Curriculum

Infused with innovative leadership perspective, the Berkeley MBA's rigorous general management curriculum teaches you to become a leader who can harness new ideas to create value for your firm. You acquire skills and qualities that enable you to drive growth to ensure your organization thrives.

The core curriculum provides a solid foundation, rooted in business fundamentals, such as marketing, finance, accounting, and operations. Beyond the core, you are able to tailor your education to meet your goals and interests through a wide variety of cutting-edge elective offerings and global opportunities.

You'll find MBA course descriptions in the UC Berkeley general course catalog, Berkeley Bulletin.

Curriculum Overview

Pre-term

Required Skills Workshops

  • Optional/late summer
  • Review of quantitative skills
Week Zero
  • Mandatory
  • A 5-day introduction to the program that includes curricular overviews, cohort activities, and high-profile guests
First Year
Fall Semester
Required Core Courses Fall A (Weeks 1-7):
  • Data & Decisions
  • Leading People
  • Leadership Communication
  • Microeconomics (Economics for Business Decision Making)
Career Management and Fall B Prep Week
  • Week-long program of career planning workshops and exercises
Required Core Courses

Fall B (Weeks 9-15):

  • Financial Accounting
  • Introduction to Finance
  • Marketing Management
  • Problem Finding, Problem Solving
Winter Break
Treks

Global Study and Career Exploration Opportunities. From Southeast Asia to News Zealand, see Global Focus for examples of student winter trek activities.

 

Spring Semester

Required Core Courses, Electives, and Applied Innovation

 

Spring A (Weeks 1-7):

  • Macroeconomics in the Global Economy
  • Operations
  • Option to fulfill Applied Innovation requirement now and/or in second year (typically 15 weeks) See Experiential Learning for information on our 13 applied innovation courses.
  • Electives (typically 15 weeks)

Spring B:

  • Ethics and Responsibility in Business
  • Strategy, Structure, and Incentives
  • Applied Innovation (continuing from Spring A)
  • Electives (continuing from Spring A)

Summer Break

Global Study Opportunities

Students enrolled in the International Business Development (IBD) program in spring, complete that applied innovation course with three weeks of in-country consulting work. (Participants can also complete a 10-week summer internship.)

Summer Internships

Students work with the Career Management Group to secure summer internships with top firms, startups, and nonprofits worldwide.

Second Year

Fall Semester

Electives

See Elective Courses for lists of sample electives.

Applied Innovation

Option to fulfill Applied Innovation requirement if not completed during first year, or to take additional applied innovation courses. See Experiential Learning for information on our 13 applied innovation courses.
Winter Break
Treks

Global Study and Career Exploration Opportunities. From Southeast Asia to News Zealand, see Global Focus for examples of student winter trek activities.

Spring Semester

Electives

See Elective Courses for lists of sample electives.

Applied Innovation

Option to fulfill Applied Innovation requirement if not completed during first year, or to take additional applied innovation courses. See Experiential Learning for information on our 13 applied innovation courses.

Commencement

Typically held in May