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About The School

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: 3,821

MBA Class Size: 291

Tuition: $123,012

Post-MBA Careers

Sector: Technology/Telecom (31.7%); Consulting (24%); Finance (13.7%); CPG Retail (8.2%)

Top Recruiters: Adobe, Amazon, Bain & Company, BCG, Cisco, Deloitte, Facebook

Avg salary: $125,572

Salary Increase: 104%

Employment in 3 months: 86%

MBA Rankings 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
BusinessWeek 13 13 19 9 10 11 6
Financial Times 7 7 8 7 7 13 7
Forbes 13 14 14 8 9
The Economist 6 3 5 5 7 1 10
 Us News  7  7  7  7  7  7 7


Avg. Age: 28

Avg. GPA: 3.66

Avg. GMAT: 726

Int’l Students: 42%

Female Students: 43%

Deadlines for 2019-2020: R1: Sep 26, 2019, R2: Jan 9, 2020, R3: Apr 02, 2020

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


In July, 2019, Berkeley Haas released new required and optional essay questions:

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

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.

Optional Essay
In addition to the two required essays, candidates who wish to tell us about how they have responded to hardships or unusual life circumstances are encouraged to complete the optional essay. This information will provide context to your opportunities & achievements and contribute to our holistic review of your application.

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