Hands-on Learning at Berkeley Haas
Experiential learning has been an integral part of the Berkeley Haas MBA experience for more than 25 years. Even more than being in the classroom, hands-on learning lets you feel the impact of what you have learned—and accomplished. You recognize the growth in your own skills and knowledge. Even more importantly, you see how your newfound skills can solve real-world problems.
We draw on deep relationships with leading firms and organizations in the Bay Area, across the nation, and around the world to offer unparalleled opportunities for our MBA experiential learning. More than half of our electives feature hands-on projects. You will take at least one of nearly 20 Applied Innovation courses, working on team projects that range from corporate innovation initiatives with major firms to global consulting work.
Sample Applied Innovation Courses
International Business Development
International Business Development (IBD) arranges consulting projects with a variety of for-profit and nonprofit clients. Students work in small teams with clients throughout the spring semester and then for three weeks each summer in various countries.
Design Thinking for Business Solutions to Create Social Impact
Students learn a structured approach to a business challenge that combines best-of-breed of design thinking, innovation strategy, and entrepreneurship in a course that takes place at THNK School of Creative Leadership in Amsterdam. The class focuses on one client and business issue, for example, Shell and urban mobility, or Booking.com and on-line travel.
Haas Socially Responsible Investment Fund
As the first and only student-led investment fund of its scale (over $2 million) within a leading business school focused on both social and financial returns, the Haas Socially Responsible Investment Fund (HSRIF) seeks to contribute to the field of social investing by defining and exploring new ideas around unlocking hidden value based on companies’ environmental, social and governance (ESG) practices.
Haas@Work sends teams of Berkeley MBA students to work with top executives at major firms, such as Visa, Virgin America, Cisco, Disney, Panasonic, Clorox, and Wells Fargo. Students research and develop solutions for a competitive challenge posed by the firm. The best ideas are then selected for student implementation by the firm's executives.