Academics

Evening & Weekend Berkeley MBA Program

Unit Requirements

Non-standard Courses

Aside from the scheduled course electives that are usually worth 1 - 3 units, students may choose to complete the 42 unit graduation requirement with electives that are not part of regular course offerings:

  • Maximum four one-unit electives (does not include Core classes, ex. PFPS). Exceptions to this can be found in in One-unit Courses below)
  • Maximum one one-unit MBA 294 Speaker Series course
  • Maximum of one Washington Campus course
  • Maximum of one Seminar in International Business (SIB).
  • Maximum three units of Independent Study sponsored by a Haas faculty member

Unit Workload Policies

In a given semester, students must be enrolled in a minimum of:
  • 6 units to receive financial aid, including student loans
  • 1 unit to receive career services and student services
  • Students enrolled in 0 units are withdrawn.

The maximum course load per semester is 9 units, unless exceptional approval is granted by the program office.

Students who matriculate prior to Fall 2014 are allowed to take between 42 and 44 units total in the program. Students who matriculate in Fall 2014 and later are allowed to take a maximum of 46 units. Students may choose to take extra units above 42 only in the final semester. Students cannot extend their enrollment past the semester in which they earn their 42nd unit.

Please also note the limits on non-standard courses.

One-unit Courses

The Evening & Weekend MBA Program sometimes offers a number of one-unit elective courses that complement the standard 3-unit electives offered each semester. Students may take a maximum of 4 one-unit electives, including:

  • 1-unit Independent Study courses (See Independent Study)
  • One MBA 294 Speaker Series course (See Full-time MBA Courses)
The following required MBA core courses do not count toward the maximum for 1-unit electives:
  • EW200C - Leadership Communications
  • EW200P - Problem Finding, Problem Solving
  • EW207 - Ethics
Exceptions:
EW237 - Intro to Financial Modeling & EW237 - Financial Statement Modeling for Finance Careers:
If both of these finance courses are taken anytime during a student's academic career, it will not count against the four 1-unit course limit, as the two together form the equivalaent of a standard course. However, if only one of these courses is taken, it will count toward the limit for 1-unit courses.

EW237 - 2-unit Hedge Fund Strategies and 1-unit Haas Investment Fund Management:
If both the Spring 2-unit course and the Fall 1-unit course are taken, it will not count toward the four 1-unit course limit.

Transfers of Unit Credit toward the MBA Degree

Note: This policy is for current students only, and is intended for a student who may need to be out of the Bay Area for a short time. Transfer units for incoming students are not accepted.

Unit credit from Non-University of California Institutions

A master's student may transfer up to 4 semester units or 6 quarter units of course work completed as a graduate student at another institution. The units must be equivalent to courses in the student's graduate program at Berkeley, and the student must have received at least a B in the course(s) and have a grade-point average of at least 3.3 at both Berkeley and the other institution. However, students cannot use units from another institution to satisfy the minimum unit requirement in 200 series courses or the minimum academic residence requirement. In addition, they may not present course work previously used to satisfy requirements for another degree program at Berkeley or at another in another insitution.

Unit credit from Another University of California Campus

The Graduate Division may approve credit for more than 4 semester or 6 quarter units of 200-level courses completed on another UC campus, and will review requests on an individual basis.

For more information please refer to the UC Berkeley Graduate Division website by clicking here. If you are interested in this option please reach out to the EWMBA Director of Academic Affairs.