Leaves, Transfers, Withdrawals

Illness, Short-Term Absences and Parental Leave

If you must miss more than two days of classes, notify your instructors and the MBA Program Office by phone or e-mail with an explanation. This notification does not excuse you for missing classes. Faculty members reserve the right to include class participation in their final grades, so be sure to discuss any missed classes with your instructors.

Faculty members may require documentation from University Health Services if you miss exams or fail to complete other course work.

If you or your partner are expecting a child while you are an enrolled student, please contact your MBA Program Director.  The Director will discuss your individual parental leave options with you and help you work with your instructors if needed. 

The Program Office will work with you and your instructors if you need a longer absence.

Transfers to Other Haas School Programs

Full-time MBA students may not transfer into the Haas School’s Evening &Weekend or Executive MBA programs.

Withdrawal and Readmission

The full-time MBA program is designed to be completed in four consecutive semesters, excluding the Summer Session. You may withdraw from the program before completion only with the written approval of the MBA Program Director. Students who leave the program without written approval will not be readmitted.

Students may request a withdrawal at any time. While readmission is not guaranteed, the Haas School will readmit students who leave with prior, written approval and who were in good academic standing at the time of withdrawal.

UC Berkeley campus policy places time limits on the use of courses for degrees; for the MBA program that limit is seven years. If you do not return and complete all degree requirements within seven years from the time you began the MBA program, your only option for returning to Haas is through its regular admissions process. If you are admitted for a second time through the regular admissions process, you must start the program over from the beginning. None of the courses completed prior to your withdrawal will count toward your degree.

Please contact the MBA Program Office to start your withdrawal or readmission process.