Certificate of
Business Excellence

Design a personal learning journey to help you face today's business challenges and gain access to a distinguished alumni network

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The Certificate of Business Excellence is an opportunity to acquire and hone new skills, gain a mark of distinction from a world-class university, and do it on a timeline that works with your busy schedule. The program is designed for leaders like you - leaders who want to challenge convention. Leaders who want to take intelligent risks and who understand there is always more to learn.

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Certificate of Business Excellence


  • Choose from a wide variety of programs and topics based on your unique learning needs
  • New online programs provide even more flexibility so you can learn on your own time
  • Take the full three years to complete or schedule programs back to back to complete in less time
  • 15% discount on all future Berkeley Executive Education programs
  • Be the first to hear about special promotions for program offerings in our open enrollment portfolio
  • Get access to a private network of distinguished Berkeley Haas Alumni
  • Receive invitations to exclusive Berkeley Executive Education networking events
  • One-year digital subscription to the California Management Review
  • Receive the Berkeley Haas Alumni newsletter
  • Get an @haas.executivealumni.berkeley.edu email forwarding address 

*All benefits subject to change


We work closely with you to develop a strategic, tailor-made course of study that will fill your knowledge gaps and allow you to achieve your business and education goals. Participants must complete the following core requirements:

Register for the Certificate Program

Complete a personal consultation to discuss your customized learning journey

Enroll in at least one (1) program from each of our four academic pillars (at your own pace). *Limit 2 online Global Partner Programs towards the completion of your certificate.

Complete a minimum of 17 curriculum days of qualified programs (programs vary between 2-5 days each)

Complete selected programs within 3 years


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Need help visualizing how a certificate plan might look for you?
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Individuals pay for each program toward their certificate at the time of registration in that program. This gives participants the option to spread the cost of the certificate over the three year period.

The average cost of the required minimum of 17 days of programs is $27,000-$29,000 varying by program selections.

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Craig Fulton, Chief Product Officer

My COBE experience started with the Product Management Program, which six of my colleagues and I attended. Our company was changing and I was moving into PM and growing into a leadership position at the time. The program revolutionized things for our company and it was great having someone from Silicon Valley come in to tell their story.

I've always been a public speaker so then I decided to take High-Impact Leadership to improve my speaking skills. I never imagined I'd be learning from an acting director/coach and I got quite a lot out of the program, actually using some of the techniques later onstage while speaking in London.

Another topic I tackled - and one of my weaknesses - was data analysis. In Executive Decision Making, I learned how to analyze and understand data and then make decisions driven off of that. While in this program, I was truly inspired by one of the speakers and his deep passion for social responsibility in business.

I've really enjoyed my Berkeley Executive Education experience overall. The people I've met are quite amazing - with diverse views and a wide variety of knowledge. This is one of the reasons that brought me here in the first place.

Also, the proximity to Silicon Valley is great. Our company is located in Florida, so we really wanted to know what's going on over here and coming to Berkeley has opened up peer-to-peer communications for us.

My organization, at large, has especially found a ton of value in the Product Management program. It has shaped our entire product team and we have since transformed into a product-centered company... just from what we have learned at Berkeley. There's now a waiting list of people in our company who want to attend a Berkeley Executive Education program.

As for myself, I am now the Chief Product Officer at my company and I've really been incorporating things I have learned at Berkeley into my day-to-day. I've never found that with other training.

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DATE: 06/23/2018
LOCATION: Berkeley Haas Campus
Hurry! Space is limited.
Reserve your spot today.


Here are some tips for how to successfully approach your employer:

  • Frame your request. Highlight the return on investment by aligning the program with your organization’s strategic objectives and cite examples that potentially connect to your desired outcomes. Remember, all programs after your first one are eligible for a 15% off Executive Education Alumni discount!

  • Come prepared. Share the program brochure, schedule and objectives with your manager for a deeper understanding of the program and its relevance for your organization and role. Be sure to download the COBE planner to quickly review your selection and track your plans.

  • Pace yourself. The program is designed for a 3 year completion so plan to take 2 programs per calendar year.

  • Let us know how we can help. We’re here to support whether it is to work with your employer or establish a payment structure.  Just contact us at executive@berkeley.edu

Participants enroll in the Certificate of Business Excellence Program for a variety of reasons.  Often, it’s to advance from a current position, transition to a new role or develop the skill set to confront multiple challenges in their role or industry. Students leverage the four pillar, general management blended program to fill in perceived gaps in the executive toolkit and become a stronger leader.  Berkeley is the right choice because it provides an immersive learning environment and rigorous research based curriculum with an executive level cohort in the thriving Silicon Valley ecosystem. The 17-day commitment to the four pillar program is an excellent way to gain a mark of distinction from a world-class university.


Each Certificate of Business Excellence learning journey is customized for the participant, and prices are subject to change. In general, the average cost of the required 17 days of executive programs is $27,000-$29,000 varying by program selections. There are no upfront or additional fees to register. After your first program, participants are eligible for a 15% off alumni discount on all remaining programs.

Deciding to pursue a master’s degree in business or a business excellence certification is a matter of personal preference. Decision points generally include price point, commitment level, range of topics, accessible resources, classification and available financing options. Contact Jennifer Arvai at +1.510.561.4018 or jarvai@berkeley.edu to schedule a 15-minute phone consultation to get started.

You can become part of the Certificate of Business Excellence community with the very first program or join later and apply program hours towards the 17 day requirement. If you already know that you want to pursue a general management curriculum to advance your executive skill set, we can schedule a consult to plan your journey or you can enroll now.


View our General Program FAQs for more insights or schedule a personal consultation call to discuss your interests and concerns with our Associate Director of Customer Experience.

Have a Question Not Answered Above?

Contact Jennifer Arvai at +1.510.561.4018 or jarvai@berkeley.edu