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March 23, 2012

Berkeley-Columbia Executive MBA Program to Close in 2013

Deans from Columbia Business School and the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley, announced today that the Berkeley-Columbia Executive MBA program will end in February 2013 when the current class graduates.

Topics: Leadership

Deans from Columbia Business School and the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley, announced today that the Berkeley-Columbia Executive MBA program will end in February 2013 when the current class graduates.

Glenn Hubbard, dean of Columbia Business School, and Rich Lyons, dean of Berkeley-Haas, said the joint decision was reached in recognition of each school’s goals and future direction.

Columbia Business School recently launched a Saturday-only delivery option to augment its EMBA-New York program, in addition to its EMBA-Global partnership programs with London Business School and the University of Hong Kong and full-time MBA program. The Haas School plans to launch a stand-alone MBA for Executives program in 2013, in addition to its full-time MBA and Evening & Weekend MBA programs.

Since the inception of the Berkeley-Columbia EMBA program 10 years ago, Columbia has been on the forefront of curricular innovations in management education. For example, the School implemented:

-The flexible core curriculum, which reduced the number of required core courses and allowed students to select from three categories to fulfill their core requirements.

-The Program on Social Intelligence (PSI) a series of integrated courses and extracurricular activities woven throughout the MBA and EMBA programs. PSI provides a method for understanding the social dynamics of working relationships.

-A team-taught course on The Future of Finance in the wake of the crisis, which challenges students to think about how the crisis is re-shaping finance.

-An integrative case study on the collapse and future of the auto industry, with modules taught across multiple core courses to help students understand the integrative nature of business leadership and the need to “connect the dots” across various business functions.

-New mechanisms for encouraging integration across disciplines, particularly in the core curriculum taken by first-year students.

Current students in the Berkeley-Columbia Executive MBA program will continue taking classes at both schools’ campuses. As with prior graduates of the joint program, the class of 2013 will be awarded MBA degrees from both Columbia and Berkeley and will become part of the alumni networks of both schools.

Prospective students who have been admitted to enter the Berkeley-Columbia program in May 2012 will be offered three options: enter any of Columbia Business School’s EMBA programs; enter the Berkeley Evening & Weekend MBA program at the Haas School; or enter the new Berkeley MBA for Executives program when it begins in 2013.

The Berkeley-Columbia EMBA program, which enrolled its first class in May 2002, will have graduated more than 600 students when it concludes next year. The Berkeley-Columbia EMBA program spans 19 months with classes starting in May and ending in December of the following year. Commencement takes place in February.