Student Experience

Berkeley MBA for Executives

FAQ Topics

Hotels

Where will I be staying during Block?
Your entire cohort will be staying at the Graduate Berkeley hotel, which is steps away from UC Berkeley and many city attractions.

When do I check-in to the hotel during block?
Hotel rooms will be available for check-in as early as 3:00pm the Wednesday night before block. Checking in on Wednesdays for classes on Thursdays ensures that you will be able to participate in any optional Wednesday night events and meet with your study group.

How do I pay for my hotel room?
During Blocks, the Program Office arranges your hotel accommodations. You will be required to submit a credit card for incidentals, for which you would be responsible.

How do I know if I am considered a commuter student?
A commuter student, also known as Out of Bay Area (OOBA) student, is someone who lives outside the nine (9) bay area counties. The Bay Area's nine counties are Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, and Sonoma.

I am a commuter student and cannot fly home on Saturday, given the class schedule. What do I do?
If you are a commuter student and are not able to fly home after your last class of a block, the Program Office will pay for 50% of your hotel room costs for additional night only. 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.

What is the hotel policy if I have an elective on Sunday?
The EMBA program reserves rooms for up to three (3) nights, Wednesday - Friday for blocks in Berkeley. If you are a local student enrolled in a class on a Sunday, you are expected to go either go home Saturday night and return to Berkeley on Sunday, or contact the hotel directly and extend your reservation at your own expense. If you are a commuter student (OOBA), your Saturday night hotel room will be booked and paid for by the Program Office.

How can I upgrade my room?
Please contact the hotel directly for an upgrade, subject to availability.

Can my partner stay with me while I am in Block?
Yes. The Berkeley MBA for Executives Program is very spouse/partner friendly. Please be sure to set expectations regarding how busy you will be as a student!

Parking & Transportation

Where do I park during Blocks?

We encourage you all to carpool and, where possible, take other forms of public transportation including BART. For those who drive to campus, we have arranged for 45 parking passes to be made available for the Underhill Lot on a first-come, first-served basis. The parking passes are only valid from 5pm on the Wednesday before block through 9pm on the last day. The Program Office is not responsible for any parking violations.

If you drive to campus, pull up to the loading zone in front of the hotel, check into the hotel and ask for a parking pass to the Underhill Lot. The hotel can direct you to the parking lot. You must display the pass on your dashboard. You may park in the Underhill Lot overnight, but be sure to lock your vehicle and remove any valuables from sight.

If you cannot find parking in Underhill, or your vehicle does not fit inside the garage, your Underhill parking pass is also valid at the Foothills Lot and Witter Field Lot. Click here to view the campus map.

Student Life

As a part-time student, am I eligible to participate in student-led clubs and groups on campus?

Yes! At Berkeley Haas, learning doesn't stop at the classroom door. Participating in clubs, conferences, and case competitions adds to your leadership development, creates lasting relationships, and helps you network with professionals and alumni in your field of interest. Feel free to research student groups on campus and sign up where interested via Campus Groups (CalNet ID required).

How do I find out about campus-wide events?

Stay up-to-date on campus events by referring to the UC Berkeley Master Calendar.

How do I find out about city-wide events?

Stay up-to-date on city-wide events by referring to the Berkeleyside Calendar. The Berkeleyside, an independent local newspaper, maintains a master calendar with comprehensive information about local events.

How can my spouse/partner get involved with campus?

Many social events at Haas are not just for students. Spouses and partners are welcome to participate in a number of social events on campus. The Program Office organizes events throughout the year for EMBA; in the meantime, please visit Haas Partners Club for more information.

What wellness resources are available to me as a UC Berkeley student?

A number of resources are available to you as a UC Berkeley student to ensure mind-body wellness while in the program:

  • Gym memberships at Recreational Sports Facility (RSF) - 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.
  • Medical, Counseling and Psychological Services - Dr. Don Capone, a UC Berkeley licensed psychologist, holds office hours at Haas in F408 on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9am-5pm and he is available in the Tang Center on Fridays. If you are in need of a consultation, regular counseling sessions or referrals, please contact him at dcapone@berkeley.edu or 510-642-4853 to arrange an appointment. His services are free and confidential. For more information about services available to you through the campus Counseling and Psychological services, please visit their website.
  • Campus Safety - If you find yourself studying late on campus alone, and would like a safe trip home, please contact BearWALK at (510) 642-WALK (9255) from dusk until dawn, 15 minutes before you need pick up. More safety procedures and protocol can be found on the UCPD website.

What perks are available through my Cal1Card?

After you receive and have activated your Cal1Card (at Orientation), you may use it for various discounts for sporting events, food vendors, and much more. The link above provides detailed information about using your Cal1Card. Below is a list of some of the benefits/discounts you receive as a UC Berkeley student:

  • Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive (BAM/PFA)
    Current students receive discounts and free admission to art shows and film screenings.
  • UC Botanical Garden
    Free admission while a current student to 34-acres of sprawling gardens and exhibits. Enjoy family-friendly concerts in the summer, and the annual vegetable and flower sale, two events Berkeleyans look forward to each year.
  • Recreational Sports Facility (RSF)
    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.
  • Cal Performances
    Current students receive 50% event ticket prices. Events range from speakers such as David Sedaris to performances from Wynton Marsalis and Alvin Ailey Dance Group.

Ordering business cards

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Events & Traditions

The Program Office works hard to facilitate networking between and across programs during your 19 months as a student. Some traditions to look forward to are:

  • EMBA Crossover Block, where both EMBA cohorts are on campus together during Block
  • Dean's Scotch Tasting Event, bringing together all three MBA programs for a night of imbibing
  • MBA Leadership Dinner, a forum for class officers of each MBA program to foster collaboration
  • Dean's Speaker Series, bringing to Haas distinguished individuals from around the world, who are leaders in their fields of business, government and social sectors, to share their views on innovative leadership.

Ordering Names Tags / Name Plates

If you need to replace a broken name tag or name plate, please contact the Program Office at emba_office@haas.berkeley.edu.

Updating your address

You can change your addresses and phone numbers via Cal Central.

Google calendar

The EMBA Google calendar shows class dates and times, social and networking events, and optional events outside of class. Links to the calendars are located on the Home page.