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.

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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Executive and Part-time MBA Class Visits can help you choose a program

When you’re thinking about juggling work, family, and school commitments—as many prospective part-time MBA students are—finding an MBA program with the right fit may not only be important, it’s likely critical. But with so many competing programs, how do you choose?

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Evening and weekend MBA Student Founds "Smart Mailbox" Startup

Evening and weekend MBA student Shuai Jiang has come up with a better way to receive, track, return, and manage online packages.

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Google's "Perfect" Teams Reflect Berkeley MBA Curriculum

Photo: Teamwork in action in the Cleantech to Market applied innovation course

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