Why Business School? Berkeley MBA Students Share Their Reasons

Students from three MBA programs converge in the courtyard at Berkeley-Haas

At its core, a decision to pursue an MBA is a decision to take ownership of one's career. We hear often from students about the desire to explore and to move their careers forward in new ways. They also tell us they want to have greater impact and refuel their passion for work—perhaps find even more meaningful work

Why go to business school? Here are a few reasons shared by students in the Evening & Weekend, Full-time, and MBA for Executives programs at Berkeley-Haas:

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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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Smooth Storytelling Earns Team Silver in Stock Pitch Competition

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Industrial Site Makeover Wins Over Judges in MBA Real Estate Challenge

  By Angela Steele, MBA 16
 
The Win: Tied for 3rd place in the 2016 UNC Real Estate Development Challenge 
 
The Team: (left to right) Breck Baird, EWMBA 18; Angela Steele FTMBA 16; Sam Grubner, JD 17; Michael Sullivan, EWMBA 18
 
The Field: Sixteen teams from the U.S. and Europe's top MBA programs had four days to create a development plan for a former GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) manufacturing site in the borough of Ealing, West London. Teams flew to UNC to pitch their plans to a panel of judges—including the site developer, Greystar—in a tournament-style competition on February 19th.
 
The Pitch: Our team proposed a high-density residential development with 500 condos for sale, 900 apartments for rent, and ground floor retail. We preserved the character of Greenford Ward by activating the Grand Union Canal with green space, an amphitheater, and a new pedestrian bridge. We also improved transit access by building two new roads and bike paths through the site.  To accommodate demand for housing from students at nearby universities, our rentals included 100 student units. We recommended an equity investment of 84 million pounds to purchase the land.
 
The Clincher: Our team conducted the most thorough feasibility analysis and met the needs of all stakeholders. Our plan rejuvenated the GSK site—a priority for the Ealing City Council; gave Greystar an opportunity to set the standard for new residential development in Greenford; satisfied the market demand for high-quality rentals and affordable condos; and provided equity investors a sizeable return. The judges from Greystar commented they would even be taking some of our findings back to London to present to the Ealing City Council!
 
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Working an EMBA into Your Work-Life Balance

Work-life balance can be challenging. And yes, keeping your job, home life, and studies in sync when you’re enrolled in an executive MBA program is even more so. But: Students tell us that strengthening their time management skills and honing a razor-sharp ability to prioritize are among the abilities they gain in the process.

And, this juggling act is one you don’t have to manage alone. Here are some ways the Berkeley MBA for Executives Program helps you make EMBA studies work for you.

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A Berkeley MBA Trek to the Amazon (Fulfillment Center)

Photos: Jim Block

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Video: Honoring Our Student Veterans

Photo: Jeremy Hendricks, MBA 16, U.S. Army Special Forces

Jeremy Hendricks, MBA 16, U.S. Army Special Forces

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Lindo, Maravilhoso! Executive MBA Brazil Immersion Week

In mid August, 68 executive MBA students travelled to Brazil for an immersion week focused on entrepreneurship, multi-national corporations, and sports marketing—especially timely in a country focused on preparing to host the 2016 Summer Olympics.

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MBA Internships: Living a dream at 20th Century Fox

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MBA Internships: Finding the right fit at Clorox

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