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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

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 ...

How an MBA will give you a jump on global leadership

By Rahul Sampat   |   7/18/2019
Fueled by fast-changing technology, products, information, and jobs have spread across borders and cultures to make our world feel smaller than ever.

Using MBA skills to incubate new MENA leadership

By Rahul Sampat   |   7/08/2019
Nancy Hoque, MBA 19, arrived at Berkeley Haas in search of a fresh start in her career. She'd worked as an engineer at Nokia and Motorola for more than a decade, but a new interest in go-to-market strategy was ...

Redesigning problem solving through design thinking

By Rahul Sampat   |   6/13/2019
Too often, businesses approach a problem with a tried-and-true solution already in mind. But that kind of approach makes innovation difficult – and can keep a business stuck in the same old patterns, according ...