EMBA Alum Opens Apple Mobile Wallet for JPMorgan Chase

Posted by Susan Petty on 09/30/2014

Asked what he finds most rewarding about his career, Avin Arumugam sums it up in one word: scale. He’s talking about the complexity of his work and the scale of his impact—and he’s not kidding.

As Executive Director at Chase Digital for JPMorgan Chase, Arumugam, MBA 12, is leading Chase’s implementation of Apple Pay, a feature of the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. The massive rollout to all Chase Credit and Debit customers and Chase Merchants has taken the work of hundreds of Chase employees across 11 divisions.

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Topics: careers, alumni, executive, finance, leadership, technology, academics

MBA Career Advancement: From Strategic Pricing to SunPower Promotion

Posted by Julia Sprague on 09/17/2014

Iris Korovesi didn't necessarily expect a return on investment so early in her MBA studies.

But in her microeconomics course she discovered the true potential of the price tag. She credits this knowledge with helping her quickly advance at SunPower—to global sales operations—during her second semester in the Evening & Weekend Berkeley MBA Program.

Korovesi, MBA 16, previously worked as a sales analyst for the solar panel manufacturer, running financial models to estimate the economic value of solar energy and to yield the highest benefit for the customer. 

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Topics: evening & weekend, careers

Full-time MBA Application Countdown Challenge - Week 5

Posted by Morgan Bernstein on 09/15/2014

The Berkeley MBA Application Countdown Challenge is in it's fifth and final week!  

We're a few weeks away from our Round 1 application deadline and thus into our final week of the application countdown challenge.  Congratulations if you stuck with us through this entire challenge - you're in great shape for submitting your application on time!

Week 5 of our challenge encourages you to upload your essays or ensure receipt of your letters of recommendation.  Follow the link below to participate.  Lucky winners will receive a Haas leather pad folio - perfect for storing your shiny new resume!

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Topics: admissions, full-time, tips

Full-time MBA Application Countdown Challenge - Week 4

Posted by Morgan Bernstein on 09/8/2014

The Berkeley MBA Application Countdown Challenge is in it's fourth week!  Plus, updates on prizes for our winners to date. 

This Wednesday, September 10, winners from weeks 1, 2 and 3 will be treated to an exclusive webinar with Assistant Dean of Admissions and the Full-time MBA Program, Stephanie Fujii.  Stephanie will share some personal insights about the application process and then take questions from the audience.  Winners will be notified by email with webinar details.  We hope you can join us!

Countdown Challenge - Week 4

We're entering into the home stretch!  Congratulations if you stuck with us through this entire challenge.  You're just a few weeks away from completing your application - we hope you're as excited as we are!

Week 4 of our challenge encourages you to upload your resume or pay the application fee.  Follow the link below to participate.  Lucky winners will receive a Haas leather pad folio - perfect for storing your shiny new resume!

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Topics: admissions, full-time, tips

How to Choose a Berkeley MBA Program

Posted by Julia Sprague on 09/2/2014

Berkeley-Haas has three MBA programs: Full-time, Evening & Weekend, and MBA for Executives.

All three share the same emphasis on innovative leadership, a world-renowned faculty, and a culture embodied by students who Question the Status Quo and have Confidence Without Attitude.

All three confer a degree that opens doors around the world.

So, how do you choose? If you decide you’d like to continue working while you earn an MBA, you still have a little work to do, comparing our two part-time programs. Or, we could do it for you:

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Topics: evening & weekend, executive

Full-time MBA Application Countdown Challenge - Week 3

Posted by Morgan Bernstein on 09/1/2014

The Berkeley MBA Application Countdown Challenge continues into week 3!   

What is it?  We have outlined a suggested timeline for completing different elements of the application.  Each week we will reward you for completion of those elements.  You could win an exclusive opportunity to chat with the Executive Director of Admissions or a leather Haas pad folio.  Week 3 of our challenge encourages you to complete the Employment section of the application for a chance to win!

Enter the Application Countdown Challenge for Week 3!  Once you have completed the Employment section of the application, provide the required information in the below form.

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Topics: admissions, full-time, tips

Full-time MBA Application Countdown Challenge - Week 2

Posted by Morgan Bernstein on 08/25/2014

Last week we announced The Berkeley MBA Application Countdown Challenge, a fun way to help you start your Haas application and continue to make progress week after week.  

How does it work?  We have outlined a suggested timeline for completing different elements of the application.  Each week we will reward you for completion of those elements.  You could win an exclusive opportunity to chat with the Executive Director of Admissions or a leather Haas pad folio.  Week 2 of our challenge encourages you to complete the Education section of the application for a chance to win!

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Topics: admissions, full-time, tips

Enter the Full-time MBA Application Countdown Challenge - Play & Win!

Posted by Morgan Bernstein on 08/19/2014

The Full-time MBA Application for Berkeley-Haas awaits you.  Need a nudge to get started? 

How about an exclusive opportunity to chat with Haas’ Executive Director of Admissions?  Or a leather Haas pad folio, perfect for showcasing your shiny new resume!

Starting today, you can earn a chance to win these prizes by entering The Berkeley MBA Application Countdown Challenge.

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Topics: admissions, full-time, tips

8 Not-So-Hidden Advantages of Part-Time MBA Programs

Posted by Julia Sprague on 08/12/2014

When it comes to getting an MBA, there are many questions to answer, starting with the most basic, why do it at all?

Knowing why should give you some insights into when, where, and what kind of program is right for you. Full-time? Part-time? Online? The kind where you send in a check and get an embossed “diploma” back in the mail? (Just kidding.)

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Topics: evening & weekend, executive

Application Do's & Don'ts from the Full-time MBA Admissions Team

Posted by Morgan Bernstein on 08/5/2014

“What can I do to increase my chances of getting into Haas?”

Ah, the million dollar question!  Unfortunately, there is no formula for the business school application.  A high GPA does not guarantee acceptance, just as a weak GMAT does not mean denial.  It’s a holistic process – we promise.

What does holistic mean in this context?  It means we’re looking for the complete package.  We want to know you’re academically ready for the rigor of our program.  We hope to see work experience marked by impact, progression and leadership.  We’re impressed by well-articulated career goals that tap into Haas resources.  We seek evidence of community involvement and cultural fit.

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Topics: admissions, full-time, bay area, tips, application