Haas School of Business

Why Berkeley-Haas

Experiential Learning

Providing students with hands-on exposure to real-world business situations is a key strength of the Berkeley MBA Program.

Experiential activities are a required part of the curriculum. Numerous out-of-classroom opportunities offer students the opportunity to build upon their skill sets.

Berkeley MBA students enlarge their innovative leadership skills by taking a required experiential course that enables them to hone their leadership skills in a real-life setting. The experiential course requirement is taken in conjunction with a problem-solving and teamwork module, designed to make the experience as meaningful as possible.

For a full list of experiential course options offered in each program, visit the Full-time Berkeley MBA Program and Evening & Weekend Berkeley MBA Program pages.

In addition to the required experiential course options, many Berkeley MBA electives also make use of hands-on projects. This almost always means team projects — an important aspect of experiential learning.

For example, students in the Emerging Markets course work in groups to develop a business concept and plan for a venture of their choosing in a developing country. And in High-Tech Marketing, student teams examine products and offerings of actual technology companies and analyze the life cycle and effectiveness of their strategies.