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 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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Tackling the GMAT? Treat Yourself!

If you've ever trained a dog, taught a child, or persuaded yourself to exercise after a long day, you've probably used some sort of reward-based practice.

Studies show that we–along with animals–are highly motivated by positive reinforcement; if we're incentivized by a positive stimulus, we're more likely to put in the time and energy to get what we want.

Reward-based strategy is also applied in more subliminal forms than, say, obedience training—it permeates technology use, crowdfunding, consumer behavior, and even test taking. In fact, past research indicates that students perform better on exams when there's a reward involved.

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A Sampling of Startups

Berkeley-Haas students are launching startups in record numbers.

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International Opportunities for Part-time MBAs at Berkeley-Haas

Nachiket (5th from l.) with his International Business Development Team with the Ghana staff of Reach for Change. 
 
Gaining international business knowledge firsthand is a goal for many Berkeley MBA students, and part-time students in the Evening & Weekend MBA Program are no exception.
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EMBA Startup Roundup

Inspired by Silicon Valley Immersion Week and by all they learn in the Berkeley MBA for Executives Program, a number of our students find an executive MBA and entrepreneurship go together, choosing to launch ventures while still in the program or soon after. From a concierge veterinary service to a hangover remedy and artesian water, here are a few EMBA startups.

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Military, and MBA, and Mom: Meet Kelly Deutermann

The MBA Mama blog recently interviewed Full-time MBA program student and Lieutenant Commander Kelly Deutermann about her experiences with the Berkeley MBA program—and how she juggles being a mother of two and an MBA student while still on active duty with the U.S. Coast Guard.

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How Part-time MBA Studies helped a Doctor Open New Doors

When Alicea Wu first approached Berkeley-Haas, she was particularly attracted to one key Haas Defining Principle: Students Always. After working as a physician for six years, in both primary and urgent care, she felt ready to learn more about the business side of medicine, and was thrilled to join the Evening & Weekend Berkeley MBA Program.

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