DEFINITION of 'Haas School of Business'

The Haas School of Business is the business school at the University of California-Berkeley. It offers a wide variety of programs, including an MBA degree, master's program in financial engineering, Ph.D. and undergraduate studies. The school's programs are usually ranked among the top in the country.

BREAKING DOWN 'Haas School of Business'

The Haas School of Business was originally founded in 1898 as the College of Commerce of the University of California, making it the first business school founded at a public university in the U.S. It was later named after Walter Haas, past president of Levi Strauss, who made a significant donation to the school in the 1970s. He passed away in 1979. The current campus was designed by architect Charles Moore and completed in 1995. 

Programs Offered at Haas School of Business

An undergraduate degree from the Haas School of Business will includes core business classes such as organizational behavior, marketing, business communication, accounting and finance. Students can add a concentration in global management or earn a dual degree in business and management, entrepreneurship and technology.

There are several ways to earn an MBA from Haas:

  • Full-time MBA (two-year program)
  • Part-time MBA (three-year program with classes held evenings and weekends)
  • Executive MBA (completed in 19 months)

The school also offers a master's in finance and PhDs in management, marketing, finance, public policy, accounting and real estate. Only 14-16 applicants are accepted into the PhD program each year, and they are expected to finish in four to five years.

The Haas MBA Is More Female Friendly

Unlike many other MBA programs in the U.S., 40% of the Haas School of Business MBA students are women. They also fare better than many other female MBA graduates. Three years after graduating, women with a Haas MBA report making an average of almost $180,000, which is second in the U.S. only to female Stanford MBA holders and third worldwide. These same women also report making 103% of the income of their male counterparts at Haas.

Alumni from the Haas School of Business include CEOs, CFOs, company founders, a school dean, a comic strip writer, an Olympic gold medalist and South Korea's first astronaut.

In 2018, the Haas School of Business tied for seventh place on U.S. World & News Report's best business graduate school list. Tuition for the 2017-2018 school year was around $59,000 per year for full-time students and $185,000 for the executive MBA program. The school's proximity to San Francisco gives students numerous opportunities for internships at companies such as Google and Visa.

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