Berkeley Haas Part-Time MBA Program Guide

Berkeley Haas

When discussing top MBA programs, UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business is often on the list. Berkeley Haas offers both a full-time MBA program and a part-time MBA program for those who cannot leave their work full time to pursue their degree. 

The Haas part-time MBA, most often referred to as the Haas Evening and Weekend Program (or the Haas EWMBA, for short), is designed for those who will continue working while obtaining their degree, and subsequently need a class schedule that takes the industry workweek into consideration. This resource page lays out the basics on the Haas School of Business part-time MBA program, and covers all you need to know about whether the program is right for you.

Berkeley Haas Part-Time MBA Class Profile

Class Size (students)279
AgeMedian: 30
Range (middle 80%):27-34
Work Experience (years)Median: 7
Range (middle 80%):5-11
DiversityWomen: 34%
Underrepresented Minorities:6%
Countries Represented: 21
ResidenceSan Francisco Bay Area: 79%
Outside of Bay Area:21%
GPAMedian: 3.4
Range (middle 80%):2.9-3.8
GMATMedian: 700
Range (middle 80%):640-740
Top 3 IndustriesHigh Technology/Electronics: 23%
Computer-Related Services:11%
Consulting: 9%
Top 3 Job FunctionsEngineering: 18%
Marketing/Sales:15%
Consulting/Management Services: 13%

Explore the full class profile here: Berkeley Haas Part-Time MBA Program Class Profile

Berkeley Haas Part-Time Student Experiences

Berkeley Haas Part-Time MBA 

If you’re looking into part-time programs, you may also be wondering how the coursework is structured, and how you can realistically balance working full-time with completing MBA coursework and other program requirements. We hear this question over and over again from clients who are applying to part-time or executive programs, so no, you’re not alone! 

Below, we break down the format and other logistics of Haas’ part-time MBA program so you can get a sense of what to expect.

Berkeley Haas Part-Time MBA Class Format

Berkeley Haas has two distinct tracks for its Evening and Weekend MBA program. Perhaps it would be better referred to as the evening or weekend MBA program because those are its two options. 

Looking at Haas’s EWMBA scheduling page, you have the option of taking evening classes on either Monday and Wednesdays or on Tuesday and Thursday. Both options hold classes from 6:00pm–9:45pm with a 45 minute break. Your eventual elective courses will be offered in the evenings Monday–Thursday. 

The weekend version of the Berkeley Haas EWMBA holds core classes from 9:00am–6:00pm, with two 15 minute breaks and a scheduled lunch hour on Saturdays for the first three semesters. For the last three semesters of the program, the EWMBA holds elective courses from 10am–5pm with a similar schedule for breaks. 

Other Logistics

In any big Metro Area, transportation is always something to think about. Berkeley Haas provides weeknight shuttle services from locations throughout the South Bay and Peninsula for ease of access. While there is no weekend shuttle service, UC Berkeley is located about a block from the Downtown Berkeley BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) Station. For out of town MBA students, the fact that BART runs to San Francisco International Airport makes the commute much easier.

That said, with weeknight classes starting at 6, and Bay Area evening traffic being infamously slow, there may be a number of work accommodations you should consider before applying. Can you take half days on the two days each week that you need to be in Berkeley by 6:00 sharp?

Berkeley Haas Part-Time MBA Curriculum

The UC Berkeley Evening and Weekend MBA curriculum consists of 13 required courses spread out over your first three semesters (Fall of year 1 through Fall of year 2). After that, you’ll switch to electives. These will help you personalize the curriculum to your individual field and career goals. In Berkeley’s part-time MBA program, you will even be allowed to bid on classes that are open to full-time students. 

Part-time business school students also have the option of participating in Haas’ experiential learning program. This includes the opportunity to participate in We Innovate, a mid-program retreat where MBA students head to a scenic location to tackle a real world challenge as a team. These courses allow you to engage in team-based practicums that focus on applying classroom knowledge to real-world situations. 

Berkeley Haas Part-Time MBA Application

Make sure to consult the application requirements for Haas’s Evening & Weekend MBA, taking note of deadlines. Below, we discuss the latest essays that are required as part of the application, as well as the Haas part-time MBA program interview process.

Berkeley Haas Part-Time MBA Essays

As part of the application process to Haas’s part-time program, you will have to complete two essays. These essays are intended for the Haas admissions committee to get to know you better. Here are the prompts for the 2019-2020 application:

  • Essay 1:  Describe a facet of your identity, background, or story that is essential to who you are. (350 word limit) 
  • Essay 2: At Berkeley Haas, we believe that bringing together students with diverse backgrounds, mindsets, and life experiences fosters new and creative thinking. Welcoming these different ways of thinking is the heart of inclusion. Tell us about how you will contribute to our diverse and inclusive community. (250 word limit)

Berkeley Haas Part-Time MBA Interview

Berkeley Haas’s EWMBA program recently started using a pair of video essays instead of a traditional interview. While they do not give out the questions ahead of time, they do say that one question will be focused on your interest in attending Berkeley Haas and that they other focuses on “leadership.” For each question you will have 1-2 minutes to respond in full. The link to the video interview is sent 1-2 days after submitting the rest of your application.

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Why Berkeley Haas?

One important factor in asking the question “Why get a UC Berkeley part-time MBA?” is to remember that you will be part of the UC Berkeley educational system generally. Berkeley is the #2 ranked public university by US News and World Report in the nation. Being admitted into its EWMBA program means that you will have access to its top notch libraries, research facilities, and alumni associations. It also means you will share a campus with excellent faculty across a variety of disciplines.

Additionally, the Berkeley Evening & Weekend MBA provides students with a number of what it calls Global Learning Opportunities which includes international business development seminars, a network of partners for online learning about how business is done in a variety of nations, and an opportunity for an international exchange program with partner schools in Spain, France, Hong Kong, and the Netherlands.

With its two-part video interview, Berkeley Haas has also made it easier and more affordable for non-Bay Area residents to apply to the school. However, we’re the first ones to point out that a big advantage of Haas is its Bay Area location with plenty of access to the tech sector in nearby San Francisco and Silicon Valley. If you aren’t based there already, once you get to the Bay Area, you will be able to take advantage of all it has to offer!

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