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Video: For these students, an EMBA on campus makes all the difference

By Susan Petty

For David Reile and Moj Payombar, an EMBA program that would let them study on campus was a key factor in choosing the Berkeley MBA for Executives Program. While the three-days-every-three-weeks schedule also worked well for each (David appreciated having lots of space around school for work and family, and it made commuting from Orange County manageable for Moj), it was the chance to build close relationships with classmates and to interact with other members of the Berkeley Haas community that really appealed to them.


These students have also appreciated the residential aspect of the program: staying together with classmates at the same hotel, just steps from campus during class blocks.

"It makes the logistics of everything easier, because you can meet with your study group at any time," says Moj. "Plus, there is a lot of opportunity to overlap with our full-time and evening and weekend program students, letting you leverage the entire Berkeley Haas network while you're on campus."

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The caliber and diversity of fellow students made an impression on Moj as well. "People come from a variety of industries at different levels. You get to learn a lot from the background and experience that people have," she says.

David was also drawn by the Berkeley Haas community. "Just walking to class, I pass undergrads and other graduate students. To feel the energy of the campus come to life is a huge plus in my mind," he says. "The moment I set foot on campus, it felt like home. When I think about my classmates and the conversations that we have, real people solving real challenges in their daily lives and in their work lives, that is what I was looking for: something that was very collaborative."

Looking for an on-campus and collaborative experience? We invite you to learn more about the Berkeley MBA for Executives Program.

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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.