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Rahul is Director of Admissions for the Berkeley MBA Programs for Working Professionals. He hopes these blog posts provide you with useful insights into the Berkeley MBA experience and questions you may have about the MBA in general.

Recent Posts

Shifting from finance to a healthcare startup was an offer he couldn't refuse

By Rahul Sampat   |   12/05/2019
When the call offering the perfect career opportunity comes, you take it. Then maybe you go get an MBA to ensure your success. 

Student Always, this Marine also had a lesson or two to teach

By Rahul Sampat   |   11/28/2019
When Staff Sergeant Edgar Vigil, MBA 18, left the Marine Corps, he started intensive training right away—but this time it was on how to transform himself into a civilian.

Haas MBA questions the status quo as a matter of course

By Rahul Sampat   |   11/21/2019
Tess Peppers, MBA 19, attended every single admissions event she could when she was applying to Berkeley Haas, including one at which then-Dean Lyons spoke. She'd noticed that the evening and weekend MBA ...

Why you should, or shouldn’t, apply for an MBA in the Bay Area this year

By Rahul Sampat   |   10/10/2019
If you ask any graduate about their decision to pursue a full- or part-time MBA, and what their life was like after earning their degree, they’ll likely tell you the journey was filled with obstacles and ...

SoftBank’s Vision Fund has $100 billion to invest in tech companies

By Rahul Sampat   |   9/26/2019
If the current state of startups proves anything, it’s that the possibilities are endless for entrepreneurs, no matter where you are in your career. Take for example SoftBank Group Corp, which is headquartered ...

How a “deep geek” rose to leadership during the tech revolution

By Rahul Sampat   |   9/12/2019
From an internship at NASA to running engineering at Reddit to developing business intelligence (BI) software first at Microsoft and now as chief product officer at Looker, Nick Caldwell, MBA 15, has been a ...

Six fears students face when applying for an MBA (and how to overcome them)

By Rahul Sampat   |   9/12/2019
Spiders. Public speaking. Heights. You probably recognize these common fears, but would you be surprised to learn that applying for an MBA also prompts fear in a lot of people? That’s because applying for an ...

How to apply to Berkeley's MBA program in five easy steps

By Rahul Sampat   |   9/10/2019
If you’ve already made the decision to get an MBA – congratulations. Often, making the decision to go for it is the hardest part. Getting your MBA is a big commitment of time and resources, and an even bigger ...

The evolution of the MBA: Professional advancement in the Information Age

By Rahul Sampat   |   8/22/2019
When we discuss the MBA, the first things that come to mind are its practical applications and benefits in today’s modern, technology-filled global business world. But did you know the Master of Business ...

Snaps & claps: the story of Berkeley alums and Shazam’s $400M Apple acquisition

By Rahul Sampat   |   7/30/2019
In 2017, Apple announced it would be purchasing the music application Shazam, and in 2018, the roughly $400 million acquisition was finalized. Though you might be familiar with the app, you might be unfamiliar ...