Founded in 1898, the Haas School is the oldest business school at a public institution in the United States. When the Haas School was founded, UC Berkeley itself was just 15 years old, and California had been a state for less than 50 years.
The Haas School's aim is ambitious: to develop innovative leaders who redefine how business is done. It's a mission that keeps Haas in step with the needs of business — and the people who lead business — as they evolve.
In 2009, among business schools with a full-time MBA program, The Economist ranked the Haas School #1 in the United States and #3 in the world. US News & World Report rated the Haas undergraduate program #2. Business Week ranked the part-time MBA program #3 in the United States. And Financial Times ranked the executive MBA program #4 in the United States.
Haas School faculty members have won two Nobel Prizes in Economics over the past 15 years — an accomplishment shared by only two other business schools in the world. This rare level of excellence is the product of an exceptional scholarly community that attracts the finest faculty, students, and staff — people accustomed to intellectual rigor, who challenge and inspire each other.
At home at UC Berkeley, in the San Francisco Bay Area, the Haas School is an active participant in an unrivaled business ecosystem of innovation and entrepreneurship. Haas taps the unparalleled distinction of UC Berkeley scientists, engineers, and experts in everything from public policy to information science to sustainability. Interdisciplinary thinking and collaboration distinguish the Haas brand of leadership.
The Haas School possesses a unique culture, influenced by UC Berkeley, that shapes its students and graduates. Haas alumni question the status quo by envisioning a different reality. They convey confidence without attitude by leading through trust and collaboration. They devote themselves to constant learning by remaining students, always. And they think and act beyond themselves by considering the long-term impacts of their actions.
The new educational focus of the Haas School is developing innovative leaders. We define these leaders as individuals who drive growth by putting new ideas into action in every corner and every function of their organizations, and who do so responsibly. The Haas School has developed courses, experiential learning opportunities, and extracurricular offerings to support this forward-looking approach to management education.
Exceptional research consistently places the Haas School among the top 10 business schools worldwide in rankings of faculty scholarship. In recent years, Haas faculty members have earned recognition from their peers for their groundbreaking work in marketing, finance, accounting, technology and innovation management, organizational behavior, and economics — fields deeply relevant to the way businesses operate today.
Leveraging its intellectual excellence, the Haas School is launching and expanding programs and educating the path-bending leaders that will be needed to solve urgent world issues and business challenges.
The Haas School campus is evolving and growing to reflect the way 21st-century business students learn. Tomorrow's Haas campus will be even more deeply connected with the rest of UC Berkeley, and will include physical spaces that accommodate learning through networks and social connections as well as in classrooms.