Message from the Dean

Rich Lyons

Congratulations on your admission to the Berkeley MBA for Executives Program. We have a long and successful history of executive education here at Berkeley Haas, and we are looking forward to taking it to new heights with this distinct program.

We know that when selecting an MBA program, a major consideration for senior-level professionals is the quality of alumni and student peers. Therefore, our admissions process is very deliberate and selective.

You have been chosen from among an exceptional pool of applicants based not only on your academic and professional accomplishments—but also on our belief that you will be a valuable addition to the Berkeley Haas community. This is particularly important in our Berkeley MBA for Executives Program because of the residency component—you will not only share class time with your peers, you will also form lifelong friendships as you spend time together outside of the classroom.

As you know by now, our school has a well established culture rooted in four defining principles: Question the Status Quo, Confidence Without Attitude, Students Always, and Beyond Yourself. These are not just words—they are fundamental values that ring true among our students, staff, faculty, and alumni.

In addition, this is a place that embraces and fosters innovation. This new program offers us the opportunity to introduce our unique Berkeley Innovative Leader curriculum—which runs throughout all our MBA programs—into the Berkeley MBA for Executives Program in new and exciting ways. Through a diverse set of on-campus and off-site experiences, our curriculum will help you better harness business fundamentals and become a path-bending leader who knows how to put new ideas to work.

As our culture and curriculum imply, this is a place for dynamic individuals. From the collegial nature of our renowned faculty to the diversity and involvement of our students and alumni, you’ll experience our collaborative culture firsthand starting on day one.

I realize that selecting just the right MBA program is a long and difficult process, and I congratulate you on your success. If you have any questions or would like to discuss any aspect of the program, I’d be happy to talk further with you—or you can always contact a member of our student experience team.


Rich Lyons
Bank of America Dean
Haas School of Business
University of California, Berkeley