Considering Business School? Meet Berkeley-Haas.

By Morgan Bernstein

Perhaps your business school journey began with a nagging sense that there must be something more to the 9-to-5. Something with more passion, more ownership.

So, you decide to get an MBA — to open doors to leadership and opportunity. And now, you begin the process of weighing what seems like a staggering number of options for business school.

How will you choose? 


These could be the best two years of your life.

You probably realize that a number of programs are well positioned to help you to advance your career, start a business, or pursue a dream. We would like to tell what differentiates the Berkeley MBA from other top-tier programs:

A Location with a Long History of Innovation

Our Bay Area location gives you direct access to leaders across many industries, including global technology, venture capital, cleantech, biotech—even the U.S. wine market.

Lyft's CEO was among those to address the >play Digital Media Conference, 600+ student and industry attendees strong.

In addition to the access the Bay Area affords you, you can tap into UC Berkeley, a world-class research university, for cross-disciplinary classes and colleagues.

Team an MBA student with a mechanical engineer and you bring new clean technology to market.

A Class Size that Yields a Student-Driven Experience

Yes, it’s who you know. But it’s also how well you know them. At Haas, you will benefit from one of the smallest class sizes among top business schools, helping you quickly get to know each of your accomplished (yet attitude-free) classmates. 

Bonding starts with orientation (“Week Zero”).

Being smaller also means our students make things happen. They create industry events for hundreds of attendees that explore topics from digital media to healthcare to women in leadership.

Women in Leadership Conference Co-Chairs Stephanie Curran and Lauren Fernandez. 

Students plan global treks for their classmates that include sipping tea with the vice president of Taiwan, touring a Toyota plant in Japan, meeting the mayor of Jerusalem, and much more.


Students on a semester break trek in Israel.

A Culture that forges Innovative Leaders and Lifelong Friendships

Here at Berkeley-Haas, we focus on developing innovative leaders, honing their skills both in the classroom and through a set of defining principles and values shared by the entire Berkeley-Haas community.

Question the Status Quo, one of four Berkeley-Haas Defining Principles.

In the Berkeley MBA Program, students, faculty, and alumni contribute to a collaborative environment. Professors request feedback on their teaching. Students ask questions that further the dialogue and share their expertise with classmates. Alumni eager engage with the community as speakers, mentors, interviewers and career resources.

TubeMogul co-founders, Brett Wilson and John Hughes, both MBA 07, took first place in Haas’ business plan competition while students.

So, that’s a little about us (OK, more than a little). We would love hear about you. What’s your background?  Where are you headed?  What are your interests? We hope you’ll take the time to tell us and let us know how we can help.


That's us. Now, tell us about you!  


 We’ve updated this post, first published in July 2014,  just to make sure everything is as fresh as possible and that the links are still good. 


Topics: Haas culture  |   Full-time
Morgan Bernstein
Morgan was the Executive Director of Full-time MBA Admissions at Haas from 2016-2019 as well as a graduate of the program. She enjoys making personal connections with prospective students and guiding them through the MBA admission process.