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.

Why MBA? 8 Reasons that Go Beyond the Obvious

Like many people who consider going to b-school, you may want to advance your career. To change roles or work in an entirely new field. To build leadership skills and gain expertise in new areas. To land your dream job or launch your own venture.

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 first post-grad job title—which brings us to, 8 reasons to get an MBA that go beyond the obvious:

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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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7 Reasons to Choose a Part-time MBA Program

Congratulations—you've decided to go business school.

And you've decided that study in a top-ranked MBA program will give you the knowledge, skills, and network to chart the course of your career, from next move to a lifetime of meaningful work.

Now you need to determine what kind of program is right for you: Full-time? Part-time? Online? Hybrid?

We'd like to share 7 things about part-time MBA programs (such as evening and weekend or executive programs) that may help you decide if this is the best way for you to MBA:

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Berkeley MBA Alumna One of Elle's Top Women in Tech



Another Berkeley MBA doing what she loves and making a big difference: The desire to democratize capital spurred alumna Danae Ringelmann to co-found Indiegogo, now one of the world's leading crowdfunding platforms. 

More than 200,000 funding campaigns have used Indiegogo since its founding in 2008, and the platform itself has just secured another $40 million in funding, contributing to Danae being named one of Elle's Most Influential Women in Technology.

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Berkeley MBA Commencement Speakers Stand Out

Two student speakers at the 2015 Berkeley MBA commencement, which celebrated graduates of the Full-time MBA Program and the Evening & Weekend MBA Program at Berkeley-Haas, delivered addresses that have caught attention: 

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The Lean Startup Model and the Berkeley MBA

Lamenting the lack of real customer data in traditional startup models, Lecturer Steve Blank teaches an eight-week class at Berkeley-Haas called The Lean Launchpad.

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What will I get out of an MBA? 7 things you may not have thought of

The decision to pursue an MBA frequently starts with the sense that there must be something...more, career-wise. More challenge. More meaning. More impact.

And every year, the knowledge and skills gained in b-school lead people to find exactly these things in their careers. 

But at Berkeley-Haas, home to full-time, evening and weekend, and executive MBA programs, we believe there is even more to b-school. Here are 7 benefits you might not have expected—the icing on the cake:

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Berkeley EMBA Program Prompts Leap into Entrepreneurship

Berkeley Executive MBA Student Orion Parrott, founder of LendsnapOrion Parrott takes big leaps. Big leap #1: enrolling in the Berkeley MBA for Executives Program. Big leap #2: leaving his product line manager position at Teledyne Microwave Solutions. Big leap #3: founding Lendsnap, a start-up that streamlines complicated financial transactions by linking loan applicants’  financial statements and employment information, eliminating the documentation headache.

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Part-Time MBA Global Learning: Berkeley-Haas in South Africa

Mukesh Kataria graduated from one of the part-time MBA programs at Berkeley-Haas, the Evening & Weekend MBA Program, in 2015. One of his final courses was the Seminar in International Business, which combines classroom learning with global travel to introduce students to the culture, history, and business environment of various countries. Mukesh traveled to South Africa with classmates and Lecturer Mark Rittenberg and wrote bout his experience for the Berkeley MBA blog. 

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