Haas School of Business Enhances Weekend, Evening MBA Program

The Berkeley Evening & Weekend MBA Program at the Haas School of Business recently announced the introduction of new course formats and expanded career services to better serve students during their time in the program.

New courses in fall 2010 included one offering that grouped three topics into a series of one-unit electives for weekend students: Corporate Financial Decision Making; Game Theory; and Behavioral Finance. A new marketing elective that combined marketing research, customer behavior, and brand advertising also launched this fall.

For the first time at Haas School of Business, the Evening & Weekend Program will offer classes modeled on executive education courses. Next year, students can spend a week delving into Healthcare in the 21st Century with Kristi Raube, executive director of the Graduate Program in Health Management, or studying Competitive Strategy with visiting Harvard Business School professor Toby Stuart.

The  program’s core curriculum incorporated elements of the school’s new Berkeley Innovative Leader Development (BILD) initiative this fall, and the class of 2013 will take the new Problem Finding, Problem Solving course as a requirement beginning next fall, followed by an experiential learning requirement.

Second- and third-year evening and weekend students will have the option of taking the Problem Finding, Problem Solving course this spring as an elective, the school reveals.

Career Services Enhancements

The Career Services Office has also responded to the changing needs of working students. A successful Career Night in October featured panels and a highly interactive Q&A session.

Other expanded career services the school touts include a larger pool of peer coaches on CareerNet to give students more access to first-hand knowledge about industries and job functions; a new experienced-hire email, which highlights just-in-time open positions; and new two-minute YouTube videos with quick overviews of such topics as writing cover letters and networking.

The aim, says Dave Gent, executive director of the Evening & Weekend MBA Program, is to build skills and expose students to real-life examples of how their colleagues have used their MBA studies to advance their careers.

“Our goal is to balance providing the fundamental business disciplines and giving students an opportunity to explore some topics of interest,” says Gent. “What is truly exciting about the Evening & Weekend Program is that students are able to take what they learn and apply it the next day in their workplaces.”

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