A New Freebie for UC Berkeley Haas MBA Alumni

Posted by: Louis Lavelle on January 31, 2011

Two months after Wharton announced a curriculum overhaul that included free executive education courses for life for MBA alumni, the UC-Berkeley Haas School of Business today unveiled a similar program.

As part of the program, announced by Dean Richard Lyons, alumni of all three of the Haas MBA programs—the full-time MBA, evening and weekend MBA, and the joint executive MBA with Columbia—are entitled to two days of free executive education programs within five years of graduation. The Haas MBA classes graduating in May and the Haas-Columbia class graduating in February will be the first that can tap the new benefit—so if you’ve already graduated you’re out of luck.

The new program is in addition to the Haas Alumni Audit Program, started in 2004, which allows Haas MBA alumni to take MBA courses for free, as availability allows. About 200 alumni take courses as part of the program every year. Haas alumni also enjoy a 15-percent discount on any open-enrollment executive education courses they attend.

Whitney Hischier, assistant dean for executive learning, said in a press release that the new program will give Haas a way to connect with alumni throughout their careers, and more closely align executive education programs with the needs of the market.

“The culture at Berkeley-Haas is that we are passionate about learning,” said Lyons, “and we know we’ll always have plenty more yet to learn.”

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