As the second oldest business school in the U.S., the Haas School of Business at the University of California Berkeley is continuously providing students experiential learning, global programs, and a STEM-incorporated education.
This year, Haas added a simultaneous undergraduate degree program in partnership with UC-Berkeley’s College of Engineering. The Management, Entrepreneurship, and Technology Program (For an in-depth feature on the MET program, go here.) is a four-year program that offers students two degrees by graduation: a BS in Business Administration and a choice of either a BS in Electrical Engineering & Computer Science (EECS), Mechanical Engineering (ME), or Industrial Engineering & Operations Research (IEOR).
Erica Walker, assistant dean of undergraduate programs at Haas says the program will prepare students for a foundation in both business and technology. “Students graduate with a comprehensive understanding of technology innovation—ready to start their own company, lead innovation inside an established firm, or contribute to a social-impact venture,” she says.
The new program is just one of the ways Haas has strengthened its relationship with STEM. Walker says Haas is planning to provide even more highlighted options for students interested in combining their business education with STEM fields.
TWO-THIRDS OF HAAS STUDENTS DOUBLE-MAJOR
Students apply to Haas the fall of their sophomore year at UC-Berkeley. During their first two years, students complete general education courses and a number of prerequisite requirements. Once accepted into the Haas undergraduate program, students spend the next two years taking 10 core courses including:
- Business Communications
- Microeconomic Analysis for Business Decisions
- Macroeconomic Analysis for Business Decisions
- Introduction to Financial Accounting
- Introduction to Managerial Accounting
- Introduction to Finance
- Analytic Decision Modeling Using Spreadsheets
- Leading People
- The Social, Political and Ethical Environment of Business
On top of the 10 core courses, Haas students take upper division electives and upper division non-business courses. The Berkeley-Haas undergraduate program is designed to allow flexibility in areas of study. According to Walker, approximately two-thirds of business majors at Haas pursue a simultaneous degree in business and another major. Students can also customize their learning by selecting any business electives of their choice and incorporating study abroad at any point during their time as an undergraduate.
NEW GLOBAL MANAGEMENT PROGRAM TO LAUNCH IN FALL 2018
There are a number of opportunities that are strengthening the Haas global brand as a worldwide education.
In fall 2018, Haas will welcome its first cohort of the Global Management Program (GMP). The GMP is a program for a selective group of high school seniors applying to UC-Berkeley and the Haas School of Business. Accepted students study in the four-year program, which begins during their summer orientation. Students take courses at UC-Berkeley and are required to take part in the Berkeley Global Edge experience in London. By the end of their four years, students will earn a bachelor of science degree in Business Administration with a concentration in global management.
“The selective Global Management Program blends rigorous business and general education with broad cultural understanding, preparing students to lead in financial services, communications, social sector solutions, foreign affairs, management consulting, and more,” the Haas website reads.
In 2017, Haas launched the Berkeley-Haas Global Access Program (BHGAP)—a non-degree program that provides a one-or two-semester immersive experience for undergraduate and graduate-level international students. Through BHGAP, hundreds of students from around the world study business and entrepreneurship at Berkeley, connect with Bay Area companies, and experience Bay Area life. BHGAP students take a minimum of 12 units, including three BGHAP exclusive business courses as well as an elective from the UC-Berkeley course catalog. BHGAP students also visit Silicon Valley companies and take part in career coaching, cohort lunches, and professional development workshops. Through the program, students receive a transcript from UC-Berkeley Extension and a co-branded Certificate of Completion from Berkeley-Haas and UC-Berkeley Extension.
“We want to provide students from around the world with the opportunity to come to Berkeley-Haas, study with our leading faculty, and experience our network within the entrepreneurial, innovative Bay Area,” says Adam Berman, executive director of emerging initiatives at Berkeley-Haas and head of the new program. “The Bay Area economy is ranked among the Top 15 economies in the world, and there are companies from virtually every industry within 50 miles of our campus.”
Haas students interested in global opportunities can take part in Haas Travel-Study—a program where students visit international companies or organizations to learn about business opportunities and challenges of operation in a specific country or region. Students can also take part in the broader University of California’s Education Abroad Program that offers 416 programs in 44 countries.
BERKELEY-HAAS ENTREPRENEURSHIP PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES
Learning opportunities outside the classroom are strong at Haas. The Social Sector Solutions is a course at Haas where students engage in major strategy consultation for nonprofit and public organizations, or a selection social enterprise in partnership with a major consulting firm.
For student entrepreneurs, the Berkeley-Haas Entrepreneurship Program (BHEP) provides courses, scholarships, competitions, seed funding and space, and mentoring for business students interested in pursuing new ventures.
Students interested in applying their coursework can compete in International Case Competitions, where Haas students compete with undergraduate students from top international business schools around the world. In case competitions, students pitch business solutions to senior level executives from various industries. Such experiences strengthen students’ analytical, teamwork, and communication skills.
Haas also provides a number of experiential learning workshops where students can enhance personal growth in their education and career. Workshops generally focus on one topic of interest and are conducted by professional facilitators.
The career outlook for Haas alums is strong. According to Haas admin surveyed by P&Q, 90% of Class of 2017 grads were employed full-time within 90 days of graduation with an average salary of $73,304—higher than all but four other schools on this year’s P&Q ranking.
Top 10 Employers for Class of 2017:
- Deloitte and Touche LLP/Deloitte Consulting
- Ernst and Young LLP
- Bain and Company
- Goldman, Sachs and Company
- JP Morgan Chase
- PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
Opinions of the Haas education are positive among Haas alums surveyed by P&Q.
Some 63% of alumni surveyed by P&Q found the Haas experience life changing and 75% said they “absolutely” believe their Haas degree will assist them in climbing to a new socioeconomic status.
Roughly 98% of alum surveyed said their first job after graduating was in their desired industry, with 72% saying their first job was at their desired company.
What alum say:
“I was a member of the Haas Case Competition team which allowed me to travel to Belgrade for a week and compete with teams from all over the world on a case simulation.” – Pia Mishra, Class of 2015
“I competed in a national competition to build a mobile app using IBM Watson and was selected to represent Berkeley at IBM Watson HQ in NYC.” – David Park, Class of 2015
“Haas was a highly competitive environment full of stress and difficulty, but retrospectively, it was extremely valuable and something I’ll hold dear to my heart for my whole life.” – Wilson Tsai, Class of 2015
For an in-depth interview with undergraduate dean Erika Walker, go here.