Deans from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley, and Columbia Business School announced today that the Berkeley-Columbia Executive MBA Program will come to closure in February 2013 when the current class graduates.
Rich Lyons, professor of economics and finance and dean of Berkeley-Haas, and Glenn Hubbard, Russell L. Carson Professor of Finance and Economics and dean of Columbia Business School, said the joint decision was reached in recognition of each school’s goals and future direction.
The Haas School plans to launch a stand-alone MBA for Executives program in 2013, in addition to its Full-time MBA and Evening & Weekend MBA programs.
Columbia Business School recently launched a Saturday-only delivery option to augment its EMBA-New York program, in addition to its EMBA-Global partnership programs with London Business School and University of Hong Kong and full-time MBA program.
Current students in the Berkeley-Columbia Executive MBA Program will continue taking classes at both schools’ campuses. As with prior graduates of the joint program, the Class of 2013 will be awarded MBA degrees from both Columbia and Berkeley and will become part of the alumni networks of both schools.
Prospective students who have been admitted to enter the Berkeley-Columbia Program in May 2012 will be offered three options: 1) enter any of Columbia Business School’s EMBA programs, 2) enter the Berkeley Evening & Weekend MBA Program at the Haas School, or 3) enter the new Berkeley MBA Program for Executives when it begins in 2013.
The Berkeley-Columbia EMBA Program, which enrolled its first class in May 2002, will have graduated over 600 students when it concludes next year. It is taught equally by Berkeley-Haas and Columbia Business School faculty in classes held on both the Berkeley and Columbia campuses. The Berkeley-Columbia EMBA program spans 19 months with classes starting in May and ending in December of the following year. Commencement takes place in February.