At a student-driven school like Haas, every semester one or more groups of students organize a seminar on a topic of interest to them. These seminars are offered as MBA 294 for one unit of credit. Typically the topic is related to a specific career field (e.g., consulting, environmental management, the entertainment industry) or geographic region. A faculty member serves as the seminar sponsor. You may take a maximum of two of these one-unit seminars toward the 51-unit graduation requirement.
If you are interested in organizing a MBA 294 and believe there are at least 10 of your classmates who would enroll in, you should discuss the idea with the MBA Program Office staff. We will advise you on possible faculty sponsors and on how to establish the course.
The student organizer will:
- Develop a proposal for the course, including its goals, topics to be covered, speakers and grading standards. The proposal must meet Haas guidelines for an MBA 294.
- Identify a faculty sponsor, with the assistance of the MBA Program Director or the Director of Academic Affairs.
- Market the proposed course to your classmates and determine if there is enough demand to justify offering the course.
- Work with the MBA Program Office staff to arrange a class time and location.
- Meet periodically with the faculty sponsor to make sure the course is meeting expectations.
The faculty sponsor will:
- Help students organize the course, including its goals, topics to be covered, and student requirements.
- Help identify and invite guest speakers.
- Attend as many classes as possible and participate as appropriate.
- Meet periodically with the student organizers to make sure the course is proceeding satisfactorily and is meeting expectations.
- Evaluate student performance and assign grades.