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Re: Berkeley Haas School of Business [#permalink] New post 27 Oct 2008, 16:25
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Sooooo, where's the best (most convenient) place to park my car for 6ish hours while I'm on campus?


The only real convenient place is the big parking garage between Durant and Channing, near Telegraph Ave. It'll cost you about $15-20 for 6-ish hours, but it's better than most other options out there.

Found it! Thanks, Kryzak (and Google Maps Street View).
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Re: Berkeley Haas School of Business [#permalink] New post 28 Oct 2008, 02:19
hi,

I'm trying to research a little more about haas' center for open innovation. the web page says it is involved in research and projects on open innovation models. was just wondering if these projects are open to mba students? i have similar work-ex background, so would be interested in that. anyone here who can clarify my doubts?
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Re: Berkeley Haas School of Business [#permalink] New post 28 Oct 2008, 08:40
Hello,

I am confused about what 51 (21 core + 30 electives) semester units mean. Is this the total units to graduate or units per one semester?

Also, the site says maximum 5 units out of 30 elective units can be fulfilled through other graduate school courses. Does this mean typically 2 or 3 courses?

Look forward to visiting Haas next week!
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Re: Berkeley Haas School of Business [#permalink] New post 28 Oct 2008, 16:56
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Hello,

I am confused about what 51 (21 core + 30 electives) semester units mean. Is this the total units to graduate or units per one semester?

Also, the site says maximum 5 units out of 30 elective units can be fulfilled through other graduate school courses. Does this mean typically 2 or 3 courses?

Look forward to visiting Haas next week!
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Hi sng,

Sorry for the confusion, but that's the TOTAL units you need to graduate. You take 12-15 units per semester.

I think 6 units can be out of the Haas school and still count towards your graduation. But many people graduate with more than 51 units, so that means you can take as many units outside of Haas in other graduate schools as long as you have 51-6 = 45 units taking within Haas.

Hope that helps, and hope to see you next week!
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Re: Berkeley Haas School of Business [#permalink] New post 29 Oct 2008, 07:29
Thank you for the clarification, kryzak.
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Re: Berkeley Haas School of Business [#permalink] New post 30 Oct 2008, 00:01
Argh, I just spent 20 minutes writing up a post about my Haas visit but then pressed the back button and everything went to hell! I'll try my best to remember what I wrote and write it again...

I made my way across the bridge this morning to visit Haas. It was definitely a day well spent.

9-11AM: Class visit. I sat in on an Intro to Finance core course. I don't have a business background so it was great for me to see what's in store if/when I embark on my MBA. It was finance, so nothing too exciting, but the class was very diverse and the professor was very good about answering questions and facilitating discussion.

11AM-Noon: I met THE kryzak live and in the flesh! He was kind enough to chat with me about Haas and his experiences during his MBA application process.

Noon-1PM: Lunch with students. We split up into 5-6 person groups and had lunch with a current student. Lunch was a good opportunity to chat with a current student over a meal and to get to know some of the other visiting prospectives.

1-2PM: Information session. Two student ambassadors gave a presentation and overview on the Haas program. The talk was very conversational and they stayed late to answer questions. The dean of admissions even stopped by towards the end of the hour.

Even though all the activities that I participated in were very typical of your average school visit, I left very impressed with Haas. There's just something about the program (in a very good way) that I can't quite put my finger on. I think it has to do with the combination of many factors that shape the culture at Haas: small class size, location, quality of students, the program's strategic plan (leading through innovation), etc. One phrase I heard repeatedly was, "confidence and competence without arrogance", and I definitely got that vibe from all the students that I met.

If you are interested in a Haas MBA, I strongly suggest you make a visit. You won't regret it!
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Re: Berkeley Haas School of Business [#permalink] New post 30 Oct 2008, 00:07
it was great meeting you today YihWei! Glad you had a good time and hope to see you here next Fall! :)
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Re: Berkeley Haas School of Business [#permalink] New post 31 Oct 2008, 00:16
Quick question: "Berkeley MBA" or "Haas MBA", which is the preferred reference?
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Re: Berkeley Haas School of Business [#permalink] New post 31 Oct 2008, 06:04
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Quick question: "Berkeley MBA" or "Haas MBA", which is the preferred reference?


I think either works. :)
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Re: Berkeley Haas School of Business [#permalink] New post 26 Nov 2008, 00:34
Just an update, you guys will probably get some "winter break coffee chat invites" in the next week or two from the admissions office. This is NOT an interview invite, but a way for you to connect with some current students and alums who are in your area (this will happen all around the world, depending on where the students are during winter break). They'll all happen between 12/20-1/9 and I will be hosting a couple in the SF Bay Area with my classmates, so if any of you are in the area, would love to meet with you then!

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Re: Berkeley Haas School of Business [#permalink] New post 09 Dec 2008, 22:50
Nice info, Kryzak. I definitely talked about BERC in my application...in hindsight, maybe not enough!
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Re: Berkeley Haas School of Business [#permalink] New post 10 Dec 2008, 11:43
Alright, this is a letter our new Dean (Richard Lyons) sent to us. I've taken out the details, but just kept the title and my summary of it for those of you interested in what Haas' short term and long term plans are.


1) Faculty Hiring: Haas is currently actively recruiting 11 tenure-track faculty members, one of the largest in our history.
2) Capital Campaign: We are trying to raise $300 million by 2010. 1/3 has already been completed in the past 3 years.
3) Campaign and Strategy Working Group: A new strategic plan will be out by May.
4) Space Issues: A potential separate office in Downtown Berkeley for executive programs, renovations of the current building in 2009-10, and a potential new building in 3-5 years next to the current facility. No word on whether we would expand class size or not.
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Re: Berkeley Haas School of Business [#permalink] New post 17 Jan 2009, 05:19
What is the estimated cost of spending one Semester at Haas? i.e the August-December Semester?
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Re: Berkeley Haas School of Business [#permalink] New post 26 Jan 2009, 22:26
our 9 month budget is about $21K, so I'm guessing 1/2 of that would be $10K or so...
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Finance at Haas [#permalink] New post 26 Jan 2009, 22:28
For those of you interested in finance at Haas or PE/VC, this may be useful, from the BW forums (yeah, they actually have some useful things, haha)

http://forums.businessweek.com/n/pfx/fo ... &tid=79051

or relevant question quoted here:

Do you think the Haas MBA is good for a finance guy? My aim would be to join a PE or VC firm in the US after my graduate studies… I don’t think Haas is focused on finance like other programs, but maybe I’m wrong… do you think that the “financial community” at Haas is overrepresented?

First of all, PE and VC are VERY different investment processes and mindsets. The skill sets required for VC and PE are also completely different. Even though it seems en vogue to lump the two together, it’s incorrect. I would recommend that one try to decide which is best for yourself because the answer for Haas is very different depending on which one you want.

The VC presence at Haas is fairly strong due to the entrepreneurial strength of Haas and the proximity to Sand Hill Road in Palo Alto (where all the VC firms are). We have multiple programs such as the Venture Fellows, VC Roundtable, and the VC Investment Competition to get people some VC working experience (unpaid - during the school year) and get more contacts in the field. But getting hired by a VC firm is tough, and even if one does get hired, there is no partner "track." There are only two ways to become a VC partner: 1) be a subject matter expert on a space the firm is investing in, or 2) have founded and sold your own start-up

PE is a tougher nut to crack. LBOs require a very different mindset, and it all about experience, pedigree and connections. Although that's loosening up a little, it's just at the margins. But it takes a lot of hustle and a lot of focus to get a job in that field. LBO firms rarely recruit, and the few that do have intern positions look toward a small selection of schools. Those that hire graduates right out of school tend to look toward the same schools.

Haas may not have much brand capital in the PE marketplace, but, if one attends a school with an established infrastructure/framework for PE hiring, the challenge is differentiating yourself among the larger group of students on campus looking for the same jobs. As a career switcher, that is exceedingly difficult as most of the other candidates will have had banking and/or buyout experience (and also likely top marks). At Haas, the challenge is that you would be one of a very few people trying to enter that space. There is very little guidance or established precedent, and it is difficult to find opportunities. The advantage is that once tapped into the Haas private equity community, there is a stronger bond and the professionals are more likely to help you out.

So that said, the fact that the financial community is smaller at Haas can be an advantage. Everyone in it tends to be very passionate about it. Plus, the Haas community allows one access to professionals who are not bombarded with a large number of students reaching out for recruiting. You have to work harder to learn what you need to learn and get what you want. But that only sets you up for success once you get there. Some good news is that a couple students have started our own fund called the Bear Fund, and 2 people from the class of 2009 have gotten PE jobs.

One other thing to note, PE and VC firms are very tough to get hired as a US citizen, and it's even harder for a non-citizen to get US PE/VC jobs.

For investment banking, Haas has a very well developed recruiting process for both Bay Area and Wall Street Investment Banking. Being a quick subway ride away makes it really easy to head into San Francisco to meet a current Banker for coffee (key for landing that first round interview), and the school has a yearly trek to Wall Street to visit bulge bracket firms. All bulge bracket firms and many middle market firms come to campus to recruit; most on campus positions are for Technology practices in San Francisco and Palo Alto, but there is the possibility to shift your offer to NYC.

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Re: Berkeley Haas School of Business [#permalink] New post 04 Feb 2009, 07:18
Hi,

I'm planning a visit to Berkeley this June. Does the school prefer students to visit the admission director? I know that some schools don't track visits, but some do and weigh them in your application. Would appreciate any insights, thanks.

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Re: Berkeley Haas School of Business [#permalink] New post 09 Feb 2009, 13:02
I don't know if it will be on next year's essays, but you can definitely talk about your visits in the "What steps have you taken to learn more about Haas?" short answer question.
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Re: Berkeley Haas School of Business [#permalink] New post 12 Feb 2009, 12:18
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I'm planning a visit to Berkeley this June. Does the school prefer students to visit the admission director? I know that some schools don't track visits, but some do and weigh them in your application. Would appreciate any insights, thanks.

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I'm curious about this too. I'll be visiting Haas at the end of the month. What do I need to do to let admissions know that I made the effort to come all the way from Texas to visit the school. I'm not applying until next fall. Any tips to help me make the most of my visit?

Hey there, I am a R2 applicant and visited the campus before applying. On my visit day, I was told to come to the admissions office and there was a lady who sat near the door checked my name. She seemed to have a list of people who were visiting that day. I don't know if they actually use the list for admissions. You should definitely mention your visit in your essay as mentioned above, because you will discover different things about the school when you visit.
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Re: Berkeley Haas School of Business [#permalink] New post 02 Mar 2009, 04:45
Just an update to say that I;ve been accepted at Berkeley as my exchange school. However I have a potential business opportunity in Beijing, so depending on how well that goes (or not) will determine whther I go to Berkeley or not.
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Re: Berkeley Haas School of Business [#permalink] New post 20 Sep 2009, 17:18
Will any current Haas students be around after 6 PM on Thursday the 24th of September? I am going to be in Berkeley for a business trip and this is the only night that I have any free time. I don't have time for a formal visit, but I would love to meet with current students to chat.
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