Class of 2018: Fall Core Update

Hello Class of 2018 –

Greetings from the Program Office. We hope you’re enjoying your summer break. We’ve been busy organizing fall semester courses, and we’re happy to be able to provide an update on several topics.

Academic Calendar & Core Schedule
Important Dates
Applied Innovation & WE Innovate Update
Operations Waiver
Welcome Back Bear Necessities
Office Renovations
Academic Calendar & Core Schedule

The Fall 2016 Academic Calendar and Fall Core Schedule for the Class of 2018 have been updated and posted to the EWMBA website. Please refer to these documents when making work and personal plans to ensure that you are present for class sessions.

Important Dates

  • Evening Core starts the week of August 1. Please note that Applied Innovation does NOT meet until August 10 or 11.

  • Weekend Core starts August 13, including the first session of Applied Innovation.

  • Holidays/Combined Cohort Days

    • Labor Day: no class for Axe & Oski cohorts on Saturday, September 3

    • Labor Day: Combined Cohort Day on Tuesday, September 6 (Operations)

    • 1st day of Fall B: Combined Cohort Day on Monday, October 10 (Strategy)

      • GOLD cohort students – the Fall B term begins on 10/10 (Monday) due to a combined cohort day. Thereafter, you will meet for Strategy on Tuesdays.

    • Final exam: Combined Cohort Day on Monday, December 12 (Strategy)

  • Save the Date for WE Innovate (formerly known as MPAR)

    • Your WE Innovate Retreat will be Friday, January 13 to Sunday, January 15, 2017. Attendance is mandatory as this is a graduation requirement.


Applied Innovation & WE Innovate Update

As we have mentioned previously, there are some important changes to the Core schedule this fall. Last year, students completed Problem Finding, Problem Solving (1 unit) and Applied Innovation (2 units) as separate courses. The capstone to the Applied Innovation course was the Mid-Program Academic Retreat (“MPAR”).

Beginning in Fall 2016, PFPS and AI will be combined into a single 2-unit Applied Innovation course. The focus of that class is to provide you with a hands-on experience innovating in teams. It will introduce the tools and frameworks of PFPS and the opportunity to immediately apply them on a project of interest to you. Projects will take the perspective of an internal corporate innovation effort or of a “lean start-up” entrepreneurial effort. Applied Innovation will be a 10-session course that will start the week of August 10 and close the week of November 30. The class will be co-taught by Sara Beckman and Dave Charron for all cohorts. Course syllabi will be available on bCourses in mid-July.


WE Innovate (formerly known as MPAR) will run as a separate 1-unit course that builds on the subject matter covered in AI. WE Innovate is graded on a Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory basis and, like all core classes, is a graduation requirement. It will be run by Clark Kellogg and Dave Rochlin. This 3-day academic retreat will be held at the Silverado Resort in Napa from January 13-15, 2017. Please save the date as attendance is mandatory at all sessions during the weekend.


If you have any questions about any of these changes, please feel free to reach out to Janelle Hofeditz, Director of Academics.


Operations Waiver

For students with a demonstrated competency, you should consider registering to take a waiver exam for Operations. If you passed the CPIM exam administered by the American Production and Inventory Control Society, you may be eligible for an automatic waiver. Click here to read more about the waiver process, review the days and times that waiver exams will be offered and register to sit for for an exam in July.

Welcome Back Bear Necessities

Please watch your email on Thursdays beginning on July 21 when we resume sending out the Bear Necessities e-newsletter. This is your need-to-know newsletter for all things happening in the EW program and Berkeley-Haas.

Office Renovations

The EWMBA Program Office is being renovated beginning on Thursday, June 30th. We expect to move back into our reconfigured office on Friday, July 8th. During this time, the best way to contact a staff member is via email.

Enjoy the rest of the summer!

-Courtney, Janelle, Kate, Avni, Amanda, Rachel, Vicki & Jen

Evening & Weekend MBA Program Office

Haas School of Business | University of California, Berkeley
ewmba_office@haas.berkeley.edu | 510.643.9000 | @ewmba_office

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