Providing students with hands-on exposure to real-world business situations is a key strength of the Berkeley MBA Program—and an essential ingredient in shaping innovative leaders.
Experiential activities are a required part of your coursework, and numerous out-of-classroom opportunities also offer you the opportunity to build upon your skill set. These activities utilize all aspects of general management and include strong innovative leadership components.
We've built into the core curriculum an experiential course that will enable you to hone your problem framing, product/customer research, and problem solving skills in a real-life setting.
The Applied Innovation core course is taken during your third semester in the program and completed through participation in WE Innovate, our mid-program academic retreat.
This course is taken in conjunction with a teamwork module, designed to make the experience as meaningful as possible.
Many Berkeley MBA electives make use of hands-on projects in the field. This almost always means team projects—an important aspect of experiential learning.
|Consult with executives at top companies to kick-start corporate innovation. See a list of recent Haas@Work projects.|
|Social Sector Solutions|
|In partnership with the international consulting firm McKinsey & Co., students engage in major consulting projects for nonprofit organizations. Learn more about Social Sector Solutions.|
|Social Sector Solutions for Social Enterprises|
|In partnership with consulting firms Dalberg and FSG, students engage with select impact-driven organizations to create customized solutions designed to help these social enterprise clients achieve greater financial and social impact.|
|Experience what it's like to actually start a high-tech company. Students are exposed to all of the pressure and demands of the real world in an early-stage start up. Read more about Lean LaunchPad.|
|Strategic and Sustainable Business Solutions|
|Engage with companies such as Disney and Southwest Airlines to develop socially-responsible business strategies while learning how to manage client relationships. Learn more about Strategic and Sustainable Business Solutions consulting projects.|
|International Business Development (IBD)|
|Work in teams to apply business principles learned in the classroom to management consulting engagements with clients around the world. This program is offered to Evening & Weekend MBA students during the summer term. Learn more about the IBD Program.|
|Hedge Fund Strategies / Haas Investment Fund|
|Apply skills learned in finance and other courses to develop and implement a trading strategy. Students work in teams and are encouraged to innovate as they participate in the actual investment process. Students may elect to take the Haas Investment Fund course after completing Hedge Fund Strategies.|
|Design and Marketing of New Products|
|Learn cutting-edge tools and techniques used for new-product development while examining the strategies, success metrics, and processes used by successful companies. Become immersed in the roles and responsibilities of an innovation manager.|
|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.|
|Real Estate Investment Analysis|
|Work in teams to examine real cases and deliver a comprehensive analysis that includes concept development, full market analysis, funding strategy, and entitlement and stakeholder consultation and approval strategies. Get extensive face-to-face interactions with stakeholders, real estate professionals, design professionals and capital market providers.|
Beyond the course-related field activities is a plethora of programs and events that challenge Berkeley MBA students to put their learning to work right away.
Check out photos from some of these activites to get a sense of how it feels to be a part of all the action!
Dozens of individual and team competitions challenge students to come up with solutions to real-world challenges.
A wide selection of popular annual conferences — all completely organized and led by students — gives you the opportunity to address top issues in a range of topic areas.
Hundreds of business and thought leaders visit Berkeley Haas each year to share their real-world experiences—in classes, at conferences, and as part of speaker series.
The Dean's Speaker Series features leaders in a diverse range of fields and functions—from CEOs to military leaders.
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