In addition to attending one of the premier business schools in the world, Haas students join the larger community at one of the most esteemed universities. The mission of the University of California is to excel in research, teaching, and public service. Over the decades, this mission has developed a culture at UC Berkeley that stimulates greatness.
UC Berkeley’s global flavor and close proximity to Silicon Valley and downtown San Francisco — the finance capital of the West Coast — provide unmatched opportunities.
The Haas School encourages you to take advantage of all the university has to offer. With the Berkeley MBA program, you earn a degree from a university whose name and reputation open doors around the globe.
The Berkeley MBA program draws on the incredible breadth and depth of the University of California, Berkeley, whose graduate programs are consistently ranked among the best in the world. The proof is in the university's distinguished record of Nobel-level scholarship, constant innovation, a concern for the betterment of our world, and consistently high rankings of its schools and departments — the Haas School among them.
Since its founding in 1868, UC Berkeley has grown with the rapidly expanding population of California and has responded to the educational needs of the developing state. By the 1930s, research at UC Berkeley burgeoned in nuclear physics, chemistry, and biology, leading to the development of the first cyclotron, the isolation of the human polio virus, and the discovery of all the artificial elements heavier than uranium, including Berkelium and Californium. Twenty-one members of the UC Berkeley faculty have been awarded Nobel prizes for these and subsequent achievements in science, literature, and economics.
Today, according to the National Research Council, UC Berkeley ranks first nationally in the number of graduate programs in the top 10 in their fields. (In fact, 97% of the university's programs made the top 10 list.)
Consistently ranked one of the top business schools in the country, the Haas School of Business has a solid reputation for quality and leadership. The business school at the University of California, Berkeley, was founded in 1898, making it the second oldest collegiate business school in the United States, and the first at a public university. Rank, reputation, and experience combine to offer Haas students a rich spectrum of quality resources, noteworthy events, and high-profile speakers.
You are encouraged to supplement business courses with graduate classes outside the business school in areas ranging from engineering, law, and urban planning to foreign languages, international area studies, and public policy. In addition, special interdisciplinary opportunities within the Berkeley community — such as the widely popular Management of Technology Program — enable you to learn from top experts in almost every field. Joint courses with students in law, engineering, information systems, and public health enhance the educational experience of many MBA students.
The Business of CleanTech
As a Berkeley MBA student, you have the opportunity to work across disciplines with top thinkers on some of the world's most cutting-edge projects. For example, Haas students involved in the Berkeley Energy and Resources Collaborative (BERC) have been working with scientists at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory on its new "CleanTech to Market" (C2M) initiative. Students worked to evaluate the commercial viability of new technologies, such as a novel solar-chemical storage device, and the use of ionic liquids to pre-treat biomass for conversion to biofuel.
Above: Participants Dwight Crabtree, MBA 10, and Adam Lorimer, MBA 10, with researcher Black Simmons, VP of Deconstruction for the Joint BioEnergy Institute, whose inventions are managed by LBNL's Technology Transfer Department.