With convenient schedule options and flexible curricular offerings, the Berkeley Evening & Weekend MBA Program draws an increasing number of students from outside the Bay Area who choose to commute to and from Berkeley-Haas.
Our students travel from various parts of Southern California as well as from other states such as Washington, Oregon, and Arizona.
Nearly all commuters take advantage of our weekend schedule option, which includes all required core courses and a selection of popular electives.
Weekend classes are held Saturdays from 9:00am to 6:00pm for first-year students, and from 9:00am to 4:00pm for second- and third-year students. Students share a one-hour catered lunch and get two additional 15-minute breaks during the day. Saturday classes alternate between Berkeley and a Silicon Valley location.
The Berkeley campus and our Silicon Valley location are both less than 30 minutes from the Oakland and San Jose International airports, respectively.
Students arriving or departing at the same time often share cab rides. Some students fly back home immediately after classes end, and others spend the night at a hotel and depart on Sunday.
We annually hold a webinar where students who commute from outside of the Bay Area share their tips and tricks for getting to campus, and their experiences in the program as a commuting student. You can view a recording of the webinar here and sign up for this year's webinar on December 8th at our events page.
You may be surprised to learn just how many other passengers on your flight are making their way to Berkeley as well! When you land, check in on Foursquare and share a cab or rental car with other students arriving at the same time.
Waiting for a flight or sharing a ride with a fellow student can serve as a great networking opportunity. Time spent in the air is the perfect chance to catch up on reading for class. The 60-minute catered lunch can double as group-work time.
Students who live in the Bay Are are very understanding of your time constraints and are usually more than happy to support you by providing rides to or from the airport.
Choose to fly airlines that will get you to preferred status with the shortest number of roundtrip flights. Preferred status comes with free upgrades to first class, the privilege of bypassing airport security lines, and the opportunity to deplane first. These rewards add up to time saved.
They’ve streamlined the logistical process of commuting and have even more tips on how to economize cost and effort.
A student from Seattle answers a few commonly asked questions about distance commuting.
|7:00pm||Arrive at the airport, clear security, and meet up with other commuting students.|
|8:00pm||Depart for Oakland or San Jose.|
|10:00pm||Land in Oakland or San Jose (if classes are held in Silicon Valley). Check in using Foursquare to find other EWMBA students arriving at the same time.|
|10:30pm||Share a taxi with commuting classmates to your hotel.|
|11:00pm||Have a drink at the lounge with other students or finish up assignments.|
|8:00am||Breakfast with other commuters.|
|8:30am||Walk to the Berkeley campus or the Silicon Valley location.|
|12:00-1:00pm||Catered lunch (and great opportunity to work on group projects)|
|4:00pm||Classes end for second- and third-year students. (Classes end at 6pm for first-year students.)|
|4:00-5:00pm||Socialize and catch up with other students|
|5:00pm||Catch a ride to the airport with a classmate.|
|6:30pm||Take off from Oakland or San Jose.|