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The culture of Haas is so unique, with four defining principles that are absolutely part of everyone's experience: challenge the status quo, students always, beyond yourself, confidence without attitude. Everyone really embodies these qualities, and I feel proud to be part of a school that is creating these kind of leaders.
I would have liked more catering toward the unique challenges of part-time lifestyle (time-starved). More focus on creating community and fostering network in genuine and efficient ways (not just standard networking).
The fact that the Berkeley MBA is right in the middle of Silicon Valley is a huge advantage and differentiator. The access to the IT VC ecosystem is also a unique advantage. Finally, the San Francisco Bay area is highly competitive and has great diversity. These aspects are reflected in the program.
I think that they could offer on-line classes. I also think that they might want to revamp the elective program. A lot of the electives felt like they could have crammed the same amount of material in to a 10 week course rather than a 15 week course. Offering three 10 week trimesters would give students an opportunity to take a wider variety of classes.
The culture is unmatched! The students, faculty and staff all truly exhibit the defining principles of the school prior to even starting which makes for a cohesive group of motivated, intelligent and compassionate individuals.
There were quite a few changes in the program office during the three years in the program. I think if Haas was able to keep the program office members around longer then they would be able to implement changes that the students were bringing up.
Haas offers a curriculum that focuses on strengthening the core capability of the innovative leader. Also, the Haas culture (based on four defining principles) creates a setting where learning, questioning, and striving are promoted.
There could be better organization and continuity of the program staff. Also, the curriculum changes should only be made with each incoming class. Once the "rules" are laid out they should not be changed for students already in process. There were time when it seemed as though the graduation requirements were changing and as a result, I felt I would have made different decisions in terms of course selection had the expectations been clear and static throughout the program.
Berkeley, Berkeley, and Berkeley. There's no place like it. Nobel prize winners in multiple disciplines (including at Haas - Economics). The ability to team with students (graduate and undergraduate) in the Law School, Engineering, etc, to leverage expertise and tackle real world problems is unique. Experiential learning opportunities, working on real world problems with world class companies, are likely unmatched by any other program. Finally, the caliber of the student body adds tremendously to the overall experience, as well as to students' professional networks during school and beyond. Berkeley is a special place, and the years of tradition and history, combined with the super-talented people who walk the campus today, create a lively, stimulating eco-system that would be impossible to recreate anywhere else. Berkeley inspires confidence, without the ego. Berkeley has a heart and soul.
Ethics, from a curriculum point of view, is over-rated. It is more experiential in nature and is drawn upon from senior management, peers, and life style choices. While ethics is crucial in business world, there are few courses/profs who can do justice and make an impact. It would be better to bring ethics as a underlining to every aspect of curriculum and save the course credits to something more pertinent.
The students and faculty are absolutely top notch. Students are smart, collegial, and collaborative. Faculty are very knowledgeable with real life experiences and examples to support their teachings.
Employer data includes graduates and current students.
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