Academics

Full-Time MBA Program

A Global Focus

Global experience is an integral aspect of the Berkeley MBA experience. Global business is part of many courses, including courses with a specific focus on international topics, such as Global Strategy and Multinational Enterprises, and Global Leadership. You 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. In addition, there are numerous student clubs, business competitions, fellowship programs, and research centers with an international focus.

The international emphasis of the Haas School is an integral part of its culture. Many Berkeley MBA students have lived, studied, or worked abroad, and 43 percent of the full-time MBA students are international, representing nearly 40 countries. Many faculty members, too, are either originally from other countries, or have extensive international experience and contacts. The impact of this international diversity on the MBA program is enormous, adding varied perspectives to classroom discussions, team projects, and everyday interactions.

A Global Curriculum

MBA courses with an international focus

  • Global Operations Strategy
  • Global Leadership
  • Strategic Approaches for Global Social Impact
  • Global Strategy & Multinational Enterprise
  • Technological Breakthroughs for Combatting Global Poverty
  • Business Solutions for Global Megatrends
  • International Business Development for MBAs
  • Macroeconomics in the Global Economy

See more core courses and electives.

Concurrent degree in International and Area Studies

This three-year MBA/MA program allows you to broaden your knowledge of different regions or countries by taking internationally-oriented topical, language, and area study courses from departments and schools across UC Berkeley. You may focus on either a topic or an area. Topics include international or global issues, such as:

  • International trade and debt
  • Investment strategy
  • Global communications
  • Environmental issues
  • Urban and regional development

Areas include:

  • Major countries such as China, Japan, Russia, Germany, or Brazil
  • Regions such as the Middle East, Africa, or Southeast Asia

Candidates may add the International Area Studies program during their first year of study at Haas.

Study Abroad

Consult through the International Business Development (IBD) Program

Every year, one of the Haas School's most heralded experiential electives, International Business Development (IBD) sends about 100 full-time Berkeley MBA students to various countries to work in small teams with a variety of clients for three weeks each summer on consulting projects. IBD clients range from large multinationals to nonprofit organizations.

  • During the spring semester: Student teams prepare a work plan in consultation with their client and undertake background research and analysis while attending classes on related topics.
  • From mid-May to mid-June: Teams spend three weeks on location in their assigned country.
  • In the fall semester: Teams carry out additional research to complete the assignment and present their work to the Haas community.

Spend a semester abroad

International Exchange Programs
Nothing compares to the experience of attending a foreign university and getting to know students in another country for an entire semester. Berkeley MBA students may embark on an international exchange program in the fall semester of their second year. They pay the normal Haas fees and may earn up to 12 units toward their MBA degree while abroad. International exchange programs are offered in the following locations:

  1. London Business School (LBS), London, England
  2. L'Ecole Des Hautes Etudes Commerciales (HEC), Jouy-en-Josas, France
  3. IESE Business School (Instituto de Estudios Superiores de la Empresa), Universidad de Navarro, Barcelona, Spain
  4. The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST), Hong Kong

International study trips during semester breaks

Student clubs organize regular study treks to Asia, Latin America, and Europe, visiting firms, meeting with government officials, and engaging with alumni.

Competitions, Conferences, and Clubs

Intel+UC Berkeley Technology Entrepreneurship Challenge

The Intel® + UC Berkeley Technology Entrepreneurship Challenge is a joint project of Intel Corporation and the Lester Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation at UC Berkeley that brings together entrepreneurial teams from world class engineering and business schools. In emerging markets, innovation and entrepreneurship are particularly important. The Technology Entrepreneurship Challenge showcases the global business opportunities that have the greatest potential for a positive impact on society through the deployment of new and truly innovative technologies.

Global Social Venture Competition

The Global Social Venture Competition (GSVC) supports the creation of real businesses around the world that bring about positive social change in a sustainable manner. The GSVC, organized by the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley, provides mentoring, exposure, and prizes for social ventures from around the world. Since its inception in 1999, the GSVC has awarded more than a quarter of a million dollars to emerging social ventures and has introduced early-stage social venture entrepreneurs to the investment community.

European Business Club

The European Business Club supports members' interest in European companies, foreign companies in Europe, and even European companies in the US.

International Development & Enterprise Club

International Development & Enterprise Club members share deep interests in international development in a wide range of sectors including Public Health, IT & Telecommunications, Energy, Financial Services, Education, and Agriculture. Global Initiatives brings together a network of graduate students interested in exploring the connection between development and enterprise. The club connects the Berkeley community with leading practitioners, researchers, and specialists in related fields to understand current practices and explore future career opportunities.

Latin American & Hispanic Business Association

The Latin American & Hispanic Business Association (LAHBA) unites students from all backgrounds who share an interest in Latin America and the Hispanic world. LAHBA sponsors a variety of activities to heighten the cultural, economic, and political awareness of the region and facilitates international career searches by helping members become familiar with business opportunities in Latin American countries, fostering communication between students and alumni, and supporting academic and professional networking.

Asia Business Club

The Asia Business Club caters to students hailing from or otherwise interested in countries in the Asia Pacific region - home to some of the fastest rising economies today. The club strives to go beyond social activities, of which there are many, and spearhead professionally value-adding projects reflective of the monumental importance of the Asian region in global business.

Global Careers and International Internships

The Career Management Group supports international career goals, provides you with access to employers, and offers guidance from experienced advisors, coaches, managers, and practitioners at all stages of the career planning process.

In 2014, 18 percent of graduates accepted jobs outside the US and 7 percent of internships were international.

Employment & Internship Reports
List of Recruiters

Research Centers

Asia Business Center

The Asia Business Center (ABC) forges strategic partnerships between University of California, Berkeley and reputable institutions in Asia to provide excellence and leadership in management education and research. The ABC serves the following countries: China (including Hong Kong and Taiwan), India, Indonesia, Korea, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam.

Blum Center for Developing Economies

The Blum Center seeks to increase the well-being of poor people in developing countries by designing, adapting, and disseminating scalable and sustainable technologies and systems and by educating and inspiring a new generation of global citizens. The Blum Center addresses the needs of the poor in developing countries by leveraging UC and LBNL expertise and preparing students with the theoretical understanding, applied skills, and experiential learning that enable them to become agents of change in the struggle against global poverty.

Clausen Center for International Business & Policy

The Clausen Center for International Business and Policy promotes path-breaking scholarly research, enhances teaching in the area of international trade, macroeconomics and finance and contributes to the policy dialogue on these issues. 

Fellowships

Health Management International Internships

Health Management International and Community-Based Internships provides two MBA/MPH students with up to $5000 in funding to work at a domestic or international not-for-profit, non-governmental organization or quasi-governmental organization with an established internship program and a history of no stipend (i.e., WHO, UNAIDS).

TISES Fellowship

The Tata Group, one of India's largest private sector conglomerates and a global leader in innovative Corporate Sustainability initiatives, launched the Tata International Social Entrepreneurship Scheme (TISES). The primary objective of TISES is to provide international students with opportunities to contribute to community initiative projects in India and promote international understanding.

Student Profile

About one third of each class is made up of international students, representing more than 30 countries. Furthermore, the majority of Haas students have international work experience. See class profile.

Admissions Events Abroad

Haas admissions officers travel worldwide for information sessions and MBA Fairs. See the schedule of off-campus admissions events.