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MBA Program Review
Haasome Whirlwind
January 29 | 2016
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     By secondtimesthecharm 138 33
This review is for: Haas
Program:

Full Time MBA

Class of:

2017

Experience during the program

Business school is going by in a (wonderful, intense) blur. I recommend taking some time to reflect on what you want out of b-school and your career before school starts. As soon as August comes around, you will be too busy to do any real reflecting.

Haas is an extraordinary place to be part of. If the school's values match with your own, b-school at Haas will be the best time of your life.

Culture is everything here at Haas. Admissions takes it seriously, as do the students. One huge benefit of having a small class with truly humble, smart students, is the level of trust we place in each other (and our Alumni place in us). I would trust every single one of my classmates with an assignment or a job, and that is a big deal.

Finally, every school talks about its collaborative environment, but Haas actually delivers on this front. The curriculum and grading is designed so we are encouraged to work together vs compete.

Good luck in your b-school search!

Overall BSchool experience
     (5.0)
Schools contribution
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Classmates rating
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Strengths of the program:

Student body, diversity

Brand/Ranking

Culture & Student Support

Best fit at this program:

Tech

Entrepreneurship

Management

Can be improved:

Specialization in a particular area (e.g. Finance, Consulting, Healthcare, etc)


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MBA Program Review
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     By Cycle14 30 5
This review is for: Haas
Program:

EMBA

Class of:

2015

Experience during the program

Very meaningful experience - strong academics, with high work load, as you would expect from a top tier EMBA program. You should expect to have your days stretched as you juggle work, family and school commitments.

My class was full of thoughtful and accomplished individuals across a wide range of functions. Berkeley-Haas is known for tech, but that did not mean that my cohort was overly tech focused. Median age was in the late 30's, spanning 30 to a little over 50 (I believe). Lots of real life experience in this group that made the classroom experience very interactive and much deeper as a result.

At a programmatic level, the immersion weeks were excellent - Silicon Valley Immersion provides a total inside view on the valley, startup culture and access to founders and funders with the superb Toby Stuart. Our international immersion focused on emerging markets in Brazil ranging from sports marketing (run up to the Olympics) to entrepreneurship and great access to folks from Google Brazil's CEO to BNDES to individuals running startup accelerators etc. Washington DC was a tour de force with Laura Tyson - amazing access to policy makers, lobbyists, staffers etc (won't name drop here, but suffice to say the Berkeley network really opened doors).

The academic foundations were great and provide a very solid business school education. Two threads emerged of particular note. The first is leadership - Berkeley-Haas lives by its defining principles and encourages a rigorous evaluation of one's own capabilities and challenges, starting with the Leadership Communications immersion with Mark Rittenburg, the Leading People course with Dana Carney, Trust Based Relationships with Rajiv Ball and the excellent Exec Leadership course taught by Jenny Chatman. It's something of a hidden strength for Haas. The second if entrepreneurship and new venture funding. Between Toby Stuart and the excellent Maura O'Neill who teaches wildly popular electives on new venture finance students get an A-grade exposure to what it means to be an entrepreneur, and through face time, lectures, field-immersions, role play, case work etc, etc. it's possible to really gain a deeper dive into what it takes to build a successful startup.

I came into the program as an "advancer" - ie. staying with in my field looking to further my career by building in formal business training. I achieved that goal with room to spare, more interestingly though I came out feeling very interested in the possibility of leading my own company. It's a bit of a cliche, but I can't think of a better word - it's a transformative experience.

Advice for future applicants is pay attention to the defining principles, they really do mean a lot at Berkeley-Haas. If you find those meaningful, Berkeley-Haas can be an amazing fit. Dean Rich Lyons is a phenomenal leader for the school and he has successfully enshrined an underlying culture that feels quite different to other schools. I can't think of a better place to help you become the best "you" possible.

About professors, classes and curriculum

Make the most of the time you have there - many opportunities exist to mix and exchange ideas with students from other programs within Haas as well as other schools within UC Berkeley.

The professors are very accessible and enjoy teaching EMBA, again make the most of the help and perspective they can bring to both the course work but also your work.

About job placement process

On campus recruiting is open to EMBA, but the Career Management Group at Haas is adept at working with more experienced hires (i.e. EMBA's) who may be looking for more senior positions.

The entrepreneurial network is also very strong, but Haas goes a lot deeper than just tech and entrepreneurship.

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     (5.0)
Schools contribution
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Classmates rating
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Strengths of the program:

Curriculum, Classes, Professors

Culture & Student Support

Leadership

Best fit at this program:

Consulting

Tech

Entrepreneurship

Management

Can be improved:

Brand/Ranking


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MBA Program Review
Beyond Haasome
January 31 | 2018
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     By ErinC 1 0
This review is for: Haas
Program:

Full Time MBA

Class of:

2019

Experience during the program

Simply put, Haas rocks. First year has been a whirlwind in the best possible way. To dig in, here are a few more specific details:

Career: The Career Management Group (CMG) has more resources than there is time to take advantage of them. They are particularly well-equipped to help students following more "traditional" paths (consulting, banking, marketing, tech, etc.), but have great general counselors to help those on entrepreneurship, social impact, and other non-traditional pathways. There are also tons of ways outside of CMG to help with career work, including: Bay Area startups looking for part-time interns during the school year, tons of accelerator programs (you can be staff or put a company through), and entrepreneurship classes.

Academics: The Core professors are really strong, and elective faculty are equally or more awesome. Smaller class size means you have great access to faculty. Grade nondisclosure policy means that academics are hard but low-stress.

Social: Saved the best for last. The people are Haas are amazing. They are warm, driven, kind, humble, and tons of fun. Haas truly does recruit against the defining principles, so if those resonate with you that's a sign Haas is a good fit.

Overall BSchool experience
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Classmates rating
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Strengths of the program:

Career opportunities provided by school

Location

Culture & Student Support

Best fit at this program:

Marketing

Tech

Entrepreneurship

Can be improved:

Specialization in a particular area (e.g. Finance, Consulting, Healthcare, etc)


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MBA Program Review
Tech and great people
January 30 | 2018
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     By admitme123 1 5
This review is for: Haas
Program:

Full Time MBA

Class of:

2019

Experience during the program

Your classmates are good people (not the stereotypical arrogant MBA master of the universe types) and there is a huge range of background (consultants to teachers to chefs to bankers etc.). It is a public school so there are resource limitations as a consequence (think careers service and on campus food) but the location is unbeatable and the weather is perfect. I came to Berkeley for tech and entrepreneurship and it has an enormous pool of resources to support this (crucially Berkeley is one of the best interdisciplinary universities in the world so you have access to world-leading engineers from a huge range of specializations which is incredibly helpful for testing an idea).

Overall BSchool experience
     (5.0)
Schools contribution
     (4.0)
Classmates rating
     (5.0)

Strengths of the program:

Student body, diversity

Location

Best fit at this program:

Consulting

Tech

Entrepreneurship

Can be improved:

Alumni Network

Career opportunities provided by school

Facilities


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MBA Program Review
One of a kind
January 29 | 2018
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     By haasomecard 1 0
This review is for: Haas
Program:

Full Time MBA

Class of:

2019

Experience during the program

Haas hadn't been my first choice. Then I visited, and realized pretty quickly that this school was without a doubt the best fit for me. Haas oozes innovation, collaboration, and a genuine desire to transform its students into leaders who are not just self-confident but self-aware. After just one semester, I understand why my HBS friend wished she'd gotten into Haas, and why so many of my classmates turned down more highly-ranked schools. Haasies self-select into this community because the people are incredible. They are brilliant and ambitious but humble and supportive. Also, the weather is great.

I'd recommend future applicants internalize our four defining leadership principles. They really aren't just marketing gimmicks! We represent them going in, strive to embody them while we're here, and champion them after we leave.

About professors, classes and curriculum

I think Haas has had trouble finding superstar professors to teach certain core classes. Many are fantastic; others are awful.

We're also a small school, which is great on the community front but I imagine we have fewer course offerings than large business schools. That said, because we're part of UC Berkeley, you can take classes across the entire university.

About job placement process

I wasn't sure if Haas would have the same recruitment caliber as HSW, but virtually every company recruits here, and Haas definitely has a leg up on entrepreneurship opportunities. My career interests have me working outside the school's formal career resources, and I've been surprised at how strong the Berkeley Haas brand is.

Overall BSchool experience
     (5.0)
Schools contribution
     (5.0)
Classmates rating
     (5.0)

Strengths of the program:

Student body, diversity

Location

Culture & Student Support

Best fit at this program:

Tech

Entrepreneurship

Management

Health Care

Can be improved:

Curriculum, Classes, Professors


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MBA Program Review
Loving the Haas EWMBA!
January 29 | 2018
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     By dkalb21 1 5
This review is for: Haas
Program:

EWMBA

Class of:

2020

Experience during the program

The EWMBA program at Haas has far exceeded my expectations. The curriculum is challenging but not overwhelming and the professors are all extremely knowledgeable and helpful. Homework volume fluctuates week to week but overall isn't as bad as I expected.

The fellow classmates are great people and contribute significantly to the educational experience during in class discussions. You get assigned a study group of 5 people at orientation and work closely with them the first year. Your mileage may vary with the group, but most teams seem to work well together.

I would encourage future applicants to embrace the 4 defining principals if they are serious about enrolling at Haas. It's not just lip service and the school is really looking for people that live by those standards.

Overall BSchool experience
     (5.0)
Schools contribution
     (4.0)
Classmates rating
     (5.0)

Strengths of the program:

Student body, diversity

Brand/Ranking

Culture & Student Support

Best fit at this program:

Tech

Entrepreneurship

Management

Can be improved:

Career opportunities provided by school


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MBA Program Review
UC Berkeley Haas Review
January 29 | 2018
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     By ndkkang23 13 4
This review is for: Haas
Program:

Full Time MBA

Class of:

2018

Experience during the program

A Community that cares about Impact

The moment I came to welcome weekend and met all the great people here, I knew I was at home. It was an "aha" moment for me because these were people I could call family even while being thousands of miles apart from my own family on the East Coast.

At Haas, I'm surrounded by a shared passion to be a better person and to pay it forward. Prior to Haas I was always committed to giving back to others; I've helped create a nonprofit in Atlanta and did a lot of volunteering at a hospital in my formative years. That desire to be a great and good business leader is a strong shared tie among Haas students. That was a big selling point for me.

Ultimately I want to see the work I do result in some sort of change. For the International Business Development course I took in Hong Kong, we recommended that our client enter into a strategic partnership or consider an acquisition. A couple weeks later, I opened up LinkedIn to see our client announce the acquisition that we had recommended. It was gratifying to see that I had made a useful contribution.

Choosing your MBA environment

I wanted to be in an environment where I was isolated from work so that I could be present and give it my all. I wanted to really focus on all the parts of the experience, social and academic, and undergo both a personal and professional transformation.

The Bay Area is an ecosystem of cutting-edge companies that are at the forefront of innovation. I wanted to be part of that, and I knew Haas's location, as well as its reputation, would help me connect with that world.

Overall BSchool experience
     (5.0)
Schools contribution
     (5.0)
Classmates rating
     (5.0)

Strengths of the program:

Student body, diversity

Location

Culture & Student Support

Best fit at this program:

Tech

Entrepreneurship

Management

Can be improved:

Alumni Network

Career opportunities provided by school

Brand/Ranking


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MBA Program Review
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January 29 | 2018
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     By ragreen22 1 0
This review is for: Haas
Program:

Full Time MBA

Class of:

2019

Experience during the program

I have absolutely loved my time Haas so far. The school's culture and community have exceeded its reputation. All of my peers truly embody Haas's defining principles. Another factor that exceeded my expectations has been the alumni support. All of the Haas alumni I've reached out to have been more than happy to speak with me and provide support for my job search.

I have learned so much already in my classes. They are a mix of case studies, lecture, and discussion which keeps the classes interesting. The homework load is not too much and leaves plenty of time for career exploration and extra curricular activities. Haas has a good number and variety of electives. As someone who is going into renewable energy, I am really happy with the energy related classes as Haas.

Overall BSchool experience
     (5.0)
Schools contribution
     (5.0)
Classmates rating
     (5.0)

Strengths of the program:

Curriculum, Classes, Professors

Location

Culture & Student Support

Best fit at this program:

Consulting

Tech

Entrepreneurship

Management

Energy

Can be improved:

Specialization in a particular area (e.g. Finance, Consulting, Healthcare, etc)


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MBA Program Review
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     By ohdarren 1 0
This review is for: Haas
Program:

Full Time MBA

Class of:

2019

Experience during the program

- Location: Haas clearly benefits from the strategic location: right in the Bay, well-connected to any city in the States and everywhere in the world. There are always tons of conferences, careers-oriented workshop, inspirational talks in the area...
- Inclusion: The Haas community embodies deeply the idea of diversity, inclusion, and equality. As an international student, I consider this is by far the biggest reason why I picked Haas and I've been not disappointed so far.
- Careers: supporting alumni network, great location and branding give Haas students a huge advantage during the job search. Especially for those considering anything related to tech, including Fintech, AI/ML...

Overall BSchool experience
     (5.0)
Schools contribution
     (4.0)
Classmates rating
     (5.0)

Strengths of the program:

Student body, diversity

Career opportunities provided by school

Location

Best fit at this program:

Consulting

Tech

Entrepreneurship

Can be improved:

Brand/Ranking

Facilities

Specialization in a particular area (e.g. Finance, Consulting, Healthcare, etc)


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MBA Program Review
EWMBA @ Haas
January 28 | 2018
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     By unbounded 16 33
This review is for: Haas
Program:

EWMBA

Class of:

2017

Experience during the program

The EWMBA program at Berkeley, Haas has it pluses and minuses. The location of the school is great, alumni network is strong, and the school lends itself to Entrepreneurship well. However there are a few factors that could do with some improvement.
1. Course options for weekenders: This is a relatively small group of classes and there is a strong need to diversify if the school wants to continue attracting strong candidates over the weekend. Other options like Booth, Kellogg, UCLA etc provide strong competition.
2. The student pool is very strong, with experienced individuals with solid backgrounds. However a little diversity in the class would help.
3. On campus recruiting could take some help as well. Currently the school caters heavily to fresh grad jobs. and there arent a lot of opportunities for the experienced candidate pool the EWMBA program attracts.

Having said that, students are great and down to earth, and most of the professors are awesome. The alumni network is huge, and the program has been consistently ranked number 1. So definite pluses there.

Overall BSchool experience
     (4.0)
Schools contribution
     (2.0)
Classmates rating
     (5.0)

Strengths of the program:

Alumni Network

Location

Best fit at this program:

Tech

Entrepreneurship

Management

Can be improved:

Curriculum, Classes, Professors

Student body, diversity

Career opportunities provided by school


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