Core Curriculum: The Essential Tools

Core courses are all taken in the first year and make up about 40 percent of the typical course of study.

The Berkeley MBA core curriculum consists of 12 required courses that build upon one another to provide the analytical tools and essential knowledge to lead effectively:

  • Data and Decisions (2 units)
  • Economics for Business Decision Making (2 units)
  • Ethics and Responsible Business Leadership (1 unit)
  • Financial Accounting (2 units)
  • Introduction to Finance (2 units)
  • Leadership Communication (1 unit)
  • Leading People (2 units)
  • Macroeconomics in the Global Economy (2 units)
  • Marketing Management (2 units)
  • Operations (2 units)
  • Problem Finding, Problem Solving (1 unit)
  • Strategy, Structure, and Incentives (3 units)

Course Descriptions

Find course descriptions in the UC Berkeley general course catalog, Berkeley Bulletin.

Cohorts and Collaborative Learning

Honing your collaborative skills is part of the Haas experience, and faculty make significant use of team assignments in nearly every core course. Each incoming class is divided into cohorts of approximately 60 students for Fall semester core courses, then divided into smaller teams for some class projects.


Miguel Gonzalez

Miguel Gonzalez

MBA 13

Strategy Consultant
BT (British Telecom)
London, UK

“It is hard to believe how much I learned and accomplished after just one year at Berkeley-Haas. I came here with a background in information technology, knowing that I wanted to move my career into the direction of corporate strategy or marketing. After a year of coursework, I felt very well prepared to start my internship in a marketing strategy role at Johnson & Johnson.”