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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

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 ...

Evening & Weekend Program Allows Kaelin Merrihew, MBA 19, to Evolve Her Career Without Breaking Stride

By Rahul Sampat   |   5/30/2019
Telling stories was always part of Kaelin Merrihew’s DNA.

How to Transition From a Traditional Career to an Intrapreneur

By Rahul Sampat   |   5/30/2019
Organizations big and small are looking for employees who can inspire innovation from within. When ideas are big enough, companies are willing to expand their product lines and create new ventures within an ...

Using tech to influence the healthcare sphere: Preethi Mukundan, MBA 18

By Rahul Sampat   |   5/23/2019
Preethi Mukundan, MBA 18, was headed toward her senior year in college and set on becoming a doctor when she happened to sit next to a tech executive on a holiday flight home from Boston to San Francisco. The ...

The ‘double’ career switch: Rohan Vashdev Balwani, MBA 19

By Rahul Sampat   |   5/09/2019
Seven years into his hardware engineering career, Rohan Vashdev Balwani, MBA 19, sensed a shift in his interests and his industry.

Learning to lead—and follow—in Patagonia: Yogesh Soni, MBA 19

By Rahul Sampat   |   5/06/2019
In mid-March, a group of Berkeley Haas MBA students went on a hike on Mt. Tamalpais in Marin County. Not unusual until you learn that the last time they hiked together was in the wild mountain passes of Torres ...