Student Experience

Berkeley MBA for Executives

Student Experience Roadmap

The Berkeley MBA for Executives Program Staff is committed to providing an enriching and fun experience while you are on campus as a student. In addition to ensuring that students are aware of resources available to them--at Haas, UC Berkeley, and the City of Berkeley--we also actively plan events across programs and cohorts to make the most of your time here on campus.

Here are some events you can expect to occur while an EMBA student:

  • EMBA Crossover Block
    • Once a year, both active EMBA cohorts will be on campus simultaneously. During this block, PO staff will organize networking events so you can get to know your fellow EMBAs better.
  • Annual Deans' Scotch-Tasting Event
    • Join Interim Dean Laura Tyson, senior faculty and staff, and other MBA students at this annual gathering to sample fine scotches from across Scotland. Ticket sales go towards the Haas Challenge for Charity fund.
  • Leadership Dinner
    • Every year, student leaders from each MBA program come together with Dean Tyson and discuss ways to strengthen ties among programs.
  • Various tailgating parties
    • Cheer on your Cal Bears with the rest of the EMBAs at one of our bi-annual football tailgates.
  • Graduation
    • Celebrate completion of the Berkeley MBA for Executives Program with your fellow students!

    Campus Resources & Benefits

    Library Services
    EMBA students have full access to the Long Business Library while in class and off-campus. Feel free to drop in while on campus, or access the library center at your leisure online.

    Technology Center
    If you find yourself needing to print in a hurry, take advantage of Haas' on-site printing services available to students in S300. Students may also rent tech equipment for their studies.

    Recreational Sports Facility
    Access to an Olympic-sized swimming pool, 3 weight rooms, 7 basketball courts, 7 raquetball/handball courts, 6 squash courts, treadmills, elliptical trainers, stairmasters, rowing machines, and stationary bikes.

    Cal Athletics
    Student discounts available for season tickets and other special events. Special ticket prices for season tickets as well as individual events.

    Cal Class Pass
    Each semester students will receive an AC Transit bus pass good for free rides on all of AC Transit's bus routes.

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    Travel & Hotel

    Our students come from all over to attend the Berkeley MBA for Executives Program. During a regular block, all students are required to stay at the hotel designated by Haas (currently, the Graduate Berkeley). The hotel component of the program is an essential feature, as it affords students the opportunity to network, form deep, lasting friendships with their cohort, and meet with study groups in this condensed program format. We reserve rooms for students for three (3) nights, Wednesday - Friday, for the blocks held in Berkeley. The hotel will keep checked bags for pickup after Saturday evening classes end. For the Orientation block, the night of Tuesday evening is also included.

    Any additional room nights must be arranged by the student with the hotel. Incidental charges and upgrades are also the financial responsibility of the student. If you need to alter your reservation, please email the hotel at EMBA@graduateberkeley.com and copy Andrew (ascarsim@berkeley.edu). Throughout the program, all requests to either extend or otherwise alter your hotel reservations should be made by the Friday before block.

    Hotel Commuter Option

    For students who live outside of the Bay Area's nine counties and need to extend your stay during a Block because you cannot reasonably catch a flight or safely make the long drive home, the program will pay for 50% of the cost of any such Saturday night hotel stays. To arrange this, please email the hotel at EMBA@graduateberkeley.com and copy Andrew (ascarsim@berkeley.edu). Throughout the program, all requests to either extend or otherwise alter your hotel reservations should be made by the Friday before block.

    Off-Site Hotels

    When classes are held away from Berkeley, students will stay at the program-designated hotel. Your program tuition covers the night before through the night of the last lecture. The Program Office will provide information prior to the off-site blocks to confirm your reservation.

    Getting Here

    Haas in Relation to UC Berkeley Campus
    Graduate Berkeley Hotel in Relation to UC Berkeley Campus

    The closest airport to UC Berkeley/Haas is the Oakland International Airport (OAK)
    Other airports within one hour's drive time are San Francisco International Airport (SFO) and San Jose International Airport (SJO).

    Transportation from Airports

    Public Transit:BART is the fast, easy and inexpensive way to get to and from Oakland International Airport, with a new monorail that connects BART to Oakland Airport. The airport connector runs every 5 or 10 minutes depending on the time of day.

    Nearest BART Station to UC Berkeley: Downtown Berkeley Station. From Downtown Berkeley BART, it's a 20-minute (slightly uphill) walk to Haas.

    Check the BART Mobile Site for schedules and real-time departure information or download one of various 3rd party apps.

    Monday through Friday you can also take the campus shuttle bus. Fare is free with your student Cal 1 Card (otherwise it is $1). Visit the campus shuttle website for more information.

    Car Service

    Many people use Lyft or Uber to get to and from campus. The Berkeley campus is less than 30 minutes from the Oakland airport when there is no traffic. Some students fly back home immediately after classes end, and others spend the night at a hotel and depart on Sunday.

    Additionally, below are numbers for a few local cab companies. Expect to pay about $50 for a taxi from the Oakland Airport to the Haas School and about $70 or so for a taxi from San Francisco airport (fees may be higher during rush hours).

    American Yellow Cab: (510) 655-2233
    Berkeley Yellow Cab: (510) 528-9999
    Bay Area Checker: (510) 612-6546

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    Students with Families

    Below are some Haas and Berkeley resources for students with families.

    Breastfeeding Support for Students & Partners

    The Breastfeeding Support Program (BFSP) is sponsored by University Health Services - Health*Matters, the worksite wellness program. The BFSP serves faculty, staff, students, and their spouses/domestic partners, as well as employees at UCOP and LBNL who choose to continue breastfeeding after returning to work or school. The program includes:

    • personal, electric breast pumps and personal kits sold at cost
    • lactation rooms on campus (including at Haas)
    • breastfeeding classes facilitated by a certified lactation consultant.

http://uhs.berkeley.edu/Facstaff/healthmatters/breastfeeding.shtml

Other helpful links for students with families include the following:

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