Get your MBA and get on the fast track to becoming a world-class tech leader

By Susan Petty

Do you dream of becoming the next Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Susan Wojcicki, or Elon Musk? These and other influential tech leaders take a visionary approach to solving business problems, and their ideas have impacted the daily lives of people around the globe.

What does it take to become a household name when it comes to innovation in technology? There are many kinds of tech leaders and just as many ways to become one. Many tech innovators build their legacy over time by gaining hands-on knowledge, skills, and practical experience in the workplace.

Experience counts for a lot, but given the breakneck pace of the 21st century, what defines a leader in the tech sphere is always changing – and changing fast.

Accelerate your journey to tech greatness by earning your MBA

If you want to fast-track your trajectory to the top and become the best possible tech leader, consider getting your MBA. Experience in the workforce over time, combined with an MBA specially designed to teach you skills, lessons and insights gleaned from successful companies, will help you excel farther and faster.

The characteristics and skills of a great tech leader go beyond vision or technical ability. They also include soft skills like:

  • Communication and trust-building
  • Management skills
  • Real-time problem-solving
  • Understanding your organization’s business goals
  • Creating a company culture that supports innovation and experimentation

An MBA from a top-rated program like Berkeley Haas will provide you with these skills as well as practical business acumen.

Benefits of earning two degrees simultaneously

Being able to earn two degrees at once is a unique way to speed up your training and build industry-specific skills. With a dual enrollment MBA program you can:

  • Earn two master's degrees in the time it normally takes to complete just one
  • Achieve your degrees at a lower cost than enrolling in each program separately

Meanwhile, you’ll still be gaining specialized skills to strengthen and nurture your leadership in technological innovation.

How UC Berkeley’s MBA/Masters of Engineering program will catapult you to the front lines of tech leadership

Just like the best technology leaders, engineers are problem solvers. According to, the fastest-growing fields of engineering are in the IT sphere. UC Berkeley now offers a dual enrollment MBA/Masters of Engineering (MEng) program that will help you gain the interdisciplinary skills you need to advance in a competitive marketplace.

If you have a technical undergraduate education, you can simultaneously earn an MEng degree at UC Berkeley’s College of Engineering and an MBA from the Haas School of Business. In just four semesters, these programs will prepare you for leadership in technical innovation in a variety of industries. Both programs are ranked among the highest in the world.

The new Haas MBA/MEng concurrent degree program is designed to address the high-tech industry’s need for leaders who possess both technical skills and business acumen:

  • In this program, you’ll take both business and engineering courses, as well as interdisciplinary courses designed especially for the concurrent program.
  • The program? culminates with an interdisciplinary capstone project in which student teams grapple with real-world challenges faced by companies, nonprofits, and governmental organizations and learn how to overcome an array of business and engineering issues.

Academic excellence combined with the innovation culture of the San Francisco Bay Area makes UC Berkeley the perfect place for those who want to become leaders in technological innovation and entrepreneurship.

Life after UC Berkeley’s MBA/MEng program

Pursuing a dual degree enhances your resume and expertise with the unique blend of business and engineering skills that employers are looking for. This dual degree can help you:

  • Become a leader who can motivate teams
  • Work in product development
  • Become a software co-founder/creator
  • Build your own company
  • Lead product design and development for your own enterprise or within a company
  • Lead a large organization
  • Gain a better understanding of finance, markets, and marketing
  • Understand your job from a human perspective

Industry leaders are eager to recruit graduates who possess this unique blend of business and engineering skills. Typical roles for people with this type of training may include:

  • Chief Product Officer (CPO)
  • Chief Technology Officer (CTO)
  • Head of Engineering
  • Product Manager
  • Program Manager
  • Principal Architect
  • Marketing Analytics Manager
  • Senior Consultant
  • Manager of Strategy and Operations

If you aspire to any of these roles, this UC Berkeley dual degree program could be a great fit for you.

Be among the first to benefit from a dual MBA/Master of Engineering (MEng) program

This exciting new program will enroll its inaugural class in fall 2020. Prospective students may submit applications during Round I (due Thursday, September 26, 2019) or Round II (due Thursday, January 9, 2020) of the full-time MBA application cycle.

Being among the first graduates from an innovative and cutting-edge new program will put you ahead of the game. To take advantage of this opportunity to advance your tech skills and become one of the world’s top technology leaders - learn more here or apply now.

Learn more about UC Berkeley's concurrent degree programs

Posted on September 24, 2019
Themes: Technology
Susan Petty
Susan is Director of Admissions for the Berkeley MBA for Executives Program. She has nearly twenty years of experience in marketing and advertising, having worked in several different industries including technology, travel, healthcare -- and many others from her media planning days at J. Walter Thompson where her clients included Chevron, Kaiser Permanente, Nestle, and Ford. She enjoys advising prospective students and guiding them through their personal MBA experience.