After ten years, Columbia Business School and UC Berkeley Haas are ending their joint executive MBA program. Here is the official announcement from Haas’s Marjorie DeGraca, Executive Director of Admissions, and Columbia’s Mary Miller, Assistant Dean for Admissions:
“We are writing to inform you of an important, yet difficult decision regarding the future of the Berkeley-Columbia Executive MBA Program. Unfortunately, given this, we will not be accepting any further applications for May 2012. After a successful 10-year run, the Berkeley-Columbia Executive MBA partnership program will come to an end in February 2013, after the graduation of the Class of 2013, our 10th graduating class. This means that, effective immediately, there will be no further classes of the Berkeley-Columbia Executive MBA Program. This joint decision was reached in recognition of each school’s goals and future direction. We encourage you to inquire about our other degree programs for working professionals: The Columbia Executive MBA programs (EMBA New York and EMBA-Global) and the Evening & Weekend Berkeley MBA Program. In addition, the Haas School will launch its own Berkeley MBA for Executives Program starting in 2013…. We know that a great deal of time and thought goes into considering a top-level program such as the Berkeley-Columbia Executive MBA Program, and we regret any inconvenience this decision may cause.”
Clearly, a decision was made by one or both schools that an EMBA program run individually by each school would be more profitable or brand-enhancing than the existing joint approach.
This article was originally published on Paul Bodine’s blog. Paul is a graduate admissions consultant with over 13 years of experience, having helped hundreds of applicants get into their dream business, law, medical, and graduate schools. He has also published several books on graduate admissions.