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A Collaborative Culture

At Haas, teamwork and collaboration yield great rewards. Students are members of a close-knit, supportive peer network that draws on both shared experiences and a diversity of ideas and backgrounds to build bonds that last a lifetime.

A Vibrant Community

The Haas School is home to a fascinating, vibrant community marked by a nonstop schedule of activities developed by and for students. The reason for this has to do with the personalities of the students themselves. Berkely MBA students frequently speak of a welcoming atmosphere that encourages involvement. Among the school’s greatest assets is the community of fellow students, who form a lifetime network of friends and professional contacts.

Defining Principles

A unique aspect of the Berkeley MBA innovative leadership approach is the conscious use of Haas School culture to shape how and what you learn. Berkeley-Haas has long lived by principles that define and differentiate us. These include excellence and inclusion, centerpieces for all of UC Berkeley. As part of a world-renowned university, we are inspired and expected to achieve excellence in all that we do. Berkeley MBA students demonstrate this excellence, arriving at Haas with solid academic backgrounds and test scores confirming they possess the intellectual capacity and stamina to meet the challenges of the academically demanding program. They also arrive having already distinguished themselves in their previous work experience, as well as in community activities and other outside endeavors.

Just as valuable as what they bring to the program, however, is what the program instills in them. The unique culture of the Berkeley MBA program produces a unique brand of leader, shaped by four principles that, taken together, sharply define the Haas School and its graduates:

  • Question the Status Quo — We lead by championing bold ideas, taking intelligent risks and accepting sensible failures. This means speaking our minds even when it challenges convention. We thrive at the world's epicenter of innovation.
  • Confidence Without Attitude — We make decisions based on evidence and analysis, giving us the confidence to act without arrogance. We lead through trust and collaboration.
  • Students Always — We are a community designed for curiosity and lifelong pursuit of personal and intellectual growth. This is not a place for those who feel they have learned all they need to learn.
  • Beyond Yourself — We shape our world by leading ethically and responsibly. As stewards of our enterprises, we take the longer view in our decisions and actions. This often means putting larger interests above our own.


These Defining Principles are heavily influenced by the school's location in the San Francisco Bay Area — the world's epicenter for innovation and entrepreneurship. And the principles are shaped by the culture of UC Berkeley, a world-class research generator with a legendary atmosphere of fresh thinking.