Introduction

The Haas School of Business at University of California–Berkeley MBA experience produces leaders who excel at the core skills that businesses will always need; critical thinking, communication, and constant adaptability, and who deliver strategic, operational, and organizational innovation. Students will gain and enhance these capabilities through; leadership development, experiential learning and global fluency.

Estimated tuition fee per year is US$62,446 for US citizens/permanent residents and US$64,652 for international students. Multiple scholarship and student loan options are made available to help students finance their MBA programs. Upon graduation of the 2019 MBA class, 80.6 % of graduates of the full-time program had received job offers with an average base salary of US$137,819.

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Application Deadlines

Round 1: 26 September 2019

Round 2: 9 January 2020

Round 3: 2 April 2020

Application Fee: $200

Admissions Facts

 Acceptance rate (full-time): 12.9%

Average age of new entrants: 28

 Requiring standardized test: GMAT/GRE

 Average GMAT score: 726

Average GRE (Verbal) score: 162

Average GRE (Quant) score: 161

Average GPA score: 3.67

Require work experience: Yes

 Average work experience: 5.4 years

Application Essays

Season: 2020

1. Essay 1

  • What makes you feel alive when you are doing it, and why? (300 words maximum)
  • Tip: A successful six-word story will pique the reader’s interest in the forthcoming explanation. Together, the story and explanation will share a specific and personal experience that helps the reader get to know you better, giving insight into your character, values, or how you would uniquely contribute to the Berkeley Haas community. View sample six-word stories and video tips from the admissions committee.

(250 words maximum)

2. Essay 2

At Berkeley Haas, we are redefining leadership. We value different opinions and perspectives, recognizing that we always have more to learn about others’ lived experiences and histories. We encourage speaking up and listening, and courageously use our power to address barriers and drive change for positive impact.

  • Tell us how a Berkeley Haas MBA would enhance your leadership profile, incorporating specific examples. (300 words max)

Tip: Responses can draw from professional or personal experiences. Through your response, the admissions committee hopes to gain insight into your achievements, involvement, and leadership footprint.

3. Optional Essay

The admissions team takes a holistic approach to application review and seeks to understand all aspects of a candidate’s character, qualifications, and experiences. We will consider achievements in the context of the opportunities available to a candidate. Some applicants may have faced hardships or unusual life circumstances, and we will consider the maturity, perseverance, and thoughtfulness with which they have responded to and/or overcome them.

Optional Information #1

We invite you to help us better understand the context of your opportunities and achievements:

1. What is the highest level of education completed by your parent(s) or guardian(s)?

  • Did not complete high school
  • High school diploma or equivalency (GED) Associate’s degree (junior college) or vocational degree/license
  • Bachelor’s degree (BA, BS)
  • Master’s degree (MA, MS)
  • Doctorate or professional degree (MD, JD, DDS)

2. What is the most recent occupation of your parent(s) or guardian(s)?

  • Unemployed
  • Homemaker
  • Laborer
  • Skilled worker
  • Professional

3. If you were raised in one of the following household types, please indicate:

  • Raised by a single parent
  • Raised by an extended family member (grandparent, aunt/uncle, niece/nephew, cousin)
  • Raised in a multi-generational home
  • Raised in foster care

4. What was the primary language spoken in your childhood home?

5. If you have you ever been responsible for providing significant and continuing financial or supervisory support for someone else, please indicate:

  • Child
  • Spouse
  • Sibling
  • Parent
  • Extended family member (grandparent, aunt/uncle, niece/nephew, cousin)
  • Other

6. Please elaborate on any of your above responses. Alternatively, you may use this opportunity to expand on other hardships or unusual life circumstances that may help us understand the context of your opportunities, achievements, and impact. (300 words maximum)

Optional Information #2 

This section should only be used to convey relevant information not addressed elsewhere in your application. This may include explanation of employment gaps, academic aberrations, supplemental coursework, etc. You are encouraged to use bullet points where appropriate.

Letter of Recommendation

Season: 2020

Two letters of recommendation are required and preferably one from a current employer. Select individuals with whom you have had considerable professional interaction, such as your supervisor or a major client. The title or status of those you select is not important. What does matter is how closely your letter writers have worked with you and whether they can attest to your value as an employee, your professional accomplishments, and your personal qualities and interpersonal skills in an organizational context. For this reason, we strongly discourage academic references. Letters of recommendation from co-workers, someone you have supervised, relatives, or personal and family friends are inappropriate and can be detrimental to the review of your application. Please do not submit more than two letters, and if you choose not to obtain a letter from your current supervisor, be certain to explain why. Recommenders may submit letters of recommendation online, or by completing, printing, and mailing a hard copy recommendation using this form. If the online recommendation is chosen, your recommender will be given access to an online form.

Admissions Verdict

   

Competitive

“Routinely ranked one of the top ten MBA programs, Haas sends students to highly respected companies. To get accepted, show off leadership abilities, experience, and soft skills.”

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