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.

Meet Executive MBA Student and Abbott Executive VP Robert Ford

Robert Ford’s listing in the Class of 2015 student directory for the Berkeley MBA for Executives Program identified him as vice president, Abbott Diabetes Care. Within two months, he had erased the “vice” to become president of the division. His latest promotion adds a couple of words to his title and a lot more responsibility: executive vice president, Medical Device Business Unit at Abbott, a global diversified health care company. 

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MBA Internships: Finding the right fit at Clorox

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Infographic: Meet the Full-Time Berkeley MBA Class of 2017

They converged from 46 countries in Berkeley this week, diving into the MBA experience by tackling their first case study (followed by a surprise appearance from the subject of the case, Virgin America CEO David Cush); getting inspiration from Revolution Foods Co-founders Kristin Richmond and Kirsten Tobey, MBA 06; learning the fundamentals of teamwork and then bonding over wacky games; and helping to spruce up a playground for a nonprofit that serves homeless families.

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Career Advancement: Part-time MBA Student Takes Off at Lockheed Martin

Noting that Lockheed Martin is “good about letting people try new things,” Katherine Pease, MBA 15, is on her third “new thing” at work since enrolling in the Berkeley-Haas Evening & Weekend MBA Program.

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Considering Business School? Meet Berkeley-Haas.

Perhaps your business school journey began with a nagging sense that there must be something more to the 9-to-5. Something with more passion, more ownership.

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Our Top 5 Suggestions for Getting to Know the Full-time Berkeley MBA

Students in the Full-time Berkeley MBA Program

Right about now in your MBA search, your head is probably full of b-school buzzwords. Like value proposition. Like authentic leadership. Like “FOMO.” 

As you explore MBA programs, you’ll not only be learning what some of these buzzwords mean, you’ll be trying on schools to see which one feels like the best fit.

Not sure how to start? We would like to present our top suggestions for getting to know the Berkeley-Haas Full-time MBA Program:

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Taming the Berkeley MBA Application

It can feel overwhelming to face a b-school application. But, armed with a few tips on what adcoms are really looking for (and why), you’ll see that it’s not so daunting.

The most important thing to know is that when we evaluate applications, we review each part—but we consider each piece as part of a larger whole: You. We’re looking to see who you are and the value you would add to the classroom.

With that in mind, here are 5 things to know about the application process for our two part-time MBA programs: the Berkeley MBA for Executives Program and Berkeley-Haas Evening & Weekend MBA Program:

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8 Reasons to Consider an MBA

Like many people who consider going to business school, you may want to advance your career, change roles or work in an entirely new field. You may want to build leadership skills and gain expertise in new areas, land your dream job, or launch your own venture. These are all excellent reasons to get an MBA.

But here at the Berkeley-Haas Full-time MBA Program, we believe there’s a lot more to business school than your next career move.

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Paying it backward: Bringing EMBA experience to the family business

Dr. David Martinez and his son, David Martinez, Jr., share a name and a workplace – their family-owned business, CLICKVIEW Corporation, has provided innovative reporting products for radiologists and ultrasound technicians for 25 years. Now they have something else in common: Both are bringing back to their jobs the tools they learned at Berkeley-Haas.

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Do I Need an MBA to be a product manager? Part I

Meet Max Wesman, senior director of product for GoodHire (which offers employment background check services) and a 2010 graduate of the Berkeley-Haas full-time MBA program. Max talked with us about his career in product management:

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