Academics

Evening & Weekend Berkeley MBA Program

Fresh Ideas. Leading Companies. Live Challenges.

This is How WE Innovate

In the Evening & Weekend Berkeley MBA Program, innovation is experiential.

As part of the core curriculum, you take Applied Innovation, a course culminating in WE Lead, our mid-program academic retreat, one deeply rigorous weekend when you pull it all together. Drawing upon your foundation in business fundamentals and your growing innovation and leadership 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 WE Innovate is all about:

Framing Problems

Part-time MBA students at Berkeley-Haas tackle real-world corporate challenges, such as this one for Citi Ventures

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.

Questioning the Status Quo

Questioning the Status Quo is integral to Berkeley MBA innovation

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.

Ideation

The real-world project for this part-time MBA team focused on wild animal preservation

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.

Collaboration

Berkeley MBA culture lends itself to the collaborative process

Confidence Without Attitude, a Berkeley-Haas Defining Principle, facilitates dynamic teamwork.

Storytelling with Purpose

Leadership Communication and other Berkeley MBA courses help students pitch persuasively

Through such courses as Leadership Communication, Berkeley MBA students learn to pitch persuasively. Pictured here: Pitch approaches for a PayPal challenge to build loyalty.

Iteration

Students receive coaching on innovation from Design Lecturer Clark Kellogg

Students welcome feedback from clients and coaches, such as Innovation and Design Lecturer Clark Kellogg, to further evolve ideas.

Excellence

Berkeley MBA students always aim for excellence

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.

Celebration

Students in the Evening & Weekend Berkeley MBA Program celebrate MPAR's end with a Saturday night bash

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.