, half-day courses in the Learning Consortium series and a leadership assessment program.

Other Rady programs[edit]


The Rady School offers undergraduate minors in business and accounting, currently the most popular undergraduate minors at UC San Diego.[3] In 2015, an undergraduate minor in Entrepreneurship & Innovation was launched by the school.


The Rady School offers a Ph.D. program in management.


The Rady School also offers a concurrent MBA degree for students pursuing a Ph.D. at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography.[4]


Founding Dean Robert S. Sullivan, Ph.D., was appointed dean on January 1, 2003. Prior to his arrival at UC San Diego, he served as dean of the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and as dean of the Graduate School of Industrial Administration at Carnegie Mellon University. On July 1, 2013, Robert S. Sullivan was named the chair of the AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business), where he served until 2015.[5]

Distinguished faculty[edit]

Rady School faculty were ranked 14th in faculty research in the world in 2015 by the Financial Times Global MBA Rankings. Bloomberg Businessweek ranked Rady School faculty 1st in Intellectual Capital in 2014.


Otterson Hall at the Rady School
Otterson Hall

Otterson Hall was named in honor of the late William (Bill) Otterson, co-founder of UC San Diego CONNECT, in appreciation for his contributions to the San Diego business community and his impact on the region.

The facility comprises 50,000 square feet (4,600 m2) of classrooms, offices and community space. The building provides views overlooking the Pacific Ocean and the Torrey Pines Gliderport. Otterson Hall is powered in part by a rooftop solar photovoltaic system.

Wells Fargo Hall

The school began construction in 2010 on a new 81,000 square foot building, Wells Fargo Hall, which has completed May 2012. The five-story structure connects with Otterson Hall and features large capacity classrooms, conference rooms, a behavioral lab and the 295-seat J.R. Beyster Auditorium. Wells Fargo Hall also features an outdoor space adjacent to the J.R. Beyster Auditorium named Sullivan Square, in honor of the school's founding dean Robert S. Sullivan. Wells Fargo Hall is LEED Gold certified.

Centers and institutes[edit]

The Beyster Institute

The Beyster Institute at the Rady School focuses on training, education and consulting in entrepreneurship and employee ownership. The Beyster Institute was established by Dr. J. Robert Beyster—founder of Science Applications International Corporation in 2002. It became a part of the Rady School in 2004.

California Institute for Innovation and Development

The Rady School of Management is home to the California Institute for Innovation and Development (CIID). There are several programs within CIID:

  • Rady Venture Fund: Rady MBA students have the opportunity to participate in the Rady Venture Fund, a student-assisted venture capital fund that provides a source of funding for local startup companies. Launched in 2010, the Rady Venture Fund teaches graduate students about venture finance, investment analysis and fund management.[6]
  • StartR: Founded in 2013, StartR is a non-profit business accelerator designed to propel the success of companies founded by Rady School students and alumni. StartR is a free, six month-long program that provides startup teams with mentoring, workshops, seminars, work space, consultation with Rady School faculty and industry experts, connections to funding sources and a conduit to the larger San Diego business community.
  • mystartupXX: The Rady School of Management, in collaboration with the UC San Diego von Liebig Center for Entrepreneurism and Technology Advancement at the Jacobs School of Engineering, launched the mystartupXX initiative in 2011. The mystartupXX program is to promote female students interested in entrepreneurship.
Center for Business Analytics

The Center for Business Analytics serves as a catalyst for research, education and innovation in the use of analytics and big data.

Center for Social Innovation and Impact

The Center for Social Innovation and Impact was established with assistance from Carol Lazier and Family, whose $1 million endowment supported the launch of the center.

U.S. - Israel Center on Innovation and Economic Sustainability

The U.S. – Israel Center on Innovation and Economic Sustainability was founded in 2012 to connect industry leaders, entrepreneurs and community supporters from around the world to work collaboratively on issues of innovation and growth.

MBA rankings[edit]

The Full-Time, FlexEvening (Part-Time) and FlexWeekend (EMBA) MBA programs at the Rady School have been ranked by U.S. and international publications.

Recent Rady School MBA Rankings 1st in Intellectual Capital (Businessweek 2014)
14th in Faculty Research (Financial Times 2015)
33rd in U.S. for EMBA programs (The Economist 2015)
51st in U.S. for Full-Time MBA programs (Businessweek 2014)
58th in U.S. for Part-Time MBA programs (U.S. News & World Report 2015)
63rd in U.S. for Full-Time MBA programs (U.S. News & World Report 2015)


  1. ^ New Rankings Retrieved 9/29/2015
  2. ^ UCSD’s Rady School develops high-tech leaders Retrieved 9-22-2015
  3. ^ Rady School of Management offers the most popular undergraduate minor at the University of California, San Diego Retrieved 10-6-10
  4. ^ UC San Diego to Offer Nation’s First Concurrent Oceanography Ph.D. and MBA Degree Retrieved 10-6-10
  5. ^ "Robert S. Sullivan, Dean of the Rady School of Management, Assumes Chair of AACSB International". SYS-CON Media. Retrieved 3 September 2013.
  6. ^ UCSD Students to Help Run New Fund Retrieved 10-6-10

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