Academics

Berkeley MBA for Executives

FAQ Topics

Add/Drop Period

During Terms 4 and 5, students choose the elective courses in which they want to enroll. There is an add/drop period that spans and then ends shortly after the first block of each elective term. This enables students to attend the first few sessions of class and decide whether they wish to remain enrolled. Instructions for add/drop are sent to the students closer to the add/drop period dates.

Note: during the initial registration period, students should register for the classes they are most likely to take. Enrollment will not be updated again until after add/drop so students will receive textbooks, bCourses access, Study.net privileges, and course communications from the classes in which they initially enrolled.

Attendance Policy

As an accelerated program, students are expected to attend all academic sessions (exceptions may be made for medical or family emergencies or other exigent circumstances, subject to approval of the faculty and program office). Doing so can have extensive negative effects on your grade for each course (as many professors place a strong emphasis on participation points and may penalize students for late exams or assignments). In the event of an emergency, a student needs to:

1) email the professor(s) for the course(s) that will be missed and CC the Program Office.

2) email the Program Office at emba_office@haas.berkeley.edu to request that the missing course(s) be recorded.

3) perform any makeup work as required by the professor and view the missed course via the Media Library on bCourses.

Auditing Electives (Alumni Only)

Auditing electives as alumni is contingent upon faculty approval, student enrollment, and classroom/space constraints. Alumni are asked to email auditemba@haas.berkeley.edu by April 15th (for summer) or July 15th (for fall) noting a desire to audit a course. Interested alumni will then receive a listing of open classes and be asked to confirm the selection by May 1st (summer) or August 1st (fall). Alumni auditors are expected to be fully prepared and participate as fully as enrolled students. Auditors must follow the professors' directives in regards to group work, in-class assignments, and exams. Additional information can be found here.

bCourses (Learning Management System)

bCourses is the learning management system used at Haas. This is your source for syllabi, course information, course materials, communications with the professor, and submitting assignments (unless otherwise specified by the professor). You can also find course recordings (only arranged for emergency absences) via the Media Library and use the Study.net link to access cases and articles (for courses that use such materials).

Billing

For questions regarding your bill, fees charged, balance, etc., there are several options to help you understand your bill more clearly.

1) Open a case with Cal Student Central (http://studentcentral.berkeley.edu/). Click the link under the colorful buttons or call (510) 664-9181. Phone calls placed early in the morning tend to get the fastest response. You will be assigned to an individual advisor who can answer all your questions.

2) Go to https://calcentral.berkeley.edu/ > My Finances > Details to see an updated itemization of your bill and details of remaining balance and fees.

3) Find answers to FAQs on the Financial Aid Office's website: http://www.haas.berkeley.edu/finaid/billing-payments.html

The Program Office is not able to provide information or guidance on billing matters.

Class Reps

A class rep can either volunteer or be chosen by the faculty during the first session of each course. They have three primary responsibilities:

1) compile the raw data from mid-term evaluations (conducted and provided by the Program Office after block 1) and communicate the feedback to faculty

2) serve as primary liaison between the class and faculty for questions and concerns

3) assist in getting classmates back from meals and breaks on time.

Condensed Saturday Schedule

To enable Out of Bay Area students to catch flights home on Saturday evening, the schedule is condensed and runs as followed (unless otherwise noted):

7:30-8:30am Breakfast

8:30-11:30am Class session #1

11:30am-12:15pm Lunch

12:15-3:15pm Class session #2

3:15-3:30pm Break

3:30-6:30pm Class session #3

Course Evaluations

The Program Office conducts mid-term evaluation surveys after block 1. The feedback from mid-term evaluations are given to the class reps who then compile it and communicate it with the faculty.

Final evaluations are facilitated during the last class session by the class rep. The faculty should leave the room for 10 minutes at which time the class rep instructs the class to visit this website (course-evaluations.berkeley.edu), click on the appropriate course, and complete the evaluations. These results are compiled by Haas administration and given directly to the faculty. Students can view prior term's evaluations here: https://aai.haas.berkeley.edu/TIES/

Enrollment/Registration

Terms 1-3 include the core curriculum, courses in which every student is enrolled and required to complete. You will be batch enrolled in all core classes and the immersion weeks for Terms 1-3 by the Program Office. No action is needed on the student's part. Registration and access to bCourses will be blocked for students with outstanding financial balances.

Terms 4 and 5 include the elective curriculum. Students are batch enrolled in the immersion weeks for Terms 4 & 5. Instructions, course descriptions, and frequently asked questions on enrollment, registration, and degree requirements are sent to the students prior to the enrollment period. Registration and access to bCourses will be blocked for students with outstanding financial balances.

Faculty Dinner Program

Starting in Term 2, students in the MBA for Executives program are given the opportunity to dine with faculty members in small groups during block at local Berkeley restaurants. Students will be randomly selected for each dinner, notified via email, and asked to RSVP by the Monday before block.

Field Immersions

In the Berkeley MBA for Executives Program, 25 percent of your learning is experiential, with immersions once each term. From authentic leadership communications to global business capability and entrepreneurship, you will gain invaluable on-the-ground insights. These meticulously crafted experiences build skills and self awareness and translate all that you are learning across a variety of business ecosystems.

To help guide your participation, below please find a list of the most commonly asked questions about immersion weeks. If your question is not answered here, please contact Kirsten Berzon, Associate Director of Events and Experiential Learning: berzon@haas.berkeley.edu

Q: Am I required to attend all immersion weeks during the 19-month program?
A: Yes, they are a required component of the curriculum, and mandatory for graduation.

Q: When are immersion weeks held?
A: They are held during the fifth block of each term, unless otherwise scheduled. Most immersion weeks have an introductory session prior to the week, which is also required, and calculated as part of the 30 instructional hours.

Q: Where may I find the dates for each program?
A: Dates of each program can be found on the comprehensive calendars. A detailed schedule for each immersion week will be sent in advance, to allow ample time for making travel arrangements.

Q: Are all events mandatory during immersion weeks?
A: Unless specifically listed as optional, all events, both inside and outside the classroom are mandatory. Students who do not participate in all of the mandatory scheduled programming will receive an incomplete or failing grade. If you know in advance that you are not able to participate in 100% of the mandatory activities, please contact Kirsten; she will discuss options, which are typically limited to delaying your graduation until you are ready to fully participate.

Q: What should I bring with me to an immersion week?
A: Laptops and name plates are typically required for class sessions, as well as your magnetic nametag for use during networking and social events. Additional items may be required which are specific to the event location. These items will be described in an email prior to the start of the program.

Q: Who pays for travel expenses?
A: Students coordinate and pay for their own travel to and from the program (and for internal air travel, if the event takes place in two distant cities). The Program Office will inform students well in advance of start and end times, in order to allow plenty of time to make arrangements.

Q: Does my tuition cover hotel accommodations and meals?
A: Tuition covers hotel accommodations for the length of the formal program. Incidentals, upgrades, and any expenses related to additional guests in the students' room are the responsibility of the student. Most meals are provided, unless the agenda for the week specifies, for example, "dinner on your own."

Q: When will I receive the syllabus and agenda for immersion weeks?
A: Receipt of the syllabus and agendas varies for each immersion week, based on the instructor. Read Bear Necessities thoroughly and watch for emails from the Program Office for updates.

Q: What is the dress code during immersion weeks?
A: Business casual is fine for classroom sessions. Men should add a sport coat for company visits and evening functions. Similar formality for women. No ties required, unless otherwise specified; no denim allowed. Make sure to check the weather in order to pack and plan accordingly.

Q: Are spouses and partners welcome?
A: These programs are designed for the student. However, spouses and partners are welcome to attend select evening events. Each program will have its own schedule which specifies events that are appropriate for spouses and partners. If you would like to bring spouses and partners, you are responsible for paying for their expenses including any additional costs incurred at hotels such as occupancy additions, upgrades, etc.

Q: Can I arrive early or extend my stay during immersion weeks?
A: The Program Office is often able to secure the same hotel rate as our group block on either side of the official program dates (without guarantee). It is the responsibility of the student to coordinate directly with the hotel to cover these additional nights and associated costs. Information about rates and availability are included in an email sent prior to each immersion week.

Q: Who coordinates visas or passport renewals for these trips?
A: Students are responsible for acquiring any necessary visas for travel to the field immersion destination(s). Students are also responsible for ensuring that their passport expiration will not interfere with their ability to travel to/from the field immersion. While the Program Office will provide reminders, students need to make these arrangements in a timely manner and should consult the State Department website for any updates or information on unique situations. Students who do not acquire the appropriate visas or whose passport expiration precludes them from participating in the mandatory field immersion may face academic ramifications up to, and including, an incomplete or failing grade.

Financial Aid

For questions regarding your Financial Aid package, timeline of disbursements, etc. please email finaid@haas.berkeley.edu or consult their website (http://haas.berkeley.edu/finaid/). The Program Office is not able to offer information or guidance on Financial Aid issues.

Grade Appeals and Grievance Procedure

Please visit the Academic Policies page for the grade grievance procedure, which applies to all programs at Berkeley Haas.

For more information, please go here.

Grade Letters

Grade letters list the courses a student has taken each term, the grade earned, and the associated fees. The letters can be generated after grades are submitted at the end of each term. To request a letter for enrollment verification or reimbursement purposes, please email the Program Office at emba_office@haas.berkeley.edu. Grade letters are often requested by students receiving financial assistance from their employers.

Grades

How and when can I check my grades?
Grades are due on the timeline detailed here: http://registrar.berkeley.edu/egrade_timeline.html
Following grade submission, students are able to view their grades on CalCentral.
Note: grades appear on a student's record 24 hours after a professor has posted grades. The Academic Record is updated several weeks after grades are posted.

Graduation/Diplomas

The graduation proceedings for the MBA for Executives program takes place in the January after Term 5 following a student's successful completion of 41 units and all program requirements and approval from the Graduate Division department. Diplomas are then mailed to the address on file in CalCentral in April.

Independent Study

After completing your core curriculum during your first three terms, you may enroll in an Independent Study course for one or two units during Terms 4 or 5. The XMBA 293 course is your opportunity to do research in an area of interest to you, in which there are no existing courses. You must find a Haas faculty member willing to serve as your XMBA 293 supervisor, and together, devise a format. This might include a project, a paper, or a set of directed readings and an exam.

Begin by researching the faculty directory (http://facultybio.haas.berkeley.edu/faculty-photo) to identify potential supervisors. Then contact them to see if they are open to taking on an independent study. Once you have identified a willing professor, students should sort out the deliverables together, complete the paperwork, and submit it to the Program Office for approval and enrollment:

A 1 unit Independent Study should represent 45-60 hours of work, 2 units represent 90-120 hours of work over the semester.

Additional guidelines for Independent Study courses include:

  • Sponsoring faculty must have a current appointment at Haas during the semester that you are enrolled in the Independent Study.
  • You may take more than one independent study course, although, absent approval from the Program Office, no more than four units of XMBA 293 can be counted toward your MBA degree.
  • XMBA 293 must be taken for a letter grade.
  • You may not enroll in an XMBA 293 or other for-credit independent study as an "add-on" to an existing course.
  • You may enroll in XMBA 293 as part of a team.
  • You may not enroll in an XMBA 293 with professors from whom you are concurrently taking a regular course.

Download a XMBA 293 enrollment form (Word Doc) or get one in the MBA for Executives Program Office.

Off-Program Electives

Upon completion of core classes in Terms 1-3, students may take a maximum of 6 units of off-program electives to include GNAM, independent study, and non-Haas graduate-level courses offered through UC Berkeley. Of these 6 units, no more than 4 units may be earned through independent study.

Recording a Class

Classes are recorded only in the event of a student absence due to a family or medical emergency. To request a class to be recorded, you need to email
emba_office@haas.berkeley.edu and follow the protocol for class absences (email professor and CC the Program Office). Recordings are dependent on amount of advance notice and staffing availability within Haas Media Services. When recordings are possible, they are made available a few days later via the Media Library on bCourses.

Reserving a Study Room

To reserve a study room, go to https://ems.haas.berkeley.edu/. For requests that exceed time limits or for other questions, contact roomres@haas.berkeley.edu

Schedules

To help you stay current on dates and upcoming schedules, the Program Office maintains three calendars:

1) EMBA Google calendars - block schedules and information about extracurricular events (see Home page).

2) Comprehensive Academic calendars - overview of academic calendar for entire program (see Home page).

3) Term block schedules - overview of course schedule by block (included in Bear Necessities prior to each Block).

Student Officer Elections

The MBA for Executives program has several student officer positions including President, VP Academics, VP Social, VP Careers, VP Alumni, and VP Admissions. They will serve throughout Terms 2-5. Some positions are elected while others are appointed. More information will be provided during Term 1.

Students with Disabilities

The campus offers many different resources for graduate students with disabilities. The purpose of an academic accommodation is to offer the graduate student an equal opportunity to meet the departmentís academic standards and requirements. The Disabled Students Program at (510) 642-0518 serves graduate students with learning disabilities (who complete the process for establishing eligibility) by authorizing academic accommodations. Disabled Access Services at (510) 643-6473 or 643-6456 can usually assist with accommodations to extra-curricular events.

Most physical access issues are addressed in the Campus Access Guide. Finally, problems with accommodations may be reported to the campus Disability Resolution Officer at (510) 642-2795.

If you encounter any problems in this process, please let us know, as we are happy to offer additional support where needed.

Study Groups

Study groups of 4 or 5 students are created by the Admissions department focusing on a diversity of experience, skills, industry, and geography. Students remain in these study groups throughout Terms 1 and 2 and are not allowed to switch. Students have the option to form new study groups for Term 3. Study groups for Terms 4 and 5 are dictated by the professors of each course.

For questions on changing study groups during Term 3 should be directed to the VP Academics, once selected in Term 2.

Technology/Computer Questions

To get answers to your technology and computing questions, Haas Computing has a website with various resources. The How Do I page provides answers to frequently asked questions (including questions for Mac users).