UC Haas

The Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley, is a centre of excellence in  business education. The School, also called Haas, has a hoary tradition of imparting the best quality of management education. It is the oldest business school at a public university in the United States.

The College of Commerce was established in 1898. In 1942, the College of Commerce was transformed into the Department of Business Administration. Thirteen years later, the Graduate School of Business Administration came into being. In 1989, a year after celebrating its centenary, the GSBA was renamed the Haas School of Business, after Walter Haas, Sr., a 1910 alumnus and president of San Francisco-based Levi Strauss for nearly 30 years.

Haas offers a full-time, two-year, residential MBA programme. The full-time MBA curriculum focuses on the “strategic and organizational challenges of innovation, and leading edge innovations in subjects such as finance and marketing”. The course curriculum covers innovation as technological progress. The basic idea behind this approach is that upon graduation, the participants will be able to lead innovatively in organizations ranging from major multinational companies to fast-growing startups, nonprofit organisations, or businesses of their own.

The school is heavily influenced by the teaching and research ethos at Berkeley and by its strong connections with business in nearby Silicon Valley. On-campus visits by executives, including teaching stints, are regular events. While the school has a strong research base it also lays much emphasis on the teaching abilities of faculty members.

The school has over 83 full-time and 125 part-time faculty members. Haas faculty members are renowned the world over for their expertise in their chosen fields of academics. They are also active as business consultants and board members, and as high-level government appointees. The faculty members, with their diverse consulting and managerial experience, continue to challenge current thinking, research new ideas, and affect the future of business.

The average annual intake is about 240. The programme receives approximately 3,700 applications in a year. The course participants come from many countries worldwide and hence bring diverse cultural, academic, and work ethos to the classroom. Some notable alumni of Haas are:

  • Rodrigo Rato, former MD, IMF;
  • Arun Sarin, ex-CEO, Vodafone;
  • Paul Otellini, CEO, Intel;
  • Scott Adams, creator of Dilbert;
  • Ralph Bahna, former chairman of Priceline.com;
  • Allan Holt, Managing Director, Carlyle Group;
  • Shantanu Narayen, president & CEO, Adobe Systems;
  • Bengt Baron, president, Absolut Vodka, and Joe Jimenez, CEO, Novartis..

The admission requirements are: First degree; work experience; TOEFL or IELTS (if first language not English); references; 1-3 essays; interview by invitation, and a laptop.

Find below the profile for the ‘Entering Class for Fall 2014’:

  1. Enrolled students: 241
  2. Women: 43%
  3. Median Age: 28 years
  4. Median work experience: 5 years
  5. Average GMAT: 717

The full-time MBA programme fee is about U.S.$1,12,000 (Class of 2015).

For more info on the Haas MBA, visit http://www.haas.berkeley.edu

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