Special Courses

Course options outside of the core and established electives can add depth and flexibility to your MBA studies.

Independent Study (MBA 293)

After your first semester at Haas, you may enroll in an Independent Study course for up to three units. You can use MBA 293 to do research in an area of interest in which there are no existing courses. To enroll in MBA 293, you:

  • Must find a faculty member to serve as your supervisor
  • Create a format for the class, such as a project, a paper, or a set of directed readings and an exam
  • May enroll in MBA 293 as part of a team
  • Fill out the MBA 293 enrollment form

You may take more than one independent study course, although no more than four units of MBA 293 can be counted toward your MBA degree. Independent study is normally graded with letter grades.

You many not enroll in MBA 293:

  • As an "add-on" to an existing course
  • With a professor from whom you are concurrently taking a regular course

Student-Initiated Courses (MBA 294)

At a student-driven school like Haas, every semester one or more groups of students organize a seminar on a topic of interest to them. These seminars are offered as MBA 294 for one unit of credit. Typically the topic is related to a specific career field (e.g., consulting, environmental management, the entertainment industry) or geographic region. A faculty member serves as the seminar sponsor. You may take a maximum of two of these one-unit seminars toward the 51-unit graduation requirement.

If you are interested in organizing a MBA 294 and believe there are at least 10 of your classmates who would enroll in, you should discuss the idea with the MBA Program Office staff. We will advise you on possible faculty sponsors and on how to establish the course.

The student organizer will:
1. Develop a proposal for the course, including its goals, topics to be covered, speakers and grading standards. The proposal must meet Haas guidelines for an MBA 294.
2. Identify a faculty sponsor, with the assistance of the MBA Program Director or the Director of Academic Affairs.
3. Market the proposed course to your classmates and determine if there is enough demand to justify offering the course.
4. Work with the MBA Program Office staff to arrange a class time and location.
5. Meet periodically with the faculty sponsor to make sure the course is meeting expectations.

The faculty sponsor will:
1. Help students organize the course, including its goals, topics to be covered, and student requirements.
2. Help identify and invite guest speakers.
3. Attend as many classes as possible and participate as appropriate.
4. Meet periodically with the student organizers to make sure the course is proceeding satisfactorily and is meeting expectations.
5. Evaluate student performance and assign grades.

GSI Pedagogy Courses

All students hired as first-time graduate student instructors (GSI) must complete a GSI pedagogy class given by the department/school in which they are teaching. The Haas School's course is MBA 375. If your first GSI assignment is in another department or school, you must take its course, e.g., Economics 375. GSI pedagogy units do not count toward your graduation requirement.

Evening & Weekend MBA Program

Some EWMBA courses are cross-listed with the full-time program courses, allowing students from both programs to enroll. Courses are cross-listed when they are mutually beneficial to both groups of students. An example is when demand does not justify a course being scheduled in only one program but does through joint enrollment. Full-time MBA students also can enroll in EWMBA elective courses that are not cross-listed on a space-available basis, with the instructor’s approval. The following rules apply to taking EWMBA courses:

  • You may not take an EWMBA elective if the same course (or a substantially similar one) is being offered in the FTMBA program that semester.
  • You may take no more than two EWMBA courses during your time in the FTMBA program.
  • You are responsible for the cost of textbooks and hard-copy readers, same as your FTMBA electives.

Master of Financial Engineering (MFE) Program

With the permission of the MFE and MBA Program Directors you may take courses in the MFE Program and have the units count toward your degree requirements. Please note that the MFE Program's academic calendar is not the same as the MBA Program. Learn more about the MFE Program.

Doctoral Program

With the permission of the MBA Program Director and the course instructor, you may take courses in the doctoral program and count the credits toward your degree requirements. Learn more about the PhD program.

Undergraduate Program

Haas undergraduate classes are not substitutes for MBA courses and will not be accepted toward your graduation requirements, except in rare cases where there is no MBA version of a class that you need for your career goals (e.g., an advanced accounting class needed for a CPA). You must obtain approval from the Undergraduate and MBA Program Directors before enrolling in an undergraduate Haas class.