At Berkeley Haas, we believe that a fundamental step in redefining the business leader is to get our culture right, because this culture encourages students to develop the mindset and behaviors of innovative leaders.

Berkeley Haas students, faculty, staff, and alumni live our distinctive culture out loud by embracing our four Defining Leadership Principles:

Question the Status Quo

We thrive at the epicenter of innovation. We make progress by speaking our minds even when it challenges convention. We lead by championing bold ideas and taking intelligent risks.

Confidence Without Attitude

We make decisions based on evidence and analysis, giving us the confidence to act with humility. We foster collaboration by building a foundation of empathy, inclusion, and trust.

Students Always

We are a community designed to support curiosity. We actively seek out diverse perspectives as part of our lifelong pursuit of personal and intellectual growth. There is always more to learn.

Beyond Yourself

We shape our world by leading ethically and responsibly. As stewards of our enterprises, we take the longer view in our decisions and actions. This often means putting the collective good above our own interests.

Our culture fosters new thinking and new tools to change careers—and markets.

Across every dimension, Haas students, faculty, and staff are characterized by the high quality of their work, their exceptional talents and creativity, their diversity of experience, and their commitment to inclusiveness.

Applicants select Berkeley Haas in order to join a diverse global community of people who use the tools of business to make a positive impact. Once here, our students work with and alongside others who embrace our Defining Leadership Principles—and see how their role is to contribute to a larger purpose.

New Thinking for The New Economy

Traditional business education was designed for the 20th century economy. A Berkeley Haas education is distinct because we have adapted our teaching model to respond to the challenges we see first-hand in the new economy every day.

The new economy is characterized by high-growth industries that are on the cutting edge of technology and are the driving force of economic growth. Over the past few years, the ability to capture and analyze massive amounts of data have brought new capabilities for both upstarts and established firms and industries. These new capabilities have touched virtually all aspects of our economy.

Haas has retained its strong general management foundation, and continues to produce leaders who excel at the core skills employers tell us they need more of: critical thinking, communication and constant adaptability.

We’ve also adjusted courses and added others that address newer skills and meet the demands of new economy employers. We’ve built a new state-of-the-art teaching building, Chou Hall, which features classrooms designed with the collaborative teaching and learning styles needed today.

Living at the Center of Innovation

Innovation lies at the heart of the Bay Area’s economy. It’s no surprise that Apple, Google, AirBnB, and other disrupters headquartered in the Bay Area are driving global economic growth, while established firms are employing Bay Area technologies to redefine their industries.

The Bay Area is home to the world’s largest assembly of information technology, biotechnology, internet, digital entertainment, and cleantech firms. Beyond technology, the Bay Area is leading the way on innovation in food and design; in addition, the country’s top consulting firms all have a major presence here and are deeply entwined in this innovation culture.

The proximity of these companies to each other, and to our campus, creates opportunities for growth and development for every Berkeley Haas student. Students have direct access to the innovation economy through internships, consulting projects, speakers, company visits, and networking.

Opening Doors to Career Success

When the world’s most selective organizations seek new talent, they turn to Haas. Recruiters regularly report that they choose Haas because our programs produce collaborative leaders who possess confidence without attitude.

As a student, you will have opportunities to further your career, or launch a new one, as the program’s highly personalized Career Management Group works with you to identify your professional goals and help you make the contacts to make it possible.

As a graduate, you will join a powerful global network of 40,000 Haas School of Business alumni. You’ll also be a Cal Bear for life, joining a network of 300,000 University of California, Berkeley alumni. Go Bears!

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