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.

7 Reasons to Choose an EMBA Program for your MBA

If you’ve decided to pursue an MBA, you’re probably considering all the factors that go into choosing the right program: location, timeline, academic culture…the list goes on.

We here at the Berkeley MBA for Executives Program know that there is no one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to selecting a business school, because every student has his or her own reasons for getting an MBA—and there are many paths to choose from.

If you’re looking for a program with a unique schedule and student body, an Executive MBA may be the perfect fit. Here are seven reasons to consider an EMBA program.

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How to Know When You're Ready for an MBA

If you’ve been considering whether now is the right time for an MBA, you’ve probably thought about timing, family, career path, your partner—the list goes on.

Because there’s never just one thing happening in life, and the question, “Am I ready for an MBA?” can produce varied, if not conflicting, answers. Many Berkeley MBA students have asked this question and considered the same factors.

Read how students from each of the three Berkeley-Haas programs (Full-time MBA, Evening & Weekend MBA, MBA for Executives) knew they were ready.

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Berkeley MBA Bloggers Start Sustainable Business Conversations

Berkeley MBA voices reached broad audiences this spring in the Strategic & Sustainable Business Solutions course, which examines the role of business in society.

Instead of simply sharing writing assignments with their professor, some students are opting to post their work as blogs on LinkedIn. The result has been both surprising and beneficial in a number of ways.

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We Came To Haas To Dream: EWMBA Class Of 2016

When Evening & Weekend Berkeley MBA 2016 student speaker Luis Bellon wrapped up his commencement speech at the Greek Theater last week, he produced a pair of scissors from under his gown. 

"Join me in throwing away our old boxes, the ones that are now too small...and here's shedding boxes!" And with a flourish, he snipped off his long ponytail. 

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8 Reasons to Consider an MBA

MBA explorations are often rooted in a desire for even more meaningful work—whatever that means for you.

It might mean deepening expertise and advancing in your current field. It might mean a completely new line of work or launching your own venture. It likely means seeing yourself as a leader and growing your impact.

We know you want to make your career count, and that’s an excellent reason to go to business school.

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. Here are 8 of our favorite reasons to get an MBA:

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Your Berkeley Executive MBA Classmates

 

In the Executive MBA program at Berkeley-Haas, your classmates possess talent, a drive to excel, and deep—and diverse—experience. They also embrace the Berkeley-Haas Defining Principles: Question the Status Quo, Confidence Without Attitude, Students Always, and Beyond Yourself.

Here’s what students in the Berkeley MBA for Executives Program have to say about their classmates:

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Berkeley MBA Mic Drop: Students “rap” Up their Experience

From FOMO to consumption functions, two graduating students (and one dean with some serious moves) recapped their Berkeley MBA experience this way: 

 

This YOHO* celebration landed full-time MBA students Anthony “Anthony “Ace” Patterson and Bomi Kim (and their video) on Poets & Quants, which observed, “No longer may you argue which world class MBA program houses the best rappers. It’s UC-Berkeley’s Haas School of Business.” 

*You Only Haas Once

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Evening & Weekend MBA Finds Support for Balancing MBA and Family

“To make sure that I give my family the ‘return on investment’ that they’re putting into this, I need to put my best foot forward in the classroom setting.

With his wife as a PhD candidate at Stanford and their first child on the way, Corey Weathers found the Berkeley Evening & Weekend MBA while looking for options that would meet his lifestyle and location. His top priority is always family, so his ideal program was a top-tier school with flexible scheduling. “I wanted to make sure that I was able to still give them time, while at the same time still provide for our family.”

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An MBA Trek across the Andes, Into the Heart of Chile & Peru

Student-organized treks are a longstanding tradition in the Full-time Berkeley MBA Program—many students say they are a highlight of their time at Haas.

Over the past two years, students have organized treks to Morocco, Japan, Tanzania, Southeast Asia, Ireland, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, and Peru. They’ve bonded while climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro, riding camels through the desert, and traversing the Andes on horseback. 

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This Time It’s Personal: EWMBA Students Hack To Fight Lyme Disease

Photo, left to right: Team members Michael Cohn, Jose Luis Pacheco, Faith Kirkpatrick, and Shannon Herline, with Lia Gaertner of the Bay Area Lyme Foundation

The first-ever hackathon to find innovative solutions to fight Lyme Disease—a potentially devastating tick-borne illness that infects some 329,000 people per year—took place at the Berkeley-Haas Innovation Lab and Skydeck over the weekend of April 16 and 17. The winners were two Berkeley-Haas MBA students, Faith Kirkpatrick and Shannon Herline, both EWMBA 18.

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