A Day in the Life of an Evening & Weekend Berkeley MBA Student

Have you been wondering what life would be like as an EWMBA student?  Below is a glimpse into the day in the life of Claudia Martinez, a current student and President of the Evening & Weekend Berkeley MBA Association (EWMBAA), the EWMBA student leadership committee.

5:30 a.m. My alarm goes off; I wake up, make a vanilla chai tea, skim through my Wall Street Journal and head off to my workout class.

7:15 a.m. I start work from home. Today I have an off-site meeting at SFO (San Francisco International Airport) at 10:30 a.m. My company is pursuing a 10-year multi-million dollar contract, and this meeting is with client representatives about the Terminal 1 Redevelopment Program support services contract.

10:20 a.m. I arrive at  SFO. The meeting is at the museum in the International Terminal. I see a lot of familiar faces including a former co-worker who was part of another SFO project while I was there in the early 2000s. After the meeting, my former co-worker and I decide to grab lunch at one of the restaurants in the terminal and talk about potentially teaming on this contract.

1:15 p.m. I’m back to work in the East Bay. I respond to emails and follow up on other work deadlines. Today I need to get to campus by 4:45 p.m. to meet the career management services director at 5:00 p.m. I recently got elected Evening & Weekend MBA Association president, and the outgoing president has scheduled various meetings with department heads to introduce me and transition responsibilities.

4:43 p.m. On the way up to my meeting on the 4th floor at Haas, two classmates and the new student experience director stop me to talk about ideas for my term and transition details. So much to do, I have to force myself to say that we’ll need to connect later or else I’ll be late to my meeting.

5:00 p.m. My meeting with the career management services director and current president is productive. We talk about the importance of student feedback to improve current services.

6:05 p.m. I’m just in time for Entrepreneurship class. Tonight’s class is all about presenting the first three minutes of our VC (venture capital) presentation. Our actual VC presentation is coming up in about a week. My team has been practicing, so we’re confident we will do well. Our idea is about providing a complete solution to manage group trips, including real time updates that will keep the group in sync during a trip. This class has been a lot of work because we needed to validate our idea with tons of market research. All teams have come a long way from the first time they presented. After each presentation, everyone provides feedback to the team. Our team gets some very useful information.

7:30 p.m. During break we run to the Faculty Club to get a glass of wine, some food and to relax a bit. We talk about what we have left to do and what we will be doing during the winter break. From joining the Asia trek to traveling to Australia or Latin America, we are all really looking forward to it!

9:30 p.m. Class ends, but I stick around to talk to some of the members of the EWMBAA executive team about the survey we will be sending this week to the student body to enlist students to become EWMBA Association committee VPs and members.

10:30 p.m. When I get home, I catch up with my husband. We’re planning our two-week winter vacation to visit my family in Michoacán, México and travel through San Miguel De Allende, on our way to the beach in Zihuatanejo, and then spend a few days in Mexico City or DF as we call it. We have some friends we will be meeting in DF, so we’re excited to see them! I also send a few more emails specifically regarding an exciting idea that came up during a diverging exercise for my Problem Finding/Problem Solving final about using iPads and e-books versus hard cover books.

11:43 p.m. I’m done! I have another long day tomorrow with lots of deadlines. I’m really enjoying my time at Berkeley-Haas. And though I would prefer not to sleep, I can’t deny needing some sleep to function the next day……

Claudia Martinez Soto (2014)
EWMBAA President

Final Admissions Deadline on May 1st

Good news—there is still time to apply to the #1 part-time MBA program in the country!  We have extended the application deadline for the Evening & Weekend Berkeley MBA Program to May 1 to accommodate candidates who need more time, and we encourage you to apply.

For more information about the application and pre-requisites, please review our application requirements.  To learn more about the EWMBA program, we recommend that you attend an upcoming event.  You are also more than welcome to contact us directly with any questions at 510-642-0292 or ewmbaadm@haas.berkeley.edu.

Applications submitted in the final round will be reviewed on a rolling basis. While we cannot review an application until it is complete, we will work with you if you cannot schedule the GMAT or GRE until after the deadline. Please be sure to include your future test date in your application.

We look forward to receiving your application and encourage you to reach out to us with questions.

Ranked #1 in U.S. News

If you are still thinking about getting your MBA, here’s another great reason to consider Berkeley-Haas: US News & World Report has ranked the Evening & Weekend Berkeley MBA program the #1 Part-Time MBA program in the country.  The Evening & Weekend MBA Program tied for the #2 position last year.  If you are interested in learning more, please visit the U.S. News & World Report website for the Best Graduate Schools 2014 rankings.

Recap of Haas Visitation Day and Class Visit Events

On Saturday, February 23rd, we hosted two special on-campus events for applicants and prospective students to the Evening & Weekend Berkeley MBA Program.

We kicked off the weekend with our Haas Visitation Day, an all-day event for our Round 2 applicants who live outside the Bay Area.  They were invited to campus to interview, sit-in on a class, ask questions of a student panel composed of current students who commute to the program from outside the Bay Area, and mingle with current students, faculty, and admissions staff during a happy hour reception.

Additionally, we hosted a Special Class Visit and Reception Event for prospective students hoping to gain insight on whether the EWMBA Program is a good fit for them.  These prospective students visited our Strategic Brand Management course and then joined us for the happy hour reception.

Thank you to everyone who joined us and helped make the day a success!  We really enjoyed meeting you.

Round 3 Deadline is March 18th

For those of you who are hoping to begin your MBA pursuit this fall, there’s still time to apply to the Evening and Weekend Berkeley MBA Program!  Our round 3 deadline is just over 3 weeks away on March 18.

Are you just learning about the program and not sure whether or not you can complete your application in time?  If so, I would recommend you browse our application requirements and online application (you’ll have to create a login account).  You’re also more than welcome to reach out to us via email or phone (510-642-0292); we’re happy to give you guidance and answer your questions.

Maybe you’re not ready to begin an MBA Program this year and are just starting to research the various options out there?  If so, doing this due diligence is crucial to ensuring you find the right programs that fit your needs and meet your goals.  I would recommend you thoroughly review our website, attend an information session, and visit a class to help you determine if our EWMBA Program is a good fit for you.

We look forward to receiving your application, meeting you in-person, and getting to know you during the admissions process!

EWMBA Summer IBD draws to a close

With the last team returning home earlier this morning, the first ever IBD session for Haas EWMBA comes to a close. For the past two weeks, five teams have been busy helping for-profits and non-profits with various challenges, across three continents and five countries. Along the way all twenty of us have had an opportunity to immerse ourselves in the culture of our host nations in ways few tourists can ever dream of doing. To read more about our experiences, check out the following blog posts:













That’s all folks!!

– Shamik

IBD Summer Pilot Program

Jambo! Konichiwa! Ni-Hao! Nomoshkar! Olá!

The International Business Development program has been a cornerstone of the Haas fulltime MBA for over 20 years. It is a unique program providing students an opportunity to apply their in-class learning in real life consulting projects. IBD clients comprise of both for-profit and non-profit organizations, and IBD teams have worked in more than 70 countries.

This summer the IBD program has opened its doors for the very first time to EWMBA students. As part of a summer pilot course (EWMBA 296.11), five teams of four EWMBA students each, will be undertaking IBD consulting projects across the world. Yesterday, in our first class, we discovered our projects and countries as part of the “Big Reveal”. The projects span a mix of both for-profit and nonprofit clients.  On the for-profit side, the projects include strategic analyses for SAP (Shanghai, China) and Box.com (Tokyo, Japan) and the development of a product marketing and sales strategy for ePrimeCare (Belo Horizonte, Brazil). The development of a primary health care strategy for Amar Lata Gramin Seva Foundation (West Bengal, India) and a strategy for the deployment of solar suitcases to health facilities for We Care Solar (Uganda) round out the non-profit projects.

In yesterday’s class we had a team from CapGemini Consultants come in and train us on project scoping and project planning. For the next five weeks, the teams will be working remotely with their clients from Berkeley. On July 7th, all teams will head out on the two week long in-country phase of the project to work directly with their clients on-site. My team (ePrimeCare, Brazil) has its first client call set for 6AM tomorrow morning – such are the realities of consulting across time zones. Here’s to an adventurous and exciting summer!!

That’s all folks!!

– Shamik

An ode to EWMBA Class of 2012

On my flight back to Berkeley for commencement tomorrow. Can’t help but reflect back on the experiences from the last three years.

On one hand, time has flown by as it always does when one is having delirious fun. On the other hand, it feels like so much has happened in the past three years. We no longer live in the same world. Steve Jobs, one of our greatest inspirations, is no longer with us. USA is no longer a AAA rated country. Most surprising of all, vampires are not cool anymore *ahem*.

Some events are so dramatic that I will always remember where I was and what I was doing when I first heard the news. One such event that will stay with me forever was Navy SEAL 6 team taking out Bin Laden. The operation was convoluted, risky and heroic. But against all odds, the team executed it flawlessly. For days, I stayed obsessed and followed every update on the mission. After a week of irrational “event-stalking,” I stopped to wonder what about this incident got me so fascinated.

Then it hit me.

The Navy SEALs remind me of someone very close to me – The Class of 2012. In some cases, I feel my class is even more accomplished than the SEALs.

I should explain.

The Navy SEAL program is famed to be tough – physically, emotionally and mentally. Sound familiar? That was first-year MBA. Now try first year along with full-time work, commute and family.

Only about 33% of the candidates that enter the SEAL program make it through. I believe almost all of the original class will walk tomorrow.

SEALs are trained to do impossible tasks. Well so are we. I need to use only two words to make my case – Amit Paka. Amit, a classmate of mine (and a total BFF), quit Microsoft about a year ago. He moved to the Bay Area to start his own company. In the past year, he has not only envisioned Flockish and released initial versions on iPhone and Android, he has also successfully navigated his company through an acquisition by eBay. Impressed yet?

To sum up – this is what I have to say to The Class:

Be bold. Stay inspired. Do fabulous things.

Most importantly, remember me when you achieve super-success.

What’s Next for Those Who Applied in Round 3?

Now that the Round 3 deadline has passed, I’m sure many of you are curious about what happens next. Our team is currently processing all the applications to make sure they are complete. We have started scheduling applicants for interviews. Interviews are by invitation only, and we interview at least 80% of our pool.

Please don’t be concerned if your colleague who applied gets contacted for an interview before you do. The timing of the application interview is in no way a reflection of the strength or weakness of a particular application; it’s more about the order in which your file gets processed and we need the entire time from the deadline to the decision release date to interview and read applications.

For tips on how to prepare for an interview, listen to our interview podcast.