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Berkeley Haas Part-Time MBA Program Structure

The accredited, rigorous, three-year Berkeley Haas part-time MBA program, also known as the Evening & Weekend MBA, is specifically designed to support working professionals by providing the opportunity to earn a graduate business degree on a part-time basis while accelerating their careers. While most students finish the program in three years, it can be completed in as little as 2.5 years. The program confers the same degree received by graduates of the full-time MBA Program. With a convenient class schedule that provides Evening and Saturday-only options, students experience hands-on learning in a close-knit, collaborative environment that strengthens their professional and personal networks.  Weekend classes alternate between Berkeley and a Silicon Valley location.

Curriculum

Prior to beginning classes, a mandatory orientation is held in August near the Berkeley campus. The New Student Orientation features team-building exercises, lectures and workshops on special topics.

The Berkeley Haas part-time MBA program requires completion of 42 semester units of coursework: 23 core courses, and 19 units of elective courses. The 23 units of required core courses that all part-time MBA students take in the first year of study provide the analytical tools and essential knowledge to lead effectively.

During the second year of the program, students gather for an intense weekend of off-campus team competition and camaraderie, demonstrating the knowledge acquired in the first year-and-a-half of study. Students must attend the Mid-Program Academic Retreat in order to complete the Applied Innovation core course.

In the spring term and throughout the second year, students select electives to develop specialized knowledge and focus on specific industries. Students enrolled in the evening option choose from approximately 20 electives in a given semester. Electives are scheduled on weeknights, Monday through Thursday. Weekend option students select from eight to ten electives each semester. Four to five electives are offered in the morning session, and another four to five are offered in the afternoon session.

In addition to regular three-unit courses, students have the option of taking a limited number of popular one-unit elective courses that focus on building professional skills and on fields of special interest. Popular electives include: Power and Politics in Organizations, Managing Innovation and Change, Venture Capital, and Private Equity and International Marketing.

Berkeley Haas part-time MBA students can choose to focus their studies on an expanded number of in-depth academic areas. The Areas of Emphasis currently include: Strategy/Consulting, Sustainable Enterprise, Entrepreneurship, Global Management, Social Sector Leadership, Real Estate, and Technology.

Students are encouraged to take advantage of international opportunities, such as spending a semester abroad, planning study trips to other countries during breaks, or serving as consultants through the school’s acclaimed International Business Development program.

Part-Time MBA Rankings

• U.S. News & World Report: 2

Class Profile

The most recent part-time MBA class at the Haas School of Business features 275 students, 33 percent of which are women. The average age of the class is 30.

Students in the program scored a median GPA of 3.4 and 700 on the GMAT. The average amount of work experience per student in the program is seven years.

Tuition, Scholarships, and Financial Aid

The estimated cost of tuition for the Berkeley Haas part-time MBA program is $3,363 per unit over 42 units. This total comes to $141,246.

Additional expenses may include living allowance, books and supplies, instructional materials, transportation, medical insurance, and orientation costs.

In general, there are two types of scholarships: institutional scholarships from Haas and outside scholarships from other organizations. All Haas Scholarships in the Evening & Weekend MBA Program are one-year awards.

Diversity Scholarships award $10,000 for first year students only and is awarded to students who have a proven commitment to promoting diversity.

The Dean’s Scholarship for $15,000-$20,000 is awarded to students who have experience promoting diversity. This scholarship is only awarded to first year students for the one year.

The Nonprofit and Public Service Scholarship, formerly known as the EWMBA Grant, facilitates access to the Berkeley MBA for students whose current employment is in the nonprofit or public service sectors. Priority is given to students who currently work in the nonprofit or public service sectors though students working in corporate social responsibility or sustainability may be considered.

The Shapansky Scholarships for $10,000 was funded through a bequest from Juanita Shapansky in memory of her son Ronald, who graduated from UC Berkeley’s San Francisco-based Evening & Weekend MBA program in 1986. Recipients will be awarded based on financial need.

The OOBA Grant is for students commuting from outside the nine-county Bay Area and who consequently incur additional expenses.

Most student loans are based on either financial need or creditworthiness and are available only to US citizens and permanent residents. Haas students commonly use the Federal Stafford Loan Program, Alternative Education Loans, and the ACCESS Loan Program. Private loans may also be available.

Admissions

Applicants to the MBA programs must have completed a Baccalaureate degree or recognized qualifications equivalent to a degree. Most students enrolled in the program have a minimum of two years of professional work experience.

To apply to the Berkeley Haas part-time MBA program, applicants must submit a completed application form, official copies of transcripts from each institution attended, current résumé and two letters of recommendation. The school also requires applicants to submit answers to two brief essay questions, and a personal statement. Official GMAT score or GRE scores must also be sent in by applicants, along with a $200 application fee. Non-native English speaking applicants must also provide proof of English fluency. This can be completed by submitted TOEFL or IELTS test scores.

Once the application is submitted, students may be contacted to schedule an evaluative interview.

Application deadlines are as follows:

Round Three – March 7, 2019
Round Four – April 11, 2019

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