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Columbia Joins Haas for New Executive MBA; Plus Part-time MBA Now Available on Weekends
by Ute Frey

The Haas School of Business launched two new programs this year: the Berkeley-Columbia Executive MBA Program and the weekend option in the Evening MBA Program.

Berkeley and Columbia Announce Joint Executive MBA Program

The Haas School and Columbia Business School jointly launched the Berkeley-Columbia Executive MBA program in 2001. The Berkeley-Columbia EMBA blends the distinctive strengths of the two schools: Wall Street and Silicon Valley, New York and California. Aimed at a select group of high-level executives, the new program will enroll its first class in June 2002.

The EMBA curriculum will offer participants fresh insights into the complex forces of global, financial, technological, and entrepreneurial changes that are transforming the business world. It leverages the schools' locations in two of the world's most important business centers - New York City and the San Francisco/Silicon Valley area.

"In today's turbulent business environment, executives must possess outstanding management skills and a keen understanding of the rapidly changing nature of the economy and business world," said Laura Tyson, who, as dean, oversaw the creation of the EMBA. "This unique educational partnership will develop leaders with the requisite vision and skills for success."

Designed to accommodate the busy executive, the Berkeley-Columbia EMBA features a convenient schedule of Thursday through Saturday instruction over 19 months. The bi-coastal curriculum, taught by the faculty of these two premier institutions, will offer broad, general management courses with a strategic perspective, including a series of cutting-edge electives in areas such as IT strategy and international finance.

Companies sponsoring promising executives in the Berkeley-Columbia EMBA will see immediate benefits from the program, as participants are encouraged to apply cutting-edge concepts to their workplace.

The Berkeley-Columbia Executive MBA program has been designed for senior managers with a record of significant achievement, demonstrated leadership ability, and substantial organizational responsibilities. In addition to receiving MBA degrees from both Columbia Business School and UC Berkeley, participants will benefit from a lifetime membership in the global professional networks of both schools that includes over 50,000 alumni.

The EBMA program places a major emphasis on drawing applicants from the west coast. Information sessions for prospective applicants across the nation began in the fall and will continue through February 2002.

To learn more about the Berkeley-Columbia EMBA program, go to www.berkeley.columbia.edu.

Berkeley-Columbia Executive MBA Program Facts

  • Earn an MBA degree from Berkeley, and an MBA degree from Columbia.
  • Half of the courses taught by Berkeley faculty, the other half by Columbia faculty.
  • Classes met Thursday through Saturday - about every three weeks.
  • Five classes will be spent in New York City over the 19-month program.
  • Designed for senior executives who want to master today's complex business environment.
  • Culminates in a 10-day applied project in Asia.
  • Classes begin in June 2002 and finish in December 2003.
Weekend Option Added to the Evening MBA Program

Beginning this fall, the Haas School will admit the first weekend cohort as part of the renamed and expanded Evening & Weekend MBA Program. These fully-employed students will earn their MBAs by taking classes on Saturdays, and about half of the courses will be offered in Silicon Valley - the first time Haas has offered a degree program in the South Bay.

The new weekend option is an expansion of the school's popular and highly competitive Evening MBA Program, which is ranked one of the top ten part-time MBA programs in the US.

"With Saturday instruction and with about 50% of the classes being held at a site in Silicon Valley, the new weekend option offers real choice and convenience to the hundreds of men and women who apply to the program each year," said Andy Shogan, associate dean for instruction. "In this turbulent economy, it also meets the needs of the growing number of working professionals who want to differentiate themselves in the job market and get a jump start on a better career."

Shogan said the decision to teach half of the program in Silicon Valley recognizes the importance of the South Bay area and the fact that about half of the current Evening MBA students commute to their Haas classes from the South Bay on two evenings a week.

For six semesters (fall and spring) over three years, the 60 students in the weekend option will attend classes on Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Weekend students will also have access to an equivalent level of the student services, library facilities, and career center services as those provided to evening cohort students.

The core courses and a set of the most popular elective courses will be offered on Saturdays, thereby enabling students in the weekend cohort to complete on Saturdays all coursework required for the MBA degree. Students in the evening and weekend cohorts will be able to enroll in electives in the other cohort, and in the full-time MBA program, on a space available basis.

Weekend MBA Option Facts
  • Beginning cohort of 60 students
  • Six semesters over three years
  • Classes run on Saturdays, 8:30 am to 4:00 p.m.
  • About half of the classes will be held in Silicon Valley, the remainder at the Haas School
  • Access to outstanding student services, library facilities, and career services
  • Instructors drawn from same pool of Haas faculty as Evening and full-time MBA program

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