Berkeley MBA Curriculum - Analysis

The Berkeley MBA Program at Haas School of Business is a 24-month General Management program with Leadership as a foundational focus. Students develop the skills to think strategically and make decisions at operational and organization levels. Haas is among a very few top Business Schools that has clearly defined their guiding principle.

In fact, the school has four: Question the Status Quo, Confidence without Attitude, Students Always and Beyond Yourself, with an emphasis on thinking creatively – a skill, management professionals need to excel in the new economy.


The curriculum is structured on building General Management skills in the core and the option to focus on functional skills in the electives.

Experiential Learning in International Business, Non-profit, Entrepreneurship, and Innovation will expose students to the challenges that come with solving a real Business problem. Electives support student's ambition to pursue multidisciplinary interests and leverage UC Berkeley's innovative culture.

Haas MBA Core CurriculumYear One

The first year starts with a pre-term workshop on revising candidate's quantitative skills, followed by a 5-day introduction to the curriculum structure, student body activities, and a speaker series.

The core courses start with the theme of decision-making and leadership along with career planning workshops. Candidates are then introduced to Accounting, Finance, and Marketing.

During Winter Break, Global Study tours are organized. The spring of the first year is spent on Macroeconomics and Operations. During the same time, students can choose electives and take the Applied Innovation Courses.
Summer break of the year is allocated for consulting engagements (10-week internship) as part of the Applied Innovation Course with companies of all size (billion dollars to startup) and type (non-profits included) taking part in it.

Haas MBA ElectivesYear Two

Students who have missed the opportunity to complete the Applied Innovation Course in the first year are again provided the option in 2nd year fall and spring semesters.

As with the first year, Global treks or the experiential learning parts of the course are organized for the winter break. The required electives for the specialization are offered throughout the winter and Spring Semesters.

The Second Year Electives are designed with the goal of helping candidates choose Finance, Marketing, Strategy/Consulting, Entrepreneurship, Global Management, Health Management, Non-profit, Real Estate or Technology, as a specialization.

Dual and Joint Degree Programs

The Haas School of Business in partnership with UC Berkley’s School of Law or UC Hastings College of the Law offers students with a JD/MBA program in Law where first two years is spent in law school, while the third year, in the Business School with the option to customize the electives from both the schools.

Students interested in Healthcare Management or working as a consultant for Biotechnology, Pharmaceuticals, and Insurance companies should consider the 2.5-year MBA/MPH program jointly offered by the Haas School of Business and the UC Berkeley School of Public Health.

Although Global Management is one of the post-MBA specializations on offer as part of the electives, the three-year MBA/MBA program in Global Studies from courses assorted across departments in Schools at UC Berkeley prepares students to specialize in International Trade & Debt, Global Communications, Investment Strategy, Urban Development, and Environmental issues. With the program, students get exposure to issues facing China, Russia, Germany, Japan, and Brazil while also familiarizing themselves with broader problems facing the Middle East, Africa, and Southeast Asia.

Students looking to gain hands-on experience in Wall Street, Media, and Entertainment should consider the exchange program between The Haas School of Business and Columbia Business School (New York) during the fall of the 2nd year.

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