The Haas School encourages you to take advantage of all the university has to offer. With the Berkeley MBA program, you earn a degree from a university whose name and reputation open doors around the globe.
In addition to attending one of the premier business schools in the world, Haas students join the larger community at one of the most esteemed universities. The mission of the University of California is to excel in research, teaching, and public service. Over the decades, this mission has developed a culture at UC Berkeley that stimulates greatness.
UC Berkeley’s global flavor and close proximity to Silicon Valley and downtown San Francisco — the finance capital of the West Coast — provide unmatched opportunities.
The Berkeley MBA program draws on the incredible breadth and depth of the University of California, Berkeley, whose graduate programs are consistently ranked among the best in the world. The proof is in the university's distinguished record of Nobel-level scholarship, constant innovation, a concern for the betterment of our world, and consistently high rankings of its schools and departments — the Haas School among them.
Since its founding in 1868, UC Berkeley has grown with the rapidly expanding population of California and has responded to the educational needs of the developing state. By the 1930s, research at UC Berkeley burgeoned in nuclear physics, chemistry, and biology, leading to the development of the first cyclotron, the isolation of the human polio virus, and the discovery of all the artificial elements heavier than uranium, including Berkelium and Californium. Twenty-one members of the UC Berkeley faculty have been awarded Nobel prizes for these and subsequent achievements in science, literature, and economics.
UC Berkeley was ranked #3 in the world in 2013 by the Academic Ranking of World Universities, conducted by Shanghai Jiao Tong University, and #6 in 2014 by The Times Higher Education World Reputation Rankings. According to the National Research Council, UC Berkeley ranks first nationally in the number of graduate programs in the top 10 in their fields. (In fact, 97% of the university's programs made the top 10 list.)
Consistently ranked one of the top business schools in the country, the Haas School of Business has a solid reputation for quality and leadership. The business school at the University of California, Berkeley, was founded in 1898, making it the second oldest collegiate business school in the United States, and the first at a public university. Rank, reputation, and experience combine to offer Haas students a rich spectrum of quality resources, noteworthy events, and high-profile speakers.
You are encouraged to supplement business courses with graduate classes outside the business school in areas ranging from engineering, law, and urban planning to foreign languages, international area studies, and public policy. Joint courses with students in law, engineering, information systems, and public health also enhance the educational experience of many MBA students.
The Business of CleanTech
As a Berkeley MBA student, you have the opportunity to work across disciplines with top thinkers on some of the world's most cutting-edge projects. For example, the Cleantech to Market (C2M) applied innovation course is a partnership between students, scientists, engineers, and professionals to translate low-carbon energy, green chemistry, and water research into market opportunities.
Above: Mechanical engineer Lindsay Miller, PhD 12, teamed up with Chris Tan, MBA 13, to evaluate the market viability of her doctoral thesis project—a device the size of a stick of gum that harvests energy from machinery vibrations to run wireless sensors.