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The alliance between two of the US’s top business schools, Columbia in New York and the Haas school at Berkeley in California, is to end with the closure of their joint executive MBA programme - an MBA for working managers. The Haas school will launch its own EMBA in 2013 in San Francisco, pitching it in direct competition with the Wharton school at the University of Pennsylvania, which runs a second stream of its EMBA programme in California alongside its Philadelphia programme.
The 19-month Berkeley-Columbia EMBA programme enrolled its first class in May 2002 and will have graduated more than 600 students when it closes its doors in February 2013, when the existing class graduates. It is taught by faculty from both schools and graduates receive two degrees and membership of both alumni associations.
Prospective students who had expected to begin their Berkeley-Columbia EMBA in May, 2012, will be given three options: enrol on single degree programmes with either Columbia or Haas now, or join the Haas EMBA in 2013.
Haas already runs an evening and weekend MBA as well as its full-time degree and Columbia is a partner in the EMBA-Global with London Business School and Hong Kong University. It also has a New York programme run in different formats.