Academic Programs

The Berkeley MBA Compared

There is no doubt that receiving a MBA from one of the top-ranked Bay Area MBA programs will open doors for you in your career, but finding the right time and the format that best fits how you learn can be difficult.

The information below can help you choose a program that gives you what you need out of your master's degree program.

  • Program Basics shows you what your life would look like in an MBA program—when and how often you'd go to class and where—along with the approximate cost of each Berkeley MBA program.
  • Class Profile will give you a feel for who you'd be going to school with—the ages and work experience of classmates and how many students are in each program.
  • See our Curriculum chart for the kind of elective choices you will have in each degree program, along with experiential learning opportunities.
  • The Career Services chart shows you the advising support and on-campus recruiting options you'll have in each program.

Program Basics
  Full-Time MBA Evening & Weekend MBA Berkeley MBA for Executives (EMBA)
  Evenings Schedule Option Weekends Schedule Option
Duration 2 years (4 semesters) 3 years (6 semesters) 3 years (6 semesters) 19 months (5 terms)
Class Schedule Monday-Thursday Two evenings each week All day Saturday Thur-Sun about every 3 weeks
Location On campus On campus Half on campus, half Silicon Valley On campus
Degree Received Berkeley MBA
Program Start August August August May
Total Program Cost *Approx. $109,000 for CA residents and $114,500 for out-of-state residents *Approx. $125,000 **$159,900
Class Profile
  Full-Time MBA Evening & Weekend MBA Berkeley MBA for Executives (EMBA)
  Evenings Schedule Option Weekends Schedule Option
Typical Class Size 240 250 70
Professional Experience 5 years median 7 years median; 4-11 years for middle 80% 13 years median; 7-20 years for middle 80%
Median Age 28 years 30 years 36 years
Where Students Come From 43% international; 57% U.S. 85% from SF Bay Area; 15% from LA, Sacramento, and out-of-state 70% from SF Bay Area; 30% from LA, West Coast, and other out-of-state
Curriculum
  Full-Time MBA Evening & Weekend MBA Berkeley MBA for Executives (EMBA)
  Evenings Schedule Option Weekends Schedule Option
Core 12 courses (first two semesters) 13 courses (first three semesters) 9 courses (first three terms)
Choice of Electives High degree of choice medium-to-high degree of choice low-to-medium degree of choice medium degree of choice
Global Experience International Business Development elective course; student-led treks; international internships Seminar in International Business and International Business Development elective courses; student-led treks International Immersion Week
Faculty All three programs share the same pool of world-class UC Berkeley tenured and professional faculty
Career Services
  Full-Time MBA Evening & Weekend MBA Berkeley MBA for Executives (EMBA)
  Evenings Schedule Option Weekends Schedule Option
Career Advising Dedicated career advisors for each program. A wealth of tailored workshops and other career services.
On-campus Recruiting Available to students from all programs.