Students in the MBA and Master of Engineering programs

MBA/MEng

UC Berkeley’s new integrated MBA/MEng program, which will enroll its inaugural class in fall 2020,  is designed to prepare students to become leaders in technological innovation in an array of different industries. It enables students to earn two master's degrees in the time it takes to complete just one, and at a lower cost than enrolling in each program separately. Applicants who have a technical undergraduate education can earn in four semesters a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from the Haas School of Business and a Master of Engineering (MEng) degree in one of seven departments at the College of Engineering, programs that are ranked among the highest in the world. 

Berkeley HaasBerkeley Engineering

The concurrent degree program is designed to help address the need in the high-tech industry for leaders who possess both technical skills and business acumen. Academic excellence combined with the innovation culture of the San Francisco Bay Area makes UC Berkeley the perfect place to prepare graduates from this selective program to be leaders in technological innovation and entrepreneurship. 

Students will take both business and engineering courses, and they will participate in courses and interdisciplinary projects designed especially for the concurrent program.  A list of the course requirements for the MBA/MEng program is online. Employment opportunities abound, from Silicon Valley to Wall Street to locations around the world.

Prospective students may submit applications during Round I (due Thursday, September 26, 2019) or Round II (due Thursday, January 9, 2020) of the MBA application cycle. 

Program details

The four-semester MBA/MEng program is fully integrated, with students taking courses in both business and engineering. Special interdisciplinary courses will also be offered for students in the concurrent degree program. An integral part of the program is an interdisciplinary capstone project in which student teams will grapple with real-world challenges faced by companies or nonprofit or governmental organizations involving an array of business and engineering issues. Students in the program will have special extracurricular opportunities, including small-group meetings with executives from major technology-oriented corporations and start-ups, and tours at well-known companies in the San Francisco Bay Area. 

The program was launched with the support of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company Ltd (TSMC) in honor of its founder, Morris Chang. Chang retired in 2018 after leading the company for 31 years. TSMC is now considered the world’s largest dedicated semiconductor foundry. 

Sample curriculum

Course Units
Year One — Fall Semester
First half Second half  
Data and Decisions*  
2
Leading People  
2
Leadership Communication  
1
Economics for Business Decisions  
2
  Financial Accounting
2
  Introduction to Finance
2
  Marketing Management
2
  Ethics
1
R&D Technology Management (pre-semester)
1
Project Management and Teaming (full semester)
1
Engineering Course (full semester)**
0-3
Total  
16-19
Year One — Spring Semester
First half Second half  
Macroeconomics  
2
Operations  
2
  Strategic Leadership
2
  Design Thinking
1
Applied Innovation Project (either half of semester)
2
Engineering Course (full semester)
3
MBA Elective***
3
Total  
15
Year Two — Fall Semester
MBA Electives
6
Engineering Course(s)
3-6
MBA/MEng Capstone Project****
3
Total  
12-15
Year Two - Spring Semester
MBA electives
10
Engineering Course
3
Total  
13

 


Notes

*Nearly all students in the program will waive out of this course due to prior preparation and substitute a different course at a later time in the program.

** May be moved to the second year, depending on the requirements of student's selected engineering program. Displayed program has an engineering course scheduled in each semester for better integration of the students with their engineering peers. Integration of the students with MBA peers is already achieved through the MBA cohort system.

***May be moved to the second year.

****May be Fall only, Spring only, or spread between two semesters

Sample interdisciplinary projects

Marketing analysis + Technological advancements = Next generation product

How do customers know whether a water filter is working properly? If customers do not know, they may not purchase new filters when needed, reducing the value of the filtration product. In one experiential learning project, students undertook marketing research to understand the issues from the customer standpoint, and a competitive analysis to understand what the competition was doing, and then developed a prototype with a built-in signaling device, laying the foundation for the manufacturer to undertake a redesign of its filters. The multidisciplinary nature of this project — marketing, competitive analysis, and design of a physical product — exemplifies the interdisciplinary nature of projects that students in the concurrent program will be able to pursue.

Eco-friendly urban renewal with financing implications for the owner

Several UC Berkeley faculty have been working with the City of Oakland, with funding from governmental organizations, to retrofit full city blocks with eco-friendly features such as a solar farm and water reclamation  Eco-friendly projects of this type are expected to increase as California moves toward all-renewable energy. Recent experiential learning projects have addressed issues surrounding the financing of such projects via bonds, as well as appropriate pricing of residential and commercial structures and related mortgage requirements that account for the considerable savings in energy costs. Student teams combined their knowledge of eco-friendly technology with finance to make recommendations that will significantly speed up the development of projects of this type.

Career profiles

Graduates of the program are highly sought after by the technology industry and beyond. Companies that have recently hired UC Berkeley MBA graduates who also have a master’s degree in engineering include: Amazon, Apple, Ancestry, Boston Consulting Group, Citibank, Eli Lilly, Facebook, Genentech, Google, Intel, Intuit, KPMG, Marvell Semiconductor, McKinsey, Microsoft, MSCI, Uber and Workday.

Industry leaders are eager to recruit graduates who possess this unique blend of business and engineering skills. Typical roles include: Product Manager, Program Manager, Principal Architect, Marketing Analytics Manager, Senior Consultant, Manager of Strategy and Operations.

Student services

Will I have access to student services and career management (job search) services in both the business school and in engineering?
Yes, students in the concurrent program have full status in both the MBA and MEng programs and may utilize all of the services offered by both programs.

Will individualized academic advising be available to students in the concurrent program?
Yes, faculty and staff will be available to help students in the concurrent program to coordinate courses from business and engineering, and to choose courses best aligned with the students’ career goals.

Faculty contact

Candace YanoCandace Yano
MBA/MEng Faculty Director
Kalbach Chair of Business Administration, Haas School of Business
Morris Chang Distinguished Chair in the Management of Technology Innovation
Professor, Industrial Engineering and Operations Research (IEOR), College of Engineering
Email: candiyano@berkeley.edu
Please send all application questions to: mbaadm@haas.berkeley.edu