ⓘ Haas School of Business. The Walter A. Haas School of Business, also known as the Haas School of Business or Berkeley Haas, is the business school of the Univer ..

Haas School of Business

ⓘ Haas School of Business

The Walter A. Haas School of Business, also known as the Haas School of Business or Berkeley Haas, is the business school of the University of California, Berkeley.

The school is housed in four buildings surrounding a central courtyard on the southeastern corner of the UC Berkeley campus. It was the United States first business school at a public university and is ranked as a global top-10 business school by The Economist, Financial Times, QS World University Rankings, U.S. News & World Report, and Bloomberg Businessweek. Berkeley Haas is ranked as a leading worldwide business school for entrepreneurship, technology innovation, and finance; and is among the top five most selective business schools worldwide.


1.1. Graduate programs Full-time MBA

The Berkeley MBA Program is a two-year curriculum designed to prepare students for business leadership. In addition to its core curriculum and elective courses, Berkeley Haas requires all MBA students to take an Applied Innovation course, such as Haas Work or International Business Development.

Prospective full-time MBA students may apply to one of three concurrent degree programs; Haas offers a four-semester MBA/MEng program with one of seven programs in the UC Berkeley College of Engineering, a five-semester MBA/MPH program with the UC Berkeley School of Public Health, and a four-year JD/MBA program with the UC Berkeley School of Law or the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. Current students may apply to a semester-long exchange program with Columbia Business School, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, IESE Business School, HEC Paris, or London Business School.

The Berkeley Haas Full-time MBA Program was ranked #7 in The Economists 2017 global ranking of Top Full Time MBA Programs.


1.2. Graduate programs Evening & Weekend MBA

The three-year, part-time Berkeley Evening & Weekend MBA Program allows participants to continue working full-time while pursuing the MBA. The curriculum is aligned with that of the full-time MBA, and students can choose to attend classes either two evenings per week or on Saturdays.

The Berkeley Haas Evening & Weekend MBA Program was ranked #1 in U.S. News & World Reports 2018 Ranking of Best Part-Time MBA Programs.


1.3. Graduate programs MBA for Executives

The Berkeley MBA for Executives program lasts 19 months and consists of courses taught by the full-time faculty of Berkeley Haas. The core curriculum is taught during the first three terms, and the last two terms offer elective courses. Upon completion of the program, students earn the same degree awarded in the schools other MBA programs.

Prior to 2013, Berkeley Haas offered the Berkeley-Columbia Executive MBA, which gave experienced executives the opportunity to jointly earn MBAs from both Haas and Columbia Business School.


1.4. Graduate programs Master of Financial Engineering Program

The Berkeley Master of Financial Engineering MFE Program provides graduates with knowledge and skills necessary for a career in the finance industry. Students in the MFE program take an integrated set of courses for a period of one year, and must also complete a ten-week internship or on-site project plus an applied finance project that builds on skills learned in the internship.


1.5. Graduate programs Ph.D. Program

The Haas School of Business Ph.D. Program offers six fields of academic study: Accounting, Business and Public Policy, Finance, Marketing, Management of Organizations, and Real Estate. The program admits 14-16 candidates per year, and students can expect to graduate in four to five years.


2.1. Undergraduate program Bachelor of Science

The Haas School of Business, in conjunction with the main UC Berkeley campus, offers an undergraduate Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration BSBA. Students take a variety of elective courses in addition to required core courses, which include economics, communication, managerial and financial accounting, finance, marketing, and ethics. Students apply to the program after fulfilling undergraduate prerequisite courses, and are admitted to Haas for their final two years.

The Haas School of Business Undergraduate Program was ranked #2 in U.S. News & World Reports 2019 Ranking of Best Undergraduate Business Programs.


2.2. Undergraduate program Additional offerings

The Haas School of Business offers the BSBA degree with a concentration in global management through its Global Management program. Global management students begin the program in the summer prior to their freshman year and spend their first semester in London through Berkeley Global Edge.

The Management, Entrepreneurship, & Technology program, offered by the Haas School of Business and the College of Engineering, is an integrated program that leads to two Bachelor of Science degrees, one in Business Administration from Berkeley Haas and the other in Electrical Engineering & Computer Sciences EECS, Industrial Engineering & Operations Research IEOR, or Mechanical Engineering ME from the College of Engineering. Students enter the M.E.T. program as freshmen.

The Haas School of Business also partners with the College of Engineering, College of Environmental Design, and College of Letters and Science Arts and Humanities Division to sponsor the undergraduate Berkeley Certificate in Design Innovation.


3. Executive education

UC Berkeley Executive Education offers a variety of programs for individuals and organizations, to help corporate executives understand new and/or challenging aspects of the business world. Executives can enroll in a prepared set of short courses targeted at specific issues or develop a custom curriculum.


4. Institutes and centers

The Haas School of Business is home to many research institutions and centers, and Haas faculty members take an active part in UC Berkeleys multidisciplinary programs.


Institute for Business Innovation IBI

  • Haas Work Program
  • Berkeley Haas Entrepreneurship Program
  • Garwood Center for Corporate Innovation
  • Fisher Center for Business Analytics
  • AMENA Center for Entrepreneurship and Development
  • Tusher Center for Management of Intellectual Capital

Institute for Business & Social Impact IBSI

  • Center for Equity, Gender, and Leadership EGAL
  • Boost Berkeley Haas
  • Center for Social Sector Leadership CSSL
  • Center for Responsible Business CRB
  • Berkeley Business Academy for Youth B-BAY

Energy Institute at Haas EI

  • Cleantech to Market C2M


  • Center for Financial Reporting and Management
  • Fisher Center for Real Estate and Urban Economics
  • Berkeley Center for Economics and Politics
  • Asia Business Center


5. History

The Haas School of Business was first established as the College of Commerce of the University of California in 1898. The University of California charter, adopted in 1868, included among its goals the study of commerce. University Regents Arthur Rodgers, A.S. Hallidie and George T. Marye Jr. later proposed the establishment of a College of Commerce. The new college was founded on September 13, 1898, when Cora Jane Flood, daughter of industrialist and University of California Regent James C. Flood, donated land worth one million dollars at the time to the university specifically to support the study of commerce. The school was one of the first business schools in the United States and the first at a public university.

The colleges first faculty members included some American pioneers in the field of business. Simon Litman taught the first course in marketing between 1902 and 1908. Adolph Miller, who was the Flood Professor of the Political Economy and Commerce from 1903 to 1915, later served on the first Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. Wesley Clair Mitchell, who taught at Berkeley from 1905 to 1913, is known as the father of the business cycle analysis. Charles Staehling taught accounting at the college from 1921–51 and was known for adding a theoretical framework to the praxis-oriented teaching of accounting principles. Henry Mowbray, who taught from 1910 to 1948, wrote the first college textbook on insurance.

The College of Commerce was founded in the liberal arts tradition, drawing on faculty from other disciplines on campus. Carl C. Plehn was appointed the first dean of the new college in 1898. Plehn, a finance professor educated in Germany, drafted the colleges first curriculum for a Bachelor of Science degree. The initial course offerings covered legal studies, political studies, political economy, and historical studies, including The History of the Institution of Private Property, History and Principles of Commercial Ethics, and the History of Commerce in All Countries and at Every Age. Plehn proposed changes to the curriculum in 1915 to give it a more professional focus. The proposal, adopted after World War I, established a program that included two years of liberal arts education followed by junior and senior year commerce study, a pattern still used for the undergraduate program today.

Henry Rand Hatfield, a pioneer in accounting and an early entrant in the Accounting Hall of Fame, became the second dean of the college in 1916. Hatfield had been hired by the University of California in 1904 as the first full-time accounting professor in the country. Hatfield played a leading role in the founding of the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business and the national honor society Beta Gamma Sigma. He also published the first paper in the United States on accounting theory. As dean, Hatfield sought to increase the reputation of the College of Commerce by bringing scholars from the East Coast to teach during summer sessions.

After World War I, enrollment experienced an increase from the influx of veterans and continued to grow even through the Great Depression, increasing from its initial class size of three in 1898 to 1.540 students in 1938. In 1925, the colleges third dean, Stuart Daggett, instituted a two-year Master of Science degree. The schools fourth dean, Henry Francis Grady, was appointed in 1928. Grady went on leave from 1934 to 1936 to become an advisor to President Franklin D. Roosevelt, for whom he worked on reciprocal trade agreements see Reciprocal Tariff Act. The fifth dean, Robert Calkins, succeeded Grady, but left within a few years to become the dean of the Columbia Business School.

E.T. Grether was appointed the sixth dean of the College of Commerce in 1941. Grethers twenty-year tenure as dean was a time of great change. The college was renamed the Department of Business Administration in 1942 and began offering a new two-year upper division curriculum leading to the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. In 1943, the department was renamed the School of Business Administration when it began offering a one-year graduate program.

Grether opened several research centers in the school, including The Institute for Business and Economics Research 1941, The Institute for Industrial Relations IIR 1945, now called the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, and the Center for Real Estate and Urban Economics 1950. Grether tapped Clark Kerr to be the first director of the IIR. Kerrs success in this position led to his becoming the first Chancellor of the University of California, Berkeley.

The Graduate School of Business Administration was opened in 1955 and the school began offering a course of study leading to the Master of Business Administration. A year later the Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration and executive education programs were founded.

Under the schools eighth dean, Richard Holton, an evening MBA program was initiated in 1972. Unlike other evening or part-time programs in the country, students were required to meet the same admission requirements as established for the day-time MBA program. Classes for the evening MBA were held in downtown San Francisco until the schools present building complex was completed in 1995, the final design of architect Charles Moore.

Earl F. Cheit became the ninth dean of the school in 1976. Facing diminishing funding and budget pressures, Cheit lobbied and won increased salary scales for business faculty. He also secured donations from Walter A. Haas to endow seven new chairs and to open a career planning and placement center. In 1980, the school began to offer a Management of Technology program jointly with the College of Engineering. 1980 also saw the inauguration of the annual Haas Competition in Business and Social Policy, funded by a donation from the Evelyn and Walter A. Haas, Jr. Foundation.

In 1987, the tenth dean of the school, Raymond Miles, began the schools first major capital campaign to raise money for a new building. Major contributions were made by Wells Fargo and Eugene Trefethen, an executive with Kaiser Industries. In 1989, the Walter and Elise Haas Fund donated $23.75 million to the building campaign. The donation was the largest in the history of the university to that date. The school was renamed the Haas School of Business in honor of that gift.

The new building was designed by Charles W. Moore, former chair of Berkeleys Department of Architecture. Construction began in 1993 and the school moved into its new building complex in January 1995.

Laura Tyson, a professor at Berkeley since 1977 and the chairman of the Presidents Council of Economic Advisers from 1993 to 1995 during the Clinton Administration, was the dean of the school from 1998 to 2001. Tyson negotiated an agreement with the Columbia Business School to create a joint program, the Berkeley-Columbia Executive MBA, which offered experienced executives the opportunity to earn an MBA from both Haas and Columbia. The program lasted for ten years.

Tom Campbell served as dean of Berkeley Haas from 2002-2008, with the exception of a one-year sabbatical in 2004-2005 during which he served as Director of the California Department of Finance. During this time, Richard Lyons served as interim dean.

In July 2008, Richard Lyons became the dean of Berkeley Haas. Along with a curriculum overhaul, Lyons launched the public phase of a $300 million capital campaign. The campaigns stated goals are "transforming the. campus, building a curriculum based on the Berkeley Haas approach to leadership, and aggressively expanding the school’s faculty and its support for research." Dean Lyons also oversaw the opening of Berkeley Haas fourth building, Connie & Kevin Chou Hall. A six-story, 80.000 sq.ft. building on the north side of the Berkeley Haas campus, Chou Hall cost $60 million and was funded exclusively by alumni and community members. It is the first academic building in the country to be designed for LEED Platinum and WELL certifications, and intends to achieve zero waste certification by summer 2018. Chou Hall opened under temporary occupancy in summer 2017 and was officially completed in 2018.

Ann Harrison began her term as Berkeley Haas dean in January 2019.

The Haas School of Business has been home to two winners of the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics. John C. Harsanyi 1920–2000 was a co-recipient with John Nash and Reinhard Selten in 1994 for his contributions to the study of game theory and its application to economics. Oliver Williamson 1932- was a co-recipient with Elinor Ostrom in 2009 for his "analysis of economic governance, especially the boundaries of the firm." Both have served as Professor Emeritus at Berkeley Haas and in the UC Berkeley Department of Economics.


6. Notable faculty

  • Daniel Levitin – Neuroscientist, best-selling author, management consultant
  • Richard Lyons – Dean of the Haas School of Business 2008-2018
  • John Harsanyi – Economics Nobel Laureate, 1994
  • Hal Varian – Chief Economist at Google; fellow of the Guggenheim Foundation, the Econometric Society, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences
  • Sherman J. Maisel – member of the Federal Reserve Board of Governors, President of the American Finance Association
  • Steve G. Blank – developer of Customer development, part of the Lean Startup methodology
  • Henry F. Grady – Dean of the UC Berkeley College of Commerce now the Haas School of Business, first US Ambassador to India, President of American President Lines
  • Omar Romero-Hernandez – winner of the Franz Edelman Award for Achievement in Operations Research and the Management Sciences
  • Janet Yellen – Chair 2014-2018 and Vice-Chair 2010-2014 of the Federal Reserve System; President, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco 2004-2010; Chair, Presidents Council of Economic Advisors 1997–1999
  • Vinod Aggarwal – member of the Council on Foreign Relations, founding member of the U.S. Asia Pacific Council
  • Solomon Darwin – known for his development of "smart village" frameworks for Indian villages
  • Mark Rubinstein – a noted financial engineer and International Association of Financial Engineers Man of The Year in 1995
  • Philip Tetlock – MacArthur Fellow, Russell Sage Scholar, winner of Woodrow Wilson Award, Robert E. Lane Award, and Grawemeyer Award
  • Oliver Williamson – Economics Nobel Laureate, 2009; a seminal researcher on transaction cost economics
  • David Teece – Accenture Top 50 Business Intellectuals, Academy of International Business Eminent Scholar 2013, Thomson Scientific top-10 most-cited scholars in economics and business, Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit
  • Henry Chesbrough – coined the phrase Open Innovation: The New Imperative for Creating and Profiting from Technology
  • Carl Shapiro – former Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Economics in the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice 1995–1996. Now Chief Economist in the U.S. Department of Justices Antitrust Division April 2009.
  • David C. Mowery – member of the National Bureau of Economic Research, advisor to Congress and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development
  • Laura Tyson – Dean of the Haas School of Business 1998–2001 and the London Business School 2002–2006; Chair, Presidents Council of Economic Advisers 1993-1995, National Economic Council 1995-1996
  • David Vogel – Editor-in-Chief of the California Management Review
  • Paul Tiffany – author of Business Plans for Dummies
  • David Aaker – founder of the Aaker Model, American Marketing Association Hall of Fame Inductee
  • Ross Levine – Economist and advisor to the World Bank, Federal Reserve System, and the International Monetary Fund
  • Paul Gertler - former Chief Economist of the World Bank Human Development Network.

7. Notable alumni

  • Paul Otellini, MBA 74, former President and CEO of Intel
  • Eleni Tsakopoulos Kounalakis, MBA 92, Lieutenant Governor of California and former United States Ambassador to Hungary
  • Joe Jimenez, MBA 84, CEO of Novartis
  • Soyeon Yi, MBA 14, South Koreas first astronaut
  • Pete Stark, MBA 60, former Congressman from California
  • John Garamendi, BS 66, Congressman, former lieutenant governor, State of California
  • Richard Lyons, BS 82, Dean of the Haas School of Business
  • John Riccitiello, BS 81, CEO at Unity Technologies
  • John Hanke, MBA 96, CEO of Niantic Inc.
  • Cathie Lesjak, MBA 86, CFO of Hewlett-Packard
  • Ralph Bahna, MBA 65, former CEO of Cunard Line 1980–1989, Chairman of 2004–2013, Founder of Club Quarters
  • Bengt Baron, BS 85, MBA 88, CEO of Cloetta
  • Rha Woong-Bae, PhD 68, former Finance and Economy Minister, Republic of Korea
  • Richard Lindsey, PhD, former Head of Prime Brokerage and Clearing Services and member of the Management Committee of Bear Stearns, former Chief Economist at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
  • Walter A. Haas, Sr., BS 10, former President and Chairman, Levi Strauss & Co.
  • Scott Galloway, MBA 92, Founder of Prophet
  • Paul Merage, BS 66, MBA 68, Co-founder, Chef America, co-inventor of Hot Pockets, and benefactor of Paul Merage School of Business at the University of California, Irvine
  • Arun Sarin, MBA 78, former CEO of Vodafone
  • Kevin Chou, BS 02, Co-Founder of Kabam, Chairman and CEO of Generation Gaming
  • Walter A. Haas, Jr., BS 37, former President, CEO, and Chairman, Levi Strauss & Co.
  • Daniel E. Koshland Jr., Albert Lasker Special Achievement Award Laureate
  • Ikujiro Nonaka, MBA 68, PhD 72, Professor at Hitotsubashi University
  • Lidia Stiglich, BS 92, Supreme Court Justice, Carson City, Nevada
  • Rudolph A. Peterson, BS 25, former President and CEO of Bank of America and former Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme
  • Douglas Ose, BS 77, Former Congressman from California
  • Paul Rice, MBA 96, CEO of Transfair USA
  • Allen J. Lauer, MBA 65, former Chairman of Intermec, Chairman and CEO of Varian, Inc.
  • Barbara Desoer, MBA 77, CEO of Citibank
  • Ryan Murphy, BS 17, Gold Medalist in 2016 Olympics
  • April Underwood, MBA 07, VP of Product at Slack
  • Rick Cronk, BS 65, former Chairman and President, Dreyers Grand Ice Cream
  • Tom Fanoe, MBA 69, President and COO, Joe Boxer
  • Norman Mineta, BS 53, Former US Secretary of Transportation and now Co-chair of the Joint Ocean Commission Initiative
  • Terrance Odean, MS 92, PhD 97, Rudd Family Foundation Professor of Finance, Haas School of Business
  • Sung Nak-Yang, MBA 96, former CEO of Yahoo! Korea
  • Laura E. Flores, MBA 95, Permanent Representative to the United Nations from Panama
  • Richard Blum, BS 59, MBA 59, Founder, American Himalayan Foundation
  • Amir Blumenfeld, BA 05, comedian, writer, and actor at CollegeHumor
  • Patrick Awuah, MBA 99, founder of Ashesi University and 2015 Macarthur Fellow
  • Peter Schiff, President and Chief Global Strategist, Euro Pacific Capital
  • Shantanu Narayen, MBA 93, CEO of Adobe Systems
  • Alex Mandl, MBA 69, Executive Chairman of Gemalto
  • Gordon Stitt, MBA 82, Chairman and CEO of Nebula, Inc.
  • Warren Hellman, BA 55, Co-Founder of Hellman & Friedman
  • Michael Homer, BS 81, former Vice President at Netscape
  • Michael Milken, BS 68, highly influential in developing the market for junk bonds a.k.a. "high-yield debt"
  • Robert Lutz, BS 61, MBA 62, former Vice Chairman of General Motors
  • Henry Chesbrough, PhD 97, Chairman of the Open Innovation Center, Brazil
  • Maura ONeill, MBA 04, former Chief Innovation Officer at USAID
  • Tom Byers, MBA 80, PhD 82, Founder and Co-Director of the Stanford Technology Ventures Program; former Executive Vice President of Symantec
  • Marc Badain, MBA 01, President of the Las Vegas Raiders
  • Michael R. Gallagher, BS 67, MBA 68, CEO of Playtex Products
  • Takehiko Nakao, MBA 82, President, Asian Development Bank
  • N. W. Jasper, MBA 71, President and CEO of Dolby Laboratories
  • Andrew Rudd, MBA 76, Chairman and CEO of Advisor Software
  • Donald Fisher, BS 50, former Chairman and Co-Founder of Gap Inc.
  • Scott Adams, MBA 86, Creator of Dilbert
  • Richard Kent Lyons born 1961 was the 14th Dean of the Haas School of Business University of California, Berkeley until 2018. In 2020 he became UC Berkeley s
  • Walter A. Haas Sr. May 11, 1889 December 7, 1979 son of the founder of Hellman - Haas Grocery which became Smart Final was the president and chairman
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