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 the curriculum, and numerous out-of-classroom opportunities also offer students the opportunity to build upon their skill sets. These activities utilize all aspects of general management and BILD (Berkeley Innovative Leader Development), the connnective theme that runs through the entire Berkeley MBA curriculum to ensure that every student develops the skills required of innovative leaders.

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.