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Berkeley-Columbia Executive MBA Program to End

The February 2013 graduating class of the joint Executive MBA (EMBA) program of the University of California at Berkeley’s Haas School of Business and the Columbia Business School (CBS) will be the program’s last, deans from the two schools announced Friday. The goals and future directions of each school contributed to the mutual decision to end the joint EMBA program, according to Berkeley-Haas Dean Rich Lyons and CBS Dean Glenn Hubbard.

The Haas School has plans to launch a stand-alone EMBA program in 2013 to complement its existing full-time MBA and evening & weekend MBA programs, that school announced. CBS, for its part, recently launched a Saturday-only option to augment its EMBA-New York program. It also has EMBA-Global partnerships with London Business School and the University of Hong Kong as well as its full-time MBA program.

Current students in the Berkeley-Columbia EMBA program will not be impacted by the program’s end. They will continue to take classes at both schools’ campuses, be awarded MBA degrees from both schools and become part of the alumni networks of both schools, as with prior graduates.

The news will have greater impact on prospective students who were admitted to enter the joint program beginning this May. Those students will be offered three options: 1) enter any of Columbia Business School’s EMBA programs, 2) enter the Berkeley Evening & Weekend MBA Program at the Haas School, or 3) enter the new Berkeley MBA Program for Executives when it begins in 2013.

The Berkeley-Columbia EMBA Program enrolled its first class in May 2002. When it concludes next February, it will have graduated more than 600 students.

For complete details on the program’s end, click here.


Posted in: Part-Time/EMBA News

Schools: Berkeley / Haas, Columbia

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