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About Berkeley Haas

The Berkeley Haas mission is “to develop leaders who redefine how we do business.” Its distinctive culture is framed by four principles: Question the status quo, confidence without attitude, students always, beyond yourself. Haas aims to cultivate innovative leaders who know how to put new ideas to work and to do so responsibly. By leveraging the energy that’s ever-present in the innovative business ecosystem of the San Francisco Bay Area, the program emphasizes how to seize opportunities, challenge conventional wisdom and act creatively. Quips the website, “our entire culture is about fresh thinking. This is Berkeley, after all.”

Anchored in a rigorous general management curriculum, the program aims to impart multidimensional leadership skills that can be applied in any type of organization, including global firms, startups, nonprofits, or graduates’ own entrepreneurial ventures. Haas links its courses and programs across disciplines at Berkeley and puts a premium on flexibility, allowing students to customize a program of study to their interests and design their own electives.

Strengths And Specializations

Nonprofit/Social Responsibility, Entrepreneurship, Technology, Innovation, International Management, Healthcare, General Management, Organizational Behavior

Incoming Class

Number of Applicants: 3,841

MBA Class Size: 291

Tuition: $136,888

Post-MBA Careers

Sector: Technology (34.1%) Consulting (28.4%)Financial Services (12.3%)Healthcare (6.6%)Starting own Business (4.5%)

Top Recruiters: Adobe, Amazon, Bain & Company,  PwC Strategy&, Google, BCG, Deloitte, L.E.K., McKinsey, EY-Parthenon, Microsoft, Facebook

Avg salary: $143,696

Salary Increase: 110%

Employment in 3 months: 89.9%

Berkeley Haas Rankings


Avg. Age: 28

Avg. GPA: 3.67

Avg. GMAT: 726

Int’l Students: 37%

Female Students: 37%

Deadlines for 2021-2022: R1: Sep 22, 2022, R2: Jan 5, 2023, R3: Apr 6, 2023

Sources: Berkeley Haas, BusinessWeek, Financial Times, US News, MBA50

Essays 2021-2022:

Essay #1
What makes you feel alive when you are doing it, and why?

Essay #2
What kind of leader do you aspire to be and why? (hard cut-off at 300 words)

Optional Essays

  • Optional Information #1: We invite you to help us better understand the context of your opportunities and achievements: [6 multiple choice questions)

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. (no word count)

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