EMBA WILL BE CLOSELY ALIGNED WITH THE SCHOOL’S FOUR GUIDING PRINCIPLES
Berkeley’s new EMBA program also features much closer alignment with the guiding principles of Berkeley’s full-time MBA and Evening and Weekend MBA culture. That culture helps to teach students to “question the status quo,” to make decisions on the basis of “confidence without attitude,” to have a mindset of curiosity that makes participants “students always,” and to look at the long-term impact of actions by looking “beyond yourself.”
The principles, taught and reinforced in both the core and elective courses at Haas, were the result of an MBA curriculum overhaul two years ago.
All of the innovative leadership content, for example, is part of what is being called Berkeley Innovative Leader Development (BILD), a connecting theme that runs through the entire MBA curriculum, both core and elective.
BRINGING ‘FRESH THINKING AND NEW IDEAS TO EVERY FACET OF THE ORGANIZATION’
“Our strength lies in teaching students how to bring fresh thinking and new ideas to every facet of the organization, and to motivate others to do so as well,” says Haas School Dean Rich Lyons in a statement. “We do so by providing them with a set of tools that empowers them to enter any situation – no matter how ambiguous – and to find a way to frame the challenge and develop creative solutions from it.”
Other changes may also occur. Says Kaplan, “We were looking at starting in the fall rather than the summer. This is the first phase and we are not locked into that. But we do like the idea of having the group on campus every three weeks. We might look at the possibility of every four weeks with a four-day session, which would allow us to recruit from a wider base, the Pacific region mostly.”
The first class of the new program will meet for orientation on May 15, 2013 and begin classes on May 16. The admissions team will start accepting applications as of Sept. 15, 2012. Recruiting for the first class begins with information sessions in Berkeley on August 30th and in San Francisco on Sept. 13th. Applicants are required to submit either a GMAT or GRE score for admission.
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