Off-Program electives are those offered outside of the Berkeley MBA for Executives Program curriculum. Block week electives and International Seminars are not considered off-program electives. The Program Office must approve enrollment in all off-program electives. Electives that are considered off-program electives include Independent Studies, Haas Evening & Weekend MBA Program, and Haas Masters in Financial Engineering Program.
Students must be in good academic and financial standing in order to enroll in off-program courses.
Good academic and financial standing are defined as:
A student may elect to take an Independent Study or Team Project course as an elective in their fourth and fifth terms. A maximum of 4 units of Independent Study may be taken as part of their academic profile. Students would choose a faculty advisor from any Berkeley-Haas faculty member.
In addition to the International Seminar options, the Program may offer some elective courses in the block week format. Currently, there are a very limited number of these courses available. Students are responsible for all costs (airfare, accommodations, etc.) associated with these courses. Course materials and some meals are included in the tuition.
Gregory La Blanc has been a lecturer at UC Berkeley since 2004, teaching courses in Finance, Accounting, Law, and Strategy in the Haas School, Berkeley Law, and the Department of Economics. He also consults frequently with companies on competitive intelligence, marketing, and strategy.
"I really like a classroom dynamic where everyone is learning—the students and faculty as well. That's always how it is with experienced students," says La Blanc.