Rady School of Management

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Rady School of Management
Rady School of Management.png
Established 2001
Type Public
Dean Robert S. Sullivan
Academic staff
Postgraduates 476 MBA
Location La Jolla, California, USA
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
Website rady.ucsd.edu

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) degree programs in addition to non-degree executive development programs, Ph.D.s and undergraduate courses including a minor in accounting. The Rady School of Management is the newest professional school at the University of California, San Diego, one of the top-ranked institutions in the U.S. for higher education and research. UC San Diego’s lineage includes 16 Nobel laureates (former and current faculty).

The school was created in response to the need for strong management and leadership skills in the innovation-driven economy. The Rady School’s theme is impact, created through discovery brought to the marketplace, products launched, new service models established, companies started or reinvented.


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

The Rady School offers a Master of Business Administration degree in two formats, the FlexMBA and the Full-Time MBA. The FlexMBA program is designed for working professionals. Its weekend or evening schedule options accommodate students, allowing them to meet educational and professional development goals, while continuing to work. The Full-Time MBA program is an immersion, allowing students to achieve new knowledge, new professional tools and intensive personal growth.

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

Students pursuing their MBA can participate in the Rady Venture Fund, a student-assisted venture capital fund that provides a source of funding for local startup companies in addition to teaching graduate students about venture finance, investment analysis and fund management.[1]

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.


The Rady School offers undergraduate minors in accounting and business; the two are currently the most popular undergraduate minors at UC San Diego.[2][3] Approximately 1,230 undergraduates pursue the business minor per year, while 510 enroll in the accounting minor.[4]

For the 2015-16 school year, the Rady School plans to introduce a third undergraduate minor in entrepreneurship and innovation. This minor will be anchored by a two-course practicum sequence that will allow students to hone their entrepreneurship skills.[4]


The Rady School offers a Ph.D. program in management. This program started in fall 2009.[5]


The Rady School also offers a concurrent MBA degree for students pursuing a Ph.D. at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography.[6]

Master of Finance

Since fall 2014, the Rady School has offered a Master of Finance program.[7]

Master of Science in Business Analytics

In July 2015, the Rady School announced that it would be launching a Master of Science in Business Analytics (MSBA) degree beginning fall 2016. This degree is designed to be completed by students within twelve months.[8]

Founding dean[edit]

Robert S. Sullivan, Ph.D., was appointed founding dean on January 1, 2003. Prior to his arrival at UCSD, 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).[9]

Distinguished faculty[edit]

Harry Markowitz, an American economist who won the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences, is an adjunct professor of finance at the Rady School of Management. He is best known for his pioneering work in modern portfolio theory, studying the effects of asset risk, return, correlation and diversification on probable investment portfolio returns.


Otterson Hall at the Rady School

Otterson Hall was named in honor of the late William (Bill) Otterson, co-founder of UCSD 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, and serves as the permanent home to the Rady School. The building provides views overlooking the Pacific Ocean, Salk Institute, Torrey Pines Golf Course, and the Torrey Pines Gliderport.[10] Otterson Hall is powered in part by a rooftop solar photovoltaic system.

The school began construction in 2010 on a new building, Wells Fargo Hall, which was completed May 2012. The building funds come from a public and private partnership. The newer five-story structure connects with Otterson Hall and features pedestrian walkways and an outdoor seating area.[11] The expansion provided additional classroom space, faculty offices, and team study rooms for undergraduate and MBA use. It also included multi-purpose conference rooms and room for the expansion of the Center for Executive Development and student services center.[12]

The Beyster Institute[edit]

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.[13]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ UCSD Students to Help Run New Fund Retrieved 10-6-10
  2. ^ Rady School of Management offers the most popular undergraduate minor at the University of California, San Diego Retrieved 10-6-10
  3. ^ "Information for Employers". Rady School of Management. Retrieved April 19, 2015. 
  4. ^ a b Schultz, Joleen (29 April 2015). "Rady School of Management Launches Minor in Entrepreneurship & Innovation". University of California, San Diego. Rady School of Management. Retrieved 8 May 2015. 
  5. ^ UC San Diego’s Rady School of Management to Offer New Ph.D. Program Retrieved 10-6-10
  6. ^ UC San Diego to Offer Nation’s First Concurrent Oceanography Ph.D. and MBA Degree Retrieved 10-6-10
  7. ^ [1] Retrieved 12-14-14
  8. ^ Schultz, Joleen (20 July 2015). "Rady School of Management at UC San Diego Launches Master of Science in Business Analytics". UC San Diego News Center (University of California, San Diego). Retrieved 20 July 2015. 
  9. ^ "Robert S. Sullivan, Dean of the Rady School of Management, Assumes Chair of AACSB International". SYS-CON Media. Retrieved 3 September 2013. 
  10. ^ flytorrey.com
  11. ^ "Rady School of Management Celebrates Opening of Wells Fargo Hall". Ucsdnews.ucsd.edu. 2012-05-16. Retrieved 2013-06-25. 
  12. ^ New auditorium for UCSD Rady School under way Retrieved 10-6-10
  13. ^ Dr. J. Robert Beyster with Peter Economy, The SAIC Solution: How We Built an $8 Billion Employee-Owned Technology Company, John Wiley & Sons (2007) p.185

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