Weekend Option

Evening & Weekend MBA

Saturdays On Campus

Our Weekend format is perfect for those who work full time in the Bay Area, greater California, or surrounding areas and are willing to dedicate Saturdays to their MBA program. Weekend MBA students enjoy spending their weekends on campus without the stress of work the same or next day.

Core classes take place on Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. with breaks and catered lunch. For the second half of your program, choose your own electives schedule from evenings, weekends, and online class offerings.

Weekend MBA students enjoy spending their catered lunch time together and expanding their weekends for recreational activities or group projects.

Commuting Within the Bay Area

Public transit options include BART trains and AC Transit buses. From their stops in downtown Berkeley, it’s an easy free shuttle ride or walk to the Haas campus. Parking also is available for students who drive—or ride their bikes—to class.

Commuting from Outside the Bay Area

Weekend students typically fly in to Oakland International Airport (OAK) on Friday evening and depart Saturday evening after classes. Students often coordinate their schedules to share rides to or from the airport or even take the same flights, using the extra time to get to know each other, continue classroom discussions, and get started on assignments.

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Moving to the Bay Area

Even if you begin the program as a long-distance commuter, you may find yourself choosing to relocate to the Bay Area. The potential to leverage a Berkeley MBA into a career move to the Bay Area, whether with a current employer or through a new position, is an objective many students share.

Learn More About Relocating

Rachael Oczkus
MBA 26

"I currently commute from Santa Barbara. I fly in on Friday evenings and depart on Sunday mornings. Opting for the in-person block schedule on Saturdays was the ideal choice for me given my inability to relocate to the Bay Area before the start of the program.

While I was initially apprehensive about the logistics of weekly travel followed by eight hours of class on Saturdays, the experience of the in-person program has been extremely enjoyable. Saturdays are easily my favorite day of the week as they're full of bonding opportunities with my classmates. I really appreciate the time we spend together during lunch breaks or after class."

Compare Format Options

Schedule Option Flex Evenings Weekends
Format Online every Tue & Thu On Campus every Mon & Wed OR Tue & Thu On Campus every Sat
Times 4-6pm PT 6-9:30pm PT 9am-6pm PT
Core Courses Online On Campus On Campus
Electives Online or On Campus On Campus or Online On Campus or Online
Mandatory Signature Events Three mandatory weekend immersions Two mandatory weekend immersions Two mandatory weekend immersions
Optional Signature Events Two optional weekend immersions Two optional weekend immersions Two optional weekend immersions
Program Start July July July
Duration 2.5 to 3 years 2.5 to 3 years 2.5 to 3 years
Cost $148,386* $148,386* $148,386*
Degree Berkeley MBA Berkeley MBA Berkeley MBA

* Total program costs for Evening & Weekend MBA programs are estimates made using current costs and are subject to change. Visit our financial aid website for more info.

Weekend Immersion Events

WE Launch (Required)
Evening & Weekend MBA Student Orientation

Weekend in July prior to program start date

Your entire class takes flight together at WE Launch, our required student orientation weekend. You will learn about the case method, meet the people who will accompany you on your academic and career journey, and begin to form bonds with classmates through team-building activities.

Mid Program Academic Review (Required)
Academic retreat, typically hosted in Napa Valley

Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend in January during second year

This weekend immersion is focused on the Communicating in Diverse Environments core course. It will be taught offsite, typically at a resort in Napa Valley. The course is based on cutting-edge behavioral and social science regarding economic, psychological, sociological, organizational, and cultural insights. You will learn an evidence-based set of tools that make the workplace more equitable. This will help you develop leadership skills to increase diversity and inclusion in the modern workplace.

RE Launch (Optional)
Reconnect and bond with your classmates

Weekend in July during second year

RE Launch is an opportunity to kick start your second year in the program, building on the energy of WE Launch and helping you to think about your academic, professional, and personal goals while at Haas. This immersion weekend is designed as an opportunity for Evening, Weekend, and Flex cohorts to bond in person together.

WE Lead (Optional)
Weekend celebration and recap of your MBA experience

Weekend in May of your graduating year

Before you put on your cap and gown, this event brings your class together to reflect on where you have been and set the compass for where you are going. You will test skills and knowledge with your classmates, network with alumni, and, of course, celebrate.