Academics

Evening & Weekend Berkeley MBA Program

Registration & Enrollment

Core Courses

During the first three semesters of the Evening & Weekend MBA program, students are automatically enrolled in the core class sections with their pre-assigned cohort. Students attend these required courses on the assigned days and times with their cohort throughout the first half of the MBA program.

Blue - Monday and Wednesday evenings
Gold - Tuesday and Thursday evenings
Axe - Saturday morning and afternoon
Oski - Saturday morning and afternoon

Fall & Spring Elective Courses

After the Core Curriculum has been completed within the pre-assigned cohort (Blue or Gold for evenings, Axe or Oski for weekends), students have an opportunity to designate their intention to take electives either during any evenings or on weekends. Students who indicate evenings for electives will be able to bid only on electives offered on a weeknight, Monday through Thursday. Students who indicate weekends will be able to bid only on electives offered on Saturdays.

Bidding

The first step in the registration and enrollment process is bidding, where students allocate from their available number of bid points to indicate the electives of highest interest to them.

If your bids are successful, you will then be enrolled in those courses at the end of the bidding period. Bidding occurs during the semester prior to when courses will be offered (ex. during the Fall semester for the next Spring term’s courses).

Why We Use the Bidding Process
Bidding is a mechanism to allocate scarce resources in the most popular classes, and it is a fair process to allocate seats where demand exceeds supply. Professors’ instructional hours are limited by their contracts and other professional obligations, such as research and public speaking engagements, and the number of seats made available in a given class is carefully considered and determined by a committee of faculty.

Students are allotted bid points so that they can identify the classes in which they are most interested and strategically use their bid points in an effort to obtain one of the seats in those classes. This provides all students the most equal opportunity possible to identify a class that is most aligned with their professional career goals and use their bid points to maximize their chances of securing an available seat in that class.

As students progress through the program and achieve seniority, the number of bid points made available to them increases, so students who are closer to graduating have the greatest chance of securing a seat in an elective class that may be oversubscribed during the scheduled term.

All students are encouraged to work closely with academic and career advisors to identify several electives offerings that would align well with their individual professional goals.

Add/Drop

The second step in the registration and enrollment process is Add/Drop, where students have the opportunity to make changes to their existing schedule by dropping courses that were secured during the bidding period that are no longer wanted or that might conflict with work obligations. Students may also add classes during the Add/Drop period, for up to a total of 9 units of credit in one semester.

The Evening & Weekend MBA Program uses the On-Line Registrar (OLR) system, a web-based database for enrollment in Haas electives courses. In your three terms of core courses, you will not use OLR, as you will be enrolled into those classes with your cohort in an automated process.

Summer Elective Courses

There are opportunities for all students, including rising 2nd years, to take courses in the summer.  Typically courses are offered in a different scheduling format then fall and spring, with many courses offered during block weeks and weekends.  Enrolling in courses is done through a sign up process and there are separate dates for international opportunity sign ups and regular summer electives.  For those students receiving financial aid we encourage you to reach out to the financial aid office if needed, as aid is not available for summer courses.