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Haas School of Business – UC Berkeley


Founded in 1898, The Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley is the oldest business school at a public institution in the United States. In 1919, the College of Commerce offered the first management course featuring the word. More and more commerce-related courses appeared in the curriculum.

In 1942 the College of Commerce was transformed into the Department of Business Administration; economics faculty who had been teaching primarily in the College of Commerce transferred into the new department. The following year, the department was renamed the School of Business Administration.

The school continued to expand, inaugurating the long-awaited Graduate School of Business Administration in 1955, followed by the Ph.D. in business administration and executive education programs in 1956. In 1972, after extensive study by the faculty, the school initiated an evening MBA program to meet the needs of working adults who were unable to put their careers on hold to attend daytime classes on campus.

In January 1995, the Haas School of Business moved into its a new facility, specifically designed for management education.

School Rankings

• U.S. News & World Report: 6 (tie)
• Bloomberg: 8
• Forbes: 9
• Financial Times: 12
• The Economist: 7


The Haas School is located at 2220 Piedmont Avenue in Berkeley, California. UC Berkeley occupies a 1,232 acre campus with a sylvan 178-acre central core. From this home its academic community makes key contributions to the economic and social well-being of the Bay Area.

The Haas School is located around 25 miles away from the San Francisco International Airport.


The Haas School building, designed by the renowned architect Charles Moore, is a mini-campus of three connected buildings set around a central courtyard. The 200,000 square foot complex features an ultramodern computer lab, a comprehensive career center, a café, and a large business and economics library.

Classrooms, lecture halls, and seminar rooms throughout the school are equipped to receive video, audio, and electronic data, including wireless computer access. An executive education and distance-learning classroom features four installed video cameras, and is equipped to webcast live.


UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business employs 74 tenure-track faculty, and 167 professional or visiting faculty. Internationally recognized leaders in the study of the economic, social, political and technological forces shaping global markets today, they perform important interdisciplinary research with colleagues at UC Berkeley and at other top-tier universities around the world.

Haas faculty is also active as business consultants and board members, and as high-level government appointees.

Student Body

Haas enrolls around 280 total students in its full-time MBA program each year, 250 in its part-time program, and 70 students in the Berkeley MBA for Executives program.

MBA Degree Offerings

The Haas School of Business offers a full-time, traditional MBA, in addition to the Executive MBA, and part-time Evening and Weekend MBA.


Does Enlightened Capitalism Have a Future?

In this very special Dean's Speaker Series Professor James O’Toole, Professor Emeritus at USC’s Marshall School of Business and author of The Enlightened Capitalists: Cautionary Tales of Business Pioneers Who Tried to Do Well by Doing Good, will discuss the future of enlightened capitalism with Professor David Vogel, Solomon Lee Emeritus Professor of Business Ethics at the Haas School of Business and author of The Market for Virtue: The Potential and Limits of Corporate Social Responsibility. As corporate responsibility becomes increasingly mainstream, it’s easy to overlook the decades long journey that started corporate America’s path to social impact. From British industrialist Robert Owen to American and jeans maker Levi Strauss to modern-day entrepreneurs Anita Roddick and Tom Chappell, lessons abound for future business leaders refusing to make trade-offs between profit and virtue. This talk will explore the prospects for more-enlightened corporate behavior and ultimately address the question: is shareholder capitalism compatible with enlightened corporate behavior?

Inside a Berkeley EMBA Classroom

Maura O'Neill says her students are among the smartest, most determined, and deeply thoughtful people around. They say she's a rock star in her field. See what it's like to be in this EMBA class at Berkeley-Haas.

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