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BERKELEY MBA FOR EXECUTIVES PROGRAM

Executive MBA Curriculum

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*Schedules may vary for immersions and some elective choices.

Student perspective
Adam Tibble

*Schedules may vary for immersions and some elective choices.

The Berkeley MBA for Executives Program delivers a rigorous general management education with the same high course standards and drawing from the same top faculty pool as our full-time MBA program, in a format tailored to you as an executive.

Learn through lecture, case studies, class discussions, simulations, guest speakers, group projects, and immersive learning opportunities, and boost your learning by studying with high caliber peers who collaborate rather than compete.

Along the way, you are shaped as a leader not only by our curriculum, but by our culture, with its four Defining Principles: Question the Status Quo, Confidence Without Attitude, Students Always, and Beyond Yourself.

Building your business fluency and strengthening these traits, you develop as a leader who harnesses new ideas and creates value for your firm.

Our executive MBA curriculum is rooted in four pillars:

Mark Rittenberg

Leadership

Learn how to lead authentically, building on your ability to inspire others and execute at scale. Gain skills through our Leadership Communications immersion, through core courses on leading and managing organizations and on building trust-based relationships, and in electives such as Executive Leadership.

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Toby Stuart

Entrepreneurship

Frame problems, and lead organizational innovation. Whether you lead a firm or a team, an entrepreneurial skillset will give you essential tools. Gain these in electives such as Entrepreneurship & Innovation and Opportunity Recognition and in our Entrepreneurship & Innovation and Applied Innovation immersion weeks.

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Laura Tyson

Strategy

Design long-term strategies to achieve large-scale goals. You’ll find strategy throughout your coursework, including in the core Competitive and Corporate Strategy course and in electives such as Financial Information Analysis, Global Strategy, and Game Theory, and in the Public Policy and Global immersion weeks.

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Maura O'Neill

Finance

Understand the bottom-line impact of strategic decisions. Learn finance in the core Financial Accounting and Finance classes and in electives such as New Venture Finance and Corporate Finance, which examines the subject from a CFO perspective.

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Executive MBA Program Schedule

The program consists of five terms, each with five course sessions (blocks). Typically, classes meet every three weeks, Thursday through Saturday, though block week and elective schedules may vary.

Students are also required to participate in five field Immersions (one each term) that run on different schedules and are five to seven days long.

Core courses are taken in the first three terms and are designed to build upon one another. The final two terms offer you challenging electives and the option to pursue independent studies.

See Program Calendar for May 2017 Start

Schedule Overview

  • TERM
  • DURATION
  • TOPICS
  • TERM
    ONE
  • DURATION
    May–Aug
  • TOPICS
    Economics for Business Decisions
    Financial Accounting
    Data Analysis for Management
    Leadership Communications Immersion
  • TERM
    TWO
  • DURATION
    Sept–Dec
  • TOPICS
    Finance
    Creating Effective Organizations
    Marketing Management
    Entrepreneurship & Innovation (Silicon Valley) Field Immersion
  • TERM
    THREE
  • DURATION
    Jan–Apr
  • TOPICS
    Operations Management
    Competitive and Corporate Strategy
    Global Economic Environment
    Applied Innovation Week
  • TERM
    FOUR
  • DURATION
    May–Aug
  • TOPICS
    Three Electives
    Global Immersion
  • TERM
    FIVE
  • DURATION
    Sep–Dec
  • TOPICS
    Three Electives
    Public Policy (Washington, D.C.) Immersion

Due to the accelerated nature of the program, all academic sessions and field immersions are required. Excused absences will be made for medical/family emergencies; other absences will be considered by the faculty on a case-by-case basis.

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Curricular Building Blocks

Core Coursework

Our ten core courses deepen your existing knowledge and give you solid grounding in general management fundamentals.

THE CORE

Executive MBA Electives

Anchor electives strengthen your skills along the four executive dimensions and, as a Berkeley MBA student, you can choose from a vast array of electives across our MBA programs and all across campus. 

ELECTIVE COURSES

Field Immersions

We leverage our location and global ties to deliver five executive MBA field immersions that strengthen your skills and cement your learning.

THE IMMERSIONS