Many Happy Returns: Long-Term ROI on the Berkeley MBA, Part I

Posted by Julia Sprague


Against the backdrop of frequent stories about the financial return-on-investment of b-school, we wondered about other benefits of the degree that contribute to professional success and personal satisfaction. In this three-part series, we asked several Berkeley-Haas alums for a different kind of MBA ROI—how their Berkeley-Haas studies and degrees have affected their lives in the longer term.


Topics: evening & weekend, careers, alumni, entrepreneurship

Part-time MBA ROI: A Career Change to Management Consulting

Posted by Julia Sprague


When Desirae Early, MBA 15, looked at part-time MBA programs, the extensive career resources in the Evening & Weekend MBA Program were an important factor in her decision to enroll at Berkeley-Haas.

She had no idea how important they would prove to be to her MBA ROI. She went from career switcher to entrepreneur back to making a career change—ultimately landing a position with McKinsey & Company. 


Topics: evening & weekend, careers

Evening and Weekend MBA Startup Jolts Electric Vehicle Charging

Posted by Julia Sprague


An MBA startup launched by evening and weekend students aims to send shock waves through the energy storage and electrical vehicle charging industries. Last year it developed a product it hopes will redefine those markets, and within its first year counts Google and LinkedIn among its customers and Nissan and Siemens as strategic partners.


Topics: evening & weekend, entrepreneurship, energy, academics

Going the Extracurricular Mile at Berkeley-Haas Means Extra Value

Posted by Julia Sprague


Evening and weekend students here at Berkeley-Haas are either over-achievers or gluttons for punishment. On top of a strenuous academic schedule, demanding full-time jobs, and busy personal lives, many are up to their elbows in extracurricular activities—and loving it.

Take second-year student Ennis Olson for instance. He participated in six business case competitions before being on the winning team for the PG&E Net Impact energy ideation competition. Why did he keep trying? Because “each competition was an opportunity to collaborate with team members who brought a wealth of knowledge and experience to everything we did,” he explains.


Topics: evening & weekend, conferences, speakers, competitions, student perspectives, clubs

A Top-Ranked Part-Time MBA Program with Global Learning Opportunities

Posted by Julia Sprague


As the top-ranked part-time MBA program, we at Berkeley-Haas work hard to integrate global perspectives into our curriculum and community.


Topics: evening & weekend, academics, international

Beyond "Balancing": Ways to Integrate Work, Life, and the Berkeley MBA

Posted by Julia Sprague


A chess game. A juggling act. A balancing act. There are lots of ways to describe the fine art of keeping your job, home life, and studies all in sync when you’re enrolled in a part-time MBA program—and lots of strategies for doing so.


Topics: evening & weekend, work/life balance

Constructing a New Berkeley MBA Student Experience

Posted by Morgan Bernstein


Coming in 2016 to Berkeley-Haas: 80,000 square feet devoted entirely to student learning and interaction.


Topics: evening & weekend, full-time, executive, academics

MBA Group Work: You Cannot Possibly Do It Alone

Posted by Andy Garlikov


The first time I gave “mba group work” in business school any thought was when I thumbed through the admissions brochure from Berkeley-Haas. I remember, quite vividly, a photo that showed three dedicated Evening and Weekend MBA students peering awkwardly (it was clearly a posed photo) into a laptop, while sitting at a gate at SFO – with a shiny Virgin America A320 parked behind them. Suddenly, group work meant doing sexy consulting projects that would earn me first-class upgrades and probably a great job at an amazing brand. Sign me up! 


Topics: evening & weekend, student perspectives, mba group work

5 Things I Learned in my First 10 Weeks as an EWMBA Student

Posted by Kate Kleinschmidt


When I started business school, I had a lot of goals -- learn new skills, grow my network, advance my career and much more. Now, I'm ten weeks into this 3-year adventure, and I've already learned a lot -- not just from classes, but from several parts of the experience. 


Topics: evening & weekend, events, student perspectives, work/life balance

Work-Life Balance is a Myth. But...

Posted by Andy Garlikov


Despite what people tell you, there’s no such thing as a good work-life balance. And, since you’re considering applying to the Evening & Weekend Berkeley MBA program (EWMBA), I should warn you that when you throw school into that, the difficulty of “balancing” goes even further out the window.

But what you can do – what I did – is figure out work-school-life integration. That’s what made my first year in the EWMBA program fun and successful.


Topics: evening & weekend, student perspectives, work/life balance