Academic Policies & Standards

Auditing

Auditing is not allowed in courses that are enrolled to capacity. To audit a course that is enrolled below capacity, you must obtain approval of the instructor. Auditors may access the course in bSpace through an account, which can be provided by the professor of the course. Please note that the Program Office does not administratively support auditing of courses (access to course materials, class e-mails, etc.).

Auditing of courses from any Berkeley course is discouraged, and any faculty member has the right to deny auditors without explanation.

Course Evaluations

At the conclusion of each term, students will complete course evaluations for each course taken in that term. In addition, a mid-course evaluation and separate evaluation for GSIs will also be conducted. This information is used by the professor and program administrators.

When on campus, students can access Haas courses and teacher evaluations through TIES.

Grades

Students are expected to maintain an acceptable level of academic performance as detailed below. During the academic review process at the end of each semester, the Program Office monitors the academic performance of each student.

Students whose GPA fall below the minimum requirement of a 3.0 are subject to probation or dismissal. Grades can be accessed via Bearfacts: https://sis.berkeley.edu/bearfacts/. Graduate Division grade policies apply to all EMBA students.

UC Berkeley policy prohibits staff from disclosing grades over the phone or by email. Faculty members are not required to return final exams. If students want to review their exam results, then they may set up a meeting with the faculty member to discuss their exam performance.

Grading Systems and Distribution

As with all UC Berkeley courses, letter grades are assigned a point value as follows:

A+ = A = 4.0; A– = 3.7; B+ = 3.3; B = 3.0; B– = 2.7; C+ = 2.3; C = 2.0; C– = 1.7; D+ = 1.3; D = 1.0; D– = 0.7; and F = none.

Core Courses: The maximum mean GPA is 3.45

If you receive a grade of D+ or below in a core course you are required to repeat the course the next time it is offered. Both grades will appear on the transcript but only the most recently earned grade will be calculated into the grade point average. Note that you may not repeat courses for credit in which you receive a grade of C- or higher.

Elective Courses:

For electives with enrollments of 18 or more students: the mean GPA should be no more 3.5. For elective classes with enrollments of fewer than 18 students: the mean GPA should not exceed 3.65.

If you receive a grade of D+ or below in an elective course you will not receive credit for the course and must enroll in another elective to replace the units. If you repeat the same elective course, both grades will appear on the transcript but only the most recently earned grade will be calculated into the grade point average. If you take a different elective course, both grades will appear on the transcript, and both grades will be calculated into the grade point average. Note that you may not repeat courses for credit in which you receive a grade of C- or higher.

Incomplete

A student may be given an incomplete (I) grade when he/she is unable to complete all of the requirements for a course due to circumstances beyond his/her control. The student must request the instructor's permission to receive an incomplete. If he/she have several incompletes, the student should discuss plans for satisfying course and graduation requirements with the Program Office.

When work for a course is completed late, the student must petition the instructor for the grade. Petition forms and detailed instructions on how to remove an incomplete grade are available from the Program Office. Separate petitions are required for changing each incomplete grade.

All course work must be graded and all incomplete grades removed by the last day of finals of the semester in which the student intends to graduate. Late course work automatically postpones conferral of the student’s degree to the following semester.

Academic Standing

If a student receives a grade of D+ or below in a core course, the student will be required to repeat the course the next time it is offered. Both grades will appear on the transcript but only the most recently earned grade will be calculated into the grade point average. Students may not repeat courses for credit in which the student receives a grade of C- or higher.

If a student receives a grade of D+ or below in an elective course, the student will not receive credit for the course and must enroll in another elective to replace the units. If the student repeats the same elective course, both grades will appear on the transcript but only the most recently earned grade will be calculated into the grade point average. If the student takes a different elective course, both grades will appear on the transcript, and both grades will be calculated into the grade point average. Note that a student may not repeat courses for credit in which he/she receives a grade of C- or higher.

Grade Appeals

If you disagree with a grade you have received:

  • You must first attempt to settle the dispute informally through discussions with the instructor.
  • You may include the Program Director, the campus Student Ombudsperson, or another mutually accepted third party to mediate the dispute informally.

If you are unable to reach a mutually satisfactory resolution with the instructor informally, you may pursue a formal grievance process:

  • You must initiate the formal grievance process within one calendar year of the last day of the semester in which the course in question was taken.
  • You must present your case in writing to the Haas School’s Senior Assistant Dean for Instruction
  • An ad hoc Grievance Committee composed of faculty members and students will be convened to review the case.

If you or the instructor chooses to appeal the decision of the ad hoc committee, the case can be sent for review to the Committee on Courses of Instruction (COCI), a standing committee of the Berkeley Academic Senate. COCI has the final authority to uphold or overturn the grade.

Modifying Your Graduation Date

In general, MBA for Executive students graduate after 19 months, which is five consecutive semesters in the program. Students have a maximum of four years to complete the degree starting from the semester they enter the program. In order to modify a graduation date, a student must contact the Program Office as soon as possible.

Final Examinations

Students must take all of their exams at their scheduled day and time. Alternate arrangements will be approved by the Program Office only in extenuating circumstances, such as illness or family emergency. Students must contact the Program Office immediately in such circumstances so that arrangements can be made for the make-up exams.

Student Disability Services

The Disabled Student's Program (DSP) at UC Berkeley empowers students with disabilities to realize their academic and personal potential by facilitating equal access and coordinating reasonable accommodations and support services for eligible students. This approach is consistent with the spirit of the Americans with Disabilities Act and emphasizes student ability and independence. Students seeking reasonable accommodations or support services from ODS and DSP, especially in regard to exam timing and other academic issues, are required to register with both offices well before the start of every term.

Please register with DSP at UC Berkeley through this link http://dsp.berkeley.edu/index.html.

Attendance, Classroom Norms and Behaviors

Students are expected to attend and be fully prepared for each class session. Laptops/iPad use during class is at the discretion of the faculty; however, proper use of Laptops/iPads is expected at all times. Students are expected to fully participate in class; therefore all non-academic related internet surfing/email/texting is inappropriate. To be respectful of guest speakers, electronic devices use is strictly prohibited during Speaker Events. Other classroom norms that are expected of students include respecting other classmates by raising hands in class and limiting questions to relevant topics.

To support the program's attendance requirement, all students must provide a letter of sponsorship from employers indicating that, at a minimum, students will be relieved of work responsibilities in order to attend class. If a student is unable to attend a class, it is the responsibility of the student to notify the faculty member and the Program Office prior to the class session or shortly thereafter (in the case of illness).

Students may not miss more than two sessions per course in a given term. Should a student miss more than two sessions of a course, disciplinary action may be taken. Such actions may include warnings, probation, and where appropriate, expulsion from the Program. Chronic attendance problems over the course of two or more terms will also result in disciplinary action, even if the individual absences do not exceed the policy outlined above.

The attendance policy stated above is Program policy; however, it is at the discretion of each faculty member to set his/her own classroom attendance policy, including the effect of absences on the course grade.

Study Groups

Students are pre-assigned to study groups of four to five students prior to the start of Term 1. These study groups will remain intact for the first two terms. Study group changes in Terms 1 or 2 cannot be accommodated. After the completion of Term 2, students may choose to remain in their current study group or form new groups. Study groups may be reconfigured at professors’ discretion.

Transfers

Students may not transfer to another Berkeley MBA program. However, a student may apply to another Berkeley MBA program through the standard admissions process. Admission to another MBA program is not guaranteed. If admitted to another MBA program, the student may request that the new program accept Berkeley units completed in the MBA for Executives Program for up to 50 percent of the new program’s requirements, provided these units have been taken within seven years prior to the expected date of graduation.

Academic Honors

The Haas School of Business recognizes academic achievement for the top 10% (approximate) of the graduating class based on cumulative GPA for Berkeley taught courses only. The likely candidates will be recognized at the Haas graduation program and this distinction will not be listed on the transcript.