Curriculum

Learn Business Alongside UC Berkeley Students

You will take 9–11 units of Berkeley Haas Business courses from the course offerings below and 3 units from the UC Berkeley course catalog for a total of 12–15 units per semester.

Overview

We offer both a Preparatory Track and an Advanced Track, or combine courses that meet your interests in the Create Your Own Track option.

Note: Not all courses will be offered each semester and are subject to change. If you have specific questions about any of the courses, please email us at bhgap@berkeley.edu.

Fall 2020

We are offering a few popular courses from our Berkeley Haas Global Access program in our new Live Online format, which combines the interactivity of the classroom with the convenience of digital learning.

To learn more about our Fall programming, visit the BHGAP Innovation Program page.

Spring 2021

Core Courses

Fundamentals of Design Thinking

MBA XB200P (1 unit)

Through in-depth reading and class discussions, get an introduction to a set of tools that will help you frame and solve problems in the future. Taken from design thinking and systems thinking, you focus on these five areas: observing and noticing, framing and reframing, imagining and designing, making and experimenting, and storytelling.

Formerly called Problem Finding Problem Solving

Faculty: Jennifer Caleshu, M.B.A

Innovation Strategies for Emerging Technologies

MBA XB290E (3 units)

Every successful, entrepreneurial high-tech venture has individuals who have marketing and management expertise, as well as technological skill. In this course, you'll gain the marketing skills needed to manage an entrepreneurial high-technology venture. You examine successful marketing approaches for entrepreneurial companies as a function of markets and technologies. Emphasis is placed on the special requirements needed to create and execute marketing plans and programs in a setting of rapid technological change and limited resources.

Faculty: Andrew Isaacs, M.S.

Thriving at Haas and Beyond

BUS ADM 419.7 (1 unit)

This course is a combination of class time, one-on-one coaching sessions and company site visits. Class time focuses on three aspects of your learning: excelling as a Haas student; identifying your professional path forward; and enhancing your personal and professional development. One-on-one coaching provides highly individualized support to discuss your own topics of interest, ranging from applying to graduate school, to clarifying how to bring together your strengths and interests to launch or enhance your career.

Faculty: Heidi Weller, M.B.A

Electives

New Venture Finance

MBA XB236V (3 units)

This is a course for current/future entrepreneurs on how to finance and fund a startup or high-growth business. The course centers on a model that includes strategic planning, financial analysis, business model creation, cash management, funding alternatives, investor pitching, alternative financing, and exit strategies. We examine the various options that a company has for financing at all stages of its life-cycle—from seed stage to later stage—using a blend of lectures, cases, readings and speakers (venture capitalists, CEO/founders, industry experts and service providers) to address the full range of financing options including angel, venture capital, debt financing, corporate/strategic investment and public markets.


Details

You take this course in the fall and/or spring term. The course lasts 15 weeks and comprises three hours of lecture per week. You take a final exam to earn a letter grade.

Faculty: Gregory La Blanc, J.D., LLM

IP for Entrepreneurs

UGBA 190T (3 units)

Learn how tech entrepreneurs can best develop and manage intellectual property (IP) assets and integrate them into a successful business. You will learn about the different types of IP (copyright, trademark, patents and trade secrets) and then discuss their uses in technology companies. You also learn best practices for developing, protecting, licensing and enforcing IP rights. Discuss the pros and cons of using open-source software and how angel and venture capital investors view IP.


Details

You take this course in the fall and/or spring term. The course lasts 15 weeks and comprises three hours of lecture per week. You take a final exam to earn a letter grade.

Faculty: Todd Fitch, M.B.A.

Data Science Applications in Finance

MBA XB296 (3 units)

The vast proliferation of data—combined with increasing technological advances and massive changes in regulation—is transforming the competitive landscape of various industries. Learn how these forces are driving changes in finance and accounting, and how to make sense of their future implications. Study how technology impacts finance and accounting, with an emphasis on data analytics. Begin by identifying critical business problems that need to be solved, and then work backward to see how finance and accounting analytics can help.


Details

You take this course in the fall and/or spring term. The course lasts 15 weeks and comprises three hours of lecture per week. You take a final exam to earn a letter grade.

Faculty: Donatella Taurasi, Ph.D.

High-Technology Marketing Management

MBA XB264 (2 units)

High technology refers to that class of products and services that are subject to technological change at a pace significantly faster than for most goods in the economy. Under such circumstances, the marketing task faced by the high-technology firm differs in some ways from the usual. You'll explore these differences.


Details

You take this course in the fall and/or spring term. The course lasts 15 weeks and comprises 3 hours of lecture per week. You take a final exam to earn a letter grade.

Faculty: Peter Wilton, Ph.D.

Leading People

UGBA XB205 / MBA XB296 (3 units)

Take a descriptive and analytical study of organizations from a behavioral science point of view, which includes problems of motivation, leadership, morale, social structure, groups, communications, hierarchy and control in complex organizations. You also consider the interaction among technology, environment and human behavior. Discuss alternate theoretical models and their applications.


Details

You take this course in the fall and/or spring term. The course lasts 15 weeks and comprises three hours of lecture per week. You take a final exam to earn a letter grade.

Faculty: Holly Schroth, Ph.D.

Pricing

MBA XB269 (3 units)

Learn proven concepts, techniques and frameworks to assess and formulate pricing strategies. Develop the economics and behavioral foundations of pricing. Then, discuss several innovative pricing concepts including price customization, nonlinear pricing, price matching and product line pricing. Finally, you will analyze the strengths and weaknesses of several Internet-based, buyer-determined pricing models.

Faculty: Wasim Azhar

Entrepreneurship Workshop for Startups

MBA XB295I (4 units)

This workshop is intended for you if you have an experimental venture project under development. The business concept may be in the startup mode or further along in its evolution. In this workshop, you will often work in teams to undertake the real challenges of building a venture.

Faculty: Mark Coopersmith and Whitney Hischier

The Business of AI

MBA XB267 (1 unit)

From self-driving cars to humanoid robots, Artificial Intelligence (AI) is changing the way we live, work and do business. In this class, get an introduction to AI technology and its many business applications. You will walk away with a foundational understanding of AI and its near- and long-term applications; explore the myths and realities surrounding the technology; and delve into the legal, social and policy implications of AI.

Faculty: Matthew Stepka

Blockchain and the Future of Technology, Business and Law

Blockchain is one of the most significant technologies to impact technology and business in many years. It is also one of the most interdisciplinary areas, bringing together new questions and opportunities at the intersection of technology, business and law. Gain an overview of the technology behind blockchain and explore current and potential real-world applications.

Faculty: Gregory La Blanc, J.D., LLM

What Your Spring Semester Could Look Like

Track Core Courses Electives

Preparatory Track

  • Thriving at Haas and Beyond
  • Fundamentals of Design Thinking
  • Opportunity Recognition: Technology and Entrepreneurship in Silicon Valley
  • International Marketing
  • Introduction to Entrepreneurship

Advanced Track

  • Thriving at Haas and Beyond
  • Fundamentals of Design Thinking
  • Opportunity Recognition: Technology and Entrepreneurship in Silicon Valley
  • Negotiation and Conflict Resolution
  • New Venture Finance

Make Your Own Track: Startup Founder

  • Thriving at Haas and Beyond
  • Fundamentals of Design Thinking
  • Opportunity Recognition: Technology and Entrepreneurship in Silicon Valley
  • Negotiation and Conflict Resolution
  • Marketing Strategy in a World of Digital Disruption

Add OPT Work Experience

Put your new education to use with paid work in the U.S.! Students who complete two semesters of BHGAP may also be eligible to apply for one year of work authorization in the United States. Learn more about Optional Practical Training.

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