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In Solidarity - Against Systemic Racism

We support the campus statement In Solidarity and the Petition for Justice for Black Lives at UC Merced against systemic racism and for social justice.

Complexity at the Climate, Land Use and Social Justice interface
Prof. Osborne — Endowed UC Presidential Chair — to lead UC initiatives addressing pressing Grand Challenges 
Looking Eastward — Merced Vernal Pools & Grassland Reserve
At the interface between human organization and natural space
Announcing new NSF Engineering Research Center IoT4Ag
Situated at the nexus of MIST — Prof. Keske leads UCM NSF-ERC Internet of Things for Precision Agriculture
Park Management: 1963 Sentinel Rock Rescue — Yosemite National Park
Co-evolution of Technological Advance and Problem-solving in the Field
Master of Management — Class of 2019
Inaugural Cohort

The Ernest and Julio Gallo Management Program leverages strengths in engineering, natural and social sciences at UC Merced. Together, this unit serves as a cross-functional hub for interdisciplinary research in management science, for partnerships with for-profit and nonprofit enterprises and public organizations, and for education programs that address the growing need for managers who are well-versed in the complex problems associated with coupled human and environmental systems.

Master of Management Program

"We want to help these students become T-shaped professionals — people who have more than just depth in their areas of expertise, but broad experience across many areas so that they can work with a variety of people." — People, Planet and Profit Give New Management Program its Unique Focus

Management of Innovation, Sustainability and Technology (MIST)

A common interest among the faculty members is how arrangements of people, organizations, information, technology and the natural world give rise to complex adaptive phenomena that pose difficult — often grand — challenges to society. As such, our program focuses on management strategies that seek balance and alignment among social justice, environmental resources and economic welfare — i.e. toward the long-term sustainability of people, planet and profit (PPP).

Our mission is to train the next generation of PPP managers and scholars using a distinctive multidisciplinary approach. Curricula provide a wide range of opportunities to gain management training via case studies, field exercises, internships and development of information-driven decision-making skills — all of which are required for successful administration of public and private resources, as well as service- and innovation-oriented enterprises, in the 21st century. Coursework stresses innovation, engineering and vigilance for emerging technologies that open the way for alternative sustainable and renewable approaches to institutional operations, resource management and service delivery.

To receive more information about our graduate programs, fill out the inquiry form and select "Management of Complex Systems" and/or "Master of Management" in the "Program of Interest" section.

Featured News

Global Consciousness Summit
November 21, 2020
The live stream can be found here: And the main URL is here: Russ' talk starts at 11:38am...
July 2, 2020

A big welcome to Dr. Crystal A. Kolden, Assistant Professor in the Department of Management of Complex Systems at the University of California, Merced.  A renowned pyrogeographer and...

July 1, 2020

A big welcome to Dr. Spencer Castro, Assistant Professor in the Department of Management of Complex Systems at the University of California, Merced.  An exemplary interdisciplinary...


Environment & Climate

Entrepreneurship & Innovation