The Berkeley MBA Blog

Fresh updates, admission tips, career inspiration, and an inside look at life in our three top-ranked MBA programs: Full-time, Evening & Weekend, and MBA for Executives.

Berkeley-Haas Defining Principles: From Launch to Lasting

The Haas School's Dean Lyons rocks

The Berkeley MBA program maintains a vibe that goes beyond traditional b-school camaraderie, in part due to the school's Defining Principles: Question the Status Quo, Confidence Without Attitude, Students Always, and Beyond Yourself. 

Articulating Berkeley-Haas culture was a challenge that Dean Rich Lyons tackled alongside faculty and students in 2010, a process he calls both challenging and worthwhile.

"I was at lunch recently with some venture capitalists who don't know the school very well, and I handed a culture card to them. They said, 'This describes the kind of people we like to fund.'" 


On the fifth anniversary of the Principles, the school's chief (but far from only) culture evangelist, reflects  in a Haas Now story on both their launch and their lasting value.

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Blowing Up the Business Plan at Berkeley-Haas


As a Berkeley MBA student, Andre Marquis learned how to write a business plan. Some 15 years later, after a series of successful ventures, he was leading the Haas School's Lester Center for Entrepreneurship.

And he realized that MBA entrepreneurship programs hadn't changed with the times. That’s where Lean LaunchPad comes in.

Andre shared his story in a Steve Blank blog post for the Huffington Post, noting that, "As I began my search to increase the relevance of our entrepreneurship curriculum...I found the answer right here at Berkeley, in the Lean LaunchPad class."

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Evening & Weekend vs. Executive MBA Programs: How to Choose, Part II

There’s more than one path to an MBA, and for many people, a full-time program just isn’t in the cards. Perhaps you’ve already launched your career, or have started a family.

That’s why we offer two part-time MBA programs. The Evening & Weekend program is designed to be a three-year, six-semester program;our executives program meets every three weeks from Thursday through Saturday over the course of 19 months.

Both programs offer the same rich resources and result in the same Berkeley degree. But which program is right for you? In this two-part series (See Part I), we spoke with two couples in which each partner chose a different part-time program.

Tatiana Medvedeva and Sergey Averchenkov live in Mountain View and are engaged to be married. Both are Russian – she’s from St. Petersberg, he’s from Moscow – but they met in the U.S. in 2011. Sergey will receive his degree from the evening and weekend program in 2017, while Tatiana will graduate from the executive program in December 2015.

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EMBA Silicon Valley Immersion: Entrepreneurship Up Close & Personal

Living and working in SoCal, Christine Elfalan, EMBA 15, is familiar with Silicon Beach; she is, after all, Executive Director of Product Management Bouqs, an online flower service based in Venice, California.

Silicon Valley, however, was another story—and one whose mysteries were revealed during  a Fall Immersion Week focused on entrepreneurship that is one of five immersions in the Berkeley MBA for Executives Program.

She shares her impressions in this Q & A:

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Alumnus, Backblaze CEO a Berkeley Innovator

Backblaze CEO Gleb Budman, MBA 99Gleb Budman, BS 95, MBA 99, founded his first company during his senior year at Berkeley’s College of Engineering, balancing coursework and student activities with the preparation of business plans and product prototypes.

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Many Happy Returns: Long-Term ROI on the Berkeley MBA, Part II


The Internet is rife with articles about the financial worth of a graduate degree from the nation’s top business schools. But while annual incomes are fairly easy to scale, it’s much more difficult to quantify overall satisfaction. What about professional creativity? Personal happiness? Social interaction? Flexibility? In this three-part series, we asked several Berkeley-Haas alums about a different kind of MBA ROI—how their Berkeley-Haas degrees have more broadly affected their lives in the longer term.

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Berkeley MBA Students Meet Warren Buffett

Second-year students Ben Ferrara and Sulaiman Al-Bader, were two of 20 Berkeley MBA finance students to meet Warren Buffett on a Haas Investment Club trek in late February. From how the Oracle of Omaha relives his youth to his recommendations on how to pick winners (both companies and people), they share the wisdom they picked up in this Haas Achieves post.

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Landing your Dream Job: How These MBA Grads Did It

From consulting to investment banking and marketing, people come to Haas to change the course of their careers—and we can't think of a better MBA ROI.

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Part-Time MBA ROI: Positioned for a Move to Marketing

Change doesn’t have to be in leaps and bounds. Smaller steps toward career advancement can provide the space to prove yourself. To take your pulse. Lauren Kalette, MBA 15, started her Evening & Weekend MBA studies with the dream of moving from graphic design at Shutterfly into a marketing position—and she is moving toward that MBA ROI

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Alumni Impact: Berkeley MBAs in the News

From Fast Company to the Financial Times and the Wall Street Journal, Berkeley MBA alumni from the full-time, evening and weekend, and executive programs have been making the news recently:

Tim Campos, Facebook CIO and a Berkeley executive MBA alum discussed automation and the future of email in Part I and Part II of a conversation with the Wall Street Journal.

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