Work/Life Balance

You didn’t get where you are without juggling a lot of priorities. Yet you may wonder just how you’ll add an executive MBA program to a life already brimming over with work, family, friends, pets, athletic pursuits, and other projects.

The simple answer? You don’t do it alone. At Berkeley Haas, executives get the support they need to be successful students and still achieve balance.

How to Add MBA Studies to Your Life

Lean on the EMBA Program Office

Staff in our Executive MBA Program Office focus on saving you time, so you can focus on learning and bonding with classmates while hotel reservations are made for you, meals on campus are taken care of, textbooks are purchased and delivered electronically, and cross-program networking opportunities and campus activities such as tailgate picnics and guest speakers are arranged.

Make Your Family and Partner Part of the Experience

For many of our students, going through the Berkeley MBA for Executives Program is a family affair—especially since they are here, in part, to make a better life for their families. We welcome families and partners at events such as family picnics and the annual Haas Gala. Your family may also decide to come along for an immersion week and join in on non-curricular dinners, receptions, and tours.

Enjoy the Social Side of School Life

As you bond with fellow students, dinners and late-night study sessions during each block are often where long-lasting friendships are formed, life philosophies debated, and startup ideas explored. Before you know it, school also offers a rich social life.

Step on Campus, Shift Your Mindset

Stepping onto the UC Berkeley campus, with its meandering streams, towering redwoods, and Beaux Arts buildings, marks a clear transition from the workplace to school, making it easier to unplug from other concerns and plug into dynamic classroom discussions.

Take Your Classroom Learning to Work (and Vice Versa)

Balance becomes less of an issue as the line between school and work starts to dissolve. This happens when what you’re learning affects how you work—and the classroom becomes a place where you can work through workplace challenges.

Video Profile

Laura Teclemariam

Meet Laura Teclemariam, mother of three, lead product manager at Electronic Arts, and student in the Berkeley MBA for Executives Program. Support from her classmates and family helps to make it all work, as she retools for the next phase of her career.