In the Evening & Weekend Berkeley MBA Program, innovation is experiential.
As part of the core curriculum, you take Applied Innovation, a course culminating in the Mid-Program Academic Retreat (MPAR), one deeply rigorous weekend when you pull it all together. Drawing upon your foundation in business fundamentals and your growing innovative leader skills, you take on a current challenge faced by a top company. Think Autodesk, Citi Ventures, PayPal, Kaiser Permanente (all members of our new Berkeley Roundtable on Applied Innovation and Design).
260 students, 40 teams, and 10 corporate challenges. It all adds up to learning, reflection, innovation, and impact. Take a look at what MPAR is all about:
Understanding the problem you're trying to solve, using the design thinking and other tools you've gained, is critical to innovation. Here, a team helps Citi Ventures better target new markets.
When assumptions go out the window, students ask questions—of guest speakers such as the former Chief Innovation Officer for Clorox, of clients, of instructors, and of each other.
This team clearly kept their priorities top-of-mind: protecting elephants and rhinos through poverty alleviation for client Group Elephant, a collection of software service companies and NGOs with a philanthropic mission.
Confidence Without Attitude, a Berkeley-Haas Defining Principle, facilitates dynamic teamwork.
Through such courses as Leadership Communication, Berkeley MBA students learn to pitch persuasively. Pictured here: Pitch approaches for a PayPal challenge to build loyalty.
Students welcome feedback from clients and coaches, such as Innovation and Design Lecturer Clark Kellogg, to further evolve ideas.
You come to Berkeley-Haas to learn how to move the needle for organizations. At MPAR, clients recognize fresh thinking by tapping a finalist team from each challenge to compete for the MPAR Cup.
A weekend of rigor is capped off with time to enjoy Napa's Silverado Resort and to re-energize, network, and bond, with a celebratory bash.